Having more volume in your cheeks and lips is something that most people want. Here at Associated Plastic Surgeons, we provide patients with a variety of different fillers that can be used for these very reasons in addition to filling in fine lines and wrinkles in the process. Even though Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular types of dermal fillers, we offer another one as well that’s called Sculptra. Because Sculptra was one of the first cosmetic fillers out there, it has a long history. Just for fun, let’s take a closer look.
It used to be that the only way to add more volume to your face and lips was with collagen, but collagen was anything but perfect. During the AIDS and HIV epidemic in the 1990’s, a lot of patients developed a “skeletonized” look which made cosmetic and plastic surgeons start to look for fillers that weren’t yet available. Because of the social stigma associated with this skeletal appearance, the FDA had to fast-track a new filler to help appease these individuals living with HIV and AIDS. All of a sudden, these patients were finally able to be treated with an early version of Sculptra. Even though the initial version of Sculptra helped many patients living with HIV and AIDS, the medical community didn’t have the experience in the cosmetic community yet which means that it wasn’t perfect. In fact, many patients developed small nodules.
Even though we haven’t perfected Sculptra yet, there is only a 2% chance that you’ll develop these small nodules which means that it is very rare. Additionally, Sculptra has gained more popularity over the years because it gives patients longer lasting results (up to 2 years on average) than other fillers. Additionally, it can be used basically anywhere on the face and neck where volume is needed which isn’t something that most fillers can claim.
Does Sculptra sound like something that you’re interested in learning more about? If so, schedule your Sculptra consultation at our Huntington office today and give us a call at (631) 423-1000.