Sculptra Aesthetic™

Overview
 

What is SculptraAesthetic™ made of?

Sculptra Aesthetic is made of lactic acid molecules. The technical name is Poly-L Lactic acid or PLLA. The body makes lactic acid naturally during exercise and then b reaks it down into carbon dioxide and water. Sculptra Aesthetic is made synthetically in the laboratory utilizing simple sugars derived from organic wheat and corn.

How does SculptraAesthetic™ work?

SculptraAesthetic™ is applied to targeted regions of the face through fine needles. As these particles break down into carbon dioxide and water, the body responds with the formation of type I collagen to plump up the skin. This process has been extensively studied and confirmed with microscopic tissue examination. For this reason, Sculptra Aesthetic is not just a simple ‘wrinkle filler ’, but a true volumizer directing your own body to produce collagen—a process called biostimulation. The visible effects begin subtly at 2 months. Then, over the subsequent 3 – 6 months, final results are obtained. PLLA has been widely used for over 35 years in the United States in dissolvable sutures and implants. Therefore, its safety and compatibility with the human body is well established. When placed at appropriate strategic locations, significant youthful changes can be achieved. A Google review of this product reveals that results with this product can be exceptional but are also highly technique dependent. Fortunately, Sculptra Aesthetic has made it their policy to deal only with board-certified plastic surgeons and dermatologists. Dr. Rodgers is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has had extensive training on injection techniques.

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Where can SculptraAesthetic™ be used?

SculptraAesthetic is indicated for use in patients with normal immune systems as a single regimen for correction of shallow to deep contour deficiencies that result from volumetric facial loss. Sculprta Aesthetic can be used to restore volume to hollow areas of the temples, cheeks, chin and under the eyes, as well as to define the jaw line. It can also be used to reshape the face, improving both symmetry and balance. The goals of treatment with this product are very similar to those of fat transfer. However, Sculptra Aesthetic does not produce the prolonged swelling or unpredictable results that fat transfers do. It also does not require the patient to have painful and time-consuming ‘fat-harvesting’ or ‘allergy testing’ prior to being injected. Sculptra Aesthetic can literally be done on your lunch break!!

Are the results of SculptraAesthetic™ immediate?

Sculptra does not give results immediately. This is because volume is created by your own body, not the product itself. Your body begins to lay down collagen at the targeted sites but it takes several months before enough collagen is created to make a difference. The process is slow and steady (like your hair or nails grow). Following treatment with SculptraAesthetic™, most patients (including their friends, coworkers, and family) do not notice abrupt changes but appreciate that the face appears fresher and more rested with time. People that do not see you on a regular basis are of ten more aware and may comment on the ‘new-you’. Many patients appreciate this gradual change as sudden changes in appearance prompt questions that some patients prefer not to answer. Patients usually receive more than one injection session (typically three to four) to accomplish optimal re-volumization.

What are the side effects of SculptraAesthetic™?

As with all injectables, the most common side effects are temporary swelling and bruising. Approximately 1/3 of patients will have no bruising whatsoever, 1/3 will have minor pinpoint bruising that is easily camouflaged with makeup, and 1/3 will have significant bruising that may not be completely concealed. Otherwise, there is no ‘downtime’ per se. Other risks include the transient appearance of palpable, but usually not visible, nodules(collagen pearls) under the skin which usually resolve spontaneously over a period of weeks to months.

How long does SculptraAesthetic™ last?

The lasting effects of SculptraAesthetic™ vary from patient to patient; however, studies have shown results lasting up to 25 months or greater with 80% of patients still “very satisfied” with their results at 2 years. Periodic touch-up trea tments are recommended to maintain your results.

How is SculptraAesthetic™ administered?

Each treatment consists of a few injections to the areas to be volumized i.e; temple.