What is Sculptra and what is its history?
Scultpra is a poly-L-lactic acid based filler. Once injected, it works deep to stimulate collagen production. In the early 1990, the only filler available was “Collagen” which was anything but perfect. Along came the AIDS/HIV epidemic and its tell-tale sign of a “skeletonized face.” All of a sudden, we were looking towards new fillers that were not yet available. Because of the social stigmata, the FDA had to fast-track a new filler to market which would take care of these individuals. The scientific community investigated products already on the market that were proven safe and effective. In effect, they took a well known suture “poly-galactic – acid”, and to simplify matters, put it in a blender and added a liquid and voila, a new filler was born. All of a sudden men and women with the scourges of AIDS/HIV were able to be treated. The early version of Sculptra was quite effective, but because the medical community didn’t have the experience in the “cosmetic-community” we saw small nodules develop. Since the 1990, they have improved the formulation and we now inject differently and less painfully than before and while still a known complication, the rate of nodule formation is less than 2%.
What can Sculptra help treat?
Sculptra treats more than wrinkles, lines and folds. It addresses the underlaying causes of facial aging which is the loss of bone. Areas commonly treated are:
- Temporal hollows
- Cheek bones
- Nnaso-labial folds
- Piriform aperature (sides of nose)
- Marionette lines
- Anywhere fullness is needed!
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects may include
- Lumps under the skin that may persist
all of which resolve in a few days.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically two treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. Some individuals may require additional treatments to achieve their personal goals.
How are the treatments performed?
Each treatment session typically is 1 hour. Prior to the treatment, you will be asked to remove all make-up and wash your face. The doctor will then apply a topical numbing agent that takes 30-45 minutes to work. During this period you will be placed in a private room. When the doctor returns, the numbing agent will be removed and using and the injection points outlined the injections will be performed. The injections themselves takes approximately 10 minutes and there is minimal pain. Lidocaine (Novacaine) is placed in the Sculpture for additional comfort. Results will be seen immediately. The injection sessions are interactive. The doctor will first inject one side, give you a mirror, and then the next. If you see any areas that you would like “special attention,” please mention that to Dr. Duboys.
When will I see results? How long do results last?
After the first session you will see a remarkable improvement. However, over the next 2-3 weeks the results will not be as impressive. At 4-6 weeks, and after your second session – the results will be better than you looked immediately following your first treatment and these results should persist for 2 years.
How expensive is Sculptra
When you purchase Sculptra, you are purchasing a 7 cc vial. (FYI – other fillers you purchase are between 0.8cc – 1.5cc). Obviously, a lot more can be done with 7 cc than 1 cc! Typically a 40-50 year old will require 2-3 vials per treatment session (14-21 cc). If you do the math, and take into consideration that most fillers last less than a year – Sculptra comes out being 1/7th the cost of other fillers!
How Can I find out more?
Please call our Long Island office and arrange for a complimentary consultation. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Duboys will advise you on the number of vials and treatment sessions that should give you your best result.