What is the Recovery Time from Sculptra?

What is the average recovery from Sculptra?

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Recovery time vs Down time

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If you mean how much time do you need to stay home or out of the public eye (down time) the answer is no time at all. As most of the fillers available today, sculptra  requires no  limitation to your activities or schedule.

Recovery time may be different if you mean how long to see the results? Within 24 hours, the volume of water used to reconstitute the product will be gone. It gradually causes collagen to build up and replace the volume lost to aging or other factors. Sculptra is called the "liquid facelift" because it is a gradual filling up over time that doesn't make people stop and ask if you just went to the doctor to have "some work done" if they happen to see you two days in a row!

Silver Spring Dermatologic Surgeon

Downtime with Sculptra injections...

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Average recovery time for after being injected with Sculptra is completely dependent on the patient and injector.  If a patient bruises  it can take typically 7-10day for resolution.  I like to recommend patients to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil,  multi-vitamins, vitamin E, ginkgo Biloba, and  fish oil tablets at least 1-2 week before the procedure.  Typically, downtime is very minimal with Sculptra treatments.


Sculptra Recovery Time Minimal

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Most patients experience some swelling after Sculptra that usually resolves within a few days to a week.  Some patients may experience bruising which is usually minor clearing within a few days.  Occasionally, bruising can be more significant requiring a week or more to clear.  Patients should avoid products containing aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, vitamin E etc. to reduce the chances of bruising.

Lori Stetler, MD
Dallas Dermatologic Surgeon

No recovery, maybe a little down time

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Shely, There is no actual recovery as you will not feel weak, be in pain or feel sick after this procedure. Maybe a little numb in the face  like after the dentist. You might have a little "down" time as you can bruise so don't do it the day before a wedding. You can minimize chances of bruising if you avoid supplements that contribute to this like ginko , garlic, ginseg, fish oil and aspirin like producys. Of course prescrition blood thinners as well. 

Sculptra - Only "recovery" if there is unexpected bruising

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Sculptra is similar to most other injectables and seldom has any actual recovery time. You can easily go about your daily routine immediately after the treatment.  The only potential negative response is sometimes minor swelling or some scattered bruising. When bruising occurs, you might find you need some type of camouflage. Generally, most patients have very little bruising unless they were taking certain supplements or pain relievers within 10-14 days of treatment.

The bigger culprit in bruising is the patient's innocent use of over the counter supplements like Vitamin E, Fish Oil, St. John's Wort, aspirin, ibuprofen - all which are heart healthy, but make bruising far more likely to occur. The avoidance list is more inclusive than these noted, so checking beforehand is a good idea. We encourage all patients coming in for injections to refrain from these and other specific supplements or medications 10 to 14 days prior to their appointment. Check with your doctor to get a comprehensive avoidance list.

**Of course if you take prescription blood thinners, you should check with your prescribing physician before any discontinuance of medication and be certain your cosmetic physician is well aware of all prescription medications you may be taking.

Sculptra recovery limited to minor swelling and occasional bruise

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Recovery from Sculptra is essentially non-existent unless you get a bruise.  You may have minor swelling for a few days which usually isn't noticeable to others.  If you get a bruise, you may be able to cover it with make-up.

Lawrence Osman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon

Sculptra Today , Back to Work Tomorrow

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As you can see from the responses by experienced Physicians, Sculptra injections require no additional time off of work or social activities compared to other fillers.  Swelling is often a soft appearance which fits in with a patient's eventual goal of restoring volume.  Take steps to avoid bruising as others have mentioned and most importantly, follow your massage routine as directed by your physician.  I have been treating patients for the past 5 years with sculptra and found 90% high patient satisfaction.


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The actual injection of Sculptra takes about 15 minutes.  There is really not much recovery needed.  You will be good to go.  There will be some swelling and perhaps a bruise may occur.  The saline component will get absorbed and go away leaving the product in the soft tissues.  Now it take 6-8 weeks for the body to build up its own collagen.  At that point the results will become more evident.

Jay H. Ross, MD, FACS
Palm Harbor Plastic Surgeon

There are two phases with Sculptra

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There are two phases with Sculptra. There is volume created from the product itself, which goes away within 48-72 hours, and then there is collagen building up over the next several months. The only real recovery is from the procedure itself, which could result in temporary bruising from the needle. Some patients don’t bruise at all and others have to wait a week or so before the bruising goes away. It depends on how you bruise and how the procedure was done.

Sculptra Recovery Should be Quick

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Sculptra is a "volumizing agent" injected in a sterile water suspension. Mild swelling may be present for a day or two until it dissipates. The actual collagen volume production occurs in the month after the injection and is gradual in onset.  The recommended treatment dose per session is up to two vials per session. In my experience, the most noticeable benefit occurs after the second session (total of four vials), so patience is required when having Sculptra.  The majority of the initial treatment involves relatively deep injection along the skeletal framework of the face, so bruising can occur but is still relatively rare (assuming the patient has stopped aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, and herbal supplements).

In summation, Sculptra recovery is fairly rapid, but Sculptra results are relatively slower to unfold, requiring patience and understanding of the process.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.