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How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is intended for restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial aging. It works best for the correction of shallow to deep contours, nasolabial folds (smile lines) and other facial wrinkles. Sculptra is unique in that it works gradually over time to replace collagen that is lost during the aging process. It contains poly-L-lactic acid which helps to stimulate a gradual building of your own collagen.
How many treatments will I need?
In our experience, Chelsea Skin & Laser, recommends 2-3 injection sessions spaced 4-8 weeks apart. The results are gradual and subtle which continues to improve for approximately 3 months after treatment. Sculptra is the best treatment for many people because the correction takes place over the course of weeks. Sculptra gives natural-looking results that can last 1-2 years.
Is there discomfort with the treatment?
Most patients find the procedure very tolerable, but there is some minor discomfort with the first injections of the needle. There is anesthetic in the product so your skin will numb as the procedure proceeds. We recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to have a topical anesthetic applied to minimize discomfort. Your face may feel numb for 1-2 hours after the treatment.
What are side effects of treatment?
Some patients experience redness, bruising, bleeding, itching, swelling, and injection site discomfort are common. Less common side effects include small lumps which may sometimes be noticeable. Occasionally these lumps may occur several months after treatment and most resolve without treatment.
What to expect after treatment?
You may resume normal activity immediately after your treatment. Your skin may appear swollen for up to 48 hours and there may be mild bruising of the skin. Makeup can be applied immediately after to cover minor bruising or redness. Minimize strenuous exercise and exposure to extensive sun or heat within the first 24 hours following treatment.
You may experience mild puffiness for up to two weeks and then the area will look very similar to the way it appeared pretreatment. Most people will start to develop new collagen after about 4 weeks and the result will gradually improve over 3 months.
What do I need to do after treatment?
It is very important that you massage the area as directed 3 times per day for 10 minutes with a gentle moisturizer for one week. Consistent massage will help stimulate a more even layer of collagen and reduce the risk of nodule formation. Be sure to use a non-comedogenic moisturizer to avoid acne breakouts in the treatment area.
What should I discuss with my practitioner prior to my treatment?
You should not use Sculptra if you are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. If there is any history of herpes on the face, we recommend taking an oral antiviral pill prior to your treatment. Bruising risks can be minimized by avoiding aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, ibuprofen, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, concentrated garlic and alcohol for one week prior to treatment.
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