After Injected, Can Sculptra Move to Another Location?

Does or can Sculptra move to another location after injected?

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Sculptra placement

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Sculptra injection technique includes vigorous massage frequently, Sculptra is different from fillers where location and placement is critical to fill a line, Sculptra is placed deep to stimulate neo collagenesis. This is the effect desired and movement of the new collage does not occur.

West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

Sculptra - can it move to another location?

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No, Sculptra should not move to another location.  However, to keep the Sculptra particles finely dispersed so that they lead to an even, smooth appearance of collagen, patients are encouraged to massage the skin using the 5-5-5 rule: massage the treated areas after injection 5 times per day for 5 minutes each time, for 5 days post injections.

Kristel D. Polder, MD
Dallas Dermatologic Surgeon

Sculptra does not move after it is injected.

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Sculptra is used to add volume to the face. Ususally several treatments over several months are required to gain results. This is a product that we like to massage immediately after injection.  We also insist that the patient massage the areas treated several times a day for several days.  The reasoning behind the massaging is to keep the material even and smooth to avoid bumps.  It does not move the material to a different location.

Susan Van Dyke, MD
Paradise Valley Dermatologic Surgeon
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The active ingredient in Sculptra stays put

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Sculptra,  when injected,  is a solution of microscopic crystals floating in a water based solution (milky color).  After injection, the crystals stay in the same general vicinity necessitating the suggested after injection massages to prevent the formations of  small nodules (lumps of a mm or so) under the skin.

The results of Sculptra injections are very technique dependent so make sure to see someone who is experienced.

Joseph N. Togba, MD
Oakland Plastic Surgeon

Can Sculptra move to another location?

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Sculptra will not move to another location after it has been injected. In fact, it is recommended to firmly massage the areas after Sculptra injections for five minutes, five times a day, for five days. There is no risk of moving it to other areas.


Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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With proper technique is stays put.

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We have done hundreds of Sculptra injections and have yet to see it move.

However, especially at the time of initial injection, swelling can make it seem that it has moved.  it does correct as the material first settles in and then grows out.

Dr. Mayl

Fort lauderdale

Nathan Mayl, MD (retired)
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

Fort Lauderdale Sculptra

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Sculptra simply will not migrate. The structure of the molecule itself will prevent migration given proper injection technique. I would go as far as to say it is the only injectable that cannot migrate given the saline vehicle used to transport the product into the fatty compartments is rapidly reabsorbed leaving the "snowflake-shaped" molecule in place to stimulate collagen formation.

Will Richardson, MD
Fort Lauderdale Dermatologic Surgeon

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