Dr Garsing Wong, trusted international speaker and cosmetic physician, is one of the first doctors in New Zealand to use Sculptra®, Poly-L-lactic acid, a registered medicine to smooth out areas of depressed skin such as skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars and improve the aging skin. It also assists in the restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial aging. This procedure is popular in Asia. The results are lasting however you require repeated treatments to obtain the best results.
Before, 5 weeks after 2 vials of Sculptra and 9 months after a total of six vials of Sculptra. Note the improvement in the skin texture and the natural looking global improvement. In the last photograph, the patient also had had Botox to lift her eyebrows. Please note all photos are photographs of genuine patients of Dr Wong, the photographs are not altered or manipulated in any way. It is important to understand that the photos represent one persons experience and there is no guarantee that any other patient will experience similar results.
WHAT IS SCULPTRA®?
Sculptra is not a dermal filler like the popular hyaluronic acid fillers such as Teosyal or Restylane, as it does not give you instant results. Sculptra is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems. Treatment regimen of up to 4 injection sessions that are scheduled about 3 weeks apart for correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles in which deep dermal grid pattern (cross-hatch) injection technique is appropriate. You can expect subtle results which improve with time giving you a long lasting result. Sculptra stimulates your skin to make its own collagen, giving you a more natural looking result. A full treatment of Sculptra consist of an average of three treatments over a few months. Results can last up to two years.
Sculptra is ideal for areas of large volume lost which would require relatively large volumes of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, but with Sculptra, you can achieve good gradual restoration of large volume lost in a relative economical manner compared to using hyaluronic acids. It is important to remember that individual results and treatment regimens may vary, however the overall expectation is a gradual restoration of your appearance giving long-lasting results that can help to replace the lost collagen and volume in your skin.
It can be used for panfacial volume restoration, and most patients will experience an improvement in the quality of their skin visible after the first treatment session.
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How does Sculptra work?
As you age, your body's collagen production decreases, and you begin to see wrinkles. Sculptra is placed in the deep dermis, or deeper. This stimulates our skin to replace lost collagen. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation for gradually restoring your look of fullness of your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that has been depleted over time. On average, four injections sessions are needed over a period fo a few months. The results after completing four sessions can last up to 2 years.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
You should not use Sculptra if you are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Sculptra should not be injected while you have an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area and should not be injected into the red area of the lip or too close to your eyes.
Are there any side effects?
Like with any medicine that is administered by injections, you may have injection site discomfort, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching and swelling. Bruising is the most common side effect. Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration have also been reported. Most of these can be resolved without treatment. Sculptra is a registered medicine in New Zealand, and has been used worldwide since 1999. Sculptra is made 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.
What can you expect after being treated with Sculptra?
You will be invited to have complimentary Red Light Rejuvenation to reduce bruising and to enhance your skin after the procedure. It is essential that you massage the area where Sculptra has been administered five times a day, for five minutes for five days after having had the treatment.
Where is Sculptra used?
Sculptra is used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, which are treated with the appropriate injection technique. Sculptra 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
- Temporal hollowing, the loss of volume on the upper sides of your face
- Cheek hollowing
- Hands, this is a novel off label use of Sculptra to restore the collagen in your hands
- Anterior auricular rhytids - treating the wrinkles just in front of your ears
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Updated 21 July 2022
SCULPTRA® is an injectable implant containing microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), carboxymethylcellulose (USP), non-pyrogenic mannitol (USP) and sterile water for injection (USP). SCULPTRA is available in 367.5 mg dose vials and is to be reconstituted prior to use by the addition of Sterile Water for Injection, USP (SWFI) to form a sterile non-pyrogenic suspension.