Sculptra is a unique dermal filler composed of a substance called poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA is a biocompatible collagen stimulator that induces new collagen production in the treatment areas once injected. This injectable treatment provides consistently stunning facial rejuvenation and body contouring results. It can target a wide range of skin concerns with minimal downtime and few potential side effects. Sculptra injections in the face can correct the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles, facial volume loss, acne scars, and skin laxity. In various body areas, Sculptra treatment can improve the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, textural irregularities, and hollows. Sculptra is one of the most popular injectable treatments at Dr. Michele Green’s private dermatology office in New York City.
FDA-approved initially in 2004 to treat facial volume and fat loss in individuals living with HIV, the safety and efficacy of Sculptra are well-established, and it now has many cosmetic applications. In addition to correcting the appearance of facial wrinkles, hollowness, skin laxity, and acne scars, Sculptra is often used in non-invasive body contouring as a natural alternative to plastic surgery. In many cases, Sculptra injections can complement the rejuvenating effects of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. However, unlike hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, Sculptra can not be dissolved or removed after injection. For this reason, Sculptra injections must be performed by an expert injector with the experience required to provide optimal results, such as Dr. Green.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including Sculptra injections. Dr. Green embraces a less-is-more philosophy regarding rejuvenation, customizing each patient’s treatment plan best to suit their particular concerns and overall aesthetic goals. She is consistently identified as one of NYC’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors for her dedication to her patients and expertise.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a dermal filler designed to reverse the signs of aging by stimulating new collagen production in the treatment area. Sculptra, a dermal filler created by the pharmaceutical company Galderma, has long been acknowledged as an unparalleled non-invasive treatment option for replenishing facial volume loss. This liquid injectable treatment was first FDA-approved in 2004 to treat lipoatrophy in individuals living with HIV. The consistently stunning results achieved with Sculptra prompted its FDA approval for aesthetic use in 2009. The safety and efficacy of Sculptra treatment are well-established, and it has many cosmetic applications. Sculptra can help correct the appearance of a wide range of skin concerns, including fine lines, acne scars, volume loss, hollowness, cellulite, and stretch marks. Sculptra is indicated for injection into the deep dermis, where it provides enhanced structural support and acts as a new collagen stimulator, resulting in skin that is firmer, tighter, and more youthful looking overall.
What makes Sculptra a unique Dermal Filler?
Sculptra is unique in that it is composed of poly-L-lactic acid. Poly-L-lactic acid is a biocompatible synthetic material that stimulates new collagen production in the treatment area. As the injectable treatment stimulates new collagen production over time, it improves the quality of your skin for natural, youthful-looking features. One of the critical differences with Sculptra, compared to other dermal fillers, like Restylane, Juvederm, and Juvederm Voluma, is that they are formulated from hyaluronic acid and not poly-l-lactic acid. Hyaluronic acidfillers last a shorter period and can only be used in specific anatomic locations of the face and body. Unlike Sculptra aesthetic, hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved with either Vitrase or Hylenex. In addition, traditional hyaluronic acid fillers cannot be injected in the same depth or manner.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is a liquid injectable treatment that provides natural-looking, long-lasting rejuvenation by stimulating natural collagen production in the treatment areas to create a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. The active ingredient, poly-l-lactic acid, triggers collagenases once injected. This new collagen productionprovides remarkable facial rejuvenation and body contouring results. Collagen is a protein naturally found in the skin and contributes to a firm foundation and a more youthful appearance. Over time, collagen levels in the skin are depleted as a part of the natural aging process. This leads to the development of fine lines,facial wrinkles, and lost facial volume, causing an aged appearance. By inducing the production of new collagen, Sculptra injections help give the skin enhanced structural support, reducing the appearance of various signs of aging. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to see the effect of each Sculptra treatment, and depending on the area, it can take three or four treatments spaced about one month apart. Ultimately, after about four to six months of treatment, you will see the full cosmetic results of your Sculptra injections.
What is Sculptra used for?
Sculptra is a popular dermal filler often used to enhance the face and body and reverse various signs of aging. Sculptra injections in the beginning can correct the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles, facial volume loss, acne scars, and skin laxity. In various body areas, Sculptra treatment can improve the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, textural irregularities, and hollows.
