In recent years, the popularity of nonsurgical treatments has surged. Sculptra® Aesthetic is a unique filler that provides treatment to large areas that lack volume, such as the hollows that can occur below the cheek bones and in the temples. Unlike other fillers, Sculptra does not provide instant results. In fact, a few days after the treatment, the face appears largely as it did prior to the treatment. Over the next month, however, your body will build collagen in the treated areas, filling up unsightly lines, wrinkles, and depressions in a way that appears natural and aesthetic. Dr. Chow recommends at least three treatments, each spaced approximately 3-4 weeks apart, in order to obtain optimal results.
Unlike some of the other fillers, you should plan ahead slightly prior to receiving this treatment. Your Sculptra® will be pre-mixed for you. There is a potential for bruising after each treatment, and so patients frequently choose to have this procedure done on a day off or at the end of the day. Naturally, there are a few suggestions to improve your results and minimize your chances of bruising.
One of the best things you can do to minimize the possibility of a small injection site bruise is to avoid any aspirin or aspirin containing products. This will include similar medications, including ibuprofen, Alleve®, Motrin®, and most over the counter analgesic pain medications other than acetominophen (Tylenol®). If you take prescription medications that thin your blood, including (but not limited to) Coumadin® (warfarin) and Plavix®, you should be aware that you are more likely to have bruising from your injections. If you smoke, your likelihood of bruising is also increased. If you bruise easily, you may choose to take a natural supplement called Arnica Montanna. This has been associated with a decreased incidence of bruising.
If you wear makeup on a daily basis, you should plan to have some with you so that you can touch up any makeup that is wiped away from your face in order to clean that area for the procedure. If you exercise on a daily basis, you may choose to work out prior to your treatment at the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, since additional swelling may occur with strenuous physical activity immediately following Sculptra® administration.
In general, administration of Sculptra® Aesthetic takes less than fifteen minutes. Prior to injection, most patients have a topical anesthetic (numbing cream) applied to the areas to be treated. This will then be removed, and ice applied to each area. Alcohol or an antiseptic such as betadine will be used to clean the skin just prior to injection. All Sculptra® is administered by Dr. Chow, a board-certified surgeon who is fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Frequently, patients choose to have Sculptra as part of the Liquid Facelift, along with Botox®, Juvederm®, and/or Radiesse®.