WHAT IS SCULPTRA®?
SCULPTRA® is a unique injectable filler, containing microparticles of Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLA). Poly-L-Lactic Acid is a sterile, synthetic, biocompatible, biodegradeable hydrogel polymer. SCULPTRA® was first introduced into the US Market approximately 10 years ago, marketed as NEW FILL® and indicated for facial volume enhancement in cases of facial atrophy. Dr. Wheeler was one of the first physicians in New York City to receive advanced training in the proper use and injection of NEW FILL, at the Baja Facial Implant Center, in Tijuana, Baja California. SCULPTRA® (NEW FILL) is currently distributed by Sanofi-Aventis.
WHAT ARE THE INDICATIONS FOR SCULPTRA®?
SCULPTRA® is indicated for the correction of shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds and for facial tissue augmentation, for the restoration and / or correction of facial atrophy. SCULPTRA® provides a subtle correction over time, replacing lost collagen, ultimately providing a more natural looking appearance.
HOW IS SCULPTRA® ADMINISTERED?
SCULPTRA® is administered on average, in a series of 3 treatment sessions, over the course of several months. The number of injections at each treatment session will vary depending on the degree of correction and your specific treatment plan. Some discomfort with JUVÉDERM™ treatment is possible, but is minimized by the application of an ice pack, prior to treatment. In many cases, nerve blocks may be administered prior to the SCULPTRA® treatment to make the injections more comfortable.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SCULPTRA® ?
As with any procedure, there may be associated risks. Treatment with SCULPTRA® may be associated with mild discomfort, bleeding, temporary redness, bruising and swelling at the injection site, skin contour irregularities and occasionally, visibility of the filler beneath the skin.
HOW LONG DOES SCULPTRA® LAST?
A typical treatment with SCULPTRA® Aesthetic will entail several treatment sessions over the course of several months. Results are initially quite subtle, but improve over time as new collagen is produced and deposited. Most patients need three treatments over 2-3 months to achieve an optimal result, which can last up to two years.