Sculptra Aesthetic is a unique product and a favorite among the world’s best dermatologists. Unlike other injectables, Sculptra is a volumizer, not a toxin or filler. It allows the skin to add back volume that it has lost due to sun damage, skin type, genetics and the natural process of aging. When volume is replaced, a lifting and tightening of the treated area ensues.
As Sculptra is in a class of its own, its manner of injection is highly specialized. Consequently, one will not find this procedure offered at most dermatologists’ or plastic surgeons’ offices. Dr. Kopelson has had the specific training necessary for Sculptra implantation and, as importantly, he has been performing the procedure for many years. His extensive experience with Scuptra patients has led to new techniques and practically seamless results.
The safety of the product itself, poly-L-lactic acid, is supported by its use in absorbable sutures for over a half a century. Therefore, fear of “injecting a foreign substance into the body” should not cause anxiety. Our bodies have known this substance for over 50 years. Sculptra was approved by the FDA for the replacement of volume in 2004, and for cosmetic use in 2009.
Where is Sculptra Used?
Scuptra replaces volume in the face where volume has been lost. Typically, aging and sun damage cause us to lose volume in the mid-cheek area, the temples, the jawline, and the chin. Scuptra is often used in these areas. After a series of Sculptra injections, when volume is replaced, a lifting and tightening of the treated area materializes and even commonly, the entire face lifts secondarily.
How Sculptra Works
Collagen is made of naturally occurring proteins and is responsible for the support and foundation of the skin. It keeps the skin tight and also, soft and smooth. As people age, with chronic sun exposure, collagen breaks down. As its foundation is lost, the skin cannot retain its plumpness and it begins to appear sunken, saggy and wrinkled. Sculptra is injected where volume loss has occurred in order to replace lost collagen. A typical Sculptra regimen consists of three treatments, with monthly intervals.
Sculptra And Pain Management
Dr. Kopelson injects Sculptra with a very fine needle. Patients may feel a bit of pain at the onset of the procedure, but rapidly feel nothing as an anesthetic is present in the Sculptra solution. With ice and sometimes a topical anesthetic, patients are quite comfortable and usually surprised at how easy the treatment is.
How Long Does it Take to See Results After Sculptra Treatments?
This is where Sculptra differs from fillers. Sculptra results are not immediate. After the product is placed, it begins to slowly stimulate the patient’s own body to produce collagen. Volume is replaced gradually and naturally over a three month period. There is never any dramatic change from one day to the next. Most people will never know what was done; only that you look fabulous!
The Long-Lasting Effects Of Treatment
Volume replacement, lifting, and tightening can last for two years. A touch-up may be required at about a year depending on the patient’s skin type and level of sun damage. Also, it is critical that the patient adhere to an adequate skin care regimen that will be prescribed at the Kopelson Clinic. Maintenance is very important if one wants one’s treatment to last.
Possible Sculptra Side Effects
Side effects may include swelling, redness, itching and bruising around the injection site for a few days or rarely weeks. Sculptra Aesthetic is not recommended if you have an allergy to poly-L-lactic acid or if you’ve ever had hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation. In rare cases, patients have reported feeling a bump under the skin after the Sculptra has taken effect. These bumps are rarely visible and are asymptommatic. Patients are very happy with the results of the lift that occurs with volume replacement, without surgery, that an invisible, asymptommatic bump is not troublesome. It does, of course, abate.
Following treatment, Dr. Kopelson and/or his assistant will tell you what you must do that day and for five days following. It is critical to follow these instructions in order to avoid unwanted effects.
Recovery Period And Downtime
While Dr. Kopelson is performing the treatment, he will do what needs to be done at home for the Sculptra to be deposited evenly. With moisturizer on two fingers, moderate pressure in circles is applied to the treated areas. And the RULE OF 5′s is employed. The RULE OF 5′s dictates that this circular movement with pressure using moisturizer is done FIVE times a day, for FIVE minutes, for FIVE days.
The recovery period depends on the patient. One may bruise and swell. This bothers some people and others it does not. Patients can certainly return to school or work directly after treatment. Foundation covers bruising and we can color match your complexion to one of our camouflage foundations which provide outstanding coverage.
Most importantly, even if it’s during the day at work, one must massage the treated areas in a circular motion using moisturizer for five minutes, five times a day, for five days. If that involves removing makeup, then make sure you have some to reapply. The five times can be done during the course of the day. It is not necessary to wake up in the middle of the night to massage.
We are usually able to schedule consultations within 1-2 business days. Cosmetic procedures like Botox/Dysport, Injectable Fillers, and Sclerotherapy can be performed during the appointment. Laser treatments for hair removal, skin tightening, or resurfacing can be scheduled within 1-2 weeks. Surgical procedures are usually scheduled within 1-3 weeks after the initial consultation.