What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a specialized skin injection that was originally used for people with HIV to correct the effects of lipoatrophy, a condition that causes facial fat loss. Today, it is used for most anyone who wants to reduce skin folds/wrinkles, sunken eyes, hollowed cheeks, or indentations in the chin. If you have any of these conditions and want to look better, Sculptra in St. Louis may be a great option for you.
The substance in Sculptra is synthetic, but it is biocompatible, which makes it very safe. It has been used in Europe as a filler for facial wrinkles and folds for more than ten years.
What is Sculptra® Like?
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under a local anesthetic or numbing cream. It usually takes just one-quarter to one-half hour, and you can go home almost immediately.
The effects of Sculptra are gradual during the first few weeks but have been found to last as long as two years after just one treatment. Some people may require more than one treatment, however, to achieve their desired results. They can be done as frequently as every 45 days, if necessary.
Recovery from Sculptra®
You may experience some mild redness, bruising, inflammation, bleeding, or itching at the site of the injections for a week or two. You can use an ice pack to reduce discomfort and swelling, and you will be asked to massage the injection areas a bit.
You will also be more vulnerable to the sun after your Sculptra injections, so take precautions to protect your skin from sunburn.
Other procedures that you may consider for facial wrinkles and folds are Botox, Restylane, Dysport, Radiesse, and Fat Transfer. The team at Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. will discuss with you what you want to accomplish and which options are best for you.