Sculptra replenishes or adds volume in different body areas, including the midface, temples, chin, cheeks, décolletage, chest, neck, hips, knees, upper arms, and buttocks. Regarding facial rejuvenation and body contouring, many patients prefer the non-invasive injectable treatment to the alternative- plastic surgery. Plastic surgery can be costly, associated with many risks and side effects, and require significant downtime.Sculptra injections are relatively quick, painless, and involve zero downtime while consistently producing stunning cosmetic results.
The best way to understand what Sculptra can do for you is to consult a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green in NYC. Dr. Green is an expert injector with over 25 years of experience providing her patients in the Upper East Side of Manhattan with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatment options. Dr. Green will work with you to create an injectable treatment plan that works for you.
Where is Sculptra injected?
Sculptra can be injected in the following treatment areas:
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds (smile lines)
- Facial jowls
- Chin wrinkles
- Hip Dips
- Inner arms
- Upper knees
- Stretch marks
Which areas of the face can be treated with Sculptra?
Most areas of the face can be treated with Sculptra, including the chin, cheeks, jowls, temples, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines. Sculptra should not be injected into the peri-orbital area, the lips, or the forehead. Sculptra injections are designed for the deep dermis, not superficial facial areas or mucous membranes. Dr. Green offers an array of dermal filler treatments to target the facial areas that aren’t treatable with Sculptra, including Belotero, Juvederm, and Restylane hyaluronic acid fillers. Sculptra can also be used for body contouring, as discussed in the sections below.
Sculptra for age-related fine lines and facial volume loss
Signs of aging, such as fine lines and facial volume loss, become more prominent over time as existing collagen is broken down and new collagen production decreases. Collagen is a protein that contributes to the skin’s firmness, smoothness, and youthfulness. Sculptra is a novel dermal filler injectable treatment that acts as a collagen stimulator, reducing facial wrinkles, fine lines, and volume loss. Sculptra is unique because, in addition to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it enhances the firmness and quality of the skin over time, creating a wonderfully natural, more youthful appearance over several months. For many reasons, Sculptra is one of Dr. Michele Green’s most popular dermal fillers for her discerning Upper East Side NYC patients.
Sculptra for acne scars
Acne scars develop when inflammation associated with active acne causes irreparable damage to the underlying skin tissue. Most acne scars are atrophic and are characterized by depressions in the skin’s surface form when insufficient collagen is produced during the natural wound-healing process. As a collagen stimulator, Sculptra is an excellent injectable treatment option for reducing the appearance of acne scars. Most patients require an initial series of three Sculptra treatment sessions to improve their acne scars’ appearance successfully. Since there is minimal downtime associated with Sculptra injections, many patients opt to complement their injectable treatment for acne scars with resurfacing laser treatments, such as Fraxel and eMatrix, to achieve optimal results and a smoother skin texture that lasts.
Sculptra for cheek augmentation
Collagen is the most abundant skin protein and an essential structural component that provides enhanced support and a firm foundation for a supple, smooth, youthful-looking complexion. As part of the natural aging process, collagen in the skin breaks down, developing signs of aging, such as facial wrinkles, fine lines, and volume loss. Thanks to cheek augmentation with dermal filler injectable treatments, expert injectors, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC, can reverse the aging process by restoring lost volume, enhancing facial contour, and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Sculptra was first FDA-approved in 2004 for treating lipoatrophy in HIV patients, then in 2009 for cosmetic purposes. In April 2023, Sculptra became the first PLLA filler to be FDA-approved for correcting facial wrinkles, fine lines, and creases in the cheek area. Dr. Green frequently utilizes Sculptra for cheek augmentation, as it gives consistently stunning results, involves zero downtime, and provides a natural-looking, long-lasting, more youthful appearance.
Which is better for cheek augmentation: Juvederm Voluma XC or Sculptra?
Juvederm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that was first FDA-approved in 2013 and is currently one of the Juvederm family’s most popular fillers. Juvederm Voluma XC was primarily created to restore age-related volume loss in the midface. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that promotes moisture retention, improves skin elasticity, and provides a healthy, radiant glow. By injecting a sophisticated hyaluronic acid dermal filler product into the skin, such as Juvederm Voluma XC, it is possible to replenish lost facial volume, enhance certain facial features, and provide a more youthful appearance.
