Sculptra treatments typically take less well under an hour from arrival to the time you walk out of the office. Patients can usually resume their normal day’s activities almost immediately. Technically, there is no actual downtime, however, like with any dermal fillers, there may be some swelling at the injection sites which will generally resolve within a week. Mild to moderate bruising, tenderness, itching, and redness are other common side-effects. Do not get a facial or massage for 2 weeks after your filler procedure. Avoid strenuous workouts and alcohol for 24 hours if possible.
Post Treatment ‘Best Practices’ Instructions
- Gently massage the treated areas a few times a day for about 5 minutes for the first 5 days after treatment to distribute solution and help prevent nodule formation. This may be uncomfortable and even painful for the first few days, but it can help enhance the results. The easiest time to massage is when the face is moistened with cleanser or moisturizer.
- Holding ice packs on the treated areas gently for about 3-5 minutes a few times that day will mitigate any swelling you experience.
- Makeup can be worn a few hours after the treatment.
A few days after treatment, you will look as you did before treatment. This is normal because the liquid delivering the collagen stimulation chemical (Poly-L-lactic acid) will distribute and dissipate. This is when the Poly-L-lactic acid takes over and begins its process. The results come gradually as collagen is being rebuilt.
A possible side effect can be the delayed appearance of tiny nodules under the skin up to 12 months after treatment. They are palpable, but not visible. The development can be minimized by following the post treatment massage instructions.