Sculptra is a filler that provides volume to areas of the face that may begin to appear hollow naturally over time. For instance, many patients consider Sculptra underneath the cheek bones or even near the temples. Thankfully, the administration process is over relatively quickly. In spite of the fact that Sculptra is a nonsurgical option, you must still take certain steps to prepare for the procedure. This guide will help you get ready for Sculptra.
1. Have Realistic Expectations of Sculptra
While many other fillers provide results instantly, Sculptra is a bit different. You should begin to see results over the course of the next few weeks as collagen builds up. Ultimately, this creates a natural filling in of wrinkles and lines.
2. Expect to Have Several Sculptra Treatments
Your doctor may recommend several Sculptra treatments spaced a few weeks apart for best results. After your initial treatments, the results can last for up to two years, which is longer than many other popular dermal fillers.
3. Understand that Bruising May Appear after Treatment
After each treatment of Sculptra, you may experience light bruising. For this reason, you may choose to make an appointment later in the day for this kind of filler. Your doctor may suggest some ways you can prevent bruising, such as avoiding aspirin or ibuprofen before the procedure. Bruising may also be linked to supplements like fish oil, Vitamin E, and St. John’s Wort as well as blood thinning medications. An anesthetic administered by your doctor may prevent bruising.
4. Avoid Alcohol Before the Procedure
Alcohol can actually contribute to thinning of the blood, which can lead to increased bleeding during the Sculptra procedure. For this reason, it is wise to avoid having a drink in the day before coming in for your appointment. Doctors may also recommend avoiding caffeine, which can increase your blood pressure.
5. Avoid Makeup and Lotions on Your Appointment Day
It’s a good idea to come in with a clean, fresh face. You can wear SPF to avoid sunburn, but your doctor may advise that you do not wear makeup or lots of lotion for the appointment. This makes the procedure easier; however, you may apply makeup at your convenience following the procedure.
6. Have Ice Packs Ready
Following your Sculptra treatment, you want to have plenty of ice packs at hand to help contend with any possible swelling at the injection sites. Plus, ice packs provide relief from potential pain or irritation.
7. Avoid the Sun Before and After Sculptra
Avoiding the sun essential before your Sculptra treatment, as the sunlight may actually increase the chance of swelling or bruising. Staying out of the sun will help you avoid a slower healing process. It is important that you wear sunblock every time you go outside in the weeks leading up to Sculptra. If you come in with a sunburn, your doctor may have to tell you to come back at a later time.
8. Understand the Potential Side Effects
The possible side effects associated with Sculptra include lumps that may or may not be visible to others. With new guidelines these lumps are quite rare, but they may occasionally occur. In fact, the experience of your doctor will have a lot to do with this. You can ask your doctor about ways to use massage to ease and prevent lumps.
Sculptra is an effective dermal filler for men and women, and recovery is fast. You do not need to take time off to recuperate, and the results appear natural. If you have questions about the procedure or want to see if Sculptra is right for you, get in touch with our office to learn more.