Facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are considered leading experts in facial fillers, including Sculptra® treatments. At FPSA, our physicians design and perform Sculptra Aesthetic treatments tailored to the individual aesthetic goals of men and women in the Houston area. Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid which helps increase skin thickness to create a natural, younger-looking facial appearance that is longer lasting, up to 2 years.
Sculptra Aesthetic is a facial injectable that is FDA approved for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial folds or smile lines, hollow areas of the cheeks and contour deficiencies. It is not used for lip enhancement. Sculptra Aesthetic is a different type of filler. It is known as a Poly-L-Lactic Acid and is considered a bio-activator or “volumizer”. It does not in and of itself fill the depressed areas. Instead, Sculptra is a type of space-filling substance. It works by stimulating the body to produce new collagen at the sites of injection, thereby replacing lost volume and contours to restore a fuller, more youthful appearance. The results are natural looking, and appear over a period of a few months.
What Sets Us Apart@headingTag>
At FPSA, your Sculptra treatments are performed by board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Angela Sturm or Dr. Russell Kridel. This provides patients with the peace of mind that they are in the hands of a physician who focuses solely on the face and neck and the procedure is done in the safety and comfort of a medical office environment. In addition, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm make sure patients are comfortable and experience very little discomfort during their treatment session, so patients can be given numbing cream or a dental block if they desire. At FPSA, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm take facial injections quite seriously and believe it is important for patients to have highly skilled and trained hands that can tailor injections to your specific needs with greater finesse, rather than a one size fits all approach.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $700 - $1,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Day
- Average Procedure Time
- 30-45 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4-6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Sculptra injections are performed by either Dr. Russell Kridel or Dr. Angela Sturm in the comfort of our beautiful offices and takes about 30-50 minutes depending on the size of the area, the amount injected and any anesthetic that may be used. As facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are not only highly trained in the facial anatomy, but they also have a keen aesthetic eye, which is critical in the design of an effective treatment plan using Sculptra and the best aesthetic outcome. Patients may feel a small prick as the needle inserts through the skin, but any pain or discomfort can be controlled with a topical anesthetic or numbing injection if desired. For the greatest results, patients should have 2-3 sessions of generally 4-6 injections over a few months. The results are natural looking, and appear over a period of a few months.
"Dear Dr. Kridel, Today, One year after you operated me, I want to send you my greetings and my deepest grateful. I remember you very often. Every day whenever I breath, when I realize that my perforation is closed, I remember of you and I feel grateful for your expertise and your marvelous hands.?I will never forget you. I will never say thank you enough times.?Thousands of thanks and best regards."- J.G. / Office Visit / Mar 01, 2013
"I had a perforated septal perforation from a previous sinus surgery. My symptoms kept getting worse, so I wanted to see if anything could be done to repair the hole. I was referred to Dr. Kridel by my ENT doctor who said he was a specialist in this type of surgery. There is no question in my mind that I made the right decision to have Dr. Kridel do the surgery. My perforation is gone, my symptoms are gone and my life is back. The attention to detail and the level of care I received was beyond my expectations. Highly recommend."- J.B. / Google+ / Nov 15, 2014
"I chose this physician based on two physician referrals. I am a 60 year old female that had a face lift and lower bleph. I appear 20 younger from having had the surgery. Not only is he competent, but friendly and answers all questions. This procedure would have cost me double in NYC where I live. His pricing is in line with other plastic surgeons that I consulted with in the Houston area. YES I would recommend Dr. Kridel for facial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 09, 2012
"Expensive, but excellent, result repairing septal perforation caused by poor septoplasty overseas in 2009. I am so thankful my wife found Dr. Kridel through internet research & he was also highly recommended by a relative's neighbor (ENT) as being *The Best* at this procedure. In addition Dr. Kridel seemed to manage subtle 'straightening' of my nose as well. However I am most pleased at great success of surgery, as other doctors overseas and in Atlanta had only predicted 50-60% chance of fully closing reasonably large septal perforation. Dr. Kridel's staff were helpful and accommodating. He also trains up & coming medical 'fellows', sharing his expertise, knowledge and skills with young surgeons. Additionally if you have to spend several weeks in Houston to have healing carefully monitored, as I did, it is an interesting place to visit with plenty of museums, parks, shopping options and a huge variety of dining & (healthy) take-out food choices."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Feb 09, 2012
"I had facial plastic surgery done by Dr. Kridel and the results are amazing! I did a lot of research before I chose a facial plastic surgeon, and I highly recommend Dr. Kridel. The pre-operative and post-operative care is top-notch. He attends to every detail. His staff is professional, caring and very impressive. I am so pleased that I chose Dr. Kridel."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 06, 2012
What To Expect@headingTag>
Sculptra Aesthetic can last at least two or more years because it causes the body to stimulate its own collagen. As with all injections, there can be temporary swelling and redness which dissipates. Immediately following a Sculptra injection, patients can resume their normal activities immediately, but exercise should be avoided for a few hours.
Sculptra treatment will vary in cost depending upon how much of the medication is used and the desired results. The usual cost for each Sculptra treatment typically ranges between $700-$1000. For maximum effects, 2-3 treatments are recommended.
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Sculptra is an FDA-approved facial filler and has a long history of safety worldwide since 1999. Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid that the human body naturally produces and has been used for general sutures for many years. Reported side effects include subtle pain, bruising, swelling or redness, bruising, and a few others. Bumps have sometimes occurred as noticeable when applying pressure to the injected area. Always consult your surgeon if any of these side effects concern you.
Individuals who want to replace the natural volume loss that occurs as we age or from trauma or illness, particularly in the cheek area, may be good candidates for Sculptra. The most common age to receive Sculptra injections is between ages 35-65.
Sculptra Aesthetic is also often used in combination with other injectables, laser skin resurfacing or laser skin tightening treatments. Sculptra can also be used as an interim non-surgical step to provide volume and lift to the cheek area. The effects of these combined treatments can be dramatic, while still requiring very little down time for recovery. Sculptra can also be a valuable adjunct to facelift surgery. A facelift will remove excess skin, but a facelift will not restore volume.