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Sculptra- a personal experience

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January 12, 2011 Reviewed by admin 20 Comments
Hello my friends,

I wanted to talk to you about Sculptra treatment as I've been having it for a year now. Here is a bit about me. I lecture Sports and Exercise Science and Nutition at the University here in Leeds, UK and I also worked as personal trainer/anti aging specialist in my spare time. Physically I have always been very fit, ate the right stuff and looked after my skin.

A few years ago I, unfortunately, had a bad accident where I was attacked and robbed and was in a coma for 11 months. I awoke with many injuries and have battled with them for years now having had many surgeries. One injury was that the right hand side of my face was stamped on and my jaw and cheek was completely smashed in. They were stabilised by a very good surgeon who kept all scarring to a minimum.

But the nice cheek bones that I used to have, well, one of them was now missing as the muscle had died from the blows to my face and the bone had been broken too. It really bothered me, I felt lop sided and odd, and really paranoid about looking this way. Peels and treatments had got rid of the scarring and marking to my face and my skin was looking really amazing but every time I looked in the mirror I saw this and it reminded me of the whole incident.

So  I started reading and decided Sculptra was the way forward. I found a really brilliant person to do it and chatted about it for ages and ages and then went ahead and booked my appointment.

Now, Sculptra is made of poly-lactic acid so it’s a natural substance that grows collagen. It's natural so chances of rejection are minimized and it looks natural as its not a nasty, gloopy fast-drying filler and it lasts for ages and ages,, in fact for up to 3 years!

When it came to the day of my treatment, I was really excited. It may sound stupid but I could not sleep the night before as I knew I was starting something that would hopefully help me get my confidence back. When I arrived at the clinic, I was plastered with Emla cream, which numbs the skin.

After half an hour it was wiped away and photographs were taken of my face. So progress could be seen and monitored. The lady discussed where she was going to apply the Sculptra and why.  She would rebuild my cheek area since I had gone slightly hollow in the lower face area after being poorly and, I guess, the aging process. She also said the temples go hollow with age and she would put some in those areas.

Next came the injections. Loads and loads and loads of them. Yikes, I was injected quite deep into the tissue of my face and after a while it really hurt as the numbing sensation gradually wore off. Two viles of the stuff was injected into my face. It bled a little but not much. Then came the massage bit. She massaged the areas deeply to spread the liquid evenly and it made a really weird squidgy noise, quite unsettling. All done and I looked in the mirror and it was amazing,, I was very swollen but the swelling was showing how it would eventually look.

I was instructed to massage my face deeply twice a day at least for 6 weeks, the time it takes for the new collagen to form.  Massaging it deeply would stop me getting lumpy bits of collagen growth and make it more even. I was really sore for 3 days and did have some bruising.

Sculptra is done in stages, the initial treatment needs 6 viles of the stuff: two viles every 6 weeks.

Well I'm all done now - I've had the lot and you wont believe the change. I have my new cheek, I have fullness and plumpness to my face again that’s lifted the whole face area!!! My temples have slightly filled out and I must say its taken years off my face . Something else that was exciting when I had my second lot I bled!!!! A lot!!! Exciting? I hear you say is he mad? The new collagen growth was being fed by a new network of blood vessels that had also grown and so my general skin condition had improved massively. Perfect.

The down side is its really expensive. It is expensive for the clinics to buy the stuff and then they charge for putting it it. So 6 viles cost me £2,400, a lot of money. It will last years and years though  and I can have a top up yearly of 1 vile to maintain the results for ever and ever.

It looks so natural and not only have I got my cheek back but I've got my youth back. We can put creams and serums on our faces until the cows come home but aging is so much more. Our faces lose fat and muscle, get thinner and we lose definition in lots of areas. This stuff is like a liquid facelift and its so worth it.. I'm so happy.  I really am so happy. Ive got my new cheek and I look in the mirror now and see the old Danny - how I was before this upset in life. In fact its taken years off me.

Thank you all for reading and if you want any advice about the treatment or have any questions just ask.
  • March 11, 2017

    by Sophie Ahmad

    Hi, I had sculptra 4 viles I have not noticed much difference.! Its been 2 months so I am not sure how long you are supposed t o wait for? thank you. You look great!

  • February 12, 2015

    by gary

    I had my face injected with Sculptra at the royal free Hampstead . They allowed 2 different doctors inject my face, both causing significant disfigurement. I was told that it was injected as a filler and not a to add volume. I have my right eye tear trough totally full of this stuff. Then the left cheek which is lumpy and irregular - and also the centre of my left-side face has a big lump. There was never any attempt by the royal free to correct it. The also accept no responsibility and I am left with the disfigurement for life . It also ages the face by twenty years, if it is not injected properly.

  • October 9, 2014

    by cathy

    I have had 4 vivals and its been 5 months since my first treatment. I see no results. How long before you see results and does it work on everyone???

