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Is a facial filler which is different from the hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane. This is a synthetic product which we convert to collagen over a six week period of time. The advantage to Sculptra over the hyaluronic acids is the product is a particulate and not a cohesive gel. Gels stick together and if not injected well can create columns or beads. This can happen with sculptra as well if it is not injected well but it is less likely. It is this physical property which makes it a good filler for the mobile middle portion of the face. This is the region below the cheek bone but above the corners of the mouth.

As the product needs to be converted from what it is to collagen, there is a period of time required between injection and when the final results are actually seen. This is usually about four to six weeks. Sculptra helps create a more youthful appearance through a series of treatments. By replacing lost collagen in the face, we restore a natural youthful fullness.

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Your Sculptra will be performed in Dr. Robert Kessler's surgery center located in Corona Del Mar.


How Sculptra is used

Sculptra is an ideal facial filler for the mobile submalar region of the face and the pre-jowl area found on either side of the chin. Healthy men and women with mid-face volume loss over the age of 30 are great candidates for treatment with Sculptra. Performed in the office, injections take about 30 minutes. Anesthesia is not necessary for the non-invasive procedure because local anesthetic is included in the product.

Sculptra is made of a synthetic biocompatible and biodegradable material called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). Injections are made just under the skin in the submalar cheeks of the face, using specialized injection techniques. Sculptra may also be used in the marionette lines around the mouth, to improve the appearance of chin wrinkles, and to add volume in the mid-face.

Multiple injections are made during the procedure using a fine cannula. Repeat treatments may be needed 4-6 weeks after the initial injections to yield the best results.

Unlike the other facial fillers, facial massage is required after Sculptra injections. This is to increase blood flow in the region of the injection site to enhance the conversion of the product to collagen and avoid the formation of nodules.

The Results

If you have had hyaluronic acid fillers before this experience is completely different. Sculptra is dispersed throughout the region of the face with cannulas. Upon completion of the injections the face is often much more full than you would expect but this is predominantly the fluid used to deliver the Sculptra. This fluid is absorbed in 24 to 48 hours and then it looks as if nothing was done. Gradually over the subsequent four to six weeks do you see the facial volume appear. Cold compresses can be used to minimize any temporary soreness following treatment. There is no downtime associated with Sculptra injections but bruising and minor swelling are not uncommon. Makeup may be applied afterwards. Follow up at 4-6 weeks is required to assess the results and decide if further treatment is needed.

Patient Testimonial

Dr. Kessler is exceptional! Listening to his patient’s needs and concerns is important to him, while giving honest feedback. I also enjoy his professionalism and sense of humor. Dr. Kessler never tries to “sell” procedures he offers. In fact, he doesn’t need to since he’s quite talented in his field, and I’m sure he also has many returning patients It’s not easy finding a doctor like Dr. Kessler!

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Alex D. San Antonio,TX
Dr. Kessler is not only one of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met, he is also one of the finest highly skilled physicians around. He truly does care about every patient’s goals and will do whatever he can to help achieve those goals. I had a face/neck lift and...
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Debbie S., Cenby, OR, USA
As both a patient and a professional, Dr. Kessler is the best surgeon I have ever had the pleasure of being treated by, he has amazing surgical skill, takes all the time in the world with you during your care and has the highest standard for his work I have seen for many years. I have...
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Stephen P., Beverly Hills, CA, USA
I am so happy. I am so glad I came to Newport Beach in search of Dr Kessler. You have all made me feel just so ‘relaxed & confident’ in all aspects of this ‘thing’. Dr Kessler is a wonderful person, who is ethical, informative, sincere and a surgical ‘artist’. As I...
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Alejandra B., Mission Viejo, CA,, USA
It has been 6 months since the date of my surgery and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. As you may recall, my previous breast implants became encapsulated resulting in hard, tender and poorly shaped breasts. I was ashamed of how they looked. When my husband and I met with...
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Markee F., Irvine, Ca,USA
Dr. Kessler is definitely a “Best in Class” surgeon. His enthusiasm and love for what he does is evident the first time you meet him. The compassion and care that he gives his patients is beyond measure.He took the time to not only explain the surgery procedure and potential problems...
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Lee W., Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
Dr. Kessler is the most caring doctor I have ever met. The minute he walked into the examination room for my initial consult I liked him and it continues EVERY time I see him. I had a lower body lift and my arms done. I am so happy with his work. He is a perfectionist and it shows....
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Glory E., Dayton, OH, USA
My experience with Dr Rob Kessler was extremely pleasant and has changed my life in the most positive ways. He has performed numeous surgeries on me after I had lost weight with having a gastric stomach bypass. He has perfomed the following surgeries on me: A breast lift, lower body...
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Stephen P., Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Incredible results. Surgical center was great–lots of special care, made you feel very special, spent the night with one to one nursing care with an ICU nurse. Nurse anesthetist was great. VERY postive experience.
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