Dr Teri Johnson is one of only a handful of doctors performing Sculptra in Cheshire.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a facial treatment that gives you deep tissue regeneration to help reduce the signs of ageing in your face. Unlike traditional Dermal Fillers, Sculptra works to replace lost collagen and replenish volume in your face more subtly over time, giving you a more natural-looking appearance.
Sculptra was previously known as New-Fill and was launched in the U.K. in the year 2000. It was rebranded under the new name Sculptra in 2004 and is growing in popularity in the U.K. and Europe.
Sanofi Aventis used to distribute Sculptra for many years then Sinclair took over its distribution. In 2021 Galderma took over the distribution of Sculptra to the UK. Galderma are well know for the production and distribution of its toxin Azzalure and dermal filler range Restylane.
What is Sculptra made of?
Sculptra contains Poly-L-lactic acid a synthetic polymer of lactic acid; it does not require a skin test.
The body breaks down the Poly-L-lactic acid completely over several months, however, the results (new collagen growth) can last for up to 3 to 4 years.
Why consider a Sculptra treatment?
The advantage of Sculptra is that you can treat larger areas with a long-lasting result.
Sculptra helps with the following:
- Replace lost volume caused by ageing
- Smooth lines and wrinkles in the cheeks and chin
- Reduce deep folds and wrinkles
- Improve volume defects, e.g. sunken cheeks and temples
- Enhance facial contours
- Improve skin texture
Why consider a Sculptra treatment with Dr Teri
Sculptra is one of Dr Teri Johnson’s favourite treatments; in fact, she has Sculptra herself.
She trained in this procedure in 2008 and was then assessed in her clinic in Cheshire where she had to perform a series of Sculptra treatments before receiving her Sculptra Qualification.
Dr Teri has attended regular update courses and since then to improve her techniques and make sure she is up to date with current practice. Dr Teri follows the latest recommendations for preparing and administering the treatment, she uses a cannula to inject the product most of the time, but sometimes she still uses needles.
On average she performs around 3-5 Sculptra treatments a week at her clinic Cheshire Lasers in Middlewich.
How does Sculptra work?
The Poly-L-lactic acid in Sculptra stimulates collagen production in the areas it is injected to replace lost collagen and replenish volume in your face. The results develop slowly over time, giving you a natural-looking appearance.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required to achieve the desired effect depends on your age and how well you make collagen due to the product.
It also depends on how deep your wrinkles are as well as the amount of volume, lift and contouring you desire.
For optimal results, 2-4 treatments are usually required using between 2 and 6 vials of Sculptra. Treatments can be every six weeks. However, they can be spaced every 3 to 6 months if you are not in a rush to see the end results.
How long does Sculptra last?
In contrast to some other treatments that require frequent refresher sessions, clinical trials indicate that Sculptra is effective for up to three years and, in some cases, longer; most people find the results last around two or more years.
What happens during a Sculptra treatment:
Dr Teri performs all her Sculptra treatments at Cheshire Lasers Clinic in Middlewich.
She will make sure your face is thoroughly cleansed and will then apply a cream to numb the skin.
Photos will be taken of your face and you will be examined to decide which areas need treatment.
The treatment itself will take about 30 minutes, and Dr Teri will use either a cannula, a needle or both, depending on your needs.
Dr Teri will then massage your face and advise you about aftercare.
After Sculptra treatment:
Massage is very important after Sculptra treatments and should be performed for 5 minutes five times a day over the first five days.
After this, massage twice daily for 5 minutes for six weeks.
Massage is very important after Sculptra treatment it ensures the even distribution of the product in the tissue and ensures collagen production occurs evenly and not in clumps.
After treatment, you should notice gradual results over the next several weeks. In general, it takes approximately six weeks to see some effects and the effects continue to develop up to a year after treatment, sometimes even longer.
Common effects at the site of injection include:
- Mild Discomfort
These side effects generally resolve in 2-6 days.
Very Very Rare side effects include:
- Nodule formation (small bumps)
- Granuloma (tissue nodules)
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