What is Sculptra® Aesthetic?
Sculptra® Aesthetic is a poly-L-lactic acid in a sterile water base that aids collagen growth over time. The safe and synthetic FDA-approved facial injectable does not require allergy testing. Initially approved for treating facial lipoatrophy in 2004, Sculptra® Aesthetic became an FDA approved treatment for deep lines and wrinkles five years later, making it a great option for replacing collagen lost through aging.
What is Sculptra® Aesthetic used for?
As Sculptra® Aesthetic works gradually, restoring facial composition along with deep folds and wrinkles happens over time. While it’s a sound choice for treating cheek volume loss, Sculptra® Aesthetic is also used to treat deep facials folds and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. It should not be used for treating around the lips or eyes.
What is the treatment like?
The average treatment takes roughly half an hour. First, the skin is cleansed of makeup and then antiseptic is applied to the treatment areas. Ice packs are included to help make you find comfort in the event that the injection causes discomfort. After the injection, treatment areas are massaged thoroughly to distribute the product evenly below the skin.
While the procedure is safe, most patients experience mild swelling post injection. This common side effect generally lasts for only a short while after the procedure. Our expert staff, a thin needle, and ice packs help make the procedure as painless as possible.
Sculptra® Aesthetic Results
Visual improvement does occur post injection because of the sterile water aspect of Sculptra® Aesthetic. As your body absorbs that sterile water, the effect diminishes. Typically, it may take 8 weeks before the real results can be seen, as this solution gradually corrects lost volume, wrinkles, and folds. One treatment may be enough for some patients to achieve their desired look. The average patient participates in a series of 3 treatments within a few months to reach their best result. Since Sculptra® Aesthetic helps promote collagen growth, results may last up to 2 years. If you’re looking for a discrete procedure to achieve your desired look, this treatment may be the one for you.
How does Sculptra® Aesthetic work?
There are two aspects to what SCULPTRA® AESTHETIC does. The first is the visual improvement that occurs post injection. The sterile water in the product takes up space in the deep dermis, physically adding volume to treatment areas. Facial tissue absorbs the sterile water, (possibly) leaving you with your pre-treatment look temporarily. The second thing that SCULPTRA® AESTHETIC does is promote collagen growth over time, helping your body naturally achieve your desired look (like the post injection one). Patience is the key to this treatment, as collagen growth takes time to correct cheeks, folds, and wrinkles that have lost volume.
Common Side Effects of Sculptra® Aesthetic
Common side effects include tenderness, bruising, and swelling at the treatment areas. It usually lasts from 2-7 days but has lasted up to a few weeks in a small subsection of those treated. Our experts recommend frequently massaging the treatment areas for at least a week after the procedure, helping the product establish itself in the dermis and reduce the possibility of bumps/nodules from forming. Massage is a routine practice during the healing process and will help the body adjust to the injection and product.
Side effects can be significantly reduced or avoided by discontinuing your use of blood thinners a week before your appointment (unless they’ve been prescribed to you or if you physician advises otherwise).
Those with lactic acid allergies should not use SCULPTRA® AESTHETIC. This product is also not recommended for those with skin injections, a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation. If you easily scar, this solution may not be the one for you.
Can I read patient testimonials about Sculptra?
Of course! Click Here to read testimonials by those who corrected their deep wrinkles and folds with SCULPTRA®.
What does Sculptra Aesthetic Cost in Bellevue?
Advanced Skin and Body Solutions’ approach to cosmetic injectables focuses on the individual and their unique needs, goals, and desires. Pricing depends on the amount of SCULPTRA® AESTHETIC needed for the desired look as it’s sold by the syringe. Multiple syringes will likely be needed if the desired look requires more SCULPTRA® AESTHETIC.
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