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Sculptra for cheek enhancement. I'm really thin, so I don't have much fat under my skin. Trying to put off PS for as long as possible.

Final results will take several months, so disregard my rating for now. I don't expect to see much change until spring, but I will post pictures of my bruises and progress with appointments.


sculptra, cheek, injectable, injection
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letty65From: letty65 | 2013-08-24 09:45:57

I am in your shoes, joannapollydoll. I had Sculptra almost 18 months ago and now look hideous. Bloated and uneven with no facial contour. My normal life ended after Sculptra.
letty65From: letty65 | 2013-08-24 09:44:38

I am in your shoes joannapollydoll. I am almost 18 months out from Sculptra and look hideous. Uneven and bloated with no contours. My normal life ended after Sculptra.
BrendaWPFrom: BrendaWP | 2012-07-18 09:27:30

@ Bethi...I had Sculptra several years ago, it does not work in a few weeks although I did see a difference pretty quick, I also had Thermage at the same time. Everyone saw a great difference, was even ask several years later if I'd had a face lift by a friend I had not seen for several years. The results for me showed great improvement for several years. Then the doctor that I went to quit using Scultra, so I got concerned about further treatments. I did do Thermage again, didn't get the results I wanted. After reading your post I want to thank you, I have decided to find a good local doctor and do Scultra again along with some restylene or HA filler for the eyes. I agree, if you don't like it or if there is a lump there is no sense in crying it will go away in a a couple of years. As to Gabi, time will give you better results, congrats on your treatment, I feel sure you will be more pleased as Sculptra works better in time. One to two years and if you're like me I got three years of good results..
BethiFrom: Bethi | 2012-03-16 15:32:01

You can't see a difference with sculptra after such a short time. They say a difference starts to show around 6 weeks afterwards, but it took a couple of months before I saw a difference, so your before and after photos are pointless.

As for the other comment from Joannapolly I can't understand how she would find it painful as it's not painful at all, the injections are actually really nice and enjoyable. If it is painful then the person doing isn't very good and doens't know what they're doing. As for being ugly afterwards, well that's not supposed to happen either so the person doing it obviously wasn't very good. As for wanting to remove it, well, you're not supposed to want to remove it as it's supposed to make you look better! I don't want the effects I have from sculptra to go!

Ah well. People with bad experiences often want to post reviews and so all the others who are out there looking good are really chuffed, getting on with their lives and keeping it a secret hoping people think they are naturally aging well and have good genes.

It's really important to go to someone who knows what they are doing with this product. Used well it is a brilliant product and makes a lot of people happy. It's great if you need a large area that needs filling which would be too costly to fill with HA fillers as they don't last long. Also if you have thin skin you benefit from skin thickness with sculptra as it gives a natural collagen plumping effects from very deep within the skin. HA fillers are more superifical and if the gel is thick it can show and look unnatural.

But the sculptra injector has to be careful not to over do it and to remember it is for covering large areas and not areas which need very precise and detailed work. It should never be used above the orbital rim or in the lips or on the upper lip.

If you have eye hollows, Sculptra will make them look worse as they will deepen with the increase volume around. If the doctor tells you sculptra will help eye hollows, that is wrong as it won't fill them, it will only shorten them a bit and fill out the wrinkles extending to below the orbital rim. Only a blepharoplasty operation or HA filler can fill tear troughs.

So, if you have a problem with eye hollows and have Sculptra, be prepared for you eye hollows to be worse and deeper and you will probably then want to use either filler such as restylene under the eyes (which should only be done by an expert such as an oculoplastic surgeon) or lower lid blepharoplasty fat transfer operation into the eye hollows. The latter would be longer lasting but does have down time of a couple of weeks when you will be very bruised and won't want people to see you.

As sculptra relies on an immune system reponse it's best not to have to much to be safe. Try and stick to 3 vials in 1 year if you're under 45 and not an HIV patient or someone with severe facial wasting from medication. 3 vials can do a lot, then you can use HA filler to do the more precise detaile work around the eyes and lips. Also, it's best to stay with 3 vials in a year as collagen growth can keep growing even 9 months after the injection.

