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.