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What is it?

Sculptra® is a non-surgical, cosmetic treatment for reducing facial lines and wrinkles and creating a fuller, more youthful appearance to your face. Also known as the "liquid facelift," Sculptra® works by both filling in lines and wrinkles and by stimulating your body to produce new collagen and underlying tissue. Sculptra achieves excellent results in treating all parts of the face including the areas around the eyes and lips, between the mouth and nose, and throughout the cheeks and neck. It adds volume to the cheeks, to folds around the chin, and to hollow areas around the eyes.

Before & After Sculptra

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Sculptra® is a safe, Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved synthetic material that is injected below the surface of the skin directly into the areas of the face that appear sunken or hollow. Unlike many of the injectable facial fillers, the results achieved with Sculptra® can last two years or more because it causes the body to stimulate its own collagen. Of course, results may vary among individuals.

Sculptra® has been used in over 30 countries to treat a variety of facial volume and contour deficiencies. It is only available through a licensed practitioner, such as Dr. Ruff at West End Plastic Surgery, who have helped hundreds of men and woman restore the fullness and youthful appearance of their facial features.

Is it safe?

The material used in Sculptra®, poly-L-lactic acid, is a synthetic version of the substance that is naturally produced by muscles during exercise. This material has been used in plastic and reconstructive surgery for more than 20 years. Sculptra® treatment has been used worldwide to improve the appearance of folds and sunken areas of the face and neck.

Approved outside the United States for many years, Sculptra® was recently approved by the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the only product for the restoration of areas of the face and neck that have become hollow or sunken due to age or illness. While there are some possible minor side effects, medical research shows that Sculptra® injections are safe for most people. However, Sculptra® treatments should only be performed by a Board certified plastic surgeon experienced with all aspects of the procedure. During your initial consultation, the staff and Dr. Ruff of West End Plastic Surgery will address any safety concerns you have regarding the use of Sculptra®.

Where can it be used?

Facial fat loss is the loss of fat beneath the skin, which can result in sunken cheeks, indentations, and hollow eyes. This condition can occur due to the effects of aging or certain illnesses. Sculptra® is a safe, synthetic, and biocompatible material that is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. It achieves excellent results in all parts of the face including the areas around the eyes and lips, between the mouth and nose, and throughout the cheeks and neck. It adds volume to the cheeks, to folds around the chin, and to hollow areas around the eyes.

Paul G. Ruff IV
M.D., F.A.C.S.

Personalized, compassionate patient care is the foundation of West End Plastic Surgery's philosophy. Our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Paul G. Ruff IV embraces innovative techniques to ensure our patients get the best treatments available.

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How long does it last?

Sculptra® treatment provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness, improving the appearance of folds, indentations, and sunken areas in the face and neck. The results achieved by Sculptra® are natural looking and appear gradually over a few weeks time. Because Sculptra® stimulates the body to produce its own collagen, the results can last up to two years or longer in some cases. Some minor touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect. Of course, results may vary and it is best to discuss your individual case with Dr. Ruff and his staff at West End Plastic Surgery during your initial consultation.

Your treatment

Sculptra®, a crystal clear gel, is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts using an ultra- fine needle. The gel fills the skin's wrinkles and depressions by plumping the skin with water-binding, naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. The doctor may numb the area to be treated, however, there is minimal discomfort during or after the procedure. The procedure is simple and convenient and results are practically instantaneous.

Sculptra® treatments produce a low occurrence of side effects. The most commonly reported side effects are temporary redness and mild swelling at the injection site. Both the redness and the swelling generally disappear within seven days of your treatment.

Before & After Photo Gallery

We're as thrilled with our patients' results as they are. Check out our before-and-after photo gallery and see for yourself the kind of work our talented surgeons do.

Pre Treatment Instructions

  • Prior to your Sculptra treatment please make sure you have not been taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other blood thinning medication or supplement for 5-7 days.
  • Please come to your appointment with clean skin, free of any make-up or lotions/creams.
  • If you have a history of facial cold sores, please inform your provider about medications that may be taken to minimize risk of reoccurrence.

Post treatment instructions

  • A temporary amount of mild-moderate swelling and redness at the injection site can be expected immediately after treatment. This is a normal occurrence and will reduce over the next few days. Cold compresses or ice packs may be applied to the area as needed for comfort.
  • Bruising at the injection site is a commonly reported side effect. The extent and duration of bruising can be decreased by applying cold compresses and using a topical arnica gel within the first 24 hours after treatment.
  • It is normal to experience some tenderness at treatment site for a few days.
  • Massage the treated areas with a firm circular motion 3 times daily, for 5 minutes and continue this for 7 days following any injection session.
  • The injection site may be gently washed a few hours after treatment. Please avoid aggressive scrubbing or rubbing.
  • Makeup may be applied shortly after treatment unless otherwise noted by treatment provider. Please make sure to apply gently over treatment site.
  • Avoid exercise or alcohol for 6 hours after treatment.
  • DO NOT have laser, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, or any other aggressive treatments over treatment site for a minimum of 2 weeks.
  • Sunbathing or excessive UV exposure should be avoided until the redness and swelling has subsided.
  • Immediately report any worsening, persistent symptoms, or side effects to the office.
  • Follow up injections should be scheduled within 4-6 weeks.
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