Sagging in a face occurs from lost fat volume as well as loss of elasticity in the skin from environmental damage and even some loss of bone, often from inadequate care of one’s teeth. Sculptra injections can dramatically improve volume loss from fat loss and even some bone loss. The re-volumizing from Sculptra injections also stretches out and minimizes many small wrinkles and even elevates areas such as the jowls.
Sculptra is used mostly within the deep dermis and in some areas on the covering of bone (called periosteum) to replace lost collagen and the mentioned volume. Since Sculptra works by stimulating the production of collagen, the correction is gradual and not immediate. However, it does last about two years, and if properly injected, looks entirely natural.
Sculptra (poly-l-lactic acid) is biocompatible, which means it will not harm your body. Poly-l-lactic acid has been used for year in dissolvable stitches and medical implants, and has been used for cosmetic purposes in Europe since 1999.
Side effects of Sculptra may include discomfort, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching and swelling. Infections can occur with any injection, but are very rare. These symptoms usually resolve themselves around 7-10 days post injection. On rare occasion, bruising has been noted to last for 3-4 weeks. To lessen the chance of bruising it is recommended to stop taking aspirin containing products, Vitamin E, fish oil, Flax seed products and all Herbal products starting with the letter G.
The cost of Sculptra injections varies widely according to the needs and fat loss of the patient. Presently we are charging between $750.00 to $1200.00 per Treatment depending on how much product is needed. Of course, there are exceptions because each patient must be treated individually.
A consultation with Dr. Finger will be necessary to provide an accurate estimate of the cost.