One of the key causes of fine lines and wrinkles on the face is the loss of collagen, which is a natural part of the aging process. However, sometimes this collagen loss can make us look more tired or older than our age. One of the most popular was to restore a youthful appearance is with dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra. Dermal fillers are able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds on the skin, as well as to correct volume loss in key areas of the face. In addition to this, some dermal fillers and cosmetic treatments can also help increase natural collagen production in the body, which in turn can help with pan-facial rejuvenation. Sculptra aesthetics has become so advanced that this injectable is used by Dr. Green to to create a Sculptra face lift.
Sculptra aesthetic is an FDA-approved dermal filler that reduces wrinkles, which restores facial volume, and helps to boost new collagen production in the face and body. Sculptra® is composed of poly-L-lactic acid which gradually stimulates collagen production and improves the skin’s overall elasticity. This increase in collagen leads to a more natural, beautiful, and youthful appearance. Sculptra, like other dermal fillers, is a non-invasive injectable that can improve the look of your face without the need for an invasive facelift that a plastic surgeon might offer. As it can provide pan-facial rejuvenation without the need for any downtime, Sculptra and other dermal fillers have become a highly popular cosmetic treatment option among our patients.
If you’re frustrated by the appearance of aging on the skin, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Michele Green is an expert in Sculptra aesthetics for the face as well as the body. With over 25 years of experience in collagen injections, Botox, Sculptra, Juvederm, Restylane, and other dermal fillers, her “less is more” philosophy will rejuvenate your skin with the most natural looking results. Dr. Green is consistently voted one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in NYC and specializes in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to boost collagen production, rejuvenate the skin, all without the need for plastic surgery.
What is Sculptra dermal filler?
Sculptra dermal filler is a poly-L-lactic acid filler that uses an initial volumizing formulation to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the skin. Over time, the poly-L-lactic acid stimulates natural collagen in the body, which leads to long-lasting results at and around the treatment area. It’s an FDA-approved injectable that uses a synthetic, biocompatible formulation to improve the appearance of depressions like nasolabial folds (also known as “smile lines”) and marionette lines, as well as scars, skin folds, stretch marks, and hallows on the body and face. In terms of facial contouring, Sculptra can be used to contour the jawline, as well as the area around the mouth, restoring age-related sagging or volume loss.
Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a substance that has historically been used as a component of dissolvable sutures and soft tissue implants. Sculptra is a biodegradable substance, meaning that it’s broken down and naturally removed by the body, and it’s able to stimulate your body’s natural collagen as it breaks down. 4-6 weeks after a treatment session, or after a treatment regimen of multiple sessions spaced about a month apart, patients are able to see the full results of Sculptra’s volumizing and restorative formulation.
Can you use Sculptra on the face?
Sculptra is an excellent dermal filler option for providing a “liquid facelift”, as it can successfully be applied to almost all of the areas of the face. Patients commonly use Sculptra to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, as well as in the temples and jawline to improve facial contouring. A popular Sculptra injection site is in the mid-face, as it can act as an effective cheek filler. A Sculptra treatment regiment can help to boost collagen in the mid-face, creating beautiful cheekbone or cheek enhancement. However, it’s good to note that Sculptra is contraindicated immediately under the eye, as well as in the lips, as it’s not formulated for use in superficial facial areas or mucous membranes.
What does Sculptra do to your face?
Through a Sculptra treatment regimen, patients are able to revitalize the look and feel of their face. Sculptra boosts volume within the skin, and also is able to ignite collagen production in the skin as it’s broken down by the body, creating long-lasting results. Sculptra is unique in that it’s a non-invasive procedure that not only reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after initial injection, but also enhances the firmness and quality of the skin over time, creating a wonderfully natural, youthful appearance over the course of several months.
Does Sculptra lift the face?
Many patients refer to Sculptra treatment on the face as a Sculptra “liquid facelift”, as it restores volume that in turn can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging in the skin. It’s particularly popular amongst those looking for cheek or jawline rejuvenation, as it uses your body’s natural collagen stores to restore volume and improve the elasticity of the skin. Sculptra can also be combined with other facial rejuvenation and skin care procedures, such as Botox to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, Thermage FLX for skin tightening, and Fraxel laser skin resurfacing. When you work with Dr. Green, she will help you to curate a treatment plan that will allow you to look and feel like your best self.
