Regain Youthfulness with Sculptra Treatment in New York
Everything You Need to Know About Scupltra
Sculptra is the first injectable facial filler that gives subtle results over time. A full treatment of Sculptra generally comprises of two-three injections sessions over a few months and its effects usually last for more than two years. Unlike other dermal fillers like restylane or Juvederm, Sculptra injections not only add volume but also enhance the natural dimensions and facial contour lines.
The other benefit of Sculptra is that the enhancement on the face appears more natural. Sculptra was approved by the FDA 6 years ago and is currently the dermal filler of choice for volume expansion of the face by many cosmetologists.
Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid and is used to replace lost collagen. It is used for the treatment of shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds and replaces the skin’s lost collagen. The clinical effectiveness and safety have not been evaluated in areas other than nasolabial wrinkles and folds.
Sculptra can be used for the treatment of:
Sculptra works within the deep dermis and reinforces the skin’s structure and helps replace lost collagen. This results in the restoration of a look of fullness of the shallow and deep wrinkles and folds.
As compared to other facial fillers, Sculptra is subtler and works gradually to correct wrinkles. The gradual and subtle effect provides a more refined and a more youthful appearance that can last more than two years. In most cases, the final choice of dermal filler comes down to the age of the individual, amount of volume replacement desired and need for future maintenance.
In individuals in whom a large volume of dermal filler is required, it is more cost effective to use Sculptra. Further, unlike Juvederm or Restylane, which require 2-3 maintenance injections a year, one usually requires only one maintenance injection with Sculptra.
When do I see the benefits?
The results of Sculptra are not immediate but take about 4-6 weeks to become obvious. The reason for this delay is that Sculptra increases the synthesis of collagen that takes time.
Is Sculptra associated with Pain?
Because Sculptra is already premixed with the local anesthetic, lidocaine, the injections are not associated with severe discomfort. Some clinicians also use a topical numbing cream prior to the injections.
What is recovery like?
The recovery after Sculptra is relatively fast. One can return to work or normal activities after 1-2 days. The pain is minimal and can be treated with aspirin if it is bothersome.
Where should Sculptra not be used?
Sculptra is not recommended in patients that are allergic to any ingredient of the product or those who have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Sculptra should not be used in patients who have an active skin infection or inflammation in the area that is to be treated. It should also not be injected into the red area of the lip. Individuals who have had a prior herpes infection may have a flare-up following Sculptra injections, so it is important to tell the doctor about this infection prior to treatment.
Sculptra injections should not be performed in individuals who have disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome or lupus. For a precise medical advice, please contact our New York board certified doctor.
Is Sculptra Safe?
Sculptra has been used for at least six years, and it has an excellent safety profile when a skilled practitioner performs the injections. However, as with any other treatment, there are always certain things which you must be aware of before you take a decision. With Sculptra, some patients may experience mild bruising but this is temporary and disappears in a few days. One can hide the mild bruising with make-up when going out.
Other injection related side effects include redness, tenderness, mild itching and skin discoloration. All these side effects subside within 5-7 days. The one short-term side effect of Sculptra injections is formation of bump at the site of the injection. These bumps usually resolve spontaneously in a few months but in some cases an injection of a corticosteroid may be required. However, these side effects are provided in detail here for your information. The chances of any major side effects are extremely low. You can discuss these in more detail with your NYC cosmetic healthcare practitioner so that you can be sure what the procedure entails.
What is the Cost of Sculptra?
Unlike other dermal fillers Sculptra is slightly more expensive chiefly because its aesthetic effects are excellent and it is more durable. Each treatment can cost anywhere from $500-$1,500 depending on the amount of correction and your age. Most people require 2-3 treatments spaced over 6-8 weeks. The other benefit of Sculptra is that the filler has a long life and only requires one maintenance treatment per year. Once again, cost of treatment is dependant on how much work is required and what each individual’s specific needs are.
For more information, call the front desk at Rejuve NYC and we will be happy to provide you more details.
Can Sculptra be used with other cosmetic treatments?
Sculptra is compatible with Botox, Juvederm and lasers but should not be used in combination with permanent fillers like Artefill or silicone. Unlike Botox injections, use of Sculptra does require some degree of skill and experience. Enhancing volume of the face requires clinical judgement and appreciation of facial anatomy.
For more information, visit Rejuve NYC. Dr. Marina Gafanovich is there to listen to your specific needs and offer solutions that are just right for you. Our well-equipped Upper East Side clinic and our highly trained staff are there to ensure you have a safe and comfortable experience.
Any questions, concerns and thoughts can be discussed when you visit our clinic. Call now to book an appointment and we will be sure to accommodate you.