Regarding the ideal dermal filler for cheek augmentation, both Juvederm Voluma and Sculptra are excellent options. Since these injectable treatments are composed of different substances, they can, be used complementarily to achieve optimal cosmetic results. An expert injector, such as Dr. Green in NYC, will work with you to select the proper dermal filler treatment for your cheek augmentation, depending on your facial anatomy, particular skin concerns, and personal aesthetic goals. Patients who want an immediate lift and have good skin turgor may prefer Juvederm Voluma. Sculptra may be selected for patients with some skin laxity who want multiple areas of the face injected or want to restore their natural collagen. Every individual has their own unique set of skin concerns and aesthetic goals. Dr. Green has the experience to customize your treatment plan to incorporate the best dermal fillers.
How much Sculptra is needed for the face?
The total number of vials of Sculptra required for the face will depend on the patient’s age and the severity of the skin concerns being addressed. On average, patients require three treatment sessions using 1-2 vials of Sculptra during each session to achieve optimal cosmetic results. Each Sculptra treatment session should be spaced approximately four weeks apart. Once optimal results have been obtained, the effects of Sculptraremain for up to two years or more.
Younger individuals and patients with skin concerns that are mild to moderate in severity may require fewer vials of Sculptra. In contrast, older individuals and patients with more severe skin concerns may require additional vials of Sculptra. The best way to determine how many vials of Sculptra are needed to address your particular circumstances and obtain your personal aesthetic goals is to consult an expert injector of Sculptra, such as Dr. Green in NYC. Dr. Green is a world-renowned board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years of experience customizing each patient’s injectable treatment plan to suit them best. During your consultation, Dr. Green will physically evaluate the treatment area to determine how many vials of Sculptra you may need.
Before & After: 1 syringe of Restylane to tear troughs, 4 vials of Sculptra to cheeks, nasolabial folds, oral commissures & temples
Sculptra for body contouring
In addition to the many facial rejuvenation benefits Sculptra offers, it is also an excellent injectable treatment option for body contouring. Sculptra has been shown to rejuvenate the décolletage, hands, upper arms, sagging knees, hips, and buttocks. Incorporating Sculptra injections into non-surgical body contouring has revolutionized the approach to body rejuvenation. Patients can now achieve and maintain optimal body contouring results without invasive plastic surgery or liposuction. Dr. Green has incorporated the Sculptra Aesthetic in her NYC dermatology practice for body contouring with consistently excellent results.
Sculptra for hand rejuvenation
During the natural aging process, there is a loss of collagen and elastin in the hands, which can cause a crepey skin texture and make tendons and veins more visible. Hand fillers are an excellent treatment option to reduce the appearance of veins and tendons on the back of the hands without significant downtime. Sculptra can rejuvenate and plump the backs of hands, which become thin and have more prominent veins and wrinkles as we age. Restylane Lyft (hyaluronic acid) and Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite) are the only two dermal fillers that are FDA-approved for hand rejuvenation and augmentation. An “off-label” treatment, Sculptra gradually restores natural-looking volume by stimulating fibroblasts that contribute to collagen synthesis. For hand rejuvenation, most patients require one vial of Sculptra per treatment session with four sessions, each spaced four weeks apart.
Sculptra for neck rejuvenation
The neck skin and décolletage have a relatively low amount of natural collagen compared to other face and body areas. Some patients are genetically predisposed to horizontal neck creases. As collagen production slows and existing collagen breaks down over time, the increased skin laxity and volume loss associated with the natural aging process generally make fine lines and creases more prominent, especially in the neck. This can cause a hollow appearance and a crepey skin texture. The presence of necklines often causes many patients to feel self-conscious and can negatively impact self-esteem. Luckily, Sculptra injections can help to reduce or even eliminate the appearance of horizontal necklines. Sculptra injections are a safe and effective injectable treatment option for diminishing the appearance of these signs of aging, with consistently long-lasting and natural-looking results. When Sculptra is injected into the creases, the boost in collagen production leads to rejuvenated, smooth, youthful-looking skin.
What is Sculptra for the buttocks?
Sculptra BBL is a popular alternative to plastic surgery for augmentation of the buttocks’ shape, firmness, and volume. Sculptra injections offer patients a non-surgical approach to the Brazilian Butt Lift, which is ideal for those that want to enhance their buttocks but want to avoid an invasive surgical procedure, anesthesia, and downtime. Regarding buttocks augmentation, Sculptra treatment can be customized to an individual’s personal aesthetic goals, whether the patient prefers a subtle lift and V-shaped buttock or a more enhanced “Kardashian” look. A good candidate for the Sculptra butt lift is an individual in good general health looking for a fuller, plumper, curvier, and rounder butt without the risk and downtime associated with traditional plastic surgery. A Sculptra BBL is also a great non-san excellent option for someone with insufficient excess fat in other areas of the body who is not a candidate for a surgical BBL, which requires a fat transfer. Sculptra injections can also be performed following a surgical BBL to enhance the results further. Sculptrafor the buttocks is not FDA-approved and is considered “off-label,” meaning having your Sculptra BBL with an experienced board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green is very important to minimize the risk of side effects and achieve the best body contouring results.
