Sculptra Dermal Thickener
younger looking skin
Correct volume loss, skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars, eye rings and ageing with Sculptra® – a long-lasting dermal thickener that stimulates your body to make its own collagen. The results are younger-looking skin and the change is gradual making this treatment ideal for those who like to be discrete.
INTERVIEW WITH DERMATOLOGIST DR MITCH GOLDMAN
Dr Mitch Goldman, leading international cosmetic dermatologist in a recent interview at the Cosmedix conference in Cairns, stated cosmetic medicine has come a long way in recent years. Goldman says that with the new techniques available, doctors can use new bio stimulatory agents (like Sculptra®) and treatments can take a matter of minutes. Dr Goldman says the modern way of looking at Appearance Medicine is about gradually making people look better. Dr Goldman defines biostimulation of the skin as a new way of doing things. Dr Goldman says that this newest way of doing things involves injecting things under the skin that coaxes the body into making more collagen and elastin fibres. Goldman says that bio stimulators are also used to treat actual diseases such as side effects of HIV drugs. Dinnen asks about risks. Goldman says the biggest risk is going to an inexperienced practitioner. Dr Goldman recommends consulting a doctor who is an expert in what they do. Dr Goldman says it is very important Products such as Sculptra have a very high profile of safety.
WHAT IS A DERMAL THICKENER?
A dermal thickener stimulates your body to make its own collagen.
Sculptra®, one of the newest and longest-lasting dermal fillers on the market, is made from poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic but biocompatible (not harmful to the body) material that has a decades-long history of being used safely for a variety of medical purposes, including threads for surgical stitches.
WHAT DOES SCULPTRA TREAT?
Sculptra® helps correct wrinkles and folds, particularly the deep, dynamic ones that run from the nose to the lip (nasolabial lines), the lip to the chin (“marionette” lines), and vertically and horizontally across the forehead. The filler is also used to plump up skin depressions caused by scars, thus minimizing their appearance.
Sculptra can help “lift” the corners of the mouth
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Sculptra® stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that contributes to your skin’s volume and structure. Age and repeated exposure to the sun cause collagen to break down — a major factor in the formation of wrinkles and folds. Sculptra® restores that collagen, thus giving your skin a more youthful-looking fullness and firmness.
Some people get the rejuvenating results they want with only one Sculptra® treatment, but most skin issues respond best to two to three treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT LIKE?
Sculptra® comes in powdered form. It’s mixed with sterile water and local anaesthetic and then injected deep into skin folds, sunken cheeks, or other areas of the face that need smoothing and recontouring. You’ll be given a topical anesthetic before the injections, which are done with ultra-thin needles. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour.
Depending on the amount of fat loss in the facial skin, a patient may need between 2 and 3 treatments to be satisfied with the results. Consult with your doctor to discuss how many treatments will be right for you.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
After the treatment, you may experience some redness, swelling, itching, and bruising at the injection site. You’ll be advised to massage the treated area regularly for up to a week to diminish the risk of developing small nodules, or lumps, under the skin. Current guidelines for treatment mean nodules are very unlikely.
HOW MUCH DOES SCULPTRA® COST
Sculptra® is a very cost-effective treatment as the whole face is usually treated at each treatment session. The average cost of a Sculptra® treatment is $1500 which compares very favourably with other fillers for full face rejuvenation.
HOW LONG DO TREATMENTS LAST?
You’ll notice immediately after the treatment that your skin has more volume. This effect, however, will be temporary, as is due to the water in the Sculptra® solution. The real changes begin after the water is absorbed and the active ingredient in Sculptra® (the poly-L-lactic acid) starts to stimulate the new growth of collagen. This process takes weeks. You’ll need to be patient.
Once Sculptra’s effects take hold, however, they’ll last a long time — up to two years, according to some studies. However, your body will absorb the poly-L-lactic acid in Sculptra®. Much earlier than this a second, touch-up treatment will then be needed to maintain the filler’s effects.
Because Sculptra’s effects are so long-lasting, it’s essential that the procedure be done correctly.
WHAT ARE DERMAL THICKENERS USED FOR?
Dermal Thickenerssuch as Sculptra® is mainly used to correct the facial signs of aging including volume loss and loss of skin elasticity. Dermal Thickeners are longer lasting than Dermal Fillers and are used to stimulate and promote your skin’s own collagen production. Generally, Sculptra® is administered with the latest cannula techniques reducing the chance of bruising.
WHEN WILL I SEE THE RESULTS?
The effects of Dermal Thickeners are delayed for approximately 2 months – as the skin takes time to produce its own collagen to thicken up the skin.
At this time, a second injection should be undertaken to boost the effect. Although the initial results may be delayed, the outcomes achieved are long-lasting. The longevity of results is individual, on average results last 18 to 36 months.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY?
This treatment has no downtime and is often referred to as a “lunchtime treatment” as you may return to work straight after the procedure. You may experience slight redness and swell overnight.
WHERE IS THIS TREATMENT ADMINISTERED?
Dermal Thickeners like Sculptra® are often used near the nasolabial fold (the crease running from your nose to the corner of your mouth), for smile lines on your lower cheek. Sculptra® is also used to treat fine skin wrinkles and lines on your face, filling hollows in the temples and treating the jawline and marionette lines.
This treatment increases the volume of depressed areas and corrects skin depressions, e.g. skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars, eye rings and ageing changes.
Resulting in a younger-looking you. Change is gradual, great for those who like to be discrete.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as a one-time treatment regimen of up to 4 injection sessions that are scheduled about 3 weeks apart for correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles in which deep dermal grid pattern (cross-hatch) injection technique is appropriate. Sculptra Aesthetic may provide cosmetic correction of facial wrinkles with a Wrinkle Assessment Score of 2, 3, or 4 as shown in the photos in Figure 2 of the full Prescribing Information.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
You should not use Sculptra Aesthetic if you are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Sculptra Aesthetic should not be injected while you have an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area and should not be injected into the red area of the lip. Use in the skin near the eyes is not recommended. Side effects of Sculptra Aesthetic may include injection site discomfort, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching, and swelling. Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discolouration, have also been reported. In a key clinical study, the numbers of small and large lumps were low and most resolved without treatment. View safety information:
Please see full Prescribing Information and Patient’s Guide at
For more information on the Sculptra® (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) indication please visit sculptra.us
Sculptra® is a poly-L-lactic acid implant liquid that is injected by a healthcare professional into or below the skin to increase the volume of depressed areas, particularly to correct skin depressions.
Class III Medical Device. Sculptra ® may also be used for large volume restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial fat loss.
Sculptra has risks and benefits.
Sculptra ® treatment may result in injection site reactions and pain.
Ask your healthcare professional to explain the range of possible side effects and tell them if any side effects concern you.
Sculptra ® should not be injected into the skin that is inflamed or infected. Exposure to excessive sunlight or UV lamp exposure should be avoided until redness or swelling has resolved. Sculptra® is not recommended for people taking blood-thinning medicines and has not been tested in pregnant or breastfeeding women or those aged under 18 years.
Lasts for 12-25 months. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS YOU ARE GIVEN.
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BE SURE TO SEEK TREATMENT FROM A PHYSICIAN WHO IS THOROUGHLY TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED IN USING THIS PARTICULAR DERMAL FILLER. DR LORRAINE SMITH IS ONE THE MOST EXPERIENCED DOCTORS IN NEW ZEALAND IN THE USE OF SCULPTRA® AND HAS TREATED MANY PATIENTS.
Book a consultation with Wellington’s doctor operated appearance medicine clinic Vital Face & Vein.