Sculptra is one of the newest dermal and soft tissue fillers available in the U.S. In August 2004, Sculptra won FDA approval for the restoration of facial deficiencies due to facial fat loss (lipoatrophy). Sculptra is a synthetic and biodegradable substance (poly-L-lactic acid).
This compound has been used safely for decades as absorbable surgical sutures left under the skin in plastic and reconstructive surgery, face & neck surgery and general surgery.
Sculptra (well-known in Europe as NewFill) has been used extensively for purely cosmetic indications around the world. Dr. Fechner has extensive experience with various soft tissue fillers and he uses Sculptra for cosmetic indications as well as for a condition called lipoatrophy (disease related facial fat loss). Sculptra has proven effective in filling in deep furrows and creases such as the nasolabial creases. A youthful face features soft transitions and fullness. This is where Sculptra has been effective in volume enhancement of the cheeks, temples and for camouflaging other problem regions of the face.
Right in the office, Sculptra is injected carefully with a small needle below the surface of the skin in the area of volume deficiency and provides a gradual increase in soft tissue thickness. For maximal patient comfort, Dr. Fechner adds lidocaine (a local anesthetic) to the Sculptra suspension. Visible results appear after the first treatment sessions. The product will help improve the appearance by increasing skin thickness and facial volume in the treated areas. Because of the lack of allergic reactions, no skin testing is required prior to use of Sculptra.
Each Sculptra session takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Because of the time it takes for the volume enhancement to be complete, additional Sculptra treatments of your face are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Sculptra is provided by the manufacturer as a powder that is prepared 24 hours before treatment for maximal solution.
You should expect some mild swelling in the facial regions treated with Sculptra. Commonly, this puffiness is mild and may resemble the enhancement you were looking to achieve in the first place. Therefore, most patients continue their usual lifestyle after a Sculptra session. After 24 to 48 hours, the soft puffiness will resolve. Although bruising is possible, this is rather rare and if it appears, it is usually short-lived and easy to camouflage.
Studies show that the effect of Sculptra lasts 1 ½ years or longer. In order to maintain the result, patients may seek a touch-up procedure after 1 ½ to 2 years. In mobile regions of the face (i.e., lips and forehead), Sculptra may not last quiet as long as in regions with less muscle movement such as the cheeks.
Sculptra has been shown to be effective in the correction of facial lipoatrophy in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. Dr. Fechner’s experience shows that Sculptra is well-tolerated and long lasting in these patients.
On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.
As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.
The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.
Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).
We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!