How much Sculptra is needed for the buttocks?
The average number of vials of Sculptra used for a non-surgical BBL is five for each buttock, with most patients needing three treatment sessions. This equates to 30 vials of Sculptra on average, in total, for a traditional Sculptra BBL for buttocks augmentation. Of course, the number of Sculptra vials needed for a Sculptra BBL varies from patient to patient, depending on each person’s anatomy and aesthetic goals. Dr. Green will discuss your goals with you to help formulate a treatment plan for your Sculptra injections. The number of vials of Sculptra needed will be reviewed during your consultation with Dr. Green.
What is Sculptra for Hip Dips?
The term ‘hip dips’ refers to the indentations where the hips and outer thighs meet. Some women have hip dips, while others do not. This is Hipe primarily genetic, and their appearance is due to pelvic bone structure. While hip dips are entirely natural and normal, many women desire a fuller, rounder hip shape. Sculptra is an excellent dermal filler for creating rounder hips and achieving a more hourglass figure. Sculptra stimulates new collagen production that, over time, fills in the hollows that are the hip dips. As a non-invasive treatment option, Sculptra is ideal for those interested in achieving their desired hip shape without plastic surgery. As a bonus, there is zero downtime involved with Sculptra treatment, meaning patients can resume their normal daily activities after having Sculptra injections for their hip dips.
How much Sculptra is needed for the hips?
Most patients require an initial short series of treatment sessions with Sculptra to achieve ideal cosmetic results, including when reducing the appearance of hip dips. Typically, Sculptra treatment for hip dips entails injecting between 8 to 10 vials of Sculptra per treatment. The average number of treatment sessions correcting hip dips is three. Each treatment session should be scheduled at an interval of approximately four weeks. A total of 20 to 30 vials of Sculptra is needed to achieve full correction of hip dips and achieve the desired hourglass figure.
Sculptra aesthetic treatment for cellulite
Cellulite is an incredibly common skin condition caused by the tension between bulging fat cells and the fibrous cords that connect the skin and muscle, leaving a lumpy and dimpled appearance on the skin’s surface. By inducing new collagen production in the buttocks area, Sculptra injections can minimize the look of cellulite dimples and rippling. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the skin that provides enhanced structural support and a firm, smooth, tight texture. Over time, the new collagen produced due to Sculptra treatment will help fill in cellulite dimples, creating a smoother skin texture.
Female with 2 Sculptra, 2 eMatrix and 1 Restylane injection
Sculptra treatment for stretch marks
Stretch marks are scars in the dermis when collagen and elastin fibers in the skin tear. Collagen and elastin are proteins in the body that provide the skin with strength and elasticity, but when the skin stretches too quickly or is overstretched, they can become damaged and lead to stretch marks. Some potential causes of stretch marks include changes in various hormone levels, genetic disposition, rapid growth spurts, pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, and rapid loss or gain of muscle. Sculptra can be injected into depressed stretch marks, stimulating new collagen production, resulting in volume restoration, a smoother skin texture, and enhanced skin elasticity.
How do I prepare for Sculptra treatment?
Sculptra injections are straightforward, and minimal treatment preparation is required. Dr. Green advises her patients to discontinue blood-thinning agents, including Aspirin-containing products, multivitamins, and herbal supplements, for two weeks before having Sculptra injections to help prevent bruising. To minimize bruising, Dr. Green recommends oral Arnika Forte, an herbal supplement that prevents bruising and accelerates healing, for several days before and after your Sculptra injections. A topical anesthetic cream should be applied to the entire treatment area one hour before your appointment. This step will numb the skin and help eliminate any potential discomfort during the Sculptra injections.
What is Sculptra treatment like?
