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|GOALS||Wrinkle filler / diminishes 'passive' wrinkles / creases / restores facial volume|
|ANESTHESIA||None or topical anesthesia|
|AFTER PROCEDURE||Minor redness which improves in about 30 minutes|
|RECOVERY||Resume normal activities immediately|
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Sculptra® is a member of the 'wrinkle filler' class of injectable facial treatments. Members of this class are also referred to as dermal fillers, injectable fillers, and volumizers. Fillers are effective for improving 'static' wrinkles which are visible at rest (in contrast to 'active' wrinkles which are visible only with muscle action). Wrinkle fillers may be used interchangeably in some cases. Characteristics of the filler material may make certain fillers more favorable for use in certain areas of the face. Fillers differ from each other based upon the component material, reversibility, particle size, viscosity, and expected duration of effect. During your consultation with Dr. Pearson, you will discuss the filler(s) that may be best suited to address your particular concerns and needs.
Sculptra® is composed of injectable poly-L-lactic acid. The duration of Sculptra is typically 25 months or more. Sculptra is distinguished from other facial fillers by its relatively long duration and its ability to more efficiently restore larger volume deficiencies.
Sculptra is FDA approved for the treatment of lipoatrophy (loss of facial fat) in HIV positive individuals. correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles.
The Aging Process
Over time, volume is lost and redistributed from certain facial areas including around the mouth, cheeks, and lips. Wrinkles or creases may form in the facial skin due to a combination of that volume loss and repetitive actions of the facial muscles.
Candidates for Sculptra®
You may be a candidate for injectable filler treatment with Sculptra if you are dissatisfied with facial wrinkles or with the loss of facial volume.
In conjunction with injectable fillers, wrinkle reducers (such as BOTOX® or Dysport®) may be used for those wrinkles which are present with muscle movement. Facial resurfacing procedures may also be considered to improve skin surface irregularities.
Temporary redness resolves within minutes. Normal activities are resumed immediately. Instructions are given to avoid certain activities for the first day after treatment.
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