Two to five years of facial restoration is derived from a series of injection sessions depending on the progression of facial aging. Again, by injecting over a number of sessions, it gives your physician the opportunity to give you just the result you want, and provide a more natural look. A point of reference in how many injection sessions are as follows:
- A mild patient will need an average of two injection sessions, four to six weeks apart.
- A moderate patient will need an average of 3 to 4 injection sessions four to six weeks apart.
- A severe patient may need an average of 4 to 6 injection sessions four to six weeks apart.
Below is a good rule of thumb in understanding how many injection sessions are needed based on whether a patient is determined as mild, moderate or severe.
Initial signs of aging such as nasolabial folds, sunken eyes, beginning to see a loss of robust/high cheeks/cheekbones.
Deepening nasolabial folds, wrinkling in the skin, loss of robust cheeks, lines around the chin and above lips, hollowing in the lower cheeks, hollowing around the temples, may be ready for a mid-face lift but isn’t ready for a surgical procedure.
Deep hollows in lower cheeks, wrinkling, very thin face, loss of robust cheeks, hollowing around the temples giving a skeletonized appearance, may be a candidate for a full facelift but isn’t yet ready for a surgical procedure.
Sculptra is not very painful. The soft tissue is numbed with local anesthesia prior to the procedure and the needles are passed through only the frozen skin. Lidocaine is also added to the product before injection. There is no downtime and makeup can be worn on the way home from the injection. There is an unpredictable degree of bruising so one should also discontinue any medically unnecessary aspirin, NSAIDS, and blood thinners prior to injection.
*Once the injection sessions are finished, patients will have two to five years of facial restoration. Once a patient begins to see signs of facial deterioration again, the entire session of injections will not be needed. A touch up with one or two vials may be all that’s needed.