The first step is consulting with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green at her private office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. During your consultation, Dr. Green will collect a thorough medical history, physically evaluate the areas of concern, and review any previous cosmetic procedures you may have had. Dr. Green will then determine which non-invasive cosmetic treatment options best suit your skin type, particular needs, and overall aesthetic goals. Proper skin care will be discussed, and your current skincare treatment regimen will be reviewed. If you are deemed a good candidate for Sculptra injections, a topical anesthetic should be applied to the treatment area one hour before your treatment. With the use of the topical anesthetic, most patients experience minimal, if any, discomfort during the Sculptra treatment. After Dr. Green performs your Sculptra injections, the treatment area will be massaged for five minutes. Patients should adhere to the “rule of 5’s” after Sculptra treatment, remembering to massage the treatment area five times a day for five minutes for five consecutive days.
What are the side effects of Sculptra injections?
The most common side effects from Sculptra injections arSculptra injections’ most common side effects are the injection sites. These side effects are typically mild and resolve independently within a week of having Sculptra treatment. To minimize the risk of bruising after Sculptra injections, Dr. Green advises her patients to discontinue blood-thinning medications and supplements, including Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Fish oil, vitamin E, and Coumadin. Patients prone to bruising may wish to take an herbal supplement called Arnika Forte for several days before and after their Sculptra treatment. Arnika has been shown to help prevent bruising and accelerate the healing process should bruising occur.
Skin discoloration and the delayed appearance of nodules are rarer potential side effects of Sculptra injections. Lumps or bumps near the injection sites characterize Sculptra nodules. Nodules may be visibly noticeable or felt underneath the skin. Sculptra nodules may form due to improper dilution of the product or injection technique or failure to massage the treatment area as directed by your provider following injections. If nodules develop in the treatment area, there are few options for correction. The nodules usually eventually resolve independently, although this can take several years. There have been some reports of cortisone injections helping to minimize Sculptra nodules, although this is not necessarily a straightforward nor guaranteed process. The final option is to have the nodule surgically excised by a plastic surgeon. None of these options are ideal, so having your initial Sculptra injections with an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green in NYC, is critical.
How much does one vial of Sculptra cost?
Depending on the geographic location of the office in which you are treated, the experience level of your injector, and the designated treatment area, a vial of Sculptra can cost $1,000-$1,700.
How much does Sculptra treatment cost?
Several factors, including the scope of the treatment area and the number of vials of Sculptra needed, influence the total cost of Sculptra treatment. The experience level of your healthcare provider and the geographic location of the office in which you are treated can also impact the cost of Sculptra treatment. Sculptra treatment with an expert injector, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York, will be more expensive than a nurse injector in a medical spa setting. However, an expert must perform your Sculptra injections to prevent encountering unwanted side effects, such as nodule development, and guarantee ideal cosmetic results. In addition, since the effects of Sculptra last longer than the effects of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, the overall cost of having Sculptra may be less than HA dermal fillers. The best way to determine the total cost of Sculptra treatment is by consulting with Dr. Green. During your consultation, Dr. Green will evaluate the treatment area and determine how many vials of Sculptra are required for your treatment. At that time, the cost of your Sculptra treatment can be approximated.
Does Sculptra work?
Yes! Sculptra Aesthetic is a fantastic dermal filler that works to restore your natural collagen. Sculptra is an injectable treatment that does not contain human, animal, or bacterial components and does not require allergy testing before treatment. Individuals who prefer to avoid synthetic or bovine products can use Sculptra. Most patients need a short series of treatment sessions with Sculptra injections to achieve their ideal cosmetic results. After patients have completed their series of injections, the effects of Sculptratypically last up to two years. The cosmetic effect of Scultra can be maintained by engaging in regular follow-up treatment sessions on a timeline that suits your personal needs and aesthetic goals. When you consult with expert Sculptra injector Dr. Michele Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will construct a plan for injectable treatments to guarantee they work for you.
How long does it take for Sculptra to work?
Sculptra is a collagen stimulator that produces gradual rejuvenation results over time. The initial results from your first Sculptra treatment session will start to be noticeable approximately six weeks after the injections. The body continues to produce new collagen up to six months after the Sculptra injections. Most patients require a series of treatment sessions, usually three, to achieve optimal results.
Is Sculptra permanent?
No. Sculptra is not a permanent dermal filler. Sculptra is a semi-permanent dermal filler. While Sculptra treatment is not permanent, these dermal filler injections provide long-lasting results for skin rejuvenation. Studies show that the effects of Sculptra last more than two years after undergoing a short series of treatment sessions to achieve full correction. Maintenance treatment sessions are needed to restore volume and new collagen production over time.
