Sculptra in New York City
Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable that corrects age-related concerns by replacing lost collagen in the skin, which is the underlying cause of facial aging. Sculptra is different from other injectables because it works with our body to naturally and gradually restore collagen in our skin. When injected by an experienced practitioner like Dr. Rokhsar, Sculptra can effectively improve the appearance of facial folds and wrinkles and restore lost volume in the treated areas.
Sculptra is a Collagen Stimulator, Not a Dermal Filler
Classified as a collagen stimulator, Sculptra diminishes facial wrinkles and folds by restoring collagen in the skin, thereby improving its underlying structure. Sculptra contains poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible, synthetic material that is naturally absorbed by the body over time. This substance helps stimulate the growth of collagen when it is injected deep within the dermis.
Sculptra is quite different from dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane or Juvederm. Dermal fillers work by immediately adding volume beneath the skin to smooth out wrinkles and creases. While results are immediate, they don’t tend to last as long as Sculptra. Because Sculptra utilizes your body’s natural processes, it tends to provide a more natural look, which is gradually revealed over the course of the treatment. For these reasons, Sculptra is well suited for individuals who want long-lasting results and the assurance that their results will appear natural.
The FDA has approved Sculptra for use in treating shallow to deep facial folds, wrinkles, and creases. Dr. Rokhsar typically uses Sculptra to correct the following age-related concerns:
- Nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines)
- Marionette lines
- Chin wrinkles
- Hollows around the temples
- Volume loss in cheeks
Before beginning the treatment at our Manhattan or Garden City office, your skin will be cleaned and an antiseptic will be applied. A topical anesthetic may be injected to reduce discomfort. Once you have been properly prepped, Dr. Rokhsar will inject tiny amount of Sculptra in pre-determined locations using a very fine needle. After the injections are finished, you will be given an ice pack to apply to the treated areas to reduce swelling and bruising. Dr. Rokhsar may gently massage the treated area to ensure the product is properly distributed.
Recovery and Side Effects
No downtime is required after a Sculptra treatment session, so you can resume normal activities as soon as you wish. Dr. Rokhsar may ask you to massage the treated area or apply ice packs at prescribed intervals in the days following your treatment. Please follow all post-treatment instructions to ensure the best result.
The most common side effects of Sculptra are swelling, pain, redness, bruising, bleeding, and itching at the injection sites. These side effects are normal and should go away within a few days. Less commonly, small to large lumps may form under the skin, but are usually only noticeable when pressing down on the treated area.
The results of Sculptra appear gradually over time. In most cases, the treatment regime involves three rounds of injections over three or four months. When this regime is used, the results can last up to two years.