My cosmetic dermatologist is a superb injector. She is the best of the best. I have no choice but to blame the product itself, Sculptra, for the lump that formed under my left eye. According to the PI sheet, about 1 in 5 patients develop lumps. I thought I could beat those odds by having a good doctor. I even read these reviews thinking, "Oh, if they had good doctors, they would not have had these problems." I was naive. Sculptra is advertised as a miracle product. I believed it. I thought my tear troughs and eye hollows would achieve a nice fullness without problems.
The injections themselves were not painful. The areas were numbed with lidocaine. I was to have 3 treatments, $400 each. After the first treatment, I did not notice a difference.
About 2 weeks after the second treatment, a lump formed below my left eye hollow. In addition to this, it seems as if the product migrated away from where it was supposed to be! I was confused. I massaged the areas for 5 minutes, 5 times a day, for 5 days after each treatment. I was not supposed to get a lump! My doctor recommended against a steroid injection because she believed that it will go away on its own. It has been 2 1/2 months since the lump formed. It is about 80% gone.
Overall, Sculptra was not a good choice for me. I do not notice a difference in the fullness under my eyes. I had the distress of getting a lump. I wasted $800. I do not recommend Sculptra for the under eye area. I wish I had chosen Juvederm or Restylane instead.