Sculptra is a simple, non-surgical procedure that improves the appearance of aging skin folds, indented chin surfaces, hollowed cheeks and sunken eyes. Sculptra is a unique filler that consists of a synthetic Poly-L-lactic acid material, which our muscles naturally produce when we exercise. Once Sculptra is injected and swelling diminishes, it induces gradual thickening of the skin. Sculptra is biocompatible, so the body is able to dissolve it.
Dr. Puente offers patients a topical numbing cream and the option of a local anesthetic since there is mild discomfort during the needle injection. He identifies the injection points for each treatment area and determines the correct amount of Sculptra for the procedure. He then injects Sculptra beneath the skin, under the dermis and subcutis layer. Initially, most patients undergo multiple treatments several weeks apart.
Sculptra’s results last up to two years, so touch-up treatments may be required to achieve optimal results, but with patience the effects are long-lasting. Dr. Puente often combines Sculptra treatments with other fillers, such as Juvéderm and Restylane, to achieve long-term results.
Skin & Cosmetic Solutions typically advises patients to apply an ice pack to the area to reduce swelling, and to massage the area to promote even distribution of the material. Results gradually appear during the weeks following the injection. Patients can resume normal activities immediately, but should stay out of the sun.
Side effects can last up to two weeks and include tenderness, redness and discomfort at the injection points. Dr. Puente will explain possible complications and remedies during the initial consultation.