Sculptra Pre + Post Care Instructions

Before Your Treatment

  • AVOID dental work (including standard teeth cleaning) at least 2 weeks prior to treatment and one month following treatment.
  • AVOID oral surgery at least 4 weeks prior to treatment and one month following treatment.
    4 DAYS BEFORE treatment, do not ingest blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve. 
    • If you have a cardiovascular history, please check with your doctor prior to stopping the use of blood thinners.
  • AVOID herbal supplements, such as Garlic, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, and Omega-3 capsules.
  • 24 HOURS BEFORE treatment, do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • If you have a history of Herpes or cold sores, a course of anti-viral medication before and after treatment is required. Please call our office for a prescription.

Day of Your Treatment

  • Please come to the office without make-up, creams, gels, or lotions on treatment areas.
    To maximize your comfort during the procedure, a topical anesthetic may be applied.
  • To ensure a smooth and even correction, your provider may massage the area(s) treated, which may cause a temporary, minimal amount of redness to your skin.

What to Expect

  • You may experience a mild amount of tenderness or a stinging sensation following injection
  • Redness and swelling are normal. Some bruising may also be visible.
  • Depending upon the area(s) treated and product(s) used, you may feel “firmness” in the treated area(s) for 1 to 2 weeks after treatment. Over time, the area(s) will soften and “settle”.

After Your Treatment

  • AVOID exercise or strenuous activities for the remainder of the treatment day; you may resume other normal activities/routines immediately.
  • AVOID extended UV exposure until any redness/swelling has subsided. Be sure to apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.
  • Massage the areas treated in a circular motion 5 times a day, for 5 minutes each time, for 5 days after treatment.
  • Wait a minimum of 2 weeks (or as directed by your provider) before receiving laser treatments.
  • You may take Acetaminophen/Tylenol if you experience any mild tenderness or discomfort.
  • You may apply an ice or cold gel pack to the area(s) treated (avoiding pressure) as this helps reduce swelling and the potential for bruising.
  • Once you have adequately cooled/iced the area(s) as instructed and any pinpoint bleeding from the injection site(s) has subsided, you may begin wearing makeup

Contact our Office

  • If you develop signs of infection (increasing swelling, pain, heat, or surrounding redness) or if the treated area appears to be getting worse.
  • If you are experiencing significant pain that is not relieved by the recommended pain medication listed in recuperation and healing section.
  • If you develop severe swelling, redness, or bruising, that is not getting better after two weeks.


  • 3-4 weeks after each treatment.
  • Additional treatment sessions at 3-4 weeks intervals may be recommended

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