Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that stimulates collagen production to increase facial volume using the active ingredient poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). Collagen is an important protein that gives our skin structure and elasticity. As we age, collagen production decreases and this lack of underlying structure causes lines and wrinkles to develop. Sculptra injectables restore that underlying structure to improve the appearance of smile lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles. This treatment can also help you achieve smoother skin texture and better facial volume for a naturally youthful appearance.
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Healthy adults (18 and older) who have started to notice the signs can benefit from this treatment. However, you might not be a suitable candidate if you have a history of scarring or an allergy to Sculptra’s ingredients. You should wait to receive treatment if you are currently breastfeeding or pregnant or have an active infection around the treatment site.
Your injector will examine your skin and discuss your concerns with you to determine where to place your injections and how much injectable is needed. To start, the treatment area will be cleansed, and a topical anesthetic will be applied to the skin to minimize any discomfort you might feel. Sculptra will then be injected under the skin using a small needle.
After your Sculptra treatment, mild swelling, redness, bruising, and itchiness or tenderness are common but will only last a few days. An ice pack can be used for the first two days to help reduce swelling. Although there is no downtime, you should avoid strenuous activity and exercise for 24-48 hours after your injections.
An average of three Sculptra treatments are needed for optimal results. Results appear gradually as more collagen is produced but once they develop, you can enjoy your beautiful results for up to two years.
If you want to restore volume loss and a youthful glow, consider a Sculptra injectable treatment at SkinCeuticals SkinLab by Plastic Surgery Associates in Grand Rapids, MI. You can schedule a consultation with one of our skincare specialists by calling the office or filling out an online contact form.
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Can I wear makeup after Juvederm?
It is advised that patients avoid wearing makeup for at least 12 hours after their Juvederm treatment.
Can Juvederm be reversed?
Yes, Juvederm can be reversed using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. When injected into the treatment area, this enzyme dissolves the hyaluronic acid particles.
Can Juvederm cause blindness?
The risk of blindness following Juvederm injections is extremely rare.
Can Juvederm migrate?
In rare cases, Juvederm can migrate to other areas of the face within a few days of treatment. This occurs when the filler moves before it has fully bonded to your facial tissue.
Can you drink alcohol after Juvederm?
It is best to avoid alcohol consumption for 24 hours following all filler treatments.
Can you get half a syringe of Juvederm?
Very few fillers are available in a half syringe. This s because half of a syringe is a very small amount and is only recommended for focused areas.
Can you split a syringe of Juvederm?
Individuals should not split a syringe of Juvederm or any filler, since this can cause cross-contamination and exposure to another person’s bodily fluids.
Can you wash your face after Juvederm?
You can wash your face following Juvederm injections but be sure to wash it very gently. Avoid massaging the treated area for about six hours after treatment.
Does Juvederm dissolve over time?
Yes, Juvederm fillers naturally dissolve over time. Juvederm fillers typically last for 6-18 months.
Does Juvederm expand?
No, Juvederm fillers will not significantly expand following injection.
Does Juvederm look natural?
Juvederm fillers are formulated to create natural-looking improvements in the face. Many patients enjoy a younger appearance following treatment.
Does Juvederm soften up?
It can take several weeks for Juvederm to soften and settle into the skin. This means that final results will not be immediately observed.
Does Juvederm stimulate collagen?
Yes, Juvederm stimulates the body’s collagen production, helping patients to enjoy more youthful-looking skin.
Does Juvederm work immediately?
Patients will be able to notice an immediate improvement following Juvederm injections, with full results seen after about two weeks.
How can I make Juvederm last longer?
In order to prolong your Juvederm results, be sure to minimize sun exposure, wear SPF when outdoors, and follow a consistent skincare routine.
How do you get rid of Juvederm bumps?
Juvederm bumps may resolve on their own within a few weeks with massaging. The injections can also be diluted with a steroid anti-inflammatory called Kenalog.
How long after Juvederm will I see results?
Full Juvederm results can usually be seen after about two weeks.
How long does Juvederm last?
Juvéderm fillers can last anywhere from 6-18 months.
How many syringes of Juvederm do I need for marionette lines?
The number of syringes needed will depend on the severity of your lines or wrinkles. However, most people will need one syringe per side.
How much is a syringe of Juvederm?
The cost of Juvederm may vary depending on a number of factors. To learn more about pricing, please contact our office today.
How often can juvederm be injected?
To maintain ideal results, patients should schedule Juvederm treatments every 6-18 months, depending on the specific Juvederm filler they receive.
How painful are Juvederm injections?
Juvederm injections should not be painful, as a topical numbing cream can be applied to ensure you are comfortable.