Sculptra, a unique biocompatible facial filler “that activates your skin’s natural power to revitalize collagen production for a more youthful appearance.” (Galderma laboratories, 2019). Made out of Poly-L-Lactic acid (PLLA), when injected under the skin Sculptra microcrystal starts an inflammatory process leaving small particles of PLLA behind. Durable insoluble fibers created by fibroblasts gradually stimulate up to 24 months of collagen growth before retreatment (Galderma laboratories, 2019).
A series of 2 to 6 treatments, administered four weeks apart, is typically required to reach optimal results. Once injected, noticeable results of Sculptra can take a period of 4 to 8 weeks. Known as the rule of 5’s, gentle massaging of the face at home after each treatment helps evenly distribute the product. It is recommended that this is done five minutes, five times daily, for five days. Sterile water along with a numbing agent called lidocaine is added to each Sculptra vial, resulting in a fast and relatively painless treatment. The reconstitution process of Sculptra takes at least two weeks before it is ready to be injected.
This synthetic substance should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, individuals who take anticoagulants or those who suffer from a bleeding disorder. Prior to each Sculptra treatment, the use of blood thinners (unless advised by your doctor) such as aspirin or consumption of alcohol should be stopped 2-3 days before treatment. A history of severe allergic reactions, immune deficiencies, skin infections and certain medications is cautioned and further discussion is required.
Each treatment can take up to 30 minutes to complete. During this time a thorough medical history consultation will be completed. Full consent forms are signed while confidential medical photos are taken.
The skin is cleansed of any make-up or oils, then topical numbing cream, ice and a mild vibration are used to help with any discomfort from the injections. Aundrea will determine the best approach for each area on the face. A blunt tip microcannula is used to fan the Sculptra throughout the treatment zone.
PLLA is a water-based solution which gives a temporary plumping to the skin. This water is then reabsorbed 1-2 days after injection leaving behind micro-particles to start working deep within the skin to reinforce your structure and restore volume. Mild bruising and possible itching of the area is common. Ice can be used to help for discomfort and massaging of the area is required as mentioned above.
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