Sculptra, or Newfill, is one of the newest injectable fillers which works by correcting the signs of lipoatrophy, or fat loss, of the face. It is commonly used for the aging population and patients whose collagen and fat tissue have been damaged or scarred secondary to injury or disease. Sculptra restores volume and re-contours areas such as:
- Sunken cheeks
- Indentations of the temples
- Hollow eyes
- The hands
Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic-acid, which is a synthetic material that has been used in medical procedures for years. It works by stimulating your own skin in new collagen production causing thickening of the skin. Skin testing is not required before use and it is FDA-approved.
Dr. Tarbet will select numerous injection points to be treated, as well as choose the amount of Sculptra to be used for the procedure. Before the injections, the areas of treatment can be numbed with a topical anesthetic cream or local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The filler is then injected into the deeper layers of the skin. After the procedure patients may be advised to apply ice to minimize swelling and massage the area to help promote distribution.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sculptra?
Ideal candidates for Sculptra are patients who have lost a noticeable amount of volume in their face or have suffered from a facial injury that may have caused extreme hollowing of the skin. In addition to multiple areas of the face, Sculptra can also restore lost volume for patients who have noticeable volume loss in the appearance of their hands due to aging or hormonal changes.
Are There Any Risks with Sculptra?
While Sculptra is FDA-approved, this treatment still comes with several side effects that patients should be aware of before undergoing their procedure. Sculptra may cause pain at the injection site, redness, bruising, tenderness, itching, lumps underneath the skin, swelling, and bleeding. However, under the care of the highly experienced team at Richens Eye Center, these side effects can easily be managed.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Sculptra Treatment?
There is little to no downtime after a Sculptra treatment, and time off work is typically not required to recover from this treatment. Patients will notice immediate results and may appear swollen or red for the first 24 hours after their treatment. A good way to achieve optimal results is to massage the injected area for five minutes, five times a day, for five days in a row. After this time, patients will begin to notice long-lasting results within two to three months.
What Are the Benefits of Sculptra for the Eyes?
Restoring lost volume in the under-eye area can bring about many benefits for patients. Ensuring that the skin around your eyes has the right amount of volume can help a patient look more youthful and awake while also improving their overall facial balance. It can also improve the thickness of the skin over time, leading to a slower aging process for the skin.