Beware of topical numbing when receiving sculptra injections! Good news day 11 after Sculptra first treatment - on day 7, my face went from blown up puffy to bright redness on my cheeks and puffiness under my eyes. My cheeks began to hurt and feel tender. The puffiness around my mouth began to go and did not show irritation but on my cheecks and under eyes, I looked swollen, red, scaley sandpaper like skin (which was very smooth before the treatment)and beat up. On day 9, I went back to my doctor and diagnosed me as having a contact dermatitis. Apparently I had an allergic reaction to the topical numbing solution used on my skin prior to receiving my Sculptra injections!! This makes sense since my skin is very sensitive and has been irritated in past after laser treatments where numbing solution was also applied. But the past irritations were never as bad as what I experienced with my Scultra injections. The doctor treated me with antibiotic and steroid cream and within 24 hours the inflamation on my face began to go down! 48 hours later, all redness and scaley skin is gone and puffiness almost completely gone. And the result of the Sculptra looks great!! The lines under my mouth are gone and my face has fullness that it had from 10 years ago when I was in my thirties. My cheekbones look beautiful - one a bit fuller than the other but I am waiting another week when all post injection reaction and dermatitis is gone. It's very subtle and natural looking so far!!
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I have read some reviews on home microdermabrasion kits that gave good results. The cost of the kits, about 35 dollars and up, may not be so bad since they last for such a long time. Many kits state to not use the home treatment more than 2 times a week and they have enough supplies to last for at least 10 treatments. So, if you do the math the cost is not that bad.
To answer the question "Is it worth it?", that surely depends on your level of expectation. An at-home treatment will more than likely not deliver the same results as what can be achieved at the dermatologist's office. However, many spas (not medi-spas) have a license that only allows them to perform services (microdermabrasion / chemical peels)at about half the strength as the medical doctors. So, two at-home treatments may be equal to one spa treatment. Why not try the at-home kit and if you need more extreme results- go see the doctor.