What Are Possible Side Effects of Using Steroids to Dissolve Sculptra Nodules?

Sculptra nodules ( formed about 5 mos after 2nd injection)diagnosed as chronic sialadentitis and incipient mucus escape reaction have caused excessive saliva in my mouth that is driving me insane. I understand steroids can help but I am now absolutely terrified of injecting anything into my body. I need to know any possible side effects. Thank you.

Doctor Answers 3

Dissolving Nodules

I don't recommend subcutaneous steroids for treating your nodules, because it could possibly do more harm than good. Steroids can cause indentations. I would see a physician to discuss alternate treatment methods.


Best of luck! 

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Sculptra Nodules - using steroid

I don't recommend steroids to dissolve Sculptra nodules.  In our practice we fortunately have avoided this problem so far, but 5 FU is the medication we would use.  Best wishes!!

Stefan Mark Szczerba, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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I would not recommend using steroid injections to treat nodules caused by Sculptra.  I highly recommend that you see a physician to discuss other treatment options.  

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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