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Did you like Sculptra for wrinkles or sunken cheeks?

  • HollyBell2
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  • 7 years ago

Is sculptra the best choice for deep wrinkles and sunken cheeks or is it overkill?  sculptra is soooo expensive and appears to require lots of injections (I'm guessing this means pain too!!!).

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I just had my third treatment of Sculptra last night. I chose sculptra because my face is very drawn and thin. Especially the lower part of my face. I was told that other fillers cannot be used for hollow cheek bones and the lower part of the face.I also did the mid face and temples and around my chin. I am 53. I had my first injections on May 24th 2012, 2nd injuctions July 12, 2012 and my third session September 6, 2012. I did not have any pain killers as my Doctor told me the injections are very deep so numbing cream would not do any good. It really was not that painful. It was absolutely tolerable. I did use squeeze balls. After the first session I was bruised and swollern. I iced that night and of course did the 5x5x5. The outcome for me was small. As I said my face is very thin. After the 2nd session a month later I did see a little more results. I am going back to my doctor in December for the after pictures. She told me that I will continue to see improvements and that this should last for about 3 years. After that I would need 1 session as my face will continue to age. So far I have not had any lumps. I make sure I do the massage. I did alot of reasearch on sculptra before going forward. You have to make sure you have a very qualified Doctor doing this procedure on you. I took my own photos on the morning before each injection after a run when my face looks the guantest. I will post these along with my after photo after my final appointment in December.So far I am pleased withthe results. Still hoping for so more volume. I hope this is helpful for people thinking about doing this procedure. I did do Juvederm once in my lips and nasal folds. That hurt a lot worse then the sculptra.
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I had Sculptra (along my top lip and each side of my chin) injected by a dermatolgist and spent thousands of dollars on numerous treatments to fix. Eventually had to have it removed surgically. Best advice is do not touch the stuff! It should not be on the market.
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There should be no pain involved. Numbing cream was applied before the injections and there was also some medicine in the injection themselves. If you have this done ONLY in the areas of your face that are recommended (look on the website) then you should not be experiencing any pain. If you are doing this under the eye (and you should NOT be), then you might have pain as the area is very thin there.
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I own a hand gun but I don't give it to people to play with or experiment on. Agreed, the product was improperly injected one time into my face by a board certified FACS plastic surgeon who claimed to be great. I begged Sanofi Adventis to help me with this disfiguring, painful and humiliating result. They would not. PLLA is not the same thing as is used in absorbable sutures. Vicryl sutures are only 8% plla and the majority is composed of the more amorpous and easily hydrolysed galactic acid. 100% plla is hydrophobic, crystalline and very long lived in the body. It has been shown to take more then 5 years to break down. Thus the late onset of granuloma development years after injection. My face can not be repaired for any price. After 2 years I continue to experience granulomatous inflammation. The manufacturer knew this was happening to people and they did nothing about it. If they wanted to they could have either assisted me with information and materials to put the blame on the physician who harmed me (and the physicians who harmed many others), but they choose not to. They had a legal obligation to inform the FDA but doing so did not fit in with their efforts to obtain cosmetic approval for "Sculptra Aesthetic". The original 2004 marketing approval and all subsequent versions said they would train physicians and they would report adverse events. The fact that they did not is no ones fault but their own. The fact that they refuse to help customers harmed by their agents, incompetent physicians is again, their choice. They knew the quantities being sold and to whom the product was being sold. They knew that there were many many people harmed by "improper" use of their product. They did not seen to care. Did anyone warn you that when it was New-Fill there is a 20 - 50 % nodule formation rate. Many of those are visible painful inflammatory nodules. I am sure that is not the look you were going for. I was told this is a "very safe" "filler" the same thing as absorbable sutures. It can not be surgically removed (I have had 2 surgeries)and Sanofi Adventis does not know or claims not to know, how long it will remain in my face. I am sure they counted little adverse events like me when they did their marketing scheme. I wish all of you satisfied customers continued success with the crystals that remain in your face. Good luck with that. It is unfortunate that many of us can not say it worked out for us. The product is uncontrollable and individual immune responses vary. By the way Cortisone injections and systemic prednisone only made me sicker. There is no remedy for "mistakes". Long term antibiotics only causes antibiotic resistant biofilms. I suggest that physicians give potential customers a realistic warning when selecting the filler and the location to place it, including actual complication rates. Those experienced by regular physicians and not a limited number of manufacturer sponsered (paid by)trials.
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Hi there, I am Deborah and I did the sculptradamage web site. I also have an FDA inspection report showing that Sanofi recieved 750 sculptra product complaints and did not report any of them to the FDA as required by the terms of their marketing agreement. A lawfirm is going to sue the manufacturer because they failed to disclose serious harm to the FDA. I have suffered humiliation and dispair from how this product disfigured me. Please contact. Lets get some justice. Thank You

