Sculptra: Mother Nature’s Natural Filler
Sculptra procedure is one of my preferred injectables for facial rejuvenation – acting distinctly from filler products such as Juvederm and Restylane, Sculptra is classified as a “ bio-stimulator “, which, when injected, causes the stimulation of the collagen-producing cells in the patient’s skin, with the subsequent grow of collagen over the course of weeks and months. In this process, Sculptra is distinct from other injectables on the market. It does not provide instant volume and correction of age-associated hollowing. Rather, Sculptra works gradually and produces results that can last up to 2 years. This means that your results will look better and more natural as time passes. On average, most patients need a series of 3 treatments spaced out over a couple of months to achieve optimal results. Below, I’ve provided some background information on the Sculptra procedure, including where it originated from, how its use was translated into aesthetic medicine, and how it is being utilized in novel new ways. Enjoy!
What is Sculptra and what was it’s use derived from?
The Sculptra procedure , also known as poly-L-lactic acid, is derived from a dissolvable suture material that has been used in surgery for decades; hence it is very well understood as to how it reacts with the body. Sculptra initially started out in the 1980’s as a treatment for patients with HIV-associated facial wasting as a result of massive weight loss seen with AIDs. Sculptra provided relief and helped those patients regain normalcy in their appearance. Since then, the utilization of Sculptra has expanded, gaining clearance for cosmetic use.
Why use Sculptra?
As we age, our skin thins as collagen becomes depleted and more disorganized. This leads to a loss of facial skin elasticity and volume, with the development of fine lines and wrinkles. The Sculptra procedure provides a natural means of skin regeneration, allowing the skin to gain volume and elasticity, gradually returning to a more youthful state.
The Nonsurgical Butt Lift aka “No scalpel butt lift”
Women and men alike have been using Sculptra to volumize hollow areas in the face, and getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles in areas such as the midface and décolleté. Sculptra continues to gain popularity across the globe as Europeans and South Americans are using the semi-permanent filler to give them a more bodacious backside. Here in the US, Sculptra is still awaiting FDA clearance for such use, however the procedure is often performed “off-label”.
My suggestion to those interested in having this procedure performed is as follows: First and foremost, keep in mind that utilizing Sculptra for a buttock augmentation is not comparable to a Brazilian Butt Lift, which typically transfers vast quantities of fat ( often times more than a liter per side ) harvested from the torso and other areas, creating very pronounced buttock augmentation and projection. Sculptra is capable of providing a mild to modest improvement in buttock projection and volume – its use for this treatment is limited in thinner women ( and men) who simply do not have an adequate amount of fat to transfer to the buttocks. Sculptra is also a consideration for patients not interested in the other alternative, a buttock augmentation with the use of a silicone implant. The major benefit of using Sculptra in buttock enhancement is that it does not require a general anesthetic, and can be performed under a local anesthetic. The result, however, will be minimal, as compared to more invasive surgical procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many years have you been a practicing plastic surgeon?
My first year out of residency was in 2005
Describe your philosophy and approach to cosmetic enhancement and treatment of patients
Philosophy: Superior advice predicated upon evidence-based medicine, innovative insight, and efficient execution.
Treatment goals: Create a natural-appearing, balanced aesthetic enhancement that complements the patient’s unique features.
What’s most important to you when treating patients?
Comfort and security: We strive to achieve the ultimate customer experience. In surgery, much like professional sports, talent typically prevails. Championships however, are won by the teams who subscribe to organizational excellence. Accordingly, with good surgical planning and sound judgment, the majority of routine surgeries follow fairly predictable outcomes. Hence, customer service makes the experience complete. That’s what ultimately differentiates you as a surgeon from the masses. And that is our goal: to exceed our clients expectations.
What does a consultation with you entail?
Initially, patient information is gathered including photographs, salient medical history, and aesthetic goals. Next, I perform a comprehensive consultation utilizing videos and interactive patient education software. Following the consultation, the patient reviews the surgical procedure, peri-operative plans, and financials with the surgical consultant.
What steps does your office take to augment comfort?
We offer several features to augment comfort: A VIP waiting area, complimentary beverage menu, and Wi-Fi connectivity, and complementary usage of iPads.