Volume loss happens during the natural aging process, especially in the mid-face as the cheeks tend to become hollow and flat. Talented cosmetic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou recommends Sculptra Aesthetic, a poly-L-lactic acid injectable dermal filler that allows for deeper and longer-lasting volume in the cheeks. In addition to improving the contour of the mid-face, Sculptra can reduce the look of fine to deep wrinkles and lines, like the nasolabial folds (sometimes called laugh or smile lines) that run from the sides of the nose down to the outer corners of the lips. With a unique gel formula approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Sculptra promotes the natural collagen production in your body so even after you stop getting injections, your complexion should be stronger and healthier compared to before the treatment. Schedule a consultation at Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to learn more about the advantages of this treatment.
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Sculptra Aesthetic is a great choice for anyone who wants to add volume to their mid-face without surgery. Candidates may have been born with flat cheeks, whereas other patients have age-related volume loss. Sculptra may also help to fill fine to severe facial wrinkles and lines, like marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and chin wrinkles. Since Sculptra's formula works to increase the natural production of collagen in the skin, most Sculptra patients will have an improvement in the overall health and appearance of their complexion.
Following your consult to create your customized treatment plan, you can receive your injections in our private procedure room. Your injector may use a local anesthetic or numbing cream prior to cleansing and marking the injection sites. As soon as you are prepared, Sculptra is injected into the deeper skin layers at the chosen areas. For longer-lasting results, Dr. Lou recommends a series of four treatments that are each scheduled at Lou Plastic Surgery around three weeks apart.
What to Expect
Following your Sculptra treatment, you may experience mild or moderate swelling, redness, bruising, or tenderness at the injection site that should subside on its own in a few days. For faster healing, you may apply a cold compress to the injection sites. You should limit UV exposure after your treatment and always use sunscreen. Many patients will see visible improvements immediately after their injections with full results appearing after several months when the increased collagen production improves the health of the complexion. If Sculptra is performed in a series over 3 – 4 months, results may be visible for as long as two years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Sculptra cost?
Sculptra injections can range in price, depending on how many units are needed to achieve your desired results. Some patients may also need a second series of treatment for an optimal outcome. During your consultation, we will discuss your aesthetic goals and tailor a treatment plan for your specific budget.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator that works within the dermis of the skin to help stimulate the production of collagen. It can help to restore the skin's inner structure and volume over time as more collagen is formed. The rebuilt strands of collagen can effectively plump and fill out facial folds and wrinkles.
Are Sculptra injections safe?
Approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Sculptra has a long history of safety worldwide since 1999. Though side effects are rare, they can include slight pain, bruising, swelling, and/or redness. In some cases, bumps may become noticeable when pressure is applied to the injected area. Contact Lou Plastic Surgery if you experience any abnormal or lasting side effects.
What is the best age to receive Sculptra?
Sculptra is beneficial for individuals who are wanting to soften and reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. It can specifically be used to restore chin wrinkles, lines surrounding the mouth, and deep lines between the nose and mouth. The most common age to receive Sculptra injections is between ages 30 – 55; however, it is also common for patients who are younger and older than this range to receive injections.
How long do Sculptra results last?
For longer-lasting results, some patients may need to receive several Sculptra treatments. Sculptra is different from other fillers because the results usually last up to two years. Since the production of collagen continues to develop over time, results may appear more gradually.
Sculpt A Youthful Face
Restore the volume and smoothness of your complexion with minimally invasive Sculptra injections at Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. Dr. Lou will decide if Sculptra is right for your goals at your initial consultation before developing your custom plan for treatment. Contact our team to make your appointment for Sculptra or other procedures.