Sculptra® – Secrets to Getting Great Results
Sculptra® is the most popular cosmetic treatments currently available for adding volume, getting rid of wrinkles and restoring a youthful look to the face.
Dr O’ Daniel has treated countless patients with Sculptra® and is a top doctor for these treatments thanks to extremely high patient satisfaction and high quality end results.
Although Sculptra® treatments are offered at many clinics across the country, there are keys to using them effectively to achieve the best results.
Below are some of the key secrets to getting great results with Sculptra®.
- Depth of injection – The primary purpose of Sculptra® is to stimulate new collagen production in the body, resulting in a fuller and more youthful face. One of the keys to achieving this is injecting at the right depth. This requires skill, precision and experience.
- Injection technique – The injection technique used is also extremely important to achieving great results with Sculptra®. The needle needs to first be injected into the deep dermal plane. It should then be lowered by 10-20° so it can be advanced further into the skin while staying in the deep dermal plane. This again takes a great deal of precision and skill.
- Proper aftercare – Just as important as the precise injection of Sculptra® is proper care following treatment. You should massage the treated areas for at least 2 minutes after treatment. Patients are also advised to massage the treated areas at home for 5 minutes, 5 times a day after the session to allow for the best results.
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Sculptra – The Dr. O’Daniel Difference
Dr. O’Ddaniel is one of the top Sculptra® injectors in the country. When choosing a doctor to perform any cosmetic treatment, it is important to select a doctor that has years of experience, extensive skills, and kindness for their patients. Dr.O’Daniel offers all of these qualities at his plastic surgery practice. As a dual board-certified plastic surgeon with fellowship training in craniofacial surgery, pediatric plastic surgery and facial nerve surgery, he combines his many years of training and experience to provide the best services to his patients. He has a total of nine years of training, with seven of those years dedicated to facial work. He has also received countless awards throughout his 30-plus year career.
Dr. O’Daniel has a life-long love of the arts and artistic abilities of his own. He is not only a highly respected surgeon, but he is also a painter, drawer, and sculptor. Combining his artistic talents with his medical skills, Dr. O’Daniel is able to bring his creative eye to the plastic surgery process. This is often why his results are so flawless and natural. He also realizes most of his patients do not wish to look like a different person;, rather, they wish to look like they did when they were younger.
With Dr. O’Daniel, the patient’s comfort, safety, and satisfaction comes first. Looking at reviews from patients, it is easy to understand his attention to detail and compassion for his patients. Manyost patients highlight his artistic abilities, meticulousness, and ability to make his patients feel comfortable. He has changed many lives for the better with his practice. It is no surprise he comes so highly recommended by his patients. Dr. O’Daniel was even voted top plastic surgeon in Louisville, Ky., by Louisville physicians in 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Dr. O’Daniel uses the most recent imaging technology to consult and educate his patients. He ensures that before any procedure, every patient understands what they are about to experience and what their expectations should be after treatment. To guarantee the best results for his patients, Dr. O’Daniel’s office uses innovative technologies and procedures. He uses advanced methods to make procedures more comfortable and optimize results. He is always looking for new products and techniques, but will only bring the highest quality products that he has personally tested to his office and his patients.
Top 7 Uses for Sculptra®
Sculptra® is an FDA-approved, dermal injection that helps stimulate the body’s natural process to produce collagen. Below you will find the top seven benefits of Sculptra®. This will help give you a good idea if this procedure is right for you.
1) Sculptra® corrects unwanted facial lines and wrinkles.
One of the most apparent signs of aging are wrinkles and fine lines. These tend to first appear around the mouth and chin. Sculptra® is a collagen stimulator that helps repair the structure of your skin. This adds fullness to the face and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
2) Sculptra® softens bony areas of your face.
As your skin ages, it becomes thinner. This makes boney areas of your face, such as your cheekbones, more noticeable with age. Sculptra® helps soften the appearance of these features. Dermal injections such as Sculptra® add more fullness to these areas of your face, making them appear softer and less prominent. Sculptra® can also help thicken your skin at the treatment sites. As the collagen builds in these areas, your skin becomes firmer and more youthful.
3) Sculptra® plumps shallow areas of the face.
Hollow areas of the face can make you look older. An often overlooked region that ages the face is the temples. As you age, your temples lose fat and can become very shallow. Adding volume to this area can make a natural and, subtle, but impactful difference. Sculptra® allows you to add more fullness without the risk of an unnatural “over-filled” look that other procedures may result in. The results of Sculptra® are subtle and natural- looking because it is designed to replace lost collagen gradually.
4) Sculptra® helps your body to produce more collagen.
Sculptra® is made of a synthetic material, poly-L-Lactic acid (PLLA), that is injected into your skin. With continued Sculptra® treatments, your body will replace the lost collagen over time. Although some people believe using creams or nutritional supplements that contain collagen are enough to help restore their collagen production, these sources generally do not make a noticeable difference in the skin’s appearance.
5) Sculptra® is a gradual process.
