Sculptra is unique form of injectable filler, which Dr. Rapaport has many years of experience using as a leading New York plastic surgeon. Its use began for increasing volume in the faces of HIV positive patients whose treatments caused very significant facial wasting. Sculptra literally gave many of these patients their lives back.
Sculptra consists of microscopic particles that are dissolved in water and injected under the skin. These microscopic particles are essentially micro-irritants, to which to body reacts by forming new collagen, and this creates volume and thickening of the tissues. Sculptra can often serve as an excellent foundation, particularly in the midface.
Sculptra’s effect is not immediate, but rather takes about a month before tissue growth begins, and this continues for 4-6 months. The enhancement lasts for around 2 years, or even more.
No allergy testing is needed. Before having any Sculptra injections, patients should avoid using aspirin products, Vitamin E supplements and other medications that can thin the blood and may increase bruising.
The Sculptra injection experience is virtually painless and supremely gentle, however some clients may experience mild stinging, swelling or bruising, similar in scope to a sunburn. These reactions are usually very brief and will subside on their own within a few hours or a day at most. Dr. Rapaport recommends taking an anti-inflammatory or using an ice pack on the skin for relief.
If you would like to learn more about this cutting edge facial contouring treatment, the first step is to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Rapaport and Dr. Smith at their Manhattan offices. There they can answer all your questions in detail and help to formulate a treatment plan that reflects your wishes and aesthetic goals.
The doctors will go over your medical records, review prior procedures and surgeries, and take down a detailed list of any medications you might be taking. Part of your consultation will involve reviewing before and after photographs of former Sculptra clients. This helps you to start to imagine the results you can achieve with the injectable. In some cases, Dr. Rapaport will suggest additional treatments or fillers for more comprehensive changes, and he will go over these as well during your first meeting.