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.
"If you want to be treated like family and get world class treatment at a very very reasonable cost this is the place to be. Thanks a lot doctor, and you wonderful staff. The best experience I have had at any doctor's office."- P.G. / Facebook / Sep 02, 2015
"I just finished day seven of my post-surgery checkup with Dr Fernau, and here’s my personal experience. Upon arrival of my consultation, I was greeted by the friendliest staff. Every one of them helped in my progression, aided in my treatments, calmed my anxiety, and exceeded my expectations. Scheduling surgery and getting the medications for the operation were straightforward. As for the surgery, the instructions were clear, the procedure explained, and questions answered. The results were beyond what I expected. Dr Fernau is exceptionally passionate about his work and cares for his patients. The open communication that Dr Fernau has with his staff is what creates such a successful business model and positive outcomes for his patients. After surgery I had difficulty walking, and one of the staff members helped my wife with taking me home. The compassion, dedication, and excellence that I experienced with Dr Fernau and his staff give me the pleasure of providing the highest of recommendations."- C.M. / Google / Nov 24, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Fernau! If you are looking for a surgeon who cares about his patients and pays attention to detail, look no further. He is extremely talented and precise in everything he does. He is a leader in patient safety and recovery. He takes every measure to assure a good experience from start to finish. He is up to date on the techniques, technology and the latest developments in this field. He is meticulous and treats his patients like family. After my initial consultation with Dr. Fernau I knew he would be the one I would trust for my own care, and after the ensuing experience with him and his staff I was convinced he is the only one I would also trust to care for my family."- A.B. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"I was very nervous about having any type of surgery let alone plastic surgery. I researched several doctors and had 3 consults. I am so very pleased with my results and with the entire process. Dr. Fernau was amazing. He explained everything and took the time to answer my questions. He has an eye for detail and strives for perfection. Highly, highly recommend. I felt safe and secure with him as my surgeon. Follow up with so easy and timely. Overall the procedure had very little pain or down time. Would do it again."- S.W. / Google / Oct 10, 2019
"I was very nervous about having any type of surgery let alone plastic surgery (breast reduction). I researched many doctors and had 3 consults. I am so very pleased with my results and with the entire process. Dr. Fernau was amazing. He explained everything and took the time to answer my questions. He has an eye for detail and strives for perfection. Highly, highly recommend. I felt safe and secure with him as my surgeon. Follow up was so easy and timely. Overall the procedure had very little pain or down time. The results are amazing. Wish I would have done it years ago. Would do it again. And would go with Dr. Fernau a thousand times over."- C.S. / Facebook / Oct 10, 2019
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.”