Sculptra Side Effects
- Asked by Liz Jones
- 5 years ago
I like the volume I've gained with three sessions of Sculptra but now I'm really scared about the long-term side effects. How long has Sculptra been around and what can be expected? Is it a smart choice? I've heard such a mixed review
Sculptra belongs in the trash not your face
In 2000, at the World Congress of Dermatology in Paris, Pierre Andre reported cystic, nodular, and granulomatous lesions when this agent was used in individuals with normal immune functioning (non-HIV+ patients). Additionally, long-term allergic reactions have since been described, which are very difficult to manage. In another report concerning its aesthetic use in 100 patients with normal immune functioning, 20% of the treated individuals experienced significant adverse reactions. Obviously, this product is not immunologically inert as the manufacturer stated. Foreign body granulomas are being seen with this agent in HIV-positive as well as immunocompetent patients.
While the manufacturer as well as investigators claim this product produces neocollagenesis or new collagen this is not what is seen under the microscope. On biopsy one sees a severe immune reaction to the product.
Sculptra is Poly Lactic Acid and has been used in surgery for many decades
Sculptra is actually the powder form of a suture, Vicryl, that has been used in surgery for many years without significant problems. The body absorbs the powder and eventually turns it into carbon dioxide and water. The benefit of Sculptra is that during this inflammation to degrade the Sculptra collagen formation is being carried out by the body in a scar like reaction. It is this collagen that creates the new volume. With this inflammation there is the risk of infection. However the benefit of having the inflammation to create the collagen in a scar form is paradoxically what can lead to the infection. If you didn't have this inflammation you wouldn't have as much collagen formation.
In my opinion, Sculptra is most beneficial for the person who does not have a lot of fat in the rest of the body to undergo fat injections and would like some more volume in the face. It is also useful in the person who has only a little fat to offer for fat injections. In this particular situation I would use sculptra in the areas that can tolerate it more such as the cheeks, mouth area, temples, forehead and jawline areas and reserve fat injections for the areas closer to the lips and around the eyes. It is also good to use Sculptra for people who don't want the invasiveness of fat injections where you have the need to harvest the fat from somewhere else. Sculptra, in general, is less of a process than fat injections. But with the negatives that come with Sculptra, there is a lot of positives for people in these situations above.
From a long term standpoint, once the Sculptra is dissolved there should not be long terms issues. If a person somehow does not degrade the Sculptra effectively there could be infections but there are ways to treat these issues without a lot of problems. Silicone injections and Artecoll injections present more long term issues in my opinion.
Sculptra risks include hematoma, infection, skin necrosis & granuloma
The greatest risk occurs when dermal fillers are injected by someone who is not properly qualified to perform injections.
Semi-permanent and permanent fillers may carry a risk of clumping (the particles form a granuloma or lump that can be felt or seen beneath the skin), which can occur months later. Particles may also migrate or displace from the injection site.
Injection of an anti-inflammatory may help to improve minor clumps or swelling. More significant conditions of clumping or granuloma may require surgery.
Sculptra side effects
Thank you for your question.
Although our experience in the US has only been for a couple of years, we do have good data sharing the experience of our European physicians for almost 10 years.
The most commonly cited delayed complication is the development of nodules under the skin. These can be quite small or as big as the tip of your finger. They represent a "clumping" of the product and your body's reaction to it.
This can be treated by breaking it up with a needle or injecting it with a steroid. Worse case scenario, your doctor may have to numb your skin and make a small nick to remove it. I have only seen this once in over 3 years of experience.
The good news is you are happy with your result and, in all likelihood, will not have any problems. I still use Sculptra as a volume enhancer in the face and hands and have been quite happy with the results.
Sculptra side effects.
If you read unfiltered comments about most anything online, there will always be detractors and proponents. Sculptra is no different in this respect. Even here on RealSelf there is a 63% "Worth It" response by the patient population reporting, and like most things, people are usually much more likely to go online and report a bad experience rather than a good (expected) one. So the true incidence of "side effects" is usually lower than reported . . .
. . . IF the product is diluted properly, injected properly (skillfully) with the proper gauge needle to avoid clumping or blobs of product, and massaged properly (5 minutes 5 times daily for 5 days is a good and easy-to-remember program).
You already have a good result, and this will not suddenly morph into a bad result; the benefits will simply gradually diminish over 1-2 years.
The material Sculptra is made of (poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA) is powder form of the same material Vicryl sutures used in surgery are comprised of. This material has been studied for over a decade and has been found to be safe, IF used as recommended. As with so many things, the product is not usually the issue, the USER is! Fear not, fair maiden! Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
Liz...reading unfiltered comments on the internet can scare anyone...but sculptra's a fantastic
product...in the old days when it was used at different dilutions and mixed shortly before injecting, yes there were problems with nodules and other issues...but now its used differently, mixed at least a day before use and diluted in lots of fluid and the cosmetic results are superb...you like your results now and will continue to like them...don't worry...
Sculptra Side Effects
As you see through personal experience, after three sessions of Sculptra you have gained the volume in your face that you want. Sculptra has been around for many years but the dilutions and techniques for injections have changed over time. The main side effect described is granuloma formation. Valeant which now owns Sculptra states that it was because of improper dilution and technique many years ago. It is always important to find a board certified dermatologist with years of experience in cosmetic dermatology and injectables for these procedures. The rule of 5's applies to Sculptra - massage the treated area five times a day for five minutes for five days - to best avoid granuloma formation. Please let me know what happens.
Sculptra longtem effects
Sculptra is a highly useful product to help add volume to the face. The material is similar to material we have used for disolvable sutures for >40 years. When the body breaks down the product it makes collagen. It is unlikely to cause longterm effects as long as you have not had any issues with granulomas.
Sculptra Side Effects
Sculptra is a good choice for restoring volume to the face. It has been used as Sculptra Aesthetic since 1999. It was also used, and still is, in the treatment for HIV/AIDS patients that suffer from extreme facial volume loss. Long term side effects are minimal because the product promotes generation of your body's own collagen. Talk to your physician about your concerns.
Sculptra Side Effects
It is best to discuss your concerns with your injecting physician. The long term side effects of Sculptra that are worrisome are the development of late lumps and bumps in the areas injected. Fortunately over the past 4 to 5 years the preparation, handling, and injection techniques along with post injection massage have greatly diminished these late side effects of Sculptra injections. As long as your injecting physician has followed the proper protocols you should not need to worry. Enjoy your facial rejuvenation. Good luck and be well.
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