  • September 8, 2014

    by Dee

    Sculptra is not natural. It is a polymer plastic that breaks down over many years and might end up as lactic acid (which is naturally occurring in small amounts). I was disfigured by this medical device. In the wrong doctors hands it is very dangerous. It works by causing injury and fibrosis triggering an immune response. There is the risk of a granulomatous foreign body response that is painful and disfigureing. It can not be remove when it goes wrong as these small polymer crystals are throughout the soft tissue. Fibrosis is scaring. Please do not think this stuff is without risk.

  • December 26, 2012

    by Misty

    Hi, i would like to consult with you about deep pitted acne scars and also a line scar. how does someone privately contact you?

  • October 29, 2012

    by susan warner

    Oh Danny, you look terrific. You must be so chuffed.
    Isnt it fantastic that these treatments are available?
    Imagine how life would have been for you 20 years ago.

  • January 14, 2012

    by Diann Anderson

    Danny.thnak u so much for the info.Now im next to have this done.the Dr. says I only need one vital.I have just a litlle.Now im also set to have an obagi blue peel done first and I will wait about 2/12 weeks then go inand have the procedure scared to have the prcedure first then obagi.Now obagi generates new collagen but not like sculptra..when the first time leave some volume in your face after it goes down?..thank you

  • November 15, 2011

    by Maz

    I've had sculptra. I had 2 vials in September this year and 1 in October. It was a 'value' reduction in price, it cost me £800 for the 3 vials. Apparently 1 vial is normally £400 at the clinic I went to.
    My face had suddenly gone saggy it looked awful - to me at least.
    My doctor is an NHS consultant in maxillo-facial surgery and he has been using sculptra on NHS patients for years so he's well qualified.
    He told me the effects go on evolving for 6 months and normally last about 2 years.
    I didn't have emla cream the first time and it hurt like hell, so I asked for emla the 2nd visit - they charged me £5 for it - and it seemed to help. My face is fatter now which was a shock at first, I must have got used to looking gaunt. People have told me I look younger. I like the effect now. I didn't bruise at all.

  • May 20, 2011

    by teresa

    has your skin condition improved

  • January 17, 2011

    by Lynda

    Amazing. Thank you for your detailed response. It is most appreciated.

  • January 14, 2011

    by Dannyengland

    Right,, i did look into both products and the reasons i chose Sculptra were the results improved over time and were longer lasting. Also the Poly-L- lactic acid regrew my skins own collagen and the new blood supply that feeds it so my over all skin improved vastly. radiesse gives an immediate result but long term Sculptra won hands down as the results can lasty upto 5 years in some cases and the results are far more natural looking. After the first two Vials i slowly saw the areas plump up as if i could see the new collagen growth happening. An amazing experience to see. the same happened time after time with every bit i had. Infact new studies have shown that the new Collagen growth can keep on growing for upto 9 months after the first treatment!!!

    Botox when first used will last for 3 months,,the longer you have it done the longer is lasts as the muscles become weakened. I have it as some of the nerves were damaged in my face and it keeps the area from sagging and my treatment lasts a year!!!! Sculptra can last at least 2 years and upto 5. If you keep up with one vial top ups the treatment can be permenant. it really is great stuff

  • January 13, 2011

    by Lynda

    Thanks for this personal, courageous story. Questions: did you compare Sculptra to Radiesse? Just wondering, as there are several products from different companies to be considered. Thanks again.

  • January 13, 2011

    by colinmack

    Thank you for sharing your story. How long does the sculptra last? I know Botox last for a few months so I'm curious to know. I too am very interested in reading your story.

  • January 12, 2011

    by Susan

    Thank you very much for sharing your shattering experience. However much you've been healed outwardly, you've had to go through much more on the inside.
    Take good care,

  • January 12, 2011

    by Marylea

    Danny - you are an inspiration! Yes, please write more for us to learn from. This was an amazing article. I wish you all the best in your "new life!"

  • January 12, 2011

    by Mark

    Danny -
    not everyone would be willing to share such a personal experience, but I am glad you have as it may help many more. There are new fillers, treatments and technology rapidly coming out that offer many options for us all to consider for our particular needs. It is encouraging to see how you have availed yourself of all that is out there and in so doing, obviously have improved your life.
    Looking good is not always about vanity, but about how we view ourselves and gaining a confidence we may have lost or not ever have had. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your next post.

  • January 12, 2011

    by Sandy

    It's wonderful that you were able to find something that helped reduce some of the trauma you've suffered from this horrible attack.

  • January 12, 2011

    by Kathy

    I looove Sculptra too! I think it can work miracles-- and judging by your story, it has. I am so happy for you! All the best to you~

  • January 12, 2011

    by Dannyengland

    Your wish is my command . I shall start on the article tomorrow . It may be a long one mind you. I think it will make you laugh and cry and be amazed at what I had to do to remove the scarring . Hope your having a wonderful New Year xxx Danny

  • January 12, 2011

    by Junko

    Danny, I'm hoping that you'll share your scar reducing treatments/producedures with us all next!

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