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Sculptra Nodules Destroyed my Self Image

My experience was great in the begining. After the...

My experience was great in the begining. After the second treatment nodules appeared. I was mortified. The doctor acted like it wasn't a big deal. I was given some cortisone but there was no improvment.

I will not ever get any more or recommend it to anyone. I will do what ever I can to convince people otherwise.

I followed after care just as instructed. I also was not told that if you follow after care instructions, you may still end up with nodules that are going to be with you for awhile. I feel deceived. Everytime I wash my face I am reminded of my big mistake. I wish I never got it done.

Oh yeah, when people touch my face like a partner..."Do you have a tumor?" or "What is that?" I'm sick about all of it. Worst thing is my mother went to get treatment based on my results from session one. Now I fear for her as well.

I would like to know what to do about the nodules that appeared 2 weeks after my second sculptra treatment. I was told to do vigorous massage, and it got bigger. I was then given some cortisone and told it may help. Then I was simply told it's just part of sculptra. Is there anything I can do that will not disfigure me any further. My last treatment was on June 5th of 2009. Nodules were noticed on June 22 2009.

Birmingham Dermatologist

No simply because I was not informed of the risk prior to treatment. I was told that with after care massage everything would be fine. I was persistent with the massage, and still got the nodules. No one ever said: Even if you follow aftercare protocol you may develope lumps that will not go away until the sculptra does.

