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. This collagen loss can make us look tired and appear older than our real age. One of the most popular ways to restore a youthful appearance is with dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra. Sculptra is one of Dr. Michele Green’s most popular dermal fillers for her discerning Upper East Side NYC patients. 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, 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 liquid 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 made of a a synthetic material and 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.
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 appearing overall. Prior to injections, Sculptra is mixed with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, which makes the treatment process itself essentially painless for the patient. For sensitive patients, a topical numbing cream can be used to further reduce any discomfort. The numbing cream should be applied to clean skin an hour before the injection appointment and will be removed when the skin is sterilized before treatment.
Sculptra – 3 months before and after
Can you use Sculptra injectable 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. Sculptra can also be injected into the chin, chin wrinkles, jowls, and neck. 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 after 2 treatments – before and after
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 about how to massage your face after Sculptra, then 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 for patients who are treated by Dr. Green in NYC, who performs artful and skillful injections. 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 wonderful, natural-looking results.
Voluma & Sculptra – 8 months
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.
Sculptra and Restylane – 4 months
How much do Sculptra injections cost for the face?
The cost of having Sculptra aesthetic treatment varies widely depending on the number of vials of Sculptra that are required per treatment area, as well as the current skin condition and desired results of each individual patient. Though cost is determined by a number of factors, the average cost per vial of Sculptra in NYC when injected by a board certified cosmetic dermatologist, like Dr. Green, is approximately $1,200 per vial.
How many sessions of Sculptra injections are needed in a series of treatments?
When it comes to replenishing facial volume and improving the texture of skin, patients typically require at least three treatment sessions with Sculptra about four weeks apart. Patients who present with more severe scarring or lack of volume may require six or more sessions in their treatment series. For patients who are being treated wire Sculptra injections for a non-surgical butt lift, the same number of treatment sessions (approximately three) will be required, with more vials being injected during each session. In your consultation with Dr. Green, you will discuss your targeted treatment area and estimate how many sessions of Sculptra injections you may need in your series of treatments to achieve your desired results.
When does Sculptra peak?
Unlike other types of dermal fillers that produce immediate cosmetic results, after having treatment with injections of Sculptra patients may notice that the appearance of their skin continues to progressively improve for up to six months after they are initially injected. While the first observable cosmetic effects are apparent approximately six weeks after sculptra injections, since Sculptra acts a collagen stimulator, the peak results are generally observed somewhere between three and six months after the injections take place. The process of being treated with Sculptra injections is gradual and one should not feel discouraged if it is taking longer than several weeks to notice cosmetic results. Although the results from treatment with Sculptra take some time to develop, patients appreciate the fact that the injections encourage long-lasting, natural collagen production, with the effects lasting for up to two years.
Sculptra face and chin & AlexTrivantage for dark/sun spots
Are Sculptra injections immediate?
Unlike some other dermal filler treatments that produce immediate results, Sculptra injections take time to produce final cosmetic results. Usually, patients require a short series of treatments with Sculptra injections to achieve their desired results. Dr. Michele Green in New York City will develop with you a treatment plan that is uniquely tailored to your skins needs and your aesthetic preferences.
Are Sculptra injections permanent?
Treatment with Sculptra injections produces semi-permanent cosmetic results. While the effects are not permanent, they are long-lasting. Patients typically observe that their results from Sculptra injections last for up to two years, though some patients experience even longer lasting benefits from their Sculptra treatment, with results observed for up to five years.
Can I sleep on my face after Sculptra injections?
It is recommended that following treatment with Sculptra injections for facial rejuvenation, patients sleep on their back. If Sculptra was injected into the buttocks to enhance volume, then patients should sleep on their stomach or side. Adjusting your sleeping position after injections can relieve pressure on the treatment area and facilitate the healing process.
Can Sculptra aesthetic be combined with laser treatments?
