Dr. Tansavatdi Demonstrates How to Get A Youthful-Looking Appearance Without Surgery (Sculptra)
Sculptra® Before & After Photos
What is Sculptra®
Sculptra® is the only FDA-approved facial injectable that works to stimulate the growth of your own collagen, providing results that can last for more than two years. Facial collagen loss is a natural part of the aging process. It can decrease elasticity and moisture to the skin giving you an aged appearance. To acheive optimal results, typically a minimum of three to four vials is recommended and scheduled 4-6 weeks apart for full correction of shallow to deep nasolabial folds and other facial wrinkles.
As with any filler there are possible side effects which include mild irritation, swelling, itching, redness, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. Other more serious side effects such as anaphylaxis, accidental injection into a blood vessel, or tissue necrosis are rare and should be discussed with your doctor. If you are using substances that reduce coagulation, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, warfarin, fish oil, vitamin E, and other herbal vitamins you should discontinue use at least one week before injections to decrease the risk of bruising. Also, give yourself enough time before any major event for recovery. Although recovery time is limited you should prepare for any bruising and swelling that may occur. Results of injections vary and may last 6 months or more.
Find out if you could benefit from Sculptra by calling our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi at (805) 715-4996.
Sculptra® Aesthetic for a more youthful natural look without a Surgical Face Lift
The quality and elasticity of your skin plays a big role in determining how old you look. Sculptra® Aesthetic, an injectable treatment that stimulates your body to produce collagen, can help “turn back the clock” by reducing wrinkles and increasing volume in your face. Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi finds that her Thousand Oaks Sculptra patients love their younger appearance. Results look very natural and last two years or more.
How does Sculptra® work?
Sculptra® Aesthetic is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). The PLLA material is reconstituted in water. When PLLA is skillfully injected deep within your skin, it stimulates your body to produce collagen. As the Sculptra Aesthetic is naturally dissolved by your body, the collagen produced by your body takes its place and provides continued structure for your face. Wrinkles and hollowed areas are filled out and your face looks younger!
How many treatments will I need?
For optimal results, most patients require a series of three injections over a five month period.
How long does Sculptra® last?
Each of our Thousand Oaks patients is different. In general, the positive effects from Sculptra treatment can last two years, depending on the quality of your skin and the amount of collagen produced by your body.
Am I a good candidate for Sculptra®?
To learn if you’re a good candidate for Sculptra®, we recommend that you make an appointment with Dr. Tansavatdi in our Thousand Oaks office. You may be a good candidate for Sculptra if you have smile lines (also called “marionette lines”) around your mouth, wrinkles on your chin, or volume loss on your forehead or jaw.
What happens during a Sculptra treatment?
Sculptra treatments occur in our Thousand Oaks office and take less than 30 minutes. Dr. Tansavatdi begins the treatment by cleansing your skin and carefully marking the areas that need volume. She will use both a topical and an injected anesthetic to make sure that you are comfortable. Next, Dr. Tansavatdi will carefully inject Sculptra into your face using a blunt microcannula, making sure that she chooses the optimal depth and volume at each location. Finally, she will massage each area to make sure that the injection is placed in the appropriate location.
What is recovery like after a Sculptra® treatment in Thousand Oaks?
You will have no restrictions on your activity following your treatment, although you may have slight bruising or swelling for two or three days. Dr. Tansavatdi recommends that patients have their treatments on a Friday so that they can recover over the weekend.
You will also be asked to massage the injected areas for the first five days following treatment. The additional volume from the injections will disappear after approximately five days.
How long until I see results from Sculptra®?
You should begin to see results from the first treatment after about four weeks. Sculptra® treatments are spaced approximately five to six weeks apart. You will continue to see results after each treatment, as your body builds collagen. The final results should be obvious after five months.
What are the side-effects of Sculptra®?
To minimize side-effects and maximize your satisfaction with the treatment, it is essential that you select a qualified plastic surgeon who understands how to prepare Sculptra®, as well as the proper depth, volume and placement of each injection.
The most common side-effects are bruising or swelling at the injection site. It is important that you tell Dr. Tansavatdi about any medications or supplements that you are taking, so that you can minimize the likelihood of bruising.
Is Sculptra® permanent?
Unfortunately the aging process is ongoing and your body will continue to break down collagen. Sculptra® treatments can last two years or more. Dr. Tansavatdi will advise you when you will need touch-up treatments.
To learn more Sculptra® Aesthetic and whether it is right for you, please call our Thousand Oaks office at (805) 715-4996 or send us a consultation request today!