Why Does Sculptra Have a Low Rating in Realself?
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Why does #Sculptra have a low #satisfaction rating on #Realself?
- The number of injections required per session and the resulting bruising
- The fact that they require 2-3 treatment sessions for the full correction
- Sculptra can take 3-4 months between initial treatment and final results
- Cost which can range from $2500-4000
- Possibility of nodule formation if the product is used incorrectly
I hope this information is helpful for you.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
Sculptra is an excellent filler
Sculptra and Patient Satisfaction
Sculptra is a fabulous product but the reviews of procedures are linked to many factors. It can be that they were the wrong candidate for the procedure and were not treated by an experienced physician. My patients have loved Sculptra but it requires patience. Monthly injections need to be performed over a 4 month period to see the desired results. The trade-off is that it will last up to two years. Please consult an experienced board certified dermatologist about Sculptra to have the best cosmetic results.
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Unlike Sculptra, Other Volumizing Fillers Yiels Immediate Results
By contrast, volumizing agents, such as Radiesse and Voluma XC (which I would use in my Upper East Side Manhattan practice), give rise to immediate improvement, often after one treatment session and results tend to last up to two years. (In my Israel satellite facility where a far greater number of regulatory agency approved fillers and volumizers are available, I would opt for Emervel Volume, Stylage XXL, and Teosyal Deep for nonsurgical cheek and temple augmentation). Moreover, it has also been discovered that volumizing fillers, such as Radiesse are indeed biostimulatory fillers that can promote neocollagenesis.
As an aside, I also stopped autologous fat grafting quite a number of years ago, as well, once better and longer lasting off-the-shelf injectables, particularly the hyaluronic acid products that have little chance of allergenicity, became available. Fat grafting is relatively expensive, requires a separate procedure to harvest the fat, and despite the contention and the promise that the results were permanent, fat graft survival often didn't realize the promise. In addition, grafted fat retains the properties of the sites from which is taken (e.g.abdomen, buttocks), and thus, whatever fat does survive retains the tendency to put on weight with time, which may ultimately result in a less than optimal result with the passage of time.
Whatever you decide, make sure you consult with a experienced and expert aesthetic physician injector.
Sculptra is Unique as a Biostimulator of Collagen
Injecting Sculptra does require that the practitioner creates a balanced, aesthetic look, which does take experience. However, Sculptra restores volume in a more complete (pan-facial) facial correction, than what you can achieve with more site-specific gel dermal fillers.
Scupltra has never attained a large market share in the filler market, for several reasons. For one thing, it was a relatively expensive product in the past, but the cost is now more reasonable, It also usually requires multiple treatment sessions for best results. Also, results are not immediate but appear more gradually as the body builds up its own collagen in response to the filler. You don't get the immediate gratification that you get with other fillers. There were also some problems early on with reactions to the product but those problems can generally be avoided with proper dilution of the product and correct injection technique. Sculptra needs to be diluted ahead of time (at least 24 hours) which requires more planning on the part of the injector.
Sculptra often gets overlooked by people since there are so many other competing fillers out there but it still has a definite, unique role for the right candidate who needs facial volume restoration.
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