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How Does the Cosmetic Injectable Sculptra(R) Work?

Aug 18, 2007
Sculptra(R) is one in the line of fillers that have received FDA approval, assuring it has been thoroughly tested and found safe and effective.

The cosmetic filler Sculptra(R) is made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) which is a synthetic material. Since Sculptra is not made from an animal source, it does not require a skin test (a nice side benefit of this product). PLLA is "biocompatible," meaning that it doesn't harm the body, and "biodegradable," which means it can be broken down within the body.

If you have wrinkles on your face or deep nasolabial folds (the lines starting at your nose and extending down along the sides of your mouth) then Sculptra(R) may be a good filler for you to consider. It also helps with sunken areas on the face where loss of fat has occurred, including the temples, under the eyes, the cheeks, and the chin area. Sculptra(R) can smooth out, fill in, and decrease problems with the appearance in these facial areas.

Sculptra(R) is injected in small amounts under the skin using a very fine needle. This filler gradually corrects depressions in your skin, so more than one treatment may be required, depending upon which area of the face is targeted and how deep the depressions are. An experienced board certified dermatologist or board certified plastic surgeon will be able to advise you on the appropriate number of treatment sessions that would be indicated to achieve the results you are seeking.

For deeper depressions such as nasolabial folds, three to six treatments may be needed and are normally scheduled about 4 weeks apart. The results from Sculptra(R) usually last one to two years - longer than the duration of most other dermal fillers.

As with most dermal fillers, side effects are usually minimal. Immediately following the injection, there may be redness, pain or bruising in the treated area. These effects usually disappear in hours or just a few days. Ice can be applied after the injection to decrease any swelling, and most patients feel very comfortable going about their normal daily routine very quickly after treatments with dermal fillers.

Even though injectables are considered a "non invasive" cosmetic procedure, it is highly recommended that you consult with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon before making your decision to elect such treatment. Those physicians have a sharpened expertise resulting from years of training and a wealth of experience in cosmetic procedures. Your guidance and product recommendations should come from doctors who are specialists in the area of dermal fillers - and once a product or procedure is selected, you'll want the professional treating you to be one who fully understands facial anatomy and the nuances of injecting Sculptra(R) or any treatment you may select.

Note: The specific risks and the suitability of Sculptra(R) for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation with a physician. All procedures have some degree of risk. The information provided here is not a substitute for a consultation.
About the Author
Thoroughly research the products and procedures for all cosmetic treatments. For more information on Sculptra(R) or La Jolla body contouring, visit La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre at http://www.ljcsc.com.
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