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Dr. Rodriguez discusses Plastic Surgery, Medicine, and Stem Cell Research

Sculptra: A new Tissue Filler

Collagen, fascian, Restylane, etc., are wonderful options for tissue fillers, but their effect seems to be measured in months. If a patient repeats the procedure enough, the costs soon approach those of surgery. I found myself suggesting to more and more patients that they should just have surgery and make the result more permanent.

Fat injections in the facial area do provide a longer lasting result than most fillers. However, fat injections are more of a surgical procedure rather than a quick injection. With fat injections, I use the patient’s own fat as a filler. The results can be dramatic and long lasting. Fat injections can be used in areas besides the face. I use a special type of fat injection is to fill out areas we never thought could benefit from large volume injections, such as the butt. I love doing fat injections, but there are a certain amount of pre and post op issues associated with it. So I look upon fat injections as a surgical procedure with a recovery time.

Now, what if there were a tissue filler that was long lasting, without the surgical aspects of fat grafting? Well, there is. I have recently started using SCULPTRA, and I love it. It is injected in a deeper layer of the skin than Restylane. Since sculptra is injected as a liquid, it is easily molded after injecting. But best of all, sculptra is long lasting. I am now using it a lot to fine tune facelift results, as well as in a lot of patients who are not quite ready for surgery. I am happy to introduce this new filler into my practice.

By Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Baltimore, Maryland
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Posted in Face

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  • wrote
    October 11, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    The amount of Sculptra needed for a butt lift would cost several times more than the procedure itself and would only last 2-5 years at the most.

  • wrote
    September 26, 2015 at 11:23 am


    I was reading online regarding your Sculptra procedures. Do you also do Sculptra Butt Lifts?

    Look forward to your reply.