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Heaven help us if you get Sculptra pulled off the market. It has been a life saver for thousands of people. It is very safe. The danger is only with the who performs the treatment. The procedure should be done by only someone that has done 100's of these. It saved my life. If you have bad results or disfiguring results it is the dr's fault and not the product. This product is poly l lactic acid and is harmless. I have had a total of 3 treatments with 2 vials at each treatment. No nodules, no complications and I am 3 years out since the first treatment. This is not a procedure that anyone can do. There is a specific layer in the dermis that it is injected into and spread evenly with a lot of stitching motions. I beg you not to blame the manufacturer. It was your dr. If you need a name of the 2 best in LA area I can tell you. They have seen patients come in with disfiguring results from doctors who have not performed the procedure correctly. It's an art like all medicine. Imagine any reconstructive surgery done by someone inexperienced. How much research did you do and how many questions did you ask. How many treatments did your dr perform before yours? Again please blame your doc not the product. I can give anyone a name of the doc who performs excellent sculptra injections and who can try to fix other dr's screw ups.
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Joedude. I'm from Bossier City Louisiana. Can you give me the name Of a Dr. here you might know who gives excellent Sculptra injections...Thanks
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How do you know who is GOOd. Had two treatments and it is 3 months later and ---NOTHING. Thanks
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I had sculptra done 3 years ago at age 44 and again at age 46. I had fantastic results, but I researched and researched to be sure that the doc I chose had done 100's of sculptra treatments. I chose a doc in LA area who did the initial trials of the drug and developed the technique for injection. This is a highly skilled procedure that few doctors can do. After 4 vials total I have no lumps and gave me the volume I desired. The material has to be hydrated hours to days before injection or you get problems. You can't remove sculptra, because it stimulates collagen production as your body absorbs the molecules of sculptra (poly l lactic acid). Absolutely do your research before visiting any doctor. Check out some of the HIV docs in LA, since they have the most experience. You can find the names of competent docs on the net if you search sculptra and HIV. I had laser done with an excellent practitioner, but would not have her do sculptra. Each doc has their specialties. It is up to us, sadly, to find them. Good luck everyone. If you have problems, see one of these docs that specialize and see if they can help. This drug is a saviour for so many people living with HIV and we don't want it removed from the market due to poor practictioners. Sue the docs not the company.
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Hi everyone, I am about to get Sculptra in my chin area right under my lower lip. I have a wonderful plastic surgeon who has done restylaine and botox for me and always on target. My question is would it be a good idea to tilt your head down and have the doctor see where your skin sags? I know when I take a hand mirror and bend forward with my head down you can really see the sagging skin.
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I had my first injection of Sculptra 8 weeks ago and am only now seeing the results, which I love. I will be doing my next injections next week and I anticipate I won't need any more than that until I need a touch up in a couple of years. I did the hollows in my cheeks, which from all the reading on sculptra I've been doing is the place where sculptra is the most successful.
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I was wondering how the results are now? how long did they last? did u ever get bumps?
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Hi,I had 2 vials of sculptra 8 weeks ago, followed by a further 2 in my lower face 4 weeks after. I'm worried I've wasted my money as I can't see any improvement yet. I'm trying to be patient, but would have expected to see a difference at least from the first injections by now. Has anyone else waited a long time to see any improvement?
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Thank you, Sandchic. Sorry you are experiencing the same thing, but good to know someone else is speaking out. Good luck!
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Even if you follow the instructions of massaging after injections, the bumps will still appear and continue to grow. Surgery is the only option and it leaves scars, not to mention that the Doctor cannot get all of the Sculptra out if it is spread in the area and will continue to grow again. Scupltra is crap!
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Houstnboy you are right on! Its been a while since I've posted, but I have just had my second subscision procedure. As soon as the bruises go away I will post before and after pics. I hope my experience will give my lumpy friends some hope! P.S. My jaw just hits the floor every time a doc writes in support of this filler! Unbelievable! And then has the nerve to insinuate that patients are not following the aftercare instructions and that is the reason for their lumps and bumps! Absolutely shameful!
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Sculptra is great for wrinkles and sunken cheeks. It can really build up the volume in the cheeks and minimize overall facial wrinkles. Pain is usually not severe. Ask your doctor if you can use a numbing cream on the face before the injections to reduce the discomfort. Make sure the dilution of Sculptra is appropriate and it has been premixed for at least 2 days. Afterwards massage the injected areas frequently (5minutes, 5 times a day for 5 days)

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I have very loose skin under my neck and nasty jowls. I would like to know if Sculptra will correct this. My doctor would rather do this than plastic surgery or liposuction.
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Pilar, I am a bit at a loss. After reading the posts above, you are still considering this treatment? To achieve your very best result, loose skin under the neck and "nasty jowls" are best treated with a face and necklift.
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I agree, I had injected for 5 months ago, now besides the invisible bumps I have scars forming all over my face, my body does not accepted the crap, and they sell you as harm loss, a wonder.. I am desperate, and all my doctor does is to find excuses for her self!
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Hi. I am sorry to hear about your problem. I was wondering if you sorted it out? I have exactly the same thing happening and i am desperate. Just want to stop the process and get my old face back. I would really appreciate your help. Many thanks!!!
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please tell me when the bumps formed and how many sessions of sculptra you had? please tell me how they look today.
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heidelfrau- Did you ever get better? Did you take medication?
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I think the md who I went to for a consultation about another procedure and than sales pitched me in Sculptra, big profit margin, needs to list his biggest achievement on his business card along with: Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, etc., "Expert in the Art of Deception". I do not even need to look in a mirror to see the damage, I can feel the damage that has been injected under my skin.
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Yes, please, please, anyone considering Sculptra - DO YOUR RESEARCH!! I was disfigured AND am now in severe debt bc I was not presentable enough to go to work due to Sculptra. It also made my immune system go into severe allergic rx with several negative side effects. And my doctor was a "trainer"!!!
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