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Q. What is Sculptra®?

Sculptra® is a suspension of poly-L-lactic acid that causes thin skin to get thicker. It is intended to improve the appearance of the face where volume loss makes the face look too thin (hollow cheeks).

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Q. What areas and problems can be treated with Sculptra®?

Sculptra® is used to improve the appearance of aging skin folds, indented chin surfaces, hollowed cheeks, and sunken eyes.

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Q. How is Sculptra different from other fillers?

Most fillers have the consistency of a gel and cause an immediate correction as they are being injected. Each syringe of these gel like fillers is about 1cc in size.

Sculptra is actually a powder that is mixed with local anesthetic and water. After the Scupltra is dissolved in the water and local anesthetic, the solution (up to 6 cc) is injected into the face. The liquid solution containing the Sculptra powder causes an immediate but temporary correction. Within a few days, the liquid portion has been absorbed and the correction disappears. Over the next 4-6 weeks, the Sculptra powder that was left behind causes the skin to get thicker which restores the lost volume. The results of Sculptra treatment can last from 2-5 years. It ususally takes 3-6 treatments to get the desired result with Sculptra.

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Q. What kind of side effects can I get from treatment with Sculptra?

Sculptra® injections, just like any other injection, can cause some bruising and swelling. The swelling and bruising usually lasts for a few days. We have some special techniques that we use to minimize the swelling and bruising associated with Sculptra® injections. More serious side effects such are possible but very rare.

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Q. Are Sculptra® treatments painful?

Sculptra® is mixed with local anesthetic so the injections cause minimal discomfort.

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Q. Do I need to do anything differently before I get injected with Sculptra?

Sculptra® requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using St. John's Wort, high doses of Vitamin E supplements, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen prior to treatment with Sculptra, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with your physician. He or she may consider prescribing a medication to minimize recurrence.

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Q. Do I need to do anything differently after I get injected with Sculptra®?

Yes. To insure the Scupltra powder is evenly distributed under the skin, we will ask you to massage your face every few hours while you are awake for the first few weeks. This helps prevent any small lumps from forming. We will show you how that needs to be done during your treatment with Sculptra.

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Q. How long do the results of Sculptra® treatments last?

Improvements with Sculptra® last about 2-5 years.

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Q. Can I get a discount if I need less than the whole bottle of Sculptra?

Yes! Since the Sculptra is removed from the container in which it is mixed before it is injected, the remaining Sculptra can be safely used to treat another patient.

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