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Scars & Facial Volume Look Better - Tampa, FL

I have scars & dents from Erbium laser...

I have scars & dents from Erbium laser resurfacing. For 5 yrs I've had so many f laser treatments & fillers. I was always dissapointed after. I finally found a doctor who knew how to inject fillers. I know know it's not what you get, it's WHO you get. I had juevaderm before & didn't like the results. My new doctor, Dr Cross, hit me up with Fraxel restore then a month after she put sculptra in my hallow areas on my cheeks, temples & near the scars. The way she placed the sculptra is what made the difference. I've seen so many doctors I lost count in the past 5 yrs but finding the right one made a difference I can live with. I go for another injection in a month & I can't wait. She put it in deep so I don't have any bumps & not much brusing. It filled me out in a natural way. Finding the right doctor makes all the difference in the world . So far iI like Sculpta the best or maybe it's how she did it. I like that it lasts longer so i don't have to go every 6 months or so. Cheaper in the long run,, nice results.

sculptra

Well I didn't see too much of a result from my sculptra injections (I had 2viles) placed in my temples & jaw area after a yr but I did however notice that in the lower area near my jaw every once in a while it gets a lump. I'm able to massage it down but it's werid to have that going on. I don't think I'll go for anything that permanent anymore. After having it done last year I've been to a few doctors since & they won't even use it. Says it's too risky & they'll only use the ones that they can take care of if something goes wrong. Sculptra is hard to get rid of if you can & if something is wrong like getting bumps forget it. Your screwed. I also don't like that it takes months for it to show results where others show right away. I feel like you waste so much time waiting to see results, so ...if it's supposed to last up to 2 years half of it is waiting to see results. To me it's not worth the risk, price & time spent waiting.

Still love the doctor who did it but..

I still love the doctor who did it since I didn't get the bad problems others have gotten and she was great filling my eyes. It's just the sculptra that I'm not fond of.

update on sculptra

Well it's been almost 2 yrs since sculptra. I don't notice any difference, I did at first when I had it injected the 2nd time but now I
sometimes I feel a small bump inside my mouth by my jaw where the sculptra was put. It comes and goes. When I feel it I massage it down. Wouldn't get it again. Too long to wait for results, more expensive & might cause bad problems down the road. I'll sick to HA fillers from now on.
Dr Cross

Dr Cross was rated the top doc for fillers. She injects your face in a natural way, not too much and not too little. Very caring. Doesn't push anything on you. Knows what she's doing. Has a knack for facial sculpturing. She also does fraxel, had more results from her one treatment than all the other i had in 5 yrs. Her staff is amazing. Dana her receptionest gets back to you no matter what time you e mail or call.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
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5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
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Hi, I am interested in Sculptra and live in Tampa. Are you still happy with your results? How did it work out for you in the long run? I'm also trying to get an idea on costs. You mentioned spending $800. Was this for 1 vial or more?
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Hey Kitten, I'm happy how she did it, I never got the bumps a lot talk about & I like where she put it in my temples, high cheek area & jowels. I don't look as thin there anymore & my cheek bones look a bit higher. Not sure yet for the dent in my cheek that another doctor in Tampa did to my face. (I had resurfacing done by him & he left me with tons of scars & a dent) I had 2 viles for the temples, high cheek area & my jowels in June 2012 & half a vile for the dent & scars in Feb 2013. Each vile was $800.00 & half for $400.00. Just make sure the doctor your using is familiar with Sculptra. It takes time to grow so I'm still waiting to see if the dent gets fuller since I just had it in Feb. The injection goes very deep into your skin. If it's injected too close to the surface or near the eye area you could get bumps. I'll be going back to her again for the scars if I don't see an improvement but I think I'll try a different kind for of filler for them if it doesn't fill out. So yea, I'm happy with it for the other areas. Let me know how yours goes should you decide to get it done.
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Hi Sats, Thank you so much for your response. I was so excited that I made an appointment with Dr. Cross the day you wrote back. Well today I went down there. (I live up in New Tampa). Dr. Cross was everything you said and more. I've had the Sculptra and love the result so far. I was concerned about looking like a freak for a couple of days but that was unfounded. I've been running errands all day. The result is so subtle that even my husband didn't notice. (He is usually very observant.) The worst thing about it was waiting for the lidocaine to wear off. She recommended that I come in again for a second treatment in a month. I hope that I don't absorb this stuff too fast and before it has a chance to grow the new collagen as I usually metabolize fillers at a fast and furious rate, thus they don't work for me. I did fat injections last year looking for an alternative to fillers and that was a complete waste of $$$ after about 10 days of down time.
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Hey Kitten, I live in New Tampa too. I think she's worth the trip. I'll be going back in June. She's really good with fillers. She did my eyes with another filler & I don't look so tired anymore. She's a sweetie too. She'll be going to Vegas for another award show. Dr Ormand from the doctors is one of the ones with her. She won the last couple years so I figured I'd only let her do filler from now on. Every once in a while they have Groupons for other services. I got Fraxel done 2 times for $379.00 !! Give it time, it will go down then it will start growing. Be sure to massage the area 5 times a day for 5 min. Where did you have it placed?? Maybe we can go together some time since we live in the same neighborhood. :)
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"They say" it lasts 2 yrs. So far I haven't had it that long to know how long it really lasts. Just like any other filler "they say" last for 6 mons, 9 mons or a yr you still have to go in earlier than the time limit they say. It also depends on where it is. If it's on a part of the face that moves more like your mouth or eyes then I would think you go get that touched up sooner than other parts of your face like your temples or parts of your cheek. I would think I'd touch up my mouth in a yr or so & other parts in 1 1/2 yr. Time will tell.
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Even tho I was given numbing cream for an hour before Sculptra was more painful than Juvederm because she injected it deep where Juvederm was right under the surface. After the injection my jaws were sore when I opened my mouth from it being injected so deep. My eyes had a strange sensation when she injected me by my temples too. But so far I like the results after one treatment. Usually I'm dissapointed but this time having the temples filled makes you look a bit younger. I never realized that before. Since I tried Jueve already & didn't like having to go back every 6 months besides not being thrilled with the results I decided to try the Sculptra. I go back for my 2nd treatment in Aug.. If it wasn't for the pain I can't wait! Had to hold a rubber ball when she hit me up in a couple places. No pain no gain as they say.
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Good job for pushing through the pain!

How often do you have to get the Sculptra touched up??

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I think you make a great point about how important it is to choose a skilled injector. I'm glad you have found one you are comfortable with.

Since you have had both Scultpra & Juvederm I would be curious to know if they felt different when they were being injected? (ie was one more painful than another??)

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