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I've read that sculptra can be permanent in some people. Why would doctors say it lasts two years? Has anyone gotten better?
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Noooooo...can't be. They would charge way more if that were true. I've read here about people who have lost volume after 14 months. A friend of mine lost hers in 9 months. I'm sure it goes away with time.
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Silicone is cheap and that's permanent. It even has a much higher satisfaction percentage on real self. I really hope the sculptra goes away for me. I'm almost at two years and I notice more hard lumps and deformities in my face daily.
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Have you tried taking Doxycycline? I think it helped me a bit. You mean it continues to grow after 2 yrs? OMG, I'm only 4 months in and don't even want to think about living with this for the next 2 yrs.
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I agree - I didn't appreciate my beauty until I developed these lumps. So upsetting
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Yes I miss my natural face too:(. Have you seen any improvement Charlotte?
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I had Sculptra injected in 2008 under my eyes. The lumps started growing 4 months later. After cortisone injections, we decided to excise the lumps. Over the next couple of years, the lumps just kept coming and growing - felt very disfigured. I had two separate operations to remove them (via lower blepharoplasty). Most of the lumps were gone, but a few more lumps grew and the eyelids were pulled down (an awful look). I have now gone through lower eyelid reconstruction - twice. I am almost back to 'normal', but not wholly and have spent thousands of dollars and gone through all of this surgery. My experience with Sculptra has been hell. I believe the only way to get rid of the lumps is to have it surgically removed. So sorry to hear your stories!
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I'm so sorry to hear your story. I have the lumps too (I really trusted my doctor). From everything I read there is nothing much you can do - not even taking them out. Does anyone have a good news story - would love to hear.
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Which doctor did you go to for removal?
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Hello. I am writing to give out some hope. Last fall my face was huge with sculptra nodules. I felt distressed and freakish. It was traumatic. My Dr. Injected the bumps with saline solution every 2 weeks or so---and for the big bumps and only a few times he injected kenalog. This went on for about 3 months. There WAS improvement, but not my desired result. I took a break from all the I saline injections and decided to live with it for awhile. Over the last 4 months the lumps have decreased in size. Yey! SO HERE IS SOME crazy angle to my story...about a month ago my naturopath recommended I use Dim-Pro 100 to help cleanse my liver and dissolve painful cysts in my breasts. Double bonus...the stuff not only worked for my cysts, but is dissolving the remaining sculptra lumps!!!! Wow and hey! It is a bit pricey, but awesome!! My bottle cost $80 or so. I take 2 at night and 2 in the am. It is sooo worth the try!! Have HOPE!!! You don't need a script for Dim-Pro. The brand I bought is by Pure Encapsulations.
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Did you have the sculptra injected close to the lids? or tear troughs?
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Thank you so much for sharing your story! I'll try this. xxx
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Who excised the lumps?
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No it never goes away, even after 3 surgeries and 5 years later it will never be the same. And my Doctor whos fault this is is still runnung a lucrative practice. One of the most annoying lasting side effects is the constant twitching in my eye lid.
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I had small nodules that went away. A few years back I tried a dermatologist and she had such a strange technique (jabbing - no threading or fanning) and that nodule is still there and a bit visible. For me, I'd rather have nodules and a full face than no nodules and looking ten years older. If they were disfiguring, I would definitely be upset. I do get some "nerve" and TMJ issues that probably are residual issues from the trauma of placement, but I only blame myself for that because regardless, I would still do it. I have chronic back pain from hypermobility of joints and that's a lot worse to me. I don't know what it's like to be pain free.
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I am sorry about the pain. Truly.
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Thanks for your empathy. I often wonder how many people go around with chronic pain and you don't know who they are... you just assume every one else is healthy and happy as long as they look OK. But apparently there are other people who are just good at managing. I appreciate your comment.
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I would like to know if anyone on this site who obtained lumps from Sculptra has finally seen some improvement? Does it eventually dissipate as they say? I am hoping things will change for my face. I am truly regretful and believe Sculptra should be taken off the market.
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I'm three years out and no change. Except a couple of new (tiny) lumps. Keep hoping it will dissipate, but I'm beginning to doubt that will ever happen.
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Mine was done in Feb 2008. It was done all wrong so... my experience is they do not go away. At least not yet. I want to know why so many doctors on this site say the product is safe when the outcome is so technique dependent? I was done by a board certified plastic surgeon. He said he was so great and that sculptra was "very safe". On this site the doctors all say that the device is safe in the "right hands". When done "wrong" the predictable complications are "difficult to manage". So you as patient are in a position where you do as the "doctor" recommends and then (s)he has a bad day and there is NOTHING any doctor can do to fix it. surgical excision only removes lumps that are there at the time. Since PLLA does not fully break down inside the body for unknown period of time , if ever, lumps can and do continue to form. Meaning more surgery and more scars. Sculptra is total CRAP. I also would like doctors to stop saying it is the same thing as vicryl sutures. Vicryl sutures are no more than 10% PLLA. Sculptra is almost all PLLA. Is 10% the same thing as 99%? NO. The "seeds" are dispursed throughout the soft tissue and can not be surgically removed effectively. The filling effect is from a systemic immune response to the irritating foreign material and is a form of scar tissue.
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Thank you for responding. I was hoping for better news. Boo! I am so bummed with this stuff. I chew my food and it looks like I have rocks in my cheeks! Plus, when I smile, the hard edges of the lumps make me look clownish. It is not AS noticeable when my face I'd still. Difficult for the animated person. What have you tried to calm the situation down? The lumps showed up over a year later for me. 3 new patches popped up this week. I am trying to be optimistic and proactive. Did your Dr reimburse you or try to help?
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I appreciate the details you provided. I am not the law suit type but feel that promoting this stuff is a crime. Part of me feels like I should be more aggressive by demanding explanations from the company. My Dr. Started discouraging his patients after my experience. He was rather upset as it was new to his office. I have tried saline injections, a few very mild cortisone injections and have used a laser designed for scar tissue. It has been a hassled process with lots of bruising and extra swelling. I believe it has tamed things but has not made the lumps depart. Plus, I had Ned growths this week. They were curbed w saline, but I feel like an alien. Thank you for responding g again. I have felt overwhelmed by this experience at times.
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Yes, my lumps are now barely visable. Although I can still feel them and they get larger whenever I get sick but then go down again after I'm well. Had my injections 2009 and the lumps started getting smaller about 9 months ago.
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Hi - I developed a pea sized lump under my eye /top of cheek 4 weeks after my 2 treatment. My doctor injected saline into it - but so far - no change (in fact it looks a bit bigger). I now have small lumps developing under my other eye. Very distressed. My doctor said that because of his technique this wouldn't happen. I would love to hear some good news stories too. Feel v stupid and self conscious.
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