Sculptra Pre + Post Care Instructions

14 days Before Your Procedure

  • Inform your provider if you have a history of Perioral Herpes to receive advice on antiviral therapy prior to 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 (to prevent bruising): Avoid blood thinning over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve. Also, avoid herbal supplements, such as Garlic, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, and Omega-3 capsules.
  •  Please note: If you have a cardiovascular history, please check with your doctor prior to stopping use of Aspirin.
  • 3 DAYS BEFORE treatment: Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinols, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, or any “anti-aging” products. Also, avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or the use of hair removal cream on the area to be treated.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before (or after) your treatment to avoid extra bruising.
  • Avoid this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any of its ingredients, or suffer from any neurological disorders

Day of Your Procedure

  • Arrive to the office with a “clean face”. Please do not wear makeup. You may bring your own makeup to apply after your treatment.
  • Your treatment will last 30-45 minutes

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.
  • Stay in a vertical position for four hours following injection. DO NOT “rest your head” or lie down; sit upright.
  • To maximize your comfort during the procedure, a topical anesthetic may be applied. In some cases, a local numbing medication will be injected into or around the area(s) to be treated.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • Expect initial swelling to dissipate within the first week of your treatment. It may take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to see results from treatment.

Recuperation + Healing

  • Massage the areas treated in a circular motion 5 times a day, for 5 minutes each time, for 5 days after treatment.
  • You may have swelling, tenderness, and bruising at the injection site.
  • 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.

Avoid the Following

  • Avoid this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any of its ingredients, or suffer from any neurological disorders.
  • 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.

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.
  • Are experiencing significant pain that is not relieved by the recommended pain medication listed in recuperation and healing section.
  • Develop severe swelling, redness, or bruising that is not getting better after two weeks.

Follow-up

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

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