Sculptra Expectations and Results - Cleveland, OH

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Newbie to art of slowing the effects of aging...

Newbie to art of slowing the effects of aging through cosmetic procedures. I am a young-looking 57 year old who stays out of the sun, works out and fuels my body with healthy foods. I chose Sculptra after researching the options available and amount of time it should last.

Arrived early for my appointment and spent time...

Arrived early for my appointment and spent time with the nurse having special high res pictures taken and numbing cream applied. Waited about an hour and a half for the doctor and almost got up and left. Finally the doctor arrived and precisely drew a map on my face for the injections which felt like tiny pin pricks. It took about 20 minutes. My face felt puffy, cold and numb but no pain.

I used the ice packs a couple of times during the first 24 hours that I received in the Sculptra After-care packet and had very little swelling with no bruising. I look like I did when I went in which is what I expected after reading the many posts on this website and other information sources.

The only constructive criticism so far is that my doctor and staff should have better patient communications. I received very little direction from my doctor and staff about what to expect before and after the procedure. When I asked about massaging my face, I was told by my doctor and the nurses that it wasn't necessary. I read many posts on this website about the importance of massaging to help insure a good result and I have been performing the massaging.

I have another Sculptra scheduled in May along with two Fraxel Restores planned for April and June.

Looking forward to a renewed and refreshed face.

So far I have had two Sculptra treatments and two...

So far I have had two Sculptra treatments and two Fraxel Restore. First one in March and the second one in May with Fraxel Restore in April and June. I am a bit concerned with the results that I am seeing. Or should I say, the minimal results that I am seeing (total spent so far $3200.00). I have been reading about the amount of patience required to see results from Sculptra but... jeeez this is slow!!.

The first Restore was very disappointing. I think the setting was too low. The setting was 12. My face was a little pink with some flaking around my nose and mouth. With the second Restore, I finally had some results. She used a setting of 15. This time I had more of a "sunburn" with more flaking around my nose and mouth. My skin has a more youthful appearance but still concerned with the lack of fading on some minor scars and age spots.

Overall, I am really questioning my decisions here. I am going to try one more Sculptra and see if my doctor will work with me somehow with regard to the lack of results (due to too low setting on the first Restore)with the cost. Maybe I have the wrong doctor.

So here I am after 3 Sculptra and 3 Fraxel Restore...

So here I am after 3 Sculptra and 3 Fraxel Restore. I started this journey in March and had my last treatment in early August. I have now spent $4800.00. Would I do this again??? The answer is NO.

Very disappointing results with Sculptra because I have NO results. Noone, including me, can honestly say there is any difference at all with regard to additional volume in my face.

As for the Fraxel Restore, the first treatment was set at 12/10/8. The setting was far too low and I had minor peeling/flaking around my nose and mouth with slight pinkness. By the way, I am a fair-skinned blonde. The second treatment with the setting at 15/10/8, I had a little more peeling/flaking around my nose and mouth with a slight sunburn look. After the third treatment with the setting at 25/10/8, more peeling/flaking with definite sunburn look. My skin has a more refreshed, youthful look. However, I have a small age spot on my right cheekbone about three inches from my hairline that has not faded.

I have expressed my concern to my doctor and we have a follow up appointment scheduled in October. She will review my results at that time and has agreed to give me my choice of either another Fraxel Restore or another Sculptra at no charge.

I am still wondering if I may have chosen the wrong doctor. Please offer thoughts and recommendations. Thanks

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Updated on 20 Mar 2011:As this point, I am undecided if I would recommend this doctor or not. Better communication is definitely needed about the before and after care. Also, if I am going to be expected to wait an hour and a half before the procedure begins, it needs to be communicated.

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