Pittsburgh area men and women who would like dramatic results in skin rejuvenation without having surgery may consider Sculptra as a treatment option. Plastic surgeon and Pittsburgh Sculptra specialist, Dr. James Fernau, routinely utilizes Sculptra, which is an FDA-approved biocompatible, biodegradable dermal filler made from poly-L-lactic acid. In the temporal area, this filler is used to alleviate crow’s feet. It is also used for a permanent correction of the tear trough deformity, located underneath the eye and near the nose. Used by many cosmetic surgeons as a “liquid facelift”, this filler is known to add facial fullness and to treat skin depressions, fill in nasolabial folds, wrinkles, sunken cheeks, or facial creases. In order to achieve optimal results, Sculptra is typically administered in a series of treatments every 4 to 6 weeks.
"I had the best experience I could ask for going to Dr. Fernau and his team. I received a septoplasty / rhinoplasty and have results that far exceeded my expectations. Originally, I went in for the cosmetic benefit, but Dr. Fernau found that I had a deviated septum. I never expected the massive quality of life difference I received. Far less congestion, sinus pressure, abnormal drainage, things I dealt with daily that are long gone now. That along with my dream nose, the full makeover I spent years hoping for, I'm absolutely thrilled! I will recommend him every time I have the opportunity."- J.N. / Google / Jan 28, 2024
"The staff here is very welcoming, and knowledgeable. Answered any questions I asked They really know how to make a patient feel like family."- J.S. / Google / Jan 24, 2024
"Wonderful experience with Dr. Fernau and his team, Sheila, Ryan, Alexa and Sherry. They all made me feel comfortable throughout my breast augmentation process, answered all my questions and gave me their best advice on picking the perfect implant and size. I got 350cc sientra gummy bear implants with a subfascial approach and I couldn’t be happier with my results. Clinic was very clean, friendly and professional. Special shout out to nurse Alexa who made me feel relax and safe right before going into surgery. Thank you! You all were amazing!"- A. / Google / Jan 05, 2024
"I've been seeing Dr Fernau for a couple of years now and he, Sheila and his entire staff are the most amazing people. I love how they make you feel right at home. I honestly feel blessed to know them. As a surgeon he is top notch. He knows of the newest methods of doing things and you can tell he strives for perfection. Sheila is super sweet and explains everything to you and if she doesn't know something she won't hesitate to find out. I had a complication from a surgery and the level of compassion and care I got from them was above and beyond... You are not just a Number here, you're a person. I will definately be back. Honestly, if you have some hesitance on going here, just book your consult and meet them, you'll be at ease in no time. Thank you Dr. Fernau, Sheila and ALL the staff there for putting up with me!! 😊"- J.M. / Google / Dec 15, 2023
"I had decided for my birthday that I was going to gift myself some Botox! After doing as millennials do (i.e. going to Google and Reddit to research and find recommendations), I chose Dr. Fernau's office. I was not looking for the cheapest or closest option -- I wanted the best. I liked the idea of a facial plastic surgeon taking care of my Botox -- I didn't think I would be pressured to do more than I was comfortable, and I wanted natural results. From inquiry to scheduling to the actual appointment, everything was easy and the staff is so kind! Sheila performed my procedure, and she walked me through what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. I'm only two days post-procedure, and I can already tell a difference -- it's very subtle, I feel like I still completely look like me, but refreshed. 10/10 recommend a birthday gift to yourself of Botox, and 10/10 recommend seeing Sheila, Dr. Fernau, and team! I will definitely be returning!"- T.P. / Google / Oct 12, 2023
During a Sculptra treatment session, the injection sites are marked, and the filler is injected directly into the problematic areas. The product is delivered through a fine needle, and multiple layers are injected gradually until the desired contour has been achieved. The treatment is pain-free; although a numbing cream is usually applied first to reduce any discomfort from the needle. A Sculptra treatment session lasts around 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas treated and the extent of the cosmetic issues. On average, 2 to 3 injections spaced a few weeks apart are recommended for optimal results.
What to Expect
Sculptra is a nonsurgical treatment and does not require any downtime for patients. After treatment, patients will be slightly red and swollen where the injections occurred, but this goes away within a few hours. Patients can resume their normal routine right after treatment, but should refrain from any strenuous activities for the first 24 hours. It is advised to not apply any pressure to the face, and to sleep upright the first evening following treatment. The results are evident immediately after treatment, but it could take several weeks for the optimal results to become visible.
A Sculptra session averages around $700-$4,900. According to www.realself.com the average cost is $1,825. This price reflects one syringe of the product. During a treatment session, the number of syringes used will be determined based on the skin’s condition and how many areas are being treated. It is common for some patients to require 1-3 syringes during a treatment session.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $700 - $4,900
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 30 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Sculptra is synthetic based and approved by the FDA. It has been tested extensively and has been proven to be safe and effective for cosmetic use. It utilizes processed poly-L-lactic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in humans, so rejection to the product is rare. Temporary side effects include mild swelling and bruising, and possible pain and redness around the injection sites.
There are a number of injectable derma fillers available on the market today. Each has a specific benefit to resolve facial wrinkles. There are also muscle relaxers, such as BOTOX, that patients can consider. While the results may appear similar, the difference lies on the approach each treatment takes to produce a smooth, wrinkle-free result. The doctor will be able to recommend the best approach once the facial condition is evaluated during the initial consultation.
As wrinkles and creases are typical with aging candidates, anyone who needs volume may be a candidate for a Sculptra treatment. Statistics show that the most common age groups who seek this treatment are those between 30 to 55 years old. The younger age group may seek treatment due to premature skin aging caused by personal habits or environmental factors such as extreme sun exposure.
The advantage of Sculptra over other derma fillers is that the results typically last up to 2 years. Naturally derived derma fillers only lasts 6 months up to 1 year. The treatment may be repeated as soon as necessary.
Sculptra is commonly injected into the subdermal layer into the chin, nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It may also be used on the mid-face section for augmentation. It is a common filler that surgeons use to achieve a “liquid facelift.”