Sculptra, like other dermal fillers, increases facial volume for a younger, healthier look. However, it is unlike other dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, because it does not “fill” or lift deep grooves, such as nasolabial folds (smile lines) or shallower wrinkles, and there is no apparent, immediate result that can be seen. Dr. Kaado provides youthful and rejuvenating effects with his Sculptra in Virginia Beach.
Sculptra was developed to target loss of volume in the lower portion of the face and improve the look of:
- Smile lines
- Marionette lines (from the sides of the mouth to as low as the bottom of the chin)
- Horizontal wrinkles across the chin
How Does Sculptra Work?
Sculptra is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) that works gradually, over time, to help stimulate the body’s own, natural collagen production.
Poly-L-lactic acid is one of the most well-researched polymers used for applications both in cosmetics and medical device applications. A synthetic compound, it is derived from renewable plant sources, such as sugar cane, cassava root and corn starch, and is one of the components of dissolvable stitches. These natural sources are why, although it is considered a “plastic,” it is also bioactive (capable of having an effect or interaction with living tissue) and biodegradable (capable of being broken down or decomposed by living things, such as microorganisms).
Sculptra is not injected just under the skin to give it fullness. Rather, it is injected in the deep dermis layer of skin, where it can work to restore the skin’s underlying structure.
Cellulite and Brazilian Butt Lifts
Dr. Kaado primarily uses Sculptra in Virginia Beach for cellulite and the popular Brazilian Butt Lift procedure.
It doesn’t matter how long you spend in the gym. Most women still want a more rounded, lifted buttocks and legs with less cellulite. Wouldn’t it be nice if both of these could be improved with just injections?
Sculptra has been FDA approved since 2004 for use in the face for volume loss. It works by stimulating one’s own body to produce collagen in response to the PLLA (Poly L Lactic Acid), its main component. It takes 2-3 months to appreciate the correction from Sculptra. The result of Sculptra should last years because newly formed collagen lasts 7 years in other areas of the body.
The procedure works by filling in the dimples and creases associated with cellulite. The correction is seen immediately but that subsides rather quickly because it is mostly saline. Over the next several weeks, collagen is gradually built up from the PLLA injected, and the cellulite appearance improves.
Severe laxity and “cottage cheese” of the skin is not correctable.
Creating a Brazilian Butt Lift with Sculptra is an extremely easy procedure to get done. There is no liposuction required, no healing/soreness from fat harvest, no need to sit on donuts or in some cases “avoid sitting at all costs.” It can be done in 15 minutes and is nearly painless. Dr. Kaado prefers to do the procedure in a series of 3-4 treatments. Each injection is done using cannulas for minimal bruising and discomfort. Approximately 4 vials are used per treatments. Long lasting improvements in lifting and fullness should be expected from Sculptra, which appears gradually over several months.
Having a minimally invasive alternative to these traditionally difficult to treat “problems” is a breakthrough for those patients “on the go.” In contrast, a formal BBL requires weeks to recover, restrictions on exercise/sitting and sometimes need to be redone. These Sculptra injections can be done in about 15 minutes and have no downtime except for bruising, with results lasting for years.
What is the Sculptra course of treatment?
Unlike other dermal fillers that can be replenished over time, Dr. Kaado's Virginia Beach Sculptra is a one-time treatment regimen that is delivered, generally, in three (though there may be up to four), separate sessions, which are typically scheduled over the course of three to four months.
This gives the body a chance to absorb the poly-L-lactic acid microparticles. The number of sessions and the scheduling are, of course, dependent on the overall treatment plan.
Results can last up to two years.
Who is a candidate for Sculptra?
FDA approved and in use around the world since 1999, Sculptra is generally safe for people over the age of 18 whose immune system is healthy. However, as with any “foreign” substance being introduced into the body, there are conditions that contraindicate its use.
- Pregnancy, lactation and/or breastfeeding
- A history of keloid formation or any other condition that might promote severe scarring
- Any active skin condition, such as an infection, hives, rashes, cysts, sores, etc. at any proposed injection site
- Allergies to any of the ingredients in Sculptra or a tendency to severe allergies
Why Choose Dr. Kaado for Your Sculptra Treatment?
While there are many very capable practitioners who can offer adequate treatment with most injectable dermal fillers, the demands of using Sculptra are unique.
Since it does not just plump and lift the skin, but is injected into the deep dermis layer, there is no way to visually evaluate the potential results during treatment. A high level of skill and experience are needed to properly estimate the amount of Sculptra required with each treatment, so that overcorrection of loss of volume does not occur.
Rated a Top Doctor on Real Self as well as a 2017 winner in Best of Virginia Beach, you can be confident in Dr. Kaado’s ability to deliver the natural look that inspires compliments. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation*.
One of the things that sets Dr. Kaado aside from others is his years of education, experience and care for his patients’ comfort. One of the ways he achieves this when performing dermal fillers is using cannulas instead of needles.
In the past, dermal fillers were performed with the use of needles. With more recent technology advancements, the use of cannulas has become very popular as the dull tip has proven to be less painful, has a faster recovery and there is no danger of puncturing or piercing a vein or artery.
Risks and Common Side Effects
As might be expected, there may be bruising, swelling, redness, tenderness and/or itching at the injection site after treatment. These side effects will typically dissipate over the course of a day or two. There is also a slight risk of infection.
* $75 consultation fees for butt augmentation, bodytite, qwo, vaser liposuction and high definition liposuction.
If patient decides to go ahead with the treatment, that $75 will be credited towards the procedure.