Sculptra is a wonderful product for mid face volumizing and many people call it a "liquid facelift". It is a liquid and generally does not cause much bruising. To avoid any bruising please avoid aspirin, motrin, aleve, or vitamin E, or blood thinners, or any products like fish oils. For the best results please find a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience with cosmetic procedures.
I am considering Sculpta procedure. Is there any bruising, any down time I need to make this decision.
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Sculptra and down time
Sculptra Bruising and Down Time
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Reducing Sculptra Related Bruising
-All pain relievers except Tylenol
-Vitamin E and all multi vitamins containing Vitamin E.
-Foods high in Vitamin E, such as: sunflower seeds, papaya, spinach, blueberries, etc.
-Cinnamon and horseradish
-Herbal remedies such as Fish Oil, St. John’s Wort, etc.
-Alcoholic beverages, especially red wine (optional)
At my practice, CARE Plastic Surgery, we offer dermal filler patients homeopathic Arnica and Bromelain supplements from Vitamedica to minimize bruising after treatment. These supplements should be started three days prior to a Sculptra treatment.
After having a Sculptra treatment, I advise my patients to massage all treated areas for 5 minutes, five times a day, for five consecutive days. Massaging aids in the distribution of Sculptra, allowing for a smoother, natural look. Massaging also helps to prevent any bumps from forming. Should you feel swelling or pain, you can use an ice pack to relieve these temporary symptoms.
Bruising and Sculptra
What to Expect from Sculptra
Downtime to expect after treatment with Sculptra
Sculptra can be performed very comfortably in the office. After application of numbing cream, the injections can be performed in ~30 minutes. Some bruising at the site of injection occurs in 5-10% of patients, and may last 5-7 days. Make-up can be applied to conceal this bruising if it does occur. Most patients do notice some temporary swelling, anywhere from 1-3 days.
Avoiding foods, medications and supplements that thin the blood can reduce the risk of bruising (alcohol, ginger, aspirin, to name a few). Also icing the area immediately after treatment and using Arnica can help to minimize bruising.
Side effects of Sculptra
Hello, and great to see you are doing your research prior to having treatment with Sculptra. In general, the side effects of Sculptra can include:
1) Lumps, or "nodules"
2) Redness or swelling at the injection site
There is little down time. You can get back into your routine the same day, just avoid putting any pressure on the area where the injections took place. Thanks and good luck!
There is always a risk of bruising and swelling post injections to the face. There are never any guarantees. Icing the areas immediately post injections can help with the bruising and decreasing of the swelling in the the skin.
Dr. Grant Stevens Marina Plastic Surgery Associates Marina del Rey, CA The Institute
Sculptra Treatments in NYC
Sculptra treatments are a nice alternative to other dermal fillers. Sculptra works by stimulating your own tissue to volumize naturally and actually grow tissue rather than rely on the injected material. This give a very natural generalized filling effect which is great for cheeks, temporal region, jawline and other parts of the face and body. After the treatment you can expect mild swelling and and very slight chance os bruising (less then 5% chance just as other fillers). Since the onset of action is over several weeks, patients enjoy the natural look and feel rather than feeling or looking "injected." However, you should review your particular situation with your surgeon to make sure you are a good candidate.