PSC Hot Bytes

Sculptra New York-Dr. Forley

Sculptra New York-Dr. Forley

Plastic Surgery Channel expert Dr Bryan Forley from New York City talks about the new age injectable product called  Sculptra and its recent clinical uses.

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Sculptra is a different concept in terms of injectables that are used in the face. Sculptra, manufactured by Dermik, is Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLA). PLA is made from lactic acid, a natural substance that is necessary for cellular metabolism. Poly-L-Lactic Acid was used very successfully in orthopedic procedures for many years with applications in absorbable sutures, bone screws etc. The practice of using Sculptra for cosmetic surgery and procedures began in Europe in 1999.

Sculptra is used for restoring volume and improving facial contours. The difference between Sculptra and other injectable products like botox is that the active ingredient PLA stimulates the skin to produce collagen causes the fibroblasts to activate and produce collagen. The material works to gradually produce collagen increasing the thickness of the skin. The material is biocompatible and can be dissolved by the body. The results can be seen over a time period of 3 months or so when there will be a noticeable thickening of the skin.

Due to aging, there are a lot of shifting effects and changes to the skin. The volume of the skin shifts and there is a deepening of the folds, gels and flattening of the cheeks. The aim of using Sculptra in cosmetic procedures is to reduce shifting changes and to add volume. The procedure is gaining recognition due to being minimally invasive as well as being a gradual procedure where the collagen is produced inside one’s own body leading to very natural looking results. The added benefit is that the results are very long lasting and Dr. Forley has seen the results lasting for as long as 3 years.

Dr. Forley places a high level of importance to the final result in the plastic surgeon’s aesthetic judgment and understanding of anatomy and aging to the use of Sculptra®Aesthetic in the face. Dr. Forley practices in New York City and  performs all injectable procedures himself and has developed an expertise, based on five years of experience, in the use of Sculptra, the predecessor to Sculptra®Aesthetic, for facial volume restoration.

Sculptra has been primarily used in the face to add volume to the cheeks in places where there has been a flattening as the cheek fat moves downwards causing a deepening of the nasolabial fold. Sculptra is also used in the area of the fold to smoothen the transition from the cheek to the lip where that fold deepens. Another common use is along the jaw line to camouflage the jaw by injecting and thickening the tissues in front of the jaw and along the angle of the jaw line thus creating a more defined jaw line. The entire package results in a very nice facial rejuvenating effect.

Another area, apart from the face where Sculptra has been used very successfully is on the hands. Over time, due to aging the skin on the hands starts losing its thickness and the appearance of the tendons and veins becomes more prominent. Patients often focus on the face and neglect their hands resulting in their hands giving away their true age. Sculptra used on the hands, thickens and adds volume to the skin reducing the above mentioned signs of aging.

Sculptra is a minimally invasive technique and patients rarely experience minor discomfort from the needle injection. Minor side effects of the injection may be mild tenderness and redness which reduce soon and disappear in a matter of a week or so.

Sculptra is a  soft-tissue filler and compared to  other  soft-tissue fillers such as  juvaderm or restylane tends to take a little longer to  see the  result and also tends to last longer than the other  soft-tissue filler products.  Sculptra  is for those patients who are not looking for immediate gratification and are prepared to wait for the time period of at least 3 months for the results to show. Generally, a series of 2-3 treatments at 6-week intervals are necessary to achieve the desired effect. The benefit is of course that the changes are very gradual and the results are very natural looking and tend to last for a long time.

Click to add a comment
PSC Hot Bytes

More in PSC Hot Bytes

Stem Cell Research

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Weighs In on the Flood of Stem Cell Claims in the Media

Peter B. Fodor, MDFebruary 29, 2012

Plastic Surgery Before a Live Audience

Carolynn GrimesJanuary 13, 2012

Live Breast Augmentation Surgery Documented for Dallas Surgeon

William P. Adams, Jr., MDJanuary 10, 2012

Vampire Facelift New York City – Dr. Paul Lorenc

Paul Lorenc, MDNovember 14, 2011

The Top 5 Things Men Can Do to Look and Feel Great in New York, New York

Robert T. Grant, MDOctober 29, 2011

Liquid Facelift, New York City – Dr. Paul Lorenc

Paul Lorenc, MDSeptember 29, 2011

Breast Augmentation New Jersey

Caroline Glicksman, MDMay 22, 2011

Breast Lift Mastopexy Indianapolis Indiana

Bruce W. Van Natta, MDMay 22, 2011

Steve Antrobus, MD on Mohs Surgery

RD2 Inc.April 24, 2011