Absolutely! Patients can easily incorporate Sculptra injections and a number of other cosmetic procedures into their non-surgical treatment plans to achieve pan-facial rejuvenation with minimal, if any, downtime. Dr. Green often suggests to her patients that they replenish facial volume through a series of treatments with Sculptra injections (injected into the deep dermis) and follow up with procedures that will target more superficial layers of the skin. Vivace, Thermage, and eMatrix are among the most popular laser treatments that are combined with Sculptra injections in the NYC dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green.
Vivace is a unique treatment that uses a combination of microneedling and RF technology to produce a more youthful, radiant, and even skin tone and texture. Vivace Microneedling is an excellent treatment option for skin tightening, as well as for improving the overall appearance of the skin’s texture and in particular, fine lines, enlarged pores, and acne scars.
eMatrix sublative rejuvenation system is a laser skin resurfacing treatment that utilizes bi-polar radio frequency energy to heat the dermal layers of skin while leaving epidermal layers intact. The laser induces the wound healing process of the skin, stimulating new collagen production in the treatment area. The production of new collagen creates a complexion that is smoother, brighter, tighter, more youthful looking skin.
Thermage is a treatment that helps tighten and contour skin in a single session with no surgery, no injections, and no downtime. Thermage stimulates the body’s natural renewal process by inducing collagen production, generating a lifting and tightening and providing smoother, firmer skin- without a facelift. When it comes to addressing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin, Thermage® is an excellent non-surgical option for both facial and body skin rejuvenation. Results from Thermage are typically seen 4 to 6 months after treatment and can last for up to two years. Combining Thermage treatment and Botox injections can provide patients with a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance all without plastic surgery.
Depending on the specific skin concerns that you want to address and the cosmetic goals that you have, Dr. Green will customize her recommendations for your treatment approach so that it is best suited to you and your skins needs. There is an array of laser treatment options that can complement treatment with Sculptra injections, and Dr. Greens will help you personalize your treatment plan so that it is perfect for you.
Sculptra before and after photo – 2 months
Can Sculptra be used for areas other than facial wrinkles?
Yes! Sculptra, a liquid filler created by the Galderma company, has long been acknowledged as an unparalleled volumizer for the face. Offering unparalleled longevity in comparison to many of the typically utilized hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Although Sculptra is most widely associated with injection into the mid face and temples, the benefits of Sculptra are now recognized to go far beyond just the face. Sculptra has been shown to be an effective tool in rejuvenation for areas such as the décolletage, chest, neck, hip dips, hands, upper arms, sagging knees, and the buttocks.
Dr. Michele Green in NYC is an expert injector and frequently uses Sculptra to eliminate the appearance of neck bands (increasingly popular as a treatment, thanks to tech neck), reduce the look of cellulite, and provide a youthful volume to areas of the body other than the face. Sculptra has become increasing popular for correction of hip dips and for buttock augmentation. No matter what your area of concern may be, if you are interested in achieving a smoother, firmer, and more lifted look, Dr. Green can help with Sculptra injections.
How does Sculptra Aesthetic compare with Radiesse?
Sculptra and Radiesse are two dermal filler products that are similar in that they both stimulate the production of new collagen in the skin as well as provide enhanced structural support for the skin. Sculptra, however, is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, whereas Radiesse is made of biocompatible calcium microspheres. The cosmetic effects from treatment with Sculptra injections typically last for up to two years, compared to Radiesse that lasts for up to one year. Radiesse injections can produce immediate results, and Sculptra usually requires a series of treatments over time to achieve the ideal cosmetic outcome. When you consult with Dr. Green in her private dermatology office in NYC, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about whether you are a good candidate for treatment with Sculptra or Radiesse injections, and discover which dermal filler product will provide you with optimal results.
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. Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York by Castle Connolly Best Doctors, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green please call our NYC office at 212-535-3088 or contact us online today to learn more about whether Sculptra® may be the best non-surgical treatment for you.