Lost volume occurs naturally during the aging process, particularly in the face as the cheeks become flat and hollow. Plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong offers Sculptra Aesthetic, a poly-L-lactic acid-based dermal filler that allows for fuller and longer-lasting volume replacement in the mid-face. In addition to increasing the volume of the cheeks, Sculptra can decrease the appearance of shallow to deep lines and wrinkles, including the nasolabial folds (also known as the smile or laugh lines) that go from the edges of the nose to the corners of the mouth. With its unique formula approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Sculptra helps to increase the natural production of collagen in your body, so even if you stop treatments, your skin will still be healthier and stronger compared to before. Schedule an appointment for a consultation in Newport Beach, CA to discover the benefits of this injectable treatment.
"Lower face and neck lift - I’ve done every injectable from Botox to Sculptra and I wanted a more permanent fix to my aging face and neck. I had heard about Dr. Leong through a friend and I decided to make a consultation. When I met Dr. Leong I had my doubts about what this seemingly young doc could do for my 70+ year old face. How could she know what a woman my age needed? As we began to discuss my areas of c..."- E. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
Sculptra is great for patients who want to improve contour in their cheeks without implants and surgery. Some candidates may have naturally hollow cheeks, while others experience full cheeks that deflated with age. Sculptra injections can also be used to improve shallow to deep facial lines and wrinkles, including the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles. Since Sculptra helps to prompt the body's natural production of collagen, many patients will notice a visible improvement in the appearance and health of their skin.
After your consultation to develop your unique treatment plan, you will receive your Sculptra injections in one of our procedure rooms. The injector may apply a numbing cream or local anesthetic before sterilizing and marking the sites to be injected. Once you are ready, the filler will be injected down into the deeper layers of the skin at the selected points of the face. For best results, Dr. Leong performs a series of four Sculptra injections, each performed about three weeks apart.
What to Expect
After your appointment, you may have mild to moderate redness, swelling, tenderness, or bruising at the injection areas that should resolve naturally in several days. To encourage healing, you can apply cold packs to the injected areas. You should avoid UV exposure as much as possible after your appointment and use sun protection. Most patients will notice clear improvements immediately following their treatment with final results seen after a few months, as the natural production of collagen strengthens the skin. When performed as a series of injections over the course of 3 – 4 months, a patient's results can last up to two years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Sculptra cost?
Sculptra injections can range in price depending on how many units are needed to achieve your wanted results. Some patients may also need a series of treatment for the optimal outcome. During your consultation, we will discuss your treatment goals and tailor a treatment plan for your specific budget.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator that works within the dermis of the skin to help stimulate the production of collagen. It can help to restore the skin’s inner structure and volume over time as more collagen is formed. The rebuilt strands of collagen create the appearance of fullness to facial folds and wrinkles.
Are Sculptra injections safe?
Approved by the FDA, Sculptra has a long history of safety worldwide. Though side effects are rare, they can include slight pain, bruising, swelling, and/or redness. In some cases, bumps may become noticeable when pressure is applied to the injected area. Contact our office if you experience any abnormal or lasting side effects.
What is the best age to receive Sculptra?
Sculptra is beneficial for individuals who are wanting to soften and reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. It can specifically be used to restore chin wrinkles, lines surrounding the mouth, and deep lines between the nose and mouth. The most common age to receive Sculptra injections is between ages 30 – 55; however, it is also common for patients who are younger and older than this range to receive injections.
How long do results last?
For longer-lasting results, some patients may need to receive several Sculptra treatments. Sculptra is different from other fillers because the results usually last up to two years. Since the production of collagen continues to develop over time, results may appear more gradually.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $850
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 3 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
Sculpt A Youthful Face
Boost the youthful volume and smoothness of your face with nonsurgical Sculptra Aesthetic treatments with Dr. Leong in Newport Beach, CA. She will help determine if Sculptra is appropriate for your needs and concerns during your consultation before creating your personal treatment plan. Contact our office to schedule your consultation for Sculptra Aesthetic or one of our other cosmetic services.