Sculptra Dermal Thickener
WHAT IS A DERMAL THICKENER?
A dermal thickener stimulates your body to make it’s 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 treated 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.
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.
WHAT ARE DERMAL THICKENERS USED FOR?
Dermal Thickenerssuch as Sculptra are 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 Sculptr is administered with the latest canula techniques reducing the chance of bruising.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
The effect 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 longer lasting. Longevity of result is individual, on average results last 18 to 36 months.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY?
This treatment has no down time and is often referred to as a “lunch time treatment” as you may return to work straight after the procedure. You may experience slight redness and swelling overnight.
WHERE IS THIS TREATMENT ADMINISTERED?
Dermal Thickeners like Sculptra are often used near the naso-labial fold (the crease running from your nose to the corner of your mouth), for smile lines on your lower cheek. Sculptr is also used to treat fine skin wrinklesand 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.
INTERVIEW WITH LEADING INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED COSMETIC 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 are able to use new biostimulatory 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 elastic fibres. Goldman says that the biostimulatories 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.
INTENDED USE / INDICATIONS
Sculptra® Aesthetic is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as 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 FOR SCULPTRA AESTHETIC
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.
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For more information on the Sculptra® (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) indication please visit sculptra.us