Rhode Island Sculptra Injectable for a Youthful Appearance
Sculptra is an excellent alternative to fillers, providing a more gradual and natural change in volume over time, rather than the instantaneous result observed with fillers.
Sculptra is most suitable for volume loss in and around the temples, jaw, cheeks and nasolabial folds. It should not be used around the mouth. Patients who have failed other fillers in the past are also excellent candidates for this treatment.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an injectable medication made from poly-L-lactic acid and used to stimulate collagen production in the face.
Who makes Sculptra?
Sculptra is made by Galderma®.
Is Sculptra safe?
As with any medication there are always risks and side effects. Sculptra has a very low side effect profile and people tolerate the injections very well.
Is it painful?
Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, is mixed with Sculptra to minimize any discomfort.
In cases where Lidocaine is not added to Sculptra because of an allergy, a cold compress prior to injections can be used to help minimize discomfort.
How much will I need?
Patients treating just one area such as temples or cheeks should expect to use ½ vial per side of the face, repeated 3-4 times to achieve the best result.
For a more comprehensive treatment, one vial is used for each side of the face covering temples, cheeks, nasal labial folds, marionette lines and jawlines. Therefore most patients will have 2 vials per treatment repeated 3-4 times to achieve the best result.
How long does the procedure take?
After the consultation, treatment generally takes 15-30 minutes.
How long will results last?
Upon completion of full treatment, results can last up to two years.
How much downtime will I need?
Patients should always expect bruising and some swelling during the procedure. Although many patients generally have no bruising, a week of downtime is recommended, as some patients require more time than others. My patients usually give themselves at least the weekend to recover. Please do not have injections before a big event!
How often are injections repeated?
For the best results plan on 3-4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
What are the side effects?
Side effects might include, but are not limited to, soreness at the injections site, bruising, bleeding, swelling and itching.
In some patients, small lumps called granulomas can form. These small lumps may be noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Rarely, patients have also reported larger lumps with a delayed onset and some discolorations after receiving treatments.
What can I do to reduce the risk of bruising?
Patients should try to avoid fish oil, flax seed oil, multivitamins, NSAID’s such as Ibuprofen and alcohol (including beer wine and liquor) at least 3 days before injections. You should consult with your physician about stopping aspirin, coumadin or other blood-thinning medications. These medications increase the risks of bruising and should be stopped about 7 days before your injections if possible.
Some over-the-counter remedies that help reduce bruising include Arnica Montana and Bromelain. Arnica Montana should be taken at least 2 days before receiving injections. Three tablets are usually placed under the tongue. Bromelain is a substance found in pineapples and helps prevent bruising. Some of my patients eat pineapple or drink pineapple juice 2 days before receiving in injections.
What are my instructions following Sculptra injections?
Following treatment patients may use cold compresses on the skin to minimize swelling. Direct skin contact with ice should be avoided.
Patients must massage the treated areas for 5 minutes, 5 times a day for 5 days. The 5:5:5 Rule is important to reduce any granulomas (small lumps under the skin).
Patients should reduce the amount of UV exposure. They should wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher for at least a week following treatments.
Patients should report any concerns or questions immediately.
How much does Sculptra cost?
Sculptra costs $600 per vial or $3500 for 6 vials.