Sculptra Aesthetic Treatment
The process for Sculptra aesthetic treatment for the face is simple and easy. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green for an initial consultation. During this time, you can discuss your current skin condition, treatment goals, and medical history. Dr. Green will work with you to develop a carefully tailored treatment plan, and will assess if you are a good candidate for Sculptra treatment or any other dermal fillers. During this initial consultation, Dr. Green will be able to recommend the appropriate number of vials and treatment sessions for Sculptra in order to achieve your desired results.
How to inject Sculptra in the face
If you’re a good candidate for Sculptra, a treatment session or multiple treatment sessions will be scheduled. Prior to treatment, we recommend that patients avoid blood thinners and aspirin, as this can increase a risk of bruising from an injectable treatment. For the procedure itself, the treatment area is cleaned and a topical anesthetic is applied to reduce any potential discomfort. Then, Dr. Green will inject the appropriate Sculptra formulation into the treatment area, and gently massage the treatment area in order to ensure an even distribution. Following this, an ice pack is applied to the treatment area in order to reduce any swelling.
How do I massage my face after Sculptra injections?
If you’re curious how to massage your face after Sculptra, you may have heard stories of those who received Sculptra treatments from an inexperienced injector and ended up with bumps or nodules under the surface of the skin. This is highly unlikely in the case of Dr. Green’s artful injection skill. However, in order to create the best possible results, she recommends that patients do at-home massage after your Sculptra treatment. Dr. Green abides by the “rule of fives”: massaging five times a day, for five minutes, for a total of five days. This can help to evenly distribute the product and create a wonderful, natural-looking results.
Does Sculptra make the face look puffy?
Immediately after your treatment, you may experience some mild swelling, giving an appearance of added volume and fullness to the face. However, after the first day, this swelling should dissipate, and your full results should appear over the course of the next few weeks.
How long does Sculptra last in the face?
Sculptra is a unique filler in that its effects are incredibly long-lasting. Though the treatment results are not permanent, patients can enjoy optimal results for up to two years, once desired results and fullness have been achieved. The majority of patients opt to complete annual or bi-annual “touch-up” treatment sessions in order to maintain a natural-looking, youthful appearance.
How many vials of Sculptra are needed for the face?
The amount of Sculptra vials needed for a Sculptra facelift varies depending on each individual patient’s age, desired results, and current skin condition. Typically, patients who suffer from greater volume loss or deeper folds typically require two vials per treatment session, whereas patients with less severe signs of aging tend to require only a single vial per treatment session. When you meet with Dr. Green, she’ll be able to determine the right amount of Sculptra based on your needs and goals. Three to four sessions, spaced one month apart, are needed to achieve the desired effect and complete the effects of volume replacement and new collagen production.
How much is Sculptra for the face?
The cost of Sculptra aesthetic treatment varies widely depending on the number of vials required per treatment area, as well as the current skin condition and desired results of each individual patient. However, the average cost per vial of Sculptra in NYC when injected by a board certified cosmetic dermatologist, like Dr. Green, is approximately $1,000 per vial.
Are there any side effects to Sculptra treatment?
The side effects of Sculptra are typically quite mild and, as it’s biocompatible, allergic reactions to the injection are incredibly rare. Some patients will experience mild swelling or redness immediately post-treatment, but these symptoms typically dissipate over the course of a few days. In rare cases, patients may observe small nodules or lumps under the skin, but these side effects are much more likely to occur from treatment with an inexperienced or unqualified injector. It’s also good to note that, unlike hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane that are reversible through the use of hyaluronidase injections, Sculptra treatment is not reversible. This is why it’s so important to work with a veteran, board-certified dermatologist for your Sculptra injections. Dr. Green uses her expert knowledge to properly prepare, dilute, and apply Sculptra injections, and the safety and satisfaction of her patients is her top priority.
How do I get started with Sculptra facial injections?
If you’re frustrated by visible signs of aging, Sculptra treatment may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Dr. Michele Green is an expert in NYC in cosmetic injectables, including Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra dermal fillers to treat fine lines and wrinkles, and replace lost volume. With over two decades of experience in cosmetic procedures, Dr. Green will give you the natural looking, rejuvenated look that you want. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Sculptra® may be right for you.