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What Is Sculptra?

Sculptra lasts longer than other injectable fillers because it stimulates collagen production in the cells, giving patients gradual results over time. The treatment involves injecting a series of microspheres made of poly-L-lactic acid into the skin. These microspheres gradually break down over time, triggering the body's natural healing response and stimulating the production of new collagen.

Procedure

Sculptra in Tampa takes less than an hour and is performed in your clinician’s office. Sculptra can address various concerns, including volume loss in the cheeks, temples, and lower face, as well as wrinkles and fine lines. A local anesthetic is often used to numb the injection area, and then a very thin needle or cannula is injected into the targeted areas. After the injection, the provider will lightly massage the area to facilitate the distribution of the Sculptra evenly under the skin. Over the next few days, you will be instructed on how to massage the area yourself in order to prevent lumps from forming.

Recovery

One of the benefits of Sculptra is that downtime is often minimal. Most normal activities can be resumed within 24 to 48 hours after the treatment, and side effects are often so minimal that they won’t interfere with everyday life. To ensure the best results and prevent any adverse side effects, it is best to avoid strenuous activity for at least one week and avoid alcohol or blood thinners at least 2-3 days prior to treatment. We often recommend starting Arnica, a holistic supplement that can decrease bruising, at least 2-3 days prior to treatment. Keep your head elevated while sleeping, and avoid sleeping on the treated area if possible. Also, avoid being in the sun too long, saunas, and hot showers, as excessive sun exposure or heat may prolong swelling.

When Can I See the Results?

It’s important to note that this procedure's results are not immediate, like dermal fillers. This treatment will take some time to produce results. However, most patients will experience a plumping effect and some slight swelling immediately after treatment. This will gradually fade over the next few days as you return to normal. Roughly 2-3 months after your treatment, collagen production will increase, and you will start to see visible improvement. 

You may need multiple treatment sessions over time to achieve your desired results. Patients will continue seeing changes through the 9th month, and full results are expected at that time. Results can last for up to 2 years. To prolong your results, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle and daily practices to delay the natural aging process. Proper sun protection, a daily skincare regimen, and diet and exercise are all lifestyle habits that help keep signs of aging at bay.

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