Facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kridel is considered a leading expert in facial fillers, including Sculptra® treatments. At FPSA, our physician designs and performs 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
At FPSA, your Sculptra treatments are performed by board-certified facial plastic surgeon, 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 makes 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 takes 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.
"Dr.Kridel and his staff are the most amazing team out there. He performed my rhinoplasty and took care of each one of my concerns. As a senior in high school, I had no confidence when it came to my nose but after the surgery I look amazing and I’m actually more outgoing. I truly recommend him and his work. He is a very genuine person and cares for every patient. Honestly the best surgeon in Houston."- S.A. / Google / May 04, 2019
"Dr. Kridel and Dr. Caceras are perfectionists. They explained in detail my procedure. I had my facelift a week before Thanksgiving and Dr. Kridel had me come in to his office on Thanksgiving Day to see how I was healing and to check my stitches, if they needed to be taken out. I do not know any doctors that would come in on a holiday and weekends if it is not an emergency! That is the perfectionism and their standards in that office. Their entire staff make you feel very comfortable and are true professionals."- M.P. / Doctor.com / Feb 18, 2020
"I wouldn't trust my face with anyone else than Dr. Kridel; I have experienced first hand his meticulous artistry in solving my varlous facial challenges regarding lack of symmetry, chicken pox scars and now jowls. Kridel has my utmost trust and respect!"- D.S. / Healthgrades / Feb 06, 2020
"Dr Kridel is such a talented surgeon. His results were exactly as he described"- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Kridel has improved my quality of life in ways I did not think were possible. I thought my perforated septum would never be closed and he not only closed it, but straightened my nose and gave me back my self confidence."- V.N. / Healthgrades / Jan 29, 2020
Sculptra injections are performed by Dr. Russell Kridel 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 a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kridel is not only highly trained in facial anatomy, but also has 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.
What To Expect with Sculptra®
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 Expected Costs
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.
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
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.
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