Sculptra – Injectable Filler
Sculptra is an injectable wrinkle filler made from a synthetic material, poly-L-lactic acid, which boasts longer-lasting results over other injectable fillers. Some patients of Cherry Hill plastic surgeon, Dr. Evan Sorokin, prefer Sculptra over other fillers because it provides similar results that last much longer, for up to 2 years. Sculptra is also a good option for patients with deeper wrinkles and lines. Sculptra is more of a volumizing agent than a line filler. Sculptra is made from biocompatible materials that are safe and non-toxic to the body.
A treatment of Sculptra usually takes about 30 minutes. Dr. Sorokin will start by determining the best dosage and injection sites for the patient. To minimize discomfort, patients will be given a local anesthetic on the treated areas before the Sculptra is injected into the selected points of the face through a syringe. Most patients only feel a small prick from the needle, but a topical anesthetic or numbing cream can be added if it is needed. Sculptra works well on areas of the face, like chin wrinkles, lines around the mouth, and other deep lines around the nose and mouth. Most patients will need 2-3 injections over the course of a few months to see their best results.
What To Expect
Patients should expect mild swelling and redness for a short time after the injections, but they will be able to resume light activities. However, exercise should be avoided for at least a few hours. Dr. Sorokin will give post-treatment instructions that will help the patient achieve the best and most lasting effects. Results from Sculptra take a few weeks to appear, but patients will have a restored and youthful face.
One treatment of Sculptra will usually cost between $800 and $1,600. The cost will be based on the dosage and amount of Sculptra that is used during the treatment. Dr. Sorokin recommends 2-3 treatments with 1-2 months in between treatment to achieve the best results.
Sculptra has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been safely used around the world since 1999. The main ingredient in Sculptra, poly-L-lactic acid, is a synthetic version of the same substance found naturally in the body, and it has been used for several years as a surgical suture. The most common side effects are mild pain, bruising, swelling, redness, and bumps if pressure is applied to the injected area. Please talk to Dr. Sorokin if you have any concerns about side effects either before or after the treatment.
Sculptra Vs. BOTOX?
Unlike other injectable wrinkle fillers, Sculptra provides gradual, but long-term results. Sculptra is used to add volume to the face and smooth the surface of the skin. BOTOX is an injectable wrinkle relaxer that temporarily paralyzes the muscles of the face that cause dynamic wrinkles. Dr. Sorokin has created wonderful results by combing Sculptra and BOTOX. The best treatment for each patient is discussed during the consultation.
Most patients who receive Sculptra are between the ages of 30 and 55, but the condition of the patient’s skin and their goals will help Dr. Sorokin determine the best treatment. Sculptra is best for patients who want softened facial lines and decreased wrinkles for a longer time.
Sculptra provides results that can last up to 2 years, as opposed to most wrinkle fillers, which last 6 months to a year. Sculptra treats deeper lines and wrinkles and the results will seem more natural as they appear over time.