What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles, and folds that appear with ageing by and also it is use for skin tightening in thin areas like neck, décolletage, arms and above knees.
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What does Sculptra treatment involve?
During your initial consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic doctors, they will fully assess the degree of volume loss and skin laxity to be able to advise you on the amount of treatment you are likely to need for full restoration to achieve your desired goals and the cost of a course of treatment. They will advise on the use of medically active skin care products, which will enhance the response to treatment. With Sculptra a course of three treatments is usually required 4 to 6 weeks a part, usually one vial of product per decade is required for most patients. Each treatment session takes about an hour.
Is the treatment painful?
Sculptra is reconstituted with sterile water and local anaesthetic (lidocaine 2%) before injecting into the required area to be treated. When combined with topical anaesthetic cream on the skin the procedure is relatively pain free and usually extremely well tolerated.
Is there any downtime following treatment?
The treatment involves injecting up to 20 ml of ﬂuid into the face per session; this usually shows a full correction in the areas treated. Any pufﬁness or swelling will disappear within 24hrs leaving the Sculptra product in the deep tissues where it will stimulate new collagen formation. Bruising is possible but is not common and usually resolves within a week. Most patients return to work or normal activities the day after treatment.
What do I have to do after treatment?
Following treatment our doctors will show you how to thoroughly massage the treated areas. This should be continued for 10 minutes twice daily until your next treatment session. Massage makes sure that the Sculptra is evenly distributed in the deep tissues and is needed to help stimulate the ﬁbroblasts to start to produce new collagen in response to the Sculptra, as well as prevent nodule formation.
When will I see the beneﬁts?
Sculptra is a bio-stimulatory agent, which induces new collagen formation (neocollagenesis), which is a natural but gradual process, which can vary from person to person, but usually you will be starting to see some effects after 4-6 weeks. At the end of the course of treatment, usually the 3rd or 4th month from the start there will be a signiﬁcant improvement and this will continue over the next 3 to 6 months to full correction.
Are there any risks?
Over time the technique has evolved to optimise the effects and reduce problems. Immediate side effects may include injection-related events at the site of injection, such as minimum redness, slight tenderness or discomfort, some bruising or rarely swelling. All of these side effects usually last only for a day or two. A delayed appearance of small bumps under the skin in the treated area could rarely occur. Generally these bumps are not visible and may only be noticed when pressing on the treated area. This rare side effect is usually an effect of the product being injected too superﬁcially causing a lump of product or collagen to form, but vigorous massage usually avoids this.
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*Disclaimer: Results and patient experience may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as age, medical history and lifestyle.