Austin is a city of smiling faces—are you getting the most out of yours? Facial fullness can contribute to a healthier, more youthful appearance. When the face begins to lose some of the volume that contributes to its natural shape and appeal, measures can be taken to restore that fuller appearance. For some individuals, that means getting to know Sculptra™ Aesthetic.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is used for enhancing volume and improving facial contours. Sculptra® Aesthetic works differently than other injectables such as BOTOX®, collagen, and Restylane®. Sculptra® Aesthetic stimulates your body’s own production of new collagen in the skin for a natural look. For years, knowledgeable physicians have been using Sculptra® Aesthetic “off label” for cosmetic purposes. Patients now have added assurance that their treatments carry the seal of approval from the FDA.
Sculptra® Aesthetic adds visible volume to the skin overtime that can last more than two years! No surgery and no fuss – Sculptra® Aesthetic gives you a natural, long lasting look without any downtime.
Sculptra® Aesthetic can be used in a variety of different areas including:
- Nasal Labial Folds
- Along the Jaw Line
Is Sculptra™ Aesthetic Right for You?
Scultpra™, a synthetic injectable, is a strong choice for people with lipoatrophy, a loss of fat beneath the skin resulting in sunken cheeks, hollow eyes and facial indentations. While various factors can contribute to lipoatrophy, FDA-approved Sculptra™ Aesthetic can provide satisfying, natural-looking results in those cases where illness or time have robbed the face of its natural fullness. Sculptra™ Aesthetic should not be used by individuals who have an active skin infection or anyone who has experienced an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in Sculptra™ Aesthetic.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is also the ideal treatment for patients on the go. If you don’t have the time or the budget for surgery, consider the natural long lasting results of Sculptra® Aesthetic. Improvement in contours occurs gradually over two to six months for an enhancement that appears effortless. Sculptra®Aesthetic can be combined with other treatments including BOTOX®, Radiesse®, etc. for added results and can potentially replace surgery for some patients.
The Sculptra™ Aesthetic Procedure
Sculptra™ Aesthetic is a biocompatible, biodegradable material called poly-L-lactic acid used for years in dissolvable stitches and certain types of implants. Sculptra™ Aesthetic is administered in the doctor’s office using a series of small injections with a very fine needle. Several treatments will be required depending on the severity of fatty tissue loss and the desired results. Consult with the doctor about the need for a topical or local anesthetic to diminish any discomfort from the injections. Injections will begin after make-up is removed and the area is cleaned with an antiseptic. Following the injections, the area will be thoroughly massaged to ensure even distribution of the filler and an ice pack will be applied to reduce swelling.
Hall Plastic Surgery and Rejuvenation Center has been using Sculptra® Aesthetic for over two years and has found the results to be highly effective in creating natural fullness to the appearance of aging skin.
Risks and side effects are possible in any procedure and the doctor will consult with you about any possible problems prior to your session. With Sculptra™ Aesthetic, the most common side effects include bleeding, tenderness, redness, and swelling associated with the injection. These effects should subside after a period lasting from a few days to a few weeks. Additionally, patients may notice small bumps beneath the skin that can occur anytime in the first 12 months of treatment. These bumps will generally disappear on their own. Other risk factors include infection and allergic reactions.
Generally, individuals can resume their normal routine immediately following the procedure. Make-up usually can be applied a few hours after the treatment.
Sculptra™ Aesthetic results will fade over time and patients may require touch-up procedures within two years to maintain the desired effect. Results are not immediate and the final outcome will normally take months to occur. The doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment for a few weeks after the procedure to track the results and repeat injections up to three to four times.