As we age, collagen production in the skin decreases, contributing to the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds. Sculptra stimulates your body to replace lost collagen, gradually restoring a youthful fullness to your face. With advanced injection techniques, Sculptra can lift and reshape the face, create volume and improve the tone and texture of the skin. This makes it a versatile product for full facial rejuvenation. Since Sculptra Aesthetic requires special preparation and a very advanced injection technique, the best Sculptra doctors are those who have extensive experience injecting the product.
Dr. Cook & Dr. Carroll are top Sculptra injectors in Toronto. Because Sculptra is not a traditional facial filler, our dermatologists inject in many different areas of the face for a very natural appearance. When used in this fashion, you will not get that puffy look that has become associated with too much facial filler. However, if you’re looking for immediate results, Sculptra is not for you. It takes weeks to months for your body to produce its own collagen.
Sculptra is one of the longest lasting injectables for facial rejuvenation. It has an FDA approval of two years, but likely lasts up to three years due to the new collagen that has formed. However, the face will continue to age and collagen will continue to break down. Most people have a series of three treatments to achieve optimal results, with maintenance treatments every one to two years. One of the things our patients love most about Sculptra is the added benefit of improved quality of the skin itself.
Who will perform my Sculptra® treatment?
As with all cosmetic injectable treatments at Compass Dermatology, only our dermatologists perform Sculptra treatments.
Does the treatment hurt?
As with all injections, you will feel some discomfort. An ice pack applied after the treatment will help to calm your skin. If necessary, our staff may pre-treat you with a topical anaesthetic before your treatment or give you a local anaesthetic during the procedure.
What must I keep in mind after the treatment?
Our staff will give you special aftercare instructions. These include massaging the treated areas of your face in the first five days after the treatment. All you need is five minutes, five times a day. Inform our dermatologists if any side effects occur, such as redness or visible bumps in the treated areas.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects with the use of Sculptra® include injection-related side effects at the site of injection such as bleeding, tenderness, redness, bruising, or swelling. These effects generally resolve in 2-6 days.
One possible delayed side effect with Sculptra® is the formation of small nonvisible bumps under the skin in the treated areas. These small bumps usually are not visible, and you may notice them only when you press on the treated skin. These bumps tend to form within the first 6 to 12 months following your treatment, and typically go away on their own. Visible bumps, sometimes with redness or color change to the treated area, have also been reported, but are extremely rare. As with all procedures that involve an injection through the skin, there is a risk of infection. Report any side effects to your treating dermatologist.
Are the results from Sculptra® immediate?
No. After your first treatment, it may appear that Sculptra® worked immediately because of the swelling from the injections and the water used to reconstitute Sculptra®. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before your treatment. Sculptra® takes time to work; results should be noticeable after approximately 6 weeks and usually take three months to reach full effect. Your dermatologist will see you again in a few weeks to decide how Sculptra® injections are proceeding.
What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is a synthetic injectable material known as "poly-L-lactic acid." Poly-L-lactic acid is biocompatible (a material that does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). Poly-L-lactic acid has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants, and other types of implants.
How does Sculptra® work?
Sculptra® is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of tissue loss. Sculptra® provides a gradual increase in skin thickness by increasing the body’s own collagen production. Visible results appear within 6 to 12 weeks.
Do I need a skin test before being treated with Sculptra®?
No skin testing is required prior to use.
How many treatments are required?
Your dermatologist will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra® you will need at each session. On average our patients receive 3 treatments.
How long do treatment results last?
Treatment results will differ for each person. In a clinical study, results lasted for up to 2 years after the first treatment session in most patients. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.
What can I expect to happen at a treatment session?
Your dermatologist will answer all of your questions and prepare you for the treatment.
- Make-up should be removed.
- The area where the injections will be given will be cleaned.
- Your dermatologist will determine if a topical or local anaesthetic is needed.
- Sculptra® will be injected in small amounts into the skin using a very fine needle or microcannula. Multiple injections will be needed.
- An ice pack should be applied to the treatment area to help reduce swelling.
- After the treatment session, the area should be thoroughly massaged to distribute the product evenly.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately following a treatment session with Sculptra® there may be redness, swelling, pain, and/or bruising of the treatment area. These signs usually resolve in a few hours to a few days. Some have been known to last up to 17 days. Our staff will give you specific post-treatment care instructions. You should massage the treated area for five minutes, five times per day for five days following your treatment. Within the first 24 hours after treatment, an ice pack may be applied for 10 to 15 minutes at a time to the treatment area to help reduce swelling. Wrap the ice pack in a damp cloth and avoid putting ice directly on your skin. Avoid excessive sun exposure until any initial swelling and redness have resolved. Report any worsening or persistent symptoms or signs to your treating dermatologist.
How quickly can I get back to my daily activities?
Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities following treatment.
Who should not use Sculptra®?
You should not use Sculptra® if you are allergic to any ingredient of Sculptra®. Talk to your dermatologist about your medical history when deciding on treatment options.
Do treatment results differ?
To get the best results, it's important to go to a doctor who is experienced in administering Sculptra®. Dr. Carroll and Dr. Cook are considered Sculptra® experts in Toronto and The Greater Toronto Area.
How does the price of Sculptra compare with other anti-aging treatments?
Comparing the cost of facial rejuvenation options to each other can be challenging because so much depends on desired results, the amount of product your doctor recommends, your response to the treatment, and the amount of time results last.
A treatment that lasts 3 to 6 months may cost less up front than one that lasts much longer, yet generally requires additional treatment sessions to maintain the effect for the same duration. You may want to consider the total cost over time.
When comparing the price of Sculptra to other injectables, it can be helpful to weigh cost against treatment duration. Of course, the best way to determine how much a treatment option will cost is to talk to one of the dermatologists at Compass Dermatology.