Unlike other dermal injections, such as Juvederm®, Sculptra® is not an immediate fix. Many dermal injections smooth wrinkles by filling them in Sculptra® involvesis a slower process in which your body gradually produces more collagen. Final results are revealed a few weeks after treatment. You may desire multiple treatments to achieve optimal results.
This slower process comes with multiple benefits. Because results are revealed gradually, it is less noticeable that you have had any work done. It also gives you the chance to decide gradually how much volume you want in each area.
6) Sculptra® offers natural results.
The results of Sculptra® usually look much more natural when compared to dermal fillers. It provides a softer fullness.
7) Sculptra® provides long-lasting results.
Sculptra® has longer- lasting results compared to similar treatments. While hyaluronic acid treatments may only last a few months, Sculptra® can last up to two years.
Sculptra® FAQ’s – What You Need To Know
What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is an FDA-approved dermal injection that gradually replaces lost collagen. Collagen is lost during the aging process. Replacing lost collagen helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hollow areas, and bony areas of your face. This product is made of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid.
How Does Sculptra® Work?
Sculptra® works by stimulates collagen production. Collagen is a protein that supports the structure of the skin. Collagen also supports the functions of hyaluronic acid and elastin to make skin more moisturized and firmer. By the age of 40, many individuals have already lost 20% of their natural collagen. After Sculptra® is injected
collagen is gradually produced over the course of a few weeks. Sculptra® provides subtle, natural-looking effects and can be repeated a few times over the course of three to four months to achieve optimal results.
What Are the Steps of The Procedure?
The first step is scheduling a consultation. During this consultation, Dr. O’Daniel will speak with you about the areas you wish to treat, the results you want to achieve, any side effects associated with the procedure, and any other questions you may have. Following the consultation an appointment for the procedure will be made. Prior to the procedure, a topical anesthetic may be applied to eliminate any discomfort during the injections, but it is not required. Dr. O’Daniel will then inject the areas you discussed with a very thin needle filled with the Sculptra® solution.
Final results will gradually begin to appear over the course of a few weeks. Often, injections are repeated around three times over the course of a few months for optimal results.
In What Areas is Sculptra® Used?
There are many areas Sculptra® can be used to treat. The most common areas are marionette lines, chin wrinkles, and smile lines. Sculptra® can also be used to define the jaw line and add volume to hollowing cheeks or temples. These injections are meant to add volume to shallow areas of the skin and to smooth out wrinkles. Sculptra® is not recommended to be used under the eyes or in the lips.
How Long Does it Take for Sculptra® to Work?
Sculptra® works by stimulating collagen production. How long this takes will vary from person to person. Most patients see results within a few weeks. As more collagen is produced, results will gradually appear.
How Long Does Sculptra Last?
The results of Sculptra® can last for up to two years after the initial course of injections. It is recommended that you receive repeat injections as you approach the two- year mark to maintain results.
Are You a Good Candidate for Sculptra?
Sculptra® is recommended for adults who are in good health and wish to add volume gradually to certain areas of their face. This treatment reduces signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines, and fills hollow areas of your. Sculptra® is ideal if you are looking for subtle, and natural results. If you have any active skin infections or medical conditions, you’ll need a consultation with your primary doctor before receiving Sculptra® treatments.
What are the Side Effects of Sculptra®?
The potential side effects of Sculptra® are similar to those of other dermal injections. Side effects may include swelling, bruising, tenderness, pain at the injection site, itching, bleeding, and lumps. Dr. O’Daniel will discuss after care with you that can help reduce these side effects.
What To Expect After treatment?
After receiving Sculptra® injections, you can return to your normal daily activities. It is recommended that you ice the treated areas after treatment and massage the areas multiple times a day for a few days after receiving injections. You can wear makeup immediately after treatment. You should avoid facials for two weeks following the procedure.
There may be some bruising, tenderness or swelling in the treated areas. A few days following the injections, any swelling or plumpness from the initial injection will subside. Then, it will take a few weeks for visible results to appear. Dr. O’Daniel will schedule a follow- up appointment with you a few weeks after initial injections.
Why Sculptra® Instead of Juvederm®?
Sculptra® is not a filler like Juvederm®, it is a collagen stimulator. It may take multiple sessions and a few weeks to see significant results from Sculptra® because the effects are gradual and subtle. Juvederm is a hyaluronic gel that gives immediate results. Although both are quality products, the recommended treatment depends on the look you want to achieve. If you are looking for something that will last longer and is more subtle and natural, talk to Dr. O’Daniel about Sculptra®.
Meet Dr. O’Daniel
Dr. O’Daniel – Louisville Plastic Surgeon combines science and art to achieve harmony, proportion and balance at his Louisville plastic surgery office. He brings extensive training and experience to the full spectrum of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgical procedures, with dual board certifications in facial plastic surgery and plastic surgery, fellowship training in facial nerve surgery and craniofacial surgery, and pediatric plastic surgery.
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