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How Sculptra works

Collagen is an organic substance within the body that makes the skin appear elastic and youthful, but as we become older, our body’s natural ability to produce collagen slows down. This is why the skin so often appears saggy and hollow as the years go by. At The Maercks Institute, we combat this process by using Sculptra, which is FDA-approved to treat aging skin and loss of collagen, bone, and volume. When Sculptra is injected into the face, it kick-starts your body’s natural collagen-creating process by using the active ingredient of poly-L-lactic acid. This is a biodegradable and biocompatible material that can be broken down by the body, thereby restoring volume over the course of several months. The final result is a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. 

What are the goals of using Sculptra?

  • Restore volume to the temples and cheeks
  • Soften prominent cheekbones
  • Correct nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Define the jawline
  • Begin new collagen production
  • Restore bone structure
  • Remove folds, contour irregularities, and wrinkles
  • Rejuvenate and take years off the face

What happens during a Sculptra treatment?

There is no allergy testing before a Sculptra treatment because there is no risk of an allergic reaction. (The solution has been utilized in dissolvable stitches in over 30 countries for the last few decades.) Dr. Maercks will inject a conservative amount during the first treatment. He may also use a numbing cream or dental block to minimize any discomfort during treatment. After the injections are complete, you may be asked to massage the area in order to spread the filler and smooth the skin out for optimal results. Sculptra requires a series of injections scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart.

Who is a good candidate for Sculptra?

If you’re considering Sculptra treatments in Miami, it may be the perfect option for your aesthetic goals. Those who are the best candidates for Sculptra:

  • Are in their 30s to 50s
  • Want to improve or prevent the signs of aging
  • Don’t have major loss of collagen and/or bone
  • Are post-menopausal women
  • Want to restore a youthful appearance

Recovery and results

Possible side effects of Sculptra include bruising, bumps at the injection site, swelling, and/or redness. Side effects are typically resolved with no medical treatment necessary. Massaging or icing the area around the injection site may also help minimize side effects.

You may not notice the final results of Sculptra for up to four weeks, although the treatment usually lasts anywhere from 1 to 2 years if follow-up treatments are kept. There must be at least four weeks between each treatment.

Sculptra in Miami at The Maercks Institute 

If you’re interested in Sculptra treatments in Miami, we welcome you to contact our office to schedule a consultation. The Maercks Institute is a high-profile surgical center that offers a variety of advanced techniques in laser resurfacing, injectables, and surgical procedures that deliver bespoke results that appear as if they’re made by nature. President and medical director Dr. Rian Maercks is a board-certified cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery specialist who elevates the standard of patient care and safety. His approach to both surgical and non-surgical procedures has garnered him international recognition by surgeons and patients alike. With his attention to detail, artistic vision, and experienced judgement, he is the expert who will formulate the right treatment for your goals.

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How much do Sculptra treatments cost at The Maercks Institute in Miami?

The average cost of Sculptra at The Maercks Institute is from $1,000.

How is Sculptra different than dermal fillers?

Sculptra is a volumizer rather than a filler. It’s important for those considering this treatment to know that results come much more gradually than they do with hyaluronic fillers. It may take up to six months for Sculptra results to become visible. If you’re looking for more immediate results, please bring this up during your consultation.

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