Last year I had Sculptra injected in my cheeks and...
Last year I had Sculptra injected in my cheeks and have been fighting it ever since.
I came into the clinic with hollow cheeks and I had also developed some lines between my nose and cheeks. Sculptra, not Restylane or similar, was recommended to fill in these areas. I started on a course of treatments the following week.
My body reacted negatively to the product almost immediately. I developed a rash and began to detect small, hard lumps under the surface of my skin. I rushed back to the clinic and was given a prescription that would clear everything up but my face just kept getting worse and my skin was also starting to dry out and crack. I had a second treatment anyway but the lumps kept growing.
I went back to the clinic and at this point they referred me to a cosmetic surgeon in the area. Their estheticians were just not equipped to handle my case. The surgeon gave me a different medication and very rigourous massage instructions.
Over the course of the next three months I went through five different medications and recommendations, some from overseas doctors advising my cosmetic surgeon. The clinic that injected me picked up some of this expense but not all of it because of the release form I had signed. So that left me responsible for a sizable portion of the debt.
Eventually I sought a second (sixth?) opinion at a teaching hospital and I was put on another medication. This is what I am doing now, combined with massaging out the lumps as directed.
Some of the lumps are finally beginning to clear but by no means does that make Sculptra worth the pain, effort or additional expense incurred! I went in a healthy, happy 40-something with moderate hollowing and now I am craggly, dry, pocked and lumpy. I look like the wicked witch at 60!