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Aging brings many changes, and among them is the loss of youthful fullness in our faces. The result is a thinner face, folds (think thinner cheeks and laugh lines), and a sunken look around the eyes.

Meet Sculptra®

Sculptra® is an injectable facial filler with a proven track record — it’s been around since the late ’90s — of filling out sunken or atrophied areas and restoring a more youthful, healthy look to the face. Dubbed “facelift in a bottle” by many, Sculptra® produces good results that generally last longer than those of other facial fillers. Best of all, Sculptra® is useful in rejuvenating not just cheeks and eye sockets, but also the lips, which also lose their plumpness with age.

What’s in Sculptra®?

Made from polylactic acid, which has been used for decades in surgical products like dissolving stitches, Sculptra® is a synthetic filler made to mimic a natural derivative made by muscles during exercise. Since polylactic acid is biologically inert, there’s no need for allergy testing as there is no risk of people having an allergic reaction to Sculptra® injections.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Sculptra® Treatments?

Most people — including those with HIV or AIDS — are suitable candidates. (In fact, the FDA approved it in August of 2004 for use in HIV and AIDS patients, who often experience “lipoatrophy” (facial wasting) during the course of their illness. It has since been FDA-approved forlines and wrinkles.

Before undergoing Sculptra® treatment (or nearly any treatment for that matter), you should make your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon aware of any medical conditions they have including skin infections and rashes, and also let him or her know what medications you’re taking (including seemingly innocuous over-the-counter medications like aspirin) that may affect the outcome of your Sculptra® treatments.

Treatment Details

According to research done by Dermik Aesthetics, the company that manufactures Sculptra®, patients who received three to six treatments showed at least a 40% improvement in facial volume for up to two years following their Sculptra® treatments, and it can produce as much as 80% improvement.

The polylactic acid in Sculptra® increases collagen — which helps with skin firmness, suppleness and cell renewal — thus helping to rebuild structure in thin or “sunken” places on the face.

Most patients will need three to five Sculptra® treatments spaced two weeks apart to see optimal results. Patients with more severe facial wasting may require as many as seven treatments before achieving optimal results.

What to Expect at Your Treatment Session

Most doctors use a topical numbing cream before administering the injections to minimize discomfort. The entire procedure typically lasts between 15 and 30 minutes, and you can return home right afterwards.

You may experience some swelling and tenderness following the procedure, and your doctor may recommend icing and/or over-the-counter pain remedies such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to ease any discomfort. He’ll probably also advise you to stay out of the sun for a time.

Where to Go

For best results, you should see a cosmetic surgeon with experience in administering Sculptra®, since proper dosing is essential, and you also want somebody who’s used to giving facial injections and knows how to best minimize discomfort.

In Pasco, Washington (one of the three cities that comprise the tri-cities region), Wright Surgical Arts is the best place to go for Sculptraand many other cosmetic treatments, both non-invasive and surgical.  He approaches each patient’s needs with meticulous attention to detail, and a desire to ensure that all of his patients receive top quality care from start to finish.

If you’re tired of looking at your thinning cheeks, sunken eyes or disappearing lips, and are ready to restore some of the youthfulness stolen by time, stress or illness, give Wright Surgical Arts a call today at (509)792-1404!