What to expect with Sculptra treatment in a New Orleans, LA area dermatology practice
By Dr. Mary Lupo
Many men and women in the area of New Orleans, LA who are interested in restoring natural volume loss in the facial area are confused about what options they have available to them. They are not sure what to expect when they visit a dermatologist for treatment, but are often excited to learn about non-invasive volume restoration solutions such as Sculptra, a specialized cosmetic volume filler.
Sculptra is a designated cosmetic injectable liquid that is used for restoring volume loss in the facial area especially the cheeks and temples. This volume loss can be caused by excessive weight loss or aging, due to the natural depletion of collagen and elastin in the face. Sculptra is formulated with a synthetic type of Poly-L-Lactic Acid. This particular injectable is safe to use and has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic enhancement. There are no animal by-products used in the development of Sculptra injectables.
How does it work?
Sculptra works by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen, which allows for gradual growth and volume production in necessary tissue. It is important that our patients understand that Sculptra injections are a little different than the dermal fillers used in our practice which provide same-day results. Sculptra works over time, and most results are seen 4-6 weeks following injections. Best results are seen with a three treatment protocol over 4 months.
The best candidates for Sculptra are patients who are interested in restoring volume loss. Volume loss or “hollowness” may occur in the faces of patients who are as young as 25. This is a natural progression of aging and can affect both men and women. Patients are welcome to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Mary Lupo to find out if they are viable candidates for injections and decide if Sculptra is appropriate for their specific needs.
Where can Sculptra be used?
The most common area that is treated with the use of Sculptra is that of the cheeks and temples. This is where volume loss is more noticeable for many of our patients. It can be used along the chin and jawline as well, depending on the patient’s specific concerns.
What can I expect during Sculptra treatments?
Sculptra treatment starts with a consultation appointment at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology to determine candidacy. Once patients have decided that Sculptra is right for them, they can undergo treatment immediately or schedule a future appointment for injections. Patients can relax in the treatment chair as Dr. Mary Lupo pinpoints the best areas for injections and applies a numbing cream before the injection. Patients often find that the treatments are relatively comfortable. Patients must then wait for the results. Results can take some time as the body produces collagen in the area but this can often be seen only around a month after the initial treatment. Results will last many years as long patients have follow-up injections performed to continue to stimulate collagen in the cheeks.
Is there downtime or recovery?
Patients often worry about downtime as they lead busy lives and already have trouble taking time off of their work schedule for vacation! Sculptra does not have any actual downtime. Patients return right back to their day without interruption. Some swelling and tenderness may occur for a few days but will soon subside and not be too concerning for many of our patients. Sometimes bruising may occur, but this is mild and can often be concealed using cosmetics. Many of these concerns are not bothersome to patients, especially when compared to invasive plastic surgery.
What are the benefits of Sculptra?
Easy to maintain
Discuss Sculptra as a treatment for volume loss today!
Call Dr. Mary Lupo in New Orleans, LA to discuss your options for volume restoration with cosmetic injectables such as Sculptra. Our professionals at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology work with individuals to help them find solutions to their common skin and body concerns. If you are interested in learning more, we welcome you to book a consultation appointment today by calling (504) 777-3047 and visiting our board-certified dermatologist at 145 Robert E. Lee Boulevard.