Biostimulator

"At Artistry Wellness Hawai ‘i we offer Sculptra® to stimulate your own body to produce collagen and elastin to restore volume loss.

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Sculptra Mechanism of Action

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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DOES SCULPTRA® WORK?

Sculptra® is slightly different than dermal filler products. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers such as Restylane®, Juvederm® or RHA®, Sculptra® is formulated with poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) to work within your skin to stimulate collagen growth and restore lost facial volume over time. The results from a Sculptra® procedure may last up to two years.

WHAT AREAS CAN SCULPTRA® TREAT?

Sculptra® is used to treat areas of the face that are prone to volume loss such as cheeks, temples, and areas around the chin and mouth.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Sculptra® usually requires at least 3 treatments each administered about 4 weeks apart. It comes in vials, and the number of vials needed varies by each individual patient. During that visit, we will complete a facial evaluation and determine the appropriate treatment plan. After the initial series of treatments, we recommend a maintenance treatment plan of 1-2 vials per year thereafter. 

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Noticeable changes from a Sculptra® procedure are very gradual. Most patients report that they look the same a few days after treatment (which is normal and temporary). Because changes take place over time, you’ll see subtle, yet natural and noticeable results in the reduction of facial wrinkles and folds as collagen growth sets in. The beauty of Sculptra® is that results are natural and can last for more than two years.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS?

Sculptra® is FDA approved in the United States and has been used worldwide since 1999. Sculptra® is comprised of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid that is absorbed naturally by the body and has been used for years in dissolvable stitches. Since Sculptra® Aesthetic does not contain any human or animal components, no allergy testing is required prior to treatments. Side effects could include injection site pain, redness, bruising, tenderness, minor bleeding or swelling. The types and duration of side effects may vary by individual patient. During your consultation, we will discuss all the possible side effects of a Sculptra® treatment.

Your Visit

BEFORE YOUR VISIT

One Week Prior 

  • Avoid taking medications or supplements that thin the blood—Aspirin, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and any NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti inflammatory agents such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Naproxen). Please consult with your primary care physician/practitioner prior to discontinuing any medications. 

 

2 Days Prior

  • (Optional) You may start pre-treating with Arnica. It may help to lessen bruising and/or swelling.

 

24 Hours Prior

  • Do not drink alcohol. 

  • Avoid caffeine.
     

  • Plan your appointment well in advance and make sure you are not attending a party or a wedding venue for at least 2 weeks

  • If you develop a cold / flu, cold sore, blemish, or rash, etc. in the area to be treated prior to your appointment, we recommend that you please reschedule your appointment until it resolves.

DAY OF YOUR VISIT

  • Please arrive at the office with a "clean face"—makeup-free and washed

  • A topical anesthetic or "numbing cream" may be applied to the treatment area to maximize your comfort. Please arrive on time as this process may take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. 

  • Hydrate.

AFTER YOUR VISIT

  • Apply the home care system recommended by your Provider.  

  • Apply cold compresses or ice to reduce swelling.  

  • Do not tan. Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher at all times.  

  • Avoid swimming, Sunbaths, Steam or Sauna.  

  • Avoid facials, face massage, endermology, microdermabrasion for 1 month. 

  • Do not touch, scratch, or constantly rub your skin.  

  • Do not overstretch skin in the treatment area by taking large bites (e.g. apples, large burgers, crusty french breads, etc).

  •  Avoid exercise for 7 days, and alcohol and NSAIDs for 3 days after treatment.

Warning: If excessive swelling or signs of infection occur, please contact the office immediately. (Moderate swelling immediately post treatment is normal). Signs of infection include: 

  • Drainage that looks like pus

  • Increased warmth and/or redness around the treatment area 

  • Significant tenderness or pain around the treatment area 

  • Fever - Temperature of 100.5F or greater