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How to Treat Sculptra Bumps?

How long do the sculptra bumps last and what is the treatment for the bumps.?

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Treat sculptra bumps

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Sculptra bumps are due to accumulation of product. They generally respond to massage. They gradually go away over time, but it can take several years. If they are large and visible, they can be injected with saline to break them up.


New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Sculptra Bump Treatment

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Sculptra bumps are rarely seen anymore with new techniques of injecting and diluting Sculptra.  They will go away with time on their own.  If they are noticeable then they can be injected and broken up.  Depending on the location they can also be  surgically removed.  If you only feel the bumps I would let them be.  If they are visible then go see your doctor.  

Janet M. Neigel, MD
West Orange Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Sculptra Bump Treatment

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Since Sculptra stimulates the formation of collagen, if the product is too close to the skin then the collagen can be felt as bumps. Changes in the technique of preparing and injecting Sculptra have contributed significantly to reducing palpable bumps from Sculptra injections. However, some bumps may be due to a more abnormal reaction of the body to the Sculptra and these may benefit from the injection of steroids into the affected sites. I believe that the scrupulous cleansing of skin and adherence to sterile technique can significantly reduce the incidence of granulomas. Nevertheless this problem can occur even if everything is done correctly. If you can feel but not see the bumps and they are otherwise asymptomatic just be patient and expect them to resolve slowly. Best of Luck Dr Harrell

Jon F. Harrell, DO
Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

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The entire story about Sculptra bumps

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A significant reduction of the frequency of nodules has been achieved with higher reconstitution volume of the injected filler, a longer time between reconstitution and injection (36-48 hours rather than 2-12 hours), injections into the deeper tissue, and post injection massage. In a recent study, 8.5% of patients injected with Sculptra experienced formation of nodules. All nodules could be felt but were not visible. The onset of nodule formation from the time of injection can vary. Early nodules appear one to three months after treatment and most spontaneously disappear. Later nodules can occur from six months to three years and are larger and more inflamed. They usually appear abruptly and are accompanied by swelling and discoloration. These are often referred to as “granulomas”. These can usually be treated by steroid injections.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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