Sculptra in Houston, TX
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Facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Sean Delaney and Dr. Russell Kridel are recognized as leading experts in facial fillers, including Sculptra treatments. Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen for results that can last up to two years. It is FDA approved to improve cheek wrinkles, improve overall skin quality including improved skin tightness, skin firmness and improved skin glow. What sets FPSA apart from others is that our physicians tailor a treatment program specifically for you and they perform the injections.
Sculptra is a different type of filler and is considered a bio-activator or “volumizer.” As a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator, Sculptra helps restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin. 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. Treatment areas for Sculptra include; cheeks, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and temples.
What Sets Us Apart
At FPSA, your Sculptra treatments are performed by double board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Sean Delaney 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, our physicians make sure patients are comfortable and experience very little discomfort during their treatment session, so patients can be given numbing cream if they desire. At FPSA, Dr. Delaney and Dr. Kridel take facial injections quite seriously and believe it is important for patients to have highly skilled and trained hands with a deep understanding of facial anatomy. They tailor injections to your specific needs with greater finesse, rather than a one size fits all approach. We have a great deal of experience with Sculptra as our practice was one of the first providers selected in the Texas Medical Center.
Sculptra injections are performed by Dr. Sean Delaney or Dr. Russell Kridel in the comfort of our beautiful offices and takes approximately 30-50 minutes depending on the size of the area treated, the amount injected and any anesthetic that may be used. Dr. Delaney and Dr. Kridel are not only highly trained in facial anatomy, but also have a keen aesthetic eye which is so important in creating a treatment plan designed specifically for your aesthetic goals.
My daughter had many problems due to a cleft lip/palate at birth. We had always wished that Dr. Kridel could correct the symmetry of her nose for cosmetic as well as physical reasons. His staff was AMAZING and they spent so much time taking pics and examining her and he was even MORE AMAZING! He not only corrected something no other doctor had been able to correct ( she has had surgeries since the age of 1 year of age) but he showed a real concern for wanting to help my daughter who is now entering the medical field as a nurse! We count him among our blessings daily, and as a result of his professionalism and expertise, I now go to him for aesthetic upkeep with Sculptra and fillers! He is a perfectionist and wants his patients to be satisfied and confident and thanks to him, WE ARE!
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What To Expect
Sculptra can last least two years because it causes the body to stimulate its own collagen. As with all injections, there can be temporary swelling and redness which dissipates. There is no downtime, patients can resume their normal activities immediately following injections, although you should avoid strenuous exercise for a few hours.
Sculptra treatment costs will vary depending on how much is used. Typically, the cost range for each Sculptra treatment is between $700 - $1,875. Dr. Delaney and Dr. Kridel will provide a recommended treatment plan for your aesthetic goal which may include 2-4 treatments.
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What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable made with biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body and helps to rebuild lost collagen through a series of treatments that helps gradually replace lost collagen – the most common protein in the body that is used to form a framework to support cells and tissue – for results that last up to two years.
How many treatments?
Dr Sean Delaney and Dr. Russell Kridel will tailor a treatment plan specific to your goals. depending on how much collagen has been lost, the number of injection appointments and the number of injections per appointment can vary from person to person. On average, three injection appointments are needed over a period of a few months.
About Collagen Loss
Your skin is made up of collagen and elastin, two proteins that provide skin with structure and its ability to “snap back.” However, as you age you begin to lose collagen in the face. This makes your skin less able to smooth out when the muscles underneath are relaxed. A reduction in collagen will also lead to less volume in your face. As a general rule, you lose about 1% of collagen per year. By 45, your face may lose up to 25% of collagen.
What areas of concern can Sculptra address?
Sculptra can help address several aesthetic areas of concern-
Cheeks: Cheeks are often one of the first areas of your face to lose fullness. Sculptra can help add fullness as well as provide a natural glow to your skin quality.
Temples: As you age, you often notice that your temples appear less full. Sculptra can help increase fullness in the temple area to restore a more youthful appearance.
Nasolabial Folds: Deeper nasolabial folds can be difficult to get rid of or improve. If your nasolabial folds are a result of a loss of volume, Sculptra can help improve volume in the area.
Marionette Lines: These appear around the mouth and are very common wrinkles. Sculptra can provide more volume and smooth out the lines. Early-stage volume loss prevention with “glow” benefits: Younger patients can address the early stages of volume loss with Sculptra as a preventative approach. It is a bit like playing catchup, with early volume loss you can help re-fill deficit. And patients enjoy the improved “glow” to their skin for 2 years after injection.
Who is not a good candidate?
Patients who have more significant skin laxity are not the best candidates for Sculptra. Often with more significant laxity and/or jowling, other approaches,
including face lift, are more appropriate.
How is Sculptra different from other hyaluronic fillers?
Sculptra is different from hyaluronic acid fillers. It is known as a Poly-L-Lactic Acid and is considered a bio-activator or “volumizer”. Sculptra addresses the underlying cause of collagen loss and 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 and last for two years. Hyaluronic fillers work immediately to fill in lines upon injection and last up to a year or so.
Does it hurt?
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 2-4 injections over a few months depending on the area. The results are very natural looking and appear over a period of a few months.
Is it Safe?
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.