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 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 5 Sculptra treatments a week at her clinic Cheshire Lasers in Middlewich.
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 however Sinclair took over its distribution a few years ago.
The advantage of Sculptra is that you can treat larger areas with a long-lasting result.
What 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.
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
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 6 weeks, however, they can be spaced every 3-6 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 al her Sculptra treatments at Cheshire Lasers Clinic.
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, 5 times a day over the first 5 days.
After this massage twice daily for 5 minutes for 6 weeks.
Massage is very important after Sculptra treatment it ensures the even distribution of the product in the tissue and makes sure 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 yo 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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