Sculptra 101: What Can You Expect From Your Treatment?
You’ve read about what Sculptra is most suitable for. Now find out more about this dermal filler and what you should expect if you decide to proceed with this treatment in this Q&A with Dr. Terence Tan, Director of Halley Medical Aesthetics.
I hear that Sculptra helps my body generate collagen. How does it work?
Sculptra is an attractive option as it serves as a collagen stimulator. While Sculptra does not provide the filling action, it causes a reaction in the skin, which forms new collagen. The Sculptra product itself is digested by the skin and is gone about two years after a treatment, but the new collagen layer which is left behind may last two or more years. Sculptra may require a series of treatments to achieve adequate filling for most skin defects.
What can I expect from my Sculptra treatment?
Prior to your Sculptra treatment, stop all aspirin, painkillers, and Vitamin E (pills) for one week prior to treatment.
During treatment, Sculptra that contains anesthetic is injected under the skin in the area to be treated (usually the face) using several injections per area. The treated areas may be mildly sore for up to three days after treatment. Your skin may be mildly red or swollen for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment. This is normal. There may be mild bruising of the skin, which may last for up to seven days. If swelling is severe, pain or bruising is increasing, or fever develops, call the doctor.
You may have puffiness (not severe) for up to 10 days after the procedure. This is simply due to the water used to carry Sculptra into your skin, and most of this is reabsorbed within the first week.
What is the duration between treatments?
Treatment sessions are generally spaced four to eight weeks apart. Deep facial flaws may require three to five treatment sessions while people with lesser skin flaws can often be treated with as little as one to two sessions. Treatments every one to three years is recommended to reverse the natural loss of tissue volume due to aging.
The effect of Sculptra is slow and gradual as your skin forms collagen around the product crystals. Your best results are seen about three months after your last treatment.
What are some possible adverse things that can happen post treatment?
In addition to swelling and bruising mentioned earlier, temporary numbness or tingling in the treated area due to the anaesthetic may last less than two to three hours.
There could also be infection at the injection sites. However, this would be very rare and if it happens, the infection can be treated with routine antibiotics. Undesired cosmetic effect, such as an unexpected appearance after treatment, can be minimised through clear communication with the doctor about your specific treatment goals.
Small “bumps” commonly form deep in the skin in the treated areas, which may or may not become visually apparent. This represents new collagen which has formed deep in the skin.
How should I care for the treated area?
After each Sculptra™ treatment, deeply massage the treated area for 5 minutes, five times a day, for five days.
Halley Medical Aesthetics
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Tel: +65 6737 8233