How long does Sculptra last?
After ideal results have been obtained, typically after a short initial series of treatments, the rejuvenating effects of Sculptra can last two years or more. Most patients choose to engage in regular maintenance treatment sessions on an annual basis to stay on top of their results. Without having routine maintenance treatment sessions as needed, the effects of Sculptra will gradually fade on their own.
Does Sculptra hurt?
No! Sculptra is mixed with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, immediately before injections. This significantly reduces any potential discomfort that could occur during Sculptra treatment. Additionally, Dr. Green prescribes her patients a topical anesthetic cream that should be applied to the entire treatment area one hour before the scheduled appointment. Once you’ve arrived at Dr. Green’s private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, the numbing cream is removed and the skin sterilized. Most patients experience minimal, if any, discomfort during their injectable treatment.
Is Sculptra safe?
Yes! When performed by an experienced injector, Sculptra treatment is very safe. The United States Food and Drug Administration approved Sculptra in 2004 for correcting lipoatrophy in HIV patients. Sculptra was then FDA-approved in 2009 for cosmetic injection after extensive clinical trials to determine that the treatment was safe and effective for aesthetic use. Sculptra treatment is non-invasive, meaning no cuts are being made on the skin; simply injections of the Sculptra liquid filler into the dermis. During your initial consultation with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will collect a thorough medical history, physically assess the treatment area, and review any previous cosmetic treatments you’ve had to determine whether you are a good candidate for Sculptra. Dr. Green has over 25 years of experience at the forefront of cosmetic dermatology, and the safety and satisfaction of her patients have always been the top priority.
When do Sculptra nodules appear?
Nodules are a rare potential side effect of Sculptra characterized by lumps or bumps near the injection sites.Nodules may be visibly noticeable or felt underneath the skin. Sculptra nodules may form due to improper dilution of the product or injection technique or failure to massage the treatment area as directed by your provider following injections. Nodules, if they form, tend to develop several months after Sculptra injections. Some reports indicate that nodules can be reduced with corticosteroid injections, whereas other noduleothers to several years. To avoid nodule development and guarantee the best cosmetic results, Sculptra injections should always be performed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC.
Can Sculptra be dissolved?
Sculptra cannot be dissolved after injections, as the result of treatment is new collagen production. This further distinguishes Sculptra from hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, which can easily be dissolved with hyaluronidase injections. The effects of Sculptra can remain for up to two years, and since Sculptra cannot be removed or reversed, this dermal filler must be prepared and injected correctly. If nodules develop in the treatment area, there are few treatment options. The nodules usually eventually resolve independently, although this can take several years. There have been some reports of cortisone injections helping to minimize Sculptra nodules, although this is not necessarily a straightforward nor guaranteed process. The final option is to have the nodule surgically excised by a plastic surgeon. None of these options are ideal, so having your initial Sculptra injections with an experienced board-certified dermatologist is critical. Dr. Michele Green in New York City is a world-renowned board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years of experience providing the most innovative non-invasive cosmetic treatment options, including Sculptra Aesthetic. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to ensure that your Sculptra treatment provides optimal cosmetic results.
Is Sculptra a dermal filler?
Yes, Sculptra is a dermal filler composed of poly-L-lactic acid. This FDA-approved injectable treatment is unique in that it is a collagen stimulator. Collagen is the most abundant skin protein, contributing to a firm skin texture, structural support, and a more youthful appearance. Once injected, Sculptra stimulates new collagen production in the treatment area. This dermal filler is ideal for replenishing volume loss in different face and body areas. Many different types of dermal fillers are available on the market, and it can be challenging to determine which type is best suited to you without the help of an expert. Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned leader in the field of cosmetic dermatology with over 25 years of experience providing some of the most discerning individuals from around the globe with their dermal filler injectable treatments for facial rejuvenation from her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to customize a dermal filler treatment plan that best suits your needs and unique aesthetic goals.
Does Sculptra migrate?
No, Sculptra does not migrate. The molecular structure of Sculptra prevents its migration. Sculptra is, however, a liquid dermal filler with aftercare instructions that should be adhered to guarantee the best results. After Sculptra injections, the treatment area must be massaged five times daily, for five minutes each, for five consecutive days. This step guarantees that the dermal filler is evenly distributed throughout the treatment area, guaranteeing ideal cosmetic results and preventing unwanted side effects like nodule development. Sculptra nodules form when new collagen production occurs in a cluster, resulting in a firm lump in the skin that may or may not be visible. Since Sculptra is a dermal filler that cannot be dissolved or easily removed after injection, your Sculptra treatment must be performed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green in NYC, with the expertise to guarantee ideal results and best prevent unwanted side effects.
