Sculptra was the first FDA approved to restore volume in the face, for lipoatrophy, and help erase fine lines and deeper wrinkles. Now, Sculptra injections have been increasing in popularity as as a non-surgical alternative to a have a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) and to replace lost volume in the hip dips. With no downtime involved with this procedure, Sculptra injections are surging in popularity in the United States and abroad. Hip dip contouring is considered one of the most successful applications of Sculptra injections being performed on the body, along with buttock augmentation. In the past, only plastic surgery with fat transfer or hips implants were available to achieve this type of body contouring. With with advent of Sculptra, this dermal filler has achieved this same results without the need for a surgical procedure. Dr. Michele Green, in her boutique private NYC office, specializes in non-invasive body contouring and is an expert in Sculptra injections in New York.
How does Sculptra work to increase volume?
Sculptra aesthetic is a unique dermal filler which works by stimulating the body’s ability to increase collagen production. Sculptra is a water based injectable which uses a special acid, called Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA), which acts as a bio-activator, stimulating collagen production, and gradually restoring volume to the treated area. A series of treatments are needed, scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart, to stimulate new collagen formation, restore and produce new tissue, and volumize the treated area. The results are not immediate, and full correction can take anywhere from 4 to 6 months in duration.
Sculptra’s primary purpose was to restore lost facial volume, and treat fine lines and deep wrinkles by simulating elastin and collagen production. Some of the most common areas which Sculptra injections are used are to restore volume in the nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines, temple, contouring the cheeks, chin, and jawline. Sculptra is also extensively for the body, for the arms, tops of knees, decolettage, buttock, and cellulite treatment. Sculptra is also effective at treating stretch marks buy building new collagen, and tightening and toning the skin.
The benefit of Sculptra injections are that the full results lasts more than 2 years, making it the longest lasting non-surgical buttock and hip dip augmentation procedure currently available. Sculptra provides long-term facial and body rejuvenation and is perfect for patients who prefer gradual results, and want long lasting result without surgery or downtime.
How is Sculptra different from hyaluronic acid fillers or Botox?
Sculptra aesthetic is a dermal filler whose biostimulatory effect stimulates new collagen production. Hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero, add volume directly into the treated area, to fill in lines and wrinkles. Botox is a neuromodulator, whose mechanism of action relies on immobilizing muscles of facial expression, such as around the eyes (Crow’s feet), glabella (the 11’s) and forehead wrinkles. Many patients have a combination of Botox and dermal fillers with Sculptra injections since they serve different functions and complement the overall cosmetic results.
How does Sculptra work for hip dips?
Hip dips are more prominent in thinner patients, who have less body fat, causing a more pronounced dip between the hip bone and thigh bone. Due to the decreased volume in this area, and less fat, this depression becomes more obvious. In addition, the shape of your pelvis can also define if your hip dips are more prominent, due to your own innate bone structure and anatomy.
Since a hip dip is an area which cannot be corrected without some cosmetic help, Sculptra has been a simple and effective way, without the need for liposuction, fat transfers, and plastic surgery, to correct this area without any significant recovery time.
A series of Sculptra treatments will restore the volume in the hip dip. Typically three treatment sessions are necessary to have cosmetic correction of the area. Many patients choose to have the complete Sculptra BBL performed which consists of the hip dips, cellulite, and booty plump.
How many vials of Sculptra for hip dips?
Typically a total of 20 to 30 vials of Sculptra are needed to achieve full correction of hip dips, and achieve the desired hourglass figure. If a full Sculptra BBL is desired, with a booty lift, then a larger number of vials of Sculptra will be necessary. The exact number of vials depends on the architecture and anatomy of each individual patient and how large a correction is needed and the exact size of buttock augmentation which is desired.
How much does Sculptra Cost for hip dips?
The average price for a vial of Sculptra is $1,000 in the United States. In order to have full correction of the hip dips it will take approximately 6 to 10 vials per session with an average of three sessions to have compete cosmetic correction of the hip dip. The cost of Sculptra can vary, with nurses and spas generally costing less for Sculptra injections than experienced board certified dermatologists or plastic surgeons.
What is a Sculptra Butt Lift?
Many patients want a tighter, firmer buttock with more curves, and a Sculptra Butt Lift is the ideal way to achieve this goal. Unlike fat transplants which require surgery, and cannot be performed in patients with low body weight, Sculptra is non-surgical, requires no incisions, harvesting, transplantation, or recovery time. Sculptra BBL is the ideal procedure since you can control exactly the shape and size of the buttock augmentation you want.
Who is a good candidate for Sculptra hip dips?
A good candidate for Sculptra hip dips is a healthy patient, who wants to have a more shapely, curvy, hourglass figure, without surgery. Many patients who choose to have hip dips treated, also choose to have a Sculptra butt lift to have a larger, more shapely, buttock. Sculptra is a non-surgical, painless, in office procedure, with no recovery time. Since patients can resume their daily actives the same day as treatment, this straightforward procedure appeals to many patients.
The results of Sculptra are at first subtle, as it takes several weeks for Sculptra to build healthy tissue, and fill in the hip dip area. With each successive treatment, the results are more impressive.
One of the many benefits of Sculptra injections is that you can decide what type of silhouette you would prefer, and how large a correction and augmentation you want. With each successive treatment, you are in control of the augmentation that you want, and can oversee the results of your Sculptra treatments.
Can exercise help fill in hip dips?
Exercise can help create more muscle mass around the hip and buttock areas and help improve the depression around the hip dip. The best exercises to minimize the appearance of hip dips are squats, lunges, and deadlifts, which tend to increase muscle mass around the thighs and buttocks. By increasing muscle mass around these areas, the appearance of the area around the hip dip can be improved. These exercises cannot restore the volume and correct the hip dip completely, the way Sculptra injections can for hip augmentation. The exercises can, however, help improve their appearance and make the hip dips less obvious.
Which other body contouring procedures work in conjunction with Sculptra?
Many patients consult Dr. Green in New York for body contouring and there may be areas of the body that need toning or reduction. Dr. Michele Green specializes in non-invasive body contouring and was one of the first physicians in NYC to offer Coolsculpting to her patients. Coolsculpting works through the principle of cryolipoysis and freezes the fat in the area of a fat bulge. When these fat cells are destroyed, the fat cells in this area are permanently destroyed. Coolsculpting can be used for the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, arms, bra fat, upper knee, and submental fat (double chin) under the neck. Kybella injections can also be used on these same areas and permanently remove fat cells.
Thermage is the most popular skin tightening laser in Dr. Green’s office, and many patients choose to have Thermage in the buttock area at the same time as Sculptra injections. Thermage is an RF laser (radiofrequency laser), which heats up the underlying dermal tissue, to stimulate new collagen formation. Sculptra when combined with Thermage produces twice as much collagen, and leads to overall lighter, firmer skin, with long-lasting results.
Many patients also want to increase the muscle mass in certain areas of the body, such as the abdomen and extremities. Both Emsculpt and Cooltone build muscle mass, painlessly, and effectively.
How do I get started with Sculptra for my hip dip?
It is best to start with a consultation with Dr. Michele Green in her discreet private NYC office to see whether Sculptra hip dip treatment or Sculptra BBL is right for you. Please call the office at 212 535 3088 or contact us online