The skin loses its firmness and smoothness as we age. This is due to the gradual deterioration of collagen, a protein that serves as structural support for the skin. More than treating the effects of aging, Dr. Madden uses Sculptra® to address its underlying cause by stimulating the natural production of collagen to restore the volume and fullness of the face.
Sculptra® is an FDA-approved dermal filler that treats wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It also treats facial wasting or loss of facial fat (known as lipoatrophy).
Sculptra® is effective in restoring the skin’s strength and elasticity while giving the face a more defined and youthful look
How Does Sculptra Work?
Sculptra® is made of poly-L-lactic acid, a biodegradable and biocompatible synthetic material that can be absorbed by the body. Poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA, is injected into the dermal layer of the skin where the body absorbs its watery part after a few days. This releases the microparticles which are the main component of PLLA. These microparticles replace the lost collagen and stimulate the formation of new ones by laying down a collagen framework.
Collagen formation increases with continuous Sculptra treatments, resulting in the gradual restoration of facial volume and smoothness of the skin.
Sculptra Injection Cost
Sculptra cost in Houston typically will depend on the experience of your provider, the condition of your skin, the areas of your body in need of treatment, and the number of sessions needed to achieve your desired results. A general rule of thumb is that you will require one vial for each decade of your life. For example, if you are in your 40’s then you will need 4 vials. The average cost in Houston is $600 per vial but Dr. Madden only charges $500 per vial. Please contact us for exact pricing and to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Madden accepts cash, checks, all major credit cards, FSA accounts and Care Credit.
How Is The Sculptra Treatment Done?
The treatment can be done in 15 to 30 minutes. Compared to other dermal fillers which are in gel form, Sculptra® is injected as a suspension of microcrystal powder and sterile water, creating a watery consistency.
A topical anesthetic may be applied to the treatment sites to ease discomfort. Sculptra® is injected into the dermal layer of the skin using a syringe with a long and fine needle.
After the injection, treated areas must be massaged to even out the distribution and to allow better absorption of the dermal filler. Specifically, for 7 days following treatment the areas treated should be massaged vigorously for 5 minutes 5 times a day for a total of 25 minutes a day to maximize the results.
The number of treatment sessions and the number of injections per treatment vary, depending on the degree of collagen loss. Most patients will need three sessions set 4-6 weeks apart.
Please carefully read Dr. Madden’s pre- and post-care instructions to get the best, longest lasting results.
What Areas Does Sculptra Treat?
Sculptra® is used to treat the following parts of the body:
- Hollow temples
- Bony cheekbones
- Nasolabial folds (the area from the nose to the mouth)
- Marionette lines
However, Sculptra® should not be injected into frown lines, forehead lines, mouth, lips, and areas around the eyes.
How Long Will The Results Last?
Unlike other treatments where results are observed right away, it can take between 4 to 6 weeks before the effects of Sculptra® manifest. However, it is worth the wait as results are natural and can last for up to two years, requiring only one retreatment per year for maintenance.
What Are the Benefits of Sculptra Treatment?
Aging is a natural process that may result in the gradual decrease of facial volume and the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. With Sculptra®, the effects of aging can be addressed without undergoing surgical procedures.
Benefits of Sculptra® Treatment include:
- Restored facial definition
- Reduced appearance of deep facial lines and wrinkles
- Improved facial volume
- A healthier and youthful appearance
Who Can Get the Treatment?
If you are in good health and eager to restore the healthy and youthful look on your face, then you are a good candidate for the Sculptra® treatment. But if the patient has the following conditions, then they are not allowed to have Sculptra® injections:
- Weak immune system
- Skin infections
- Allergic reactions to Lidocaine
- Allergic reactions to any ingredients of Sculptra®
- History of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring
You are advised to notify your practitioner about your medical history, the medications you are currently taking, and if you are pregnant and lactating before undergoing the treatment. This not only ensures your safety, but it guarantees you achieve satisfying results from Sculptra.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Madden to determine if Sculptra is the perfect solution for a younger looking you.