Who is a good candidate for Sculptra injections?
Sculptra is a versatile injectable treatment that can address various skin concerns, including facial volume loss, hollowness, fine lines, cellulite, stretch marks, and acne scars. An ideal candidate for Sculptra injections should be in good general health and at least 18 years of age. Patients with good skin turgor and older patients with poor skin laxity are good candidates for Sculptra aesthetic. Sculptra treatment may be an excellent solution to achieve long-lasting cosmetic results without consulting a plastic surgeon. Sculptra injections can provide natural collagen production for optimal rejuvenation results without downtime. The easiest way to determine whether you are a good candidate for Sculptra injections is to consult a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green.
Who is not a candidate for Sculptra Aesthetic?
Individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18 years of age should not have Sculptra injections. Additionally, you should not be treated with Sculptra Aesthetic if you have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring, an autoimmune disorder, or an allergy to any of the ingredients in the dermal filler.
What is Sculptra made of?
Sculptra is a collagen stimulator that is made of a substance called poly-L-lactic (PLLA). PLLA is a well-known material that has been used in medical products for more than 20 years. It is commonly used as a component of dissolvable sutures and surgical implants. Sculptra is a biocompatible injectable material that stimulates new collagen production in the treatment area and is gradually broken down and naturally removed from the body over time.
Who makes Sculptra?
Sculptra is made by a pharmaceutical company called Galderma. Galderma also offers over-the-counter products, prescription drugs, and other aesthetic solutions. Regarding injectable treatments, Galderma also manufactures the Restylane family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers and Dysport. Dysport is an injectable neurotoxin that is comparable to Botox.
How was Sculptra Developed?
Sculptra was initially developed to treat facial lipoatrophy, or fat loss, in individuals with HIV. Lipoatrophycauses a hollow or sunken appearance in the midface, which Sculptra treatment was developed to correct. Sculptra was first FDA-approved in 2004 exclusively to treat lipoatrophy in patients with HIV and was used on these individuals to stimulate new collagen production in the skin and restore the lost facial volume. Sculptra treatment for lipoatrophy was so successful that, in 2009, Sculptra Aesthetic gained FDA approval for aesthetic purposes in patients with healthy immune systems. The safety and efficacy of Sculptra as a cosmetic treatment are well-established, and it is an incredibly popular dermal filler with many applications.
Is Sculptra worth it?
Sculptra is a popular dermal filler that can effectively address various facial and body cosmetic concerns. Sculptra injections offer patients a non-invasive cosmetic solution for addressing multiple skin concerns, with natural-looking and long-lasting benefits. Treatment with Sculptra Aesthetic may be the solution if you are looking for a natural way to treat volume loss, fine lines, facial wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, cellulite, or hollowness. Patients agree that Sculptra injections with an expert board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC, are absolute!
What is the process of Sculptra treatment?
The first step in getting Sculptra treatment is a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green at her private office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. During your consultation, Dr. Green will collect a thorough medical history, physically evaluate the areas of concern, and review any previous cosmetic treatments you may have had. Suppose it’s determined you are indeed a candidate for Sculptra injections. In that case, the procedure may be performed on the same day as your consultation or scheduled for a later date, depending on preference and time allowance. On the day of your Sculptra treatment, a topical anesthetic cream should be applied to the entire treatment area one hour before the cosmetic injections. The topical anesthetic will numb the area to eliminate potential discomfort during the Sculptra injections. Immediately before the Sculptra injections, the topical anesthetic cream will be removed, your skin will be sterilized, and Dr. Green will map the injection sites. Dr. Green then expertly injects the Sculptra into the deep dermis, below the skin’s surface, into the areas of the face or body being treated.