So you have to go slowly with sculptra or your facial shape and personality of the face can be ruined by something that will 2-3 years!

If you have more severe facial wasting such as in the case of HIV patients, and it bothers you then it is worth having more vials some people having 6 or 8 vials.

As for reports of lumps. Lots of people don't get any at all and those who do they are not visible and hidden in the mouth and not bothersome at all and fade away. I have one lump in my mouth and it doesn't bother me at all. It's better to have a healthy looking and happy face with an insignificant harmless lump in the mouth than a sick looking face without a little lump which can't be seen.

If you're too scared of having a harmless lump on your mouth then you probably don't need sculptra enough.

Sculptra helps a lot of people who really need it. For those who need it, Sculptra makes you and skin look and feel healthy and as a consequence you feel so much healthier and happier and your quality of life improves dramatically as a consequence.

I'm not a doctor so I don't actually understand the workings of sculptra and some doctors are very much against it.

However, I do know from my own experience and from others that many people use it, are very happy and have been using it for about 10 years. We don't know what will happen in 30 years, but we know the sculptra goes down after a year or couple of years and we need top ups so I don't suppose it's hanging around there for that long. There are many things people do in their life which is unhealthy and shortens their life; smoking, drinking, eating junk food, not doing enough exercise, sunbathing etc. Sculptra might be another one, but in some cases it's worth doing if it makes a big difference to your quality of life.

As for the argument that sculptra causes damage and scars deep under our skin, I guess it must be causing damage. But this isn't unsual. A lot of anti aging treatment is based on causing damage to stimulate the skin or body to produce youth type reactions, such as dermaroller, chemical peels, AHA creams etc. It's just a question of whether you need the treatment enough to benefit from it's effects and improve your quailty of life enough, which in turn makes you happier and healthier. It's the old Risk/Benefit decision you have to make. If you don't really need it, then don't do it. If it will make a big difference, then I definately recommend sculptra.

But the 4 things I recommend most of all if you want to look beautiful is:

(1) Drink lots of water and only eat good quality food with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables preferably organic. This is the number one and best anti aging lifestyle you can have.

(2) Wear sunscreen with good UVA protection which has Zinc Oxide in it and don't sunbathe or spend too much time in harsh weathers.

(3) Try to avoid stress and learn how to deal with stress.

(4) Look after your skin with the right mosituriser and cleanser for your skin chosen by a dermatologist in a consultation. After a certain age in your 30s you probably need to start using Alpha Hydroxy Acid chemical exfoliant creams at night to slough off the dead cells for new, bright and soft young skin to form. When we age we our skin doesn't do this well and it becomes rough and lumpy.

These 4 things have a huge impact on your beauty. You can spend thousands and thousands of pounds on treatments and procedures but if you don't do the above you're wasting your money and you'll still look and feel ugly.

If you rely on sculptra alone to make you look young then you might be disappointed, especially around the eyes which sculptra cannot be used for. Sculptr will give you more volume and thicker skin, but if your skin is bad and lots of fine wrinkles, then you'll simply look a less gaunt, but chubbier with bad skin and fine wrinkles.

So look after your skin from within with a good balanced diet of quality food, not smoking, little sun and harsh weather and use a good moisturiser and an AHA cream.
joannapollydollFrom: joannapollydoll | 2011-12-26 20:43:35

i had sculptra,not only was it painful ,but i look so ugly,and i found out it is extremely difficult to remove it.i am glad i never went back for the second dose.i cry every day almost.

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Member Details

Username: GabiInChicago
First Name: Gabi
Location: IL, United States
Gender: F
Age: 52
Height: 5'3"
Ethnicity: Caucasian

Procedure Details

Date of Procedure: 08-19-2010
Results: 3 (Pretty satisfied)
Weight: 95 lbs
Doctor Name: Dr. Kovak My Profile
City of Procedure: Oakbrook Terrace
Sate of Procedure: IL
Country: United States

Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, Collagen, Injections:
Injection Type: Sculptra
Injection Area: Marionette Lines (lines from corner of mouth down towards chin)

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