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Sculptra: Pre and Post Treatment Instructions

Seaport Medspa Sculptra

Unlike other dermal fillers that provide immediate results, Sculptra, by Galderma works differently. It stimulates collagen production in the skin gradually over time, leading to a more youthful and natural-looking appearance. Collagen is a protein that helps maintain the skin's elasticity and firmness. As we age, collagen production decreases, resulting in the formation of wrinkles and loss of facial volume. Sculptra helps to counteract this process by stimulating collagen synthesis, which can improve the skin's texture and restore lost volume.

Before Getting Sculptra by medical professional at Seaport Medspa it is important to follow these pre and post treatment instructions.

Sculptra Pre-Care

Upcoming Special Event?

If you have a special event or vacation coming up, please keep in mind that you should schedule your treatment at least 4-weeks in advance.

Avoid These Activities for 4-weeks Prior To Appointment

Patients should avoid the following 4-weeks before receiving Sculptra:

  1. Dental cleaning or dental work

  2. Surgery of any kind

  3. Internal device placement

  4. Tattoos or permanent makeup

  5. All vaccines

Avoid Facial Treatments for 2-weeks

We recommend waiting 2-weeks before receiving Sculptra to have any other cosmetic facial treatments, including laser, ultrasound, peel, facials, micro needling and microdermabrasion.

Avoid For 1-Week Prior To Treatment

It is recommended to discontinue aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve), platelet inhibitors, anticoagulants, fish oil, vitamin E, vitamin A, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, garlic, kava kava, celery root and any other herbal or homeopathic remedies that may contribute to bleeding risk at least 1-week prior to Sculptra injections. Please consult with your primary care provider prior to discontinuing any of these medications.

Avoid Retinols 3-Days Prior to Treatment

We recommend discontinuing products containing retinols (Retin-A) 3-days prior to treatments to avoid increased redness and irritation.

No Alcohol, Niacin And Cigarettes For 48-Hours

Avoid alcohol, niacin supplements and cigarettes 48-hours before your treatment, as these may contribute to increased swelling, bruising, and irritation. Limit caffeine intake.

Have a cold?

If you develop a cold, cold sore, blemish or rash in the area to be treated prior to your appointment, please wait at least 2-weeks to reschedule.

Had A Facelift?

Sculptra is not generally recommended if you have a history of surgical facelifts/implants in the past. We do not treat patients who have had Bellafill in the past.

Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

Do not receive Sculptra if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

History of a neuromuscular or immunosuppressive disorder?

If you have a history of a neuromuscular or immunosuppressive disorder, please get a signed note from your treating provider authorizing the use of Sculptra.

History of Cold Sores?

If you have a history of cold sores, we recommend you are pretreated with valacyclovir prior to your injections. Please let us know if you need a prescription called into your pharmacy.

Feeling Sick?

If you develop a cold/flu, COVID, cold sore, blemish or rash, etc. in the area to be treated prior to your appointment, we recommend you reschedule your appointment until it resolves.

Avoid Wearing Makeup To Your Sculptra Appointment

Please come to your Sculptra appointment with NO makeup on if possible.

Sculptra Post-Care

Massage Area Using The 5-5-5 Rule

You must massage the treated areas using the 5-5-5 rule: Massage areas 5 times a day for 5 minutes each time, for the next 5 days. If you had Sculptra in the neck, massage one side of the neck at a time, and massage in an upward direction.

Avoid These Activities For 48-Hours

After receiving Sculptra patients should avoid straining, heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, exposure to extreme cold, niacin supplements, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages for 48-hours following treatment.

No Makeup For 24-Hours

Wearing makeup is not recommended for the next 24-hours.

No Aesthetic Treatments For 2-Weeks

Patients that received Sculptra should wait 2-weeks before having any other medical aesthetic treatments.

Use of Cold Packs

Cold packs may be applied to areas of swelling after injections.

Use Gentle Cleansers for 24-Hours

Patients are recommended to use gentle cleansers and light washing for 24-hours after receiving Sculptra.

See A Small Bump?

If you have a small bump that remains 5-weeks after your Sculptra treatment, please let us know and we will see you back in the office to resolve it.

No Dental Work, Vaccines, Surgeries, Tattoos For 4-Weeks

Patients should avoid dental work, vaccines, surgeries, tattoos or permanent makeup for 4-weeks after their Sculptra appointment.

Common Side Effects After Sculptra

Common side effects after Sculptra include swelling, bruising, tenderness/soreness, lumps, redness, and itching at the injection sites. Cold packs can help improve these. Please