Merheb Surgical Arts Peoria & Pekin IL
Age doesn’t have to look the way it used to. It’s more subtle. More gradual. Shouldn’t your anti-age be just as subtle?
Introducing Sculptra™ Aesthetic. Not an overnight miracle. Long lasting. Not a quick-fix. The first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. Replacing lost collagen. Giving you a more natural-looking appearance, without giving you away.
Sculptra™ Aesthetic is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles, and folds, that appear with aging by replacing lost collagen. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.
What is Sculptra™ Aesthetic?
Sculptra™ Aesthetic is the first facial injectable that can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly. It replaces lost collagen to give you a more natural looking appearance without giving you away. A full treatment of Sculptra™ Aesthetic, on average, three injection sessions over a few months, can last up to two years.
Where can Sculptra™ be used?
Sculptra™ Aesthetic is used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds which are treated with the appropriate injection technique.
Sculptra™ Aesthetic is suitable for:
- Deep folds between the nose and the mouth (nasolabial folds) also called smile lines
- The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
- Chin wrinkles
How many treatments are required?
On average, a series of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months may be needed. At your initial consultation, Dr. Merheb will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra™ Aesthetic you need.
How many injections are there per treatment session?
The number of injections at each of the treatment sessions will vary depending on the degree of correction and the treatment plan.
How long has Sculptra™ Aesthetic been on the market?
Sculptra™ Aesthetic has been safely used worldwide since 1999, in over 150,000 patients, under the trade names New-Fill and Sculptra™. In 2009, the FDA granted approval in the U.S. for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles which are treated with the appropriate injection technique in healthy people.
How does Sculptra™ Aesthetic work?
Sculptra™ Aesthetic works to target the underlying causes of the signs of aging such as collagen loss. Sculptra Aesthetic is a facial injectable that works gradually in a series of treatments an average of three injection sessions over a period of a few months to produce a refined, more youthful-looking appearance. During the course of your Sculptra™ Aesthetic treatments, collagen is replaced. Over time, you’ll notice changes to your face that can last up to 2 years.* Learn more
What is Sculptra™ Aesthetic made of?
Sculptra™ Aesthetic is made of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which works to replace lost collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid is safe – absorbed naturally by the body – and has been used for years in dissolvable stitches.
What parts of the face does Sculptra™ Aesthetic treat?
Sculptra™ Aesthetic treats shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds which are treated with appropriate injection techniques for results that can last up to 2 years.
How long does Sculptra™ Aesthetic last?
Sculptra™ Aesthetic is the first facial injectable with results that can last up to 2 years after your last treatment.
Are the results from Sculptra™ Aesthetic immediate?
No. Because Sculptra™ Aesthetic targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging, it can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly and can last for up to 2 years. Some visible improvements can be seen within the first few weeks of treatment, but the Sculptra Aesthetic regimen is designed to deliver its unique effects over the course of a few months. Typically, an average of 3 treatment sessions over a period of a few months and because results happen gradually, youll see subtle yet noticeable results in the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds.
Is treatment with Sculptra™ Aesthetic painful?
Every effort is made to minimize any discomfort you may feel. Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. Sculptra™ Aesthetic is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. In addition, Dr. Merheb mixes it with a local anesthesia for comfort.
Is a skin test required before treatment with Sculptra™ Aesthetic?
No. Because Sculptra™ Aesthetic does not use any human or animal components, no allergy testing is needed prior to treatments.
What should I do after each Sculptra™ Aesthetic treatment?
Proper aftercare is necessary in order to help get the best possible results. Dr. Merheb will give you specific instructions at each injection session. The following general guidelines will help you get the most from your treatment:
- Within the first 24 hours of treatment, help reduce swelling by applying a cloth-wrapped ice pack to the area for a few minutes at a time. Avoid applying ice directly to the skin.
- Post-treatment, massage the treated area a few times a day for several days, as recommended by Dr. Merheb (5 times/day, five minutes for 5 days). This will help evenly distribute Sculptra™ Aesthetic.
- Until any initial swelling and redness goes away, avoid excessive sunlight and UV lamp exposure.
When will I be able to apply makeup after treatment?
Makeup can be applied several hours after treatment.
Is Sculptra™ Aesthetic safe?
Yes. Sculptra™ Aesthetic is FDA approved in the United States, and has been used safely worldwide since 1999.
Dr. Merheb has been using Sculptra™ for over 5 years with exceptional results and high patient satisfaction.
What are the possible side effects of treatment with Sculptra Aesthetic?
Side effects of Sculptra™ Aesthetic may include injection site pain, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching, or swelling. Other side effects may include small bumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, with or without inflammation, have also been reported. Other side effects may include the delayed development of non-visible, small bumps under the skin sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area.