Sculptra® Aesthetic is the only facial injectable that works gradually & subtly – with results that last 2 years – sometimes longer.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is not an “overnight miracle” – nor is it a “quick fix” to remove signs of facial aging and/or fat loss resulting from HIV, but its long-lasting proven results have made it the most popular injectable treatment today. Sculptra® Aesthetic has been around for over a decade with FDA approval for treating sunken, hollow facial areas associated with HIV and was also being used off label for anti-aging cosmetic treatment. In July, 2009, the FDA-approved Sculptra® Aesthetic for cosmetic treatment in addition to continued usage for facial lipoatrophy. Sculptra® Aesthetic adds youthful volume to the face – instantly while long-term it stimulates your bodies own collagen renewal – and it lasts twice as long as hyaluronic acid fillers. Since its first FDA approval, our surgeons have used Sculptra® Aesthetic with excellent results to correct facial lipoatrophy and are proud to now offer patients Sculptra® Aesthetic, especially for those who can and want to postpone surgery. It provides an instant mini-facelift since it virtually works like a liquid facelift!
Once you are comfortable with local anesthetic, Sculptra Aesthetic is injected below the skin, into the treatment areas. The procedure takes about 10 minutes or longer depending upon the number of injections needed for maximum results. Most patients see subtle visible results after one treatment – but typically 3 sessions are needed. These are spaced 3-4 weeks apart. Soreness, puffiness and a little bruising is normal but resolves on it’s own over a few days.
Is Sculptra Aesthetic made from animal products?
No. Sculptra Aesthetic is composed of PLLA – poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic product that is biocompatible (does not harm the body) and is biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). PLLA is not made from human or animal sources.
How long has PLLA been in use?
PLLA has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants
Is skin-testing required before starting Sculptra Aesthetic treatments?
No. Since it is not made from human or animal sources – skin testing is not needed.
What does long-lasting mean relative to Sculptra Aesthetic treatments?
Since Sculptra Aesthetic promotes the body’s own collagen production – the results have proven to last up to 2 years and occasionally longer. Touch-up sessions are chosen by most patients so they can keep looking great.
How does Sculptra Aesthetic differ from other dermal fillers?
There are several wonderful options today – and each has its own virtues. Most dermal fillers do just that – they fill in space under the skin to smooth out lines and wrinkles. They last a few months to a year. Sculptra Aesthetic promotes collagen production – so that when the PLLA particles have broken down – the restructured collagen is still in place giving the face fullness and contour.
How many Sculptra Aesthetic sessions are needed for the best results?
This varies from patient to patient. Your specialist will be able to determine your needs and tailor your personalized treatment plan during your personal consultation.
Will insurance pay for Sculptra Aesthetic treatments?
Insurance does not normally pay for cosmetic procedures, but there is financing available for cosmetic procedures. Ask about it in our business office.
Does Sculptra Aesthetic correct the cause of HIV related Lipoatrophy?
No. Sculptra Aesthetic improves the appearance by increasing volume and skin thickness in the treated areas.
Who will administer the Sculptra Aesthetic injections?
Our specialists have many years of experience in performing all dermal injection procedures. This is very important for you to know because not few people are really trained and qualified to give injectable treatments. It requires a combination of artistic and scientific ability to ensure a good outcome.
The initial consultation with your surgeon is critical! It should always be face to face with your surgeon, during which time he/she listens closely to your concerns. Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell believe this time spent with you is critical to both you and him/her. It is during the consultation that your surgeon comes to fully understand your concerns, evaluates them correctly, and is then able to make the recommendations and develop the treatment plan that is right for you. Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell invest the time to sit down and talk to you face to face.