When it comes to aging, nothing can be more fulfilling than looking back at all that you’ve accomplished and everything that you’ve learned. On the other hand, nothing can be quite as discouraging as looking in the mirror and seeing loose, sagging skin. Luckily, there are a wide variety of dermal fillers that can help temporarily improve the appearance of volume loss, fine lines, and wrinkles. Here at Associated Plastic Surgeons, we provide patients with several different dermal fillers including Sculptra. But what is Sculptra and what makes it so unique? Let’s dive a little deeper to see.
It’s Made of Synthetic
MaterialMost dermal fillers are made of a naturally occurring substance in the body called hyaluronic acid. Although hyaluronic acid-based fillers are very popular and effective, they are usually metabolized by the body a lot faster. Sculptra, on the other hand, is made of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid which takes a lot longer for the body to absorb.
It’s Been Around for a Longtime
Unlike other fillers that are fairly new to the cosmetic market, Sculptra has been around for quite some time. In fact, the earliest forms of Sculptra (which have since been improved upon) started during the AIDS and HIV epidemic of the 80’s.
You Get a Lot More
When you typically purchase other fillers you purchase between .8cc-1.5 cc. However, when you purchase Sculptra you are purchasing a 7 cc vial which means that we can do a whole lot more with it than with other fillers.
It’s More Affordable
After two treatment sessions, your results can last up to two years. Whereas, most fillers only last one year on average. When you calculate how much you are getting with each vial and how long they last, you end up paying 1/7th of the cost of other fillers which saves you a lot of money in the long run.
The last thing that you want is for your child to experience teasing or bullying because of their appearance. If your child has ears that protrude to the side, then we may be able to perform a cosmetic surgery procedure called an otoplasty. To help you become a little bit more familiar with this procedure, this article will answer a few FAQs about otoplasty.
What Is An Otoplasty?
An otoplasty is a form of ear surgery that we typically perform in patients who are ages 6 to 14 years old. Typically, we will remove extra cartilage and then sculpt it into a new shape which helps move the ear closer to the head. Additionally, we can also remove extra pieces of cartilage which results in a more natural- looking ear fold. On average, this procedure takes about 2-3 hours.
What Is Recovery Like?
When we send your child home from surgery, we will wrap their head in bandages to help keep it in place. Make sure that your child doesn’t remove the bandages until the doctor says so. Additionally, help your child wash the incision site to avoid infection. Because your child will have to take a few days off of school to recover, try to choose activities for them that will allow them to rest. For instance, board games or movies are always a good idea.
What Are Results Like?
Both parents and children are typically thrilled with their results. Plus, when we perform the surgery, we try to conceal the incisions, so they aren’t very noticeable.