Sculptra: A new Tissue filler

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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 MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Cosmeticsurg Baltimore, Maryland
Ricardo L Rodriguez on American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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4 thoughts on “Sculptra: A new Tissue filler”

  • Daniel Smith says:

    Hello nd God Bless,I WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU USE SCULPTRA ON THE BUTT I'M NOT LOOKING FOR A BIG BUTT I JUST WANT IT ENCHANTED MORE MY BUTT IS SAGGY ND HANGY I JUST WANTED TO LOOK BETTER N PANTS BUT CANT AFFORD SURGERY ND MY CREDIT NOT GOOD MY BUTT IS SMALL I JUST WANT IT TO LOOK A LITTLE MORE FULLER
    • Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez says:

      Daniel: In my experience, to get an appreciable difference in the buttock you need somewhere between 2-400 cc's of volume, especially when there is a saggy or hangy buttock. Sculptra cost is about $100/cc, so you do the math.
  • Nat says:

    Hello,I was reading online regarding your Sculptra procedures. Do you also do Sculptra Butt Lifts?Look forward to your reply.Thanks
    • Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez says:

      Nat: 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.