It is a synthetic, crystallized material, which does not contain human or animal products.
Sculptra is used to treat deep folds and wrinkles between the nasolabial creases and is also used for facial lipoatrophy, or loss of facial fat, in patients with HIV/AIDs. The synthetic compound in Sculptra has been used for decades in resorbable stitches used after surgery, and is biocompatible, and biodegradable.
The key compound in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) hydrogel, which belongs to the aliphatic polyesters, and lactic acid synthesized from corn.
The microscopic crystals in Sculptra, cause a mild inflammatory reaction under the skin, triggering the formation of new collagen. Fibroblast cells which produce collagen, surround the Sculptra injection, to begin new collagen production.
Results from injections are not immediate, but gradual, and natural, however, some improvement in facial structure may be seen within the first few weeks.
Sculptra has the capability of lasting up to 2 years.
An average of 3 treatments are given over a three month period.
The patient first must discuss medical history, and expectations with the doctor.
If the patient is using blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory medication, this treatment may not be for you. Other restrictions are if you have: a depleted immune system, skin infections, open sores, severe allergic reactions, allergic reactions to lidocaine.
It has not been determined whether injections affect patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
There is no pre-test for allergies required when using Sculptra.
The injection sites will be marked, the area will be cleansed and lidocaine may be injected as a local anesthetic before injecting Sculptra.
The crystallized form of injection will be diluted with sterile water, and injected into the deep dermal area in strategic, grid form, making the injections blend and less noticeable. It is placed evenly under the skin, and massaged to distribute.
On average, 3 injection sessions over a few months are necessary.
As with any injection, there is risk of infection to the site. Some common side effects may occur, which usually resolve shortly after injections. Side effects experienced may be:
An icepack may be used for swelling.
It is recommended that the patient avoid excess sunlight and ultraviolet exposure immediately following the procedure.
There is little to no down time after the procedure.
Aftercare involves massaging the injected area, (5 minutes, 5 times a day) for 5 days after the treatment, which is very different than most dermal filler recommendations.
Harley Street Surgery of London has been on the forefront of medical innovation. We continuously offer patients the most cutting edge techniques in medical treatment. If you would like to learn more about how your skin could benefit from this treatment, please contact our office for a private consultation appointment.
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