The “rule of 5’s” is the most important aspect of aftercare for Sculptra Aesthetic treatment. To ensure even distribution of Sculptra and prevent nodule formation, the treatment area should be massaged five times a day for five minutes for five consecutive days. When you have Sculptra treatment at Dr. Green’s dermatologyoffice, the first massage will be performed after the injections. Since Sculptra is a gradual process that requires multiple treatment sessions, the full effects of Sculptra will take several months to develop. Generally, three to four treatment sessions are necessary, each spaced four to six weeks apart, to obtain the best cosmetic results. Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after leaving the office since there is no downtime. Over the next few months, Sculptra stimulates your natural collagen production. Your body’s response to Sculptra injections is to encapsulate it with the biospheres of your new collagen. It is this new collagen that ultimately produces an improvement in the appearance of your skin. The body continues to produce new collagen up to six months after the Sculptra injections. Makeup can be applied several hours after Sculptra injections. No skin tests are required for Sculptra since no known allergies are associated with this dermal filler product.
What is the downtime for Sculptra treatment?
One of the most significant benefits of Sculptra treatment is the lack of downtime. Since Sculptra is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, patients can resume their normal daily activities immediately after having their Sculptra injections. The most crucial aftercare component for Sculptra treatment is the “rule of 5’s”. After Sculptra injections, patients are advised to massage the treated area for five consecutive days, five times a day for five minutes. Massaging the treated area encourages even distribution of the liquid dermal filler and prevents nodules from occurring. Sculptra nodules are a rare, unwanted side effect that occurs when new collagen production concentrates in a small area, resulting in lumps in the skin that may or may not be visible. When you have Sculptra treatment at Dr. Green’s private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood, the first massage will be performed after the injections are finished. Common side effects of Sculptra include mild swelling and bruising in the treatment areas, which typically resolve independently within a week of treatment.
How soon can I apply makeup after Sculptra injections?
Makeup can be worn several hours after having Sculptra injections. It is best not to apply makeup immediately after the injection of dermal fillers.
Can Sculptra cause cancer?
There are no studies indicating that Sculptra injections can cause cancer or that Sculptra injections are in any way linked to cancer development. The common side effects of Sculptra include swelling, bruising, redness, and tenderness near the injection sites. Rare side effects typically occur when having injections with an unqualified or inexperienced injector may include nodules, facial asymmetry, or skin discoloration.
Can Sculptra go wrong?
Sculptra treatment is a safe and effective treatment requiring precision injections and is best performed by an experienced, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green. If patients experience any side effects, most may see minor side effects such as swelling, bruising, or redness at the injection site that will resolve independently in several days. In rare cases, patients may develop lumps or nodules at the site of the injections, which can occur if the injections are not done with enough depth. Therefore, an experienced injector is necessary, as receiving treatment from an expert reduces the risk of potential problematic side effects.
Why choose Dr. Michele Green in NYC for Sculptra injections?
Sculptra should always be injected by a board-certified dermatologist with the expertise and experience required to perform your treatment safely and effectively and deliver ideal cosmetic results. This is especially important with Sculptra, a dermal filler that cannot be dissolved or removed once injected. Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned leader in cosmetic dermatology with over 25 years of experience providing her patients from around the globe with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatment options available, including Sculptra. Dr. Green takes a holistic approach and embraces a ‘less is more’ philosophy regarding rejuvenation treatment. She loves Sculptra because it consistently produces natural-looking, long-lasting, ideal cosmetic results. When you consult with Dr. Green for your Sculptra injections, she will work with you to customize your treatment plan so that it is best suited to addressing your specific skin needs and achieving your optimal results so that you look and feel like the best version of yourself.
How to get started with Sculptra treatments in New York with Dr. Michele Green
Sculptra is an exceptional dermal filler that can address various cosmetic concerns in multiple areas of the face and body. Sculptra is a liquid injectable treatment that provides natural-looking, long-lasting rejuvenation by stimulating natural collagen production in the treatment areas to create a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. Sculptra injections in the face can correct the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles, facial volume loss, acne scars, and skin laxity. In various body areas, Sculptra treatment can improve the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, textural irregularities, and hollows. Since Sculptra is a dermal filler that cannot be dissolved or removed once injected, Sculptra injections must be performed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist with the expertise to provide treatment safely and effectively that prevents encountering unwanted side effects and delivers optimal results, such as Dr. Green in NYC.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the world’s most discerning individuals with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatment options, including Sculptra for facial rejuvenation and body contouring. Dr. Green takes a holistic approach and embraces a less-is-more philosophy regarding rejuvenation, customizing each patient’s treatment plan to meet their needs and achieve optimal cosmetic results. She is consistently identified as one of NYC’s physicians for her dedication to her patients and expertise. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to create a treatment plan that provides a natural-looking, long-lasting, more youthful appearance. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, contact us online today or call the NYC based office at 212-535-3088.