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.
Can I drink alcohol after Sculptra?
You should avoid alcohol for 48 hours after Sculptra treatment.
Can I exercise after Sculptra?
Avoid vigorous exercise for at least one to two days after Sculptra treatment.
Can I get a facial after Sculptra?
You should avoid getting a facial for at least two weeks after Sculptra.
Can Sculptra and Voluma be used together?
Yes! You can use Sculptra and Voluma together to get optimal results.
Can sculptra be used on lips?
Sculptra can be used to help reduce the appearance of lines around the lips but it’s not meant to be used on the lips.
Can sculptra cause headaches?
Some people do experience headaches after Sculptra injections but it’s not very common and it typically doesn’t last very long.
Can sculptra lift jowls?
Yes. Sculptra can be used to add volume to the cheeks and face and lift and reduce the appearance of jowls.
Can sculptra migrate?
No. Sculptra does not migrate to other areas. It tends to stay where it’s injected.
Can you overfill with Sculptra?
With our team of experts at SkinCeuticals SkinLab, you don’t have to worry about being overfilled or looking overfilled with Sculptra treatment.
Can you take ibuprofen after Sculptra?
No. Ibuprofen can increase the risk of bruising and slows down blood clotting.
Does Sculptra cause scar tissue?
Because Sculptra stimulates collagen production and scar tissue is made of collagen, yes, Sculptra does cause scar tissue.
Does Sculptra look natural?
Absolutely! The results of Sculptra treatment appear gradually over time so they are typically more natural than other treatments.
Does Sculptra stimulate collagen?
Yes! The formulation causes the body to create more of its own collagen and fill and provide more volume to the area where Sculptra was injected.
Does Sculptra tighten skin?
Because Sculptra provides volume to where it’s injected, it fills hollow or sunken areas and can tighten and firm the skin.
How do I prepare for Sculptra?
To prepare for Sculptra, avoid drinking alcohol and taking any blood thinner medication for 24 hours, don’t apply any products to your skin that may be irritating for 2-3 days ahead of time, and arrive with a completely clean, makeup-free face.
How do you get rid of Sculptra bumps?
Bumps from Sculptra injections may go away on their own, but you can massage them each night after treatment and they will likely disappear. They can also be dissolved with cortisone injections or minor surgery can be done to remove the nodule or lump.
How does Sculptra Aesthetic work?
Sculptra works by stimulating your body’s natural collagen production and restores your skin’s structure and volume. The new collagen strands gradually help to restore the volume you lost and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How long does it take to see results with Sculptra?
You will likely start to see results in 4-6 weeks with full results in a couple of months.
How long does Sculptra last?
The results of Sculptra tend to last anywhere from two to three years.
How long does swelling last after Sculptra?
Swelling after Sculptra usually lasts for 2-3 days.
How many Sculptra treatments do you need?
You may need between one to three treatments to see optimal results.
How many syringes sculptra for cheeks?
How many syringes you need for the cheeks depends on your specific situation and how much volume needs to be added to the area. One to two syringes are the typical number needed.
How quickly does Sculptra work?
Sculptra typically starts working within 24 hours but you likely won’t see visible results for at least six weeks.
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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