Sculptra is a great volumizer. The results of Sculptra can last two to three years. It is often used for the cheeks and temple areas.
Is Sculptra a Good Filler?
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Sculpra is a great filler and no more difficult to learn than other fillers
Many of the past concerns r.e. Sculptra have been resolved with the recent release of "Sculptra Aesthetic".
- The price has been reduced by almost 1/3 which makes it the most cost effective volumizer in our practice
- Injectors must have completed a training course which is very targeted and includes hands on training before they are certified. It is sponsored by Sculptra Aesthetic and not by outside trainers.
- In order to have the company provide you with the material you must be either a certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist
Sculptra is a "stimulatory" filler which means it takes time to see the results, but it also is the longest lasting of the temporary fillers.
Our present routines are that we use it as part of our liquid lift combining it with Juvederm for the lips, Restylane for the lids and Botox for the forehead and area of wrinkles about the lids.
There is not yet a perfect filler that is best for all areas and all patients. Your injector should be able to choose from the wide group that is now available to find a style that best suites you.
Sculptra is a great filler
Sculptra is a great filler. However, the technique of injecting it is very difficult to learn. Make sure you go to someone who has been using it regularly and is comfortable in his/her technique.
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Sculptra is an excellent option
Sculptra is best for treating overall facial wasting that occurs with age due to loss of fat and other supporting tissue. It's an interesting product because unlike other fillers such as Juvederm, Sculptura itself fills, and its presence also motivates the body to produce collagen encasing substance, similar to seeding a pearl.
The body slowly digests the stimulus and only the new collagen remains. And the nice thing is there's really no down time to this quick fix treatment, except for some possible bruising and initial swelling. Two to four applications spaced over four to six-week intervals are normally needed to get poly-L-lactic acid's full effect. The fresh fibers are subject to the same breakdown process as other body collagen and, therefore, last about two years.
Is Sculptra a good filler?
Depends on who you ask.
It came on the market in the US before we had hyaluronic acid fillers and provided a long-term filler. But in MY opinion, it is expensive, it needs to be mixed a while before the patient arrives in the clinic and needs to be repeated several times UNLIKE Restylane/Juvederm where "what you see is what you get". Personally, depending on the reason you are using it, in most cases, I think you can do better.
Peter A Aldea, MD, FACS
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