Maybe you already know how amazing products like Botox can be for the aging face. You might have looked into the softening, plumping effects of facial dermal fillers too. However, have you heard about Sculptra? A filler like no other, those who lack facial structure and a youthful framework to build on, benefit from the skillful application of this innovative cosmetic sculptor. Its impressive effects work to restore and rejuvenate a person’s appearance naturally and longer lasting.
What is Sculptra?
This liquid consists of Poly-L-Lactic Acid-a synthetic form of lactic acid- which is the same substance your body produces after exercise. Formulated as an injectable filler, it’s FDA-approved and doesn’t contain any animal or human products. This material acts as a bio-activator and powerful collagen trigger through stimulating your own, natural tissue volumizing. The PLLA dissipates and disappears over time, and collagen fibres are created to take its place. The process is slow, requiring 4-6 months to appreciate full results. However, the gradual nature of this process lends to its natural appearance.
A female in her late 50’s came in with concerns regarding her cheeks and nasolabial folds. She had lost volume in the areas of concern because of the natural aging process that caused her cheeks to droop and her nasolabial to fold. After carefully reviewing her options and keeping her medical history in mind, we decided to proceed with the Sculptra injectable fillers by using a blunt cannula allowing the needle to pass through, therefore only requiring one poke. This specific procedure was done under 45 minutes and that included the numbing cream application process.
We used a blunt cannula to allow the needle to go through smoothly. You may feel a light poke almost like a pinch during the injection of the Sculptra. To minimize bruising and swelling, the chiller was used after the procedure.
The cost of this procedure varies depending on how many vials of Sculptra is needed. In this case three vials of Sculptra were used therefore the price was $2,100.00 plus tax.
The main side effects to be expected are bruising and swelling which lasts up to 4-5 days but varies with each person depending on their skin type.
Inserted below are before and after pictures that were taken the same day as the treatment. You can see an immediate change right after the procedure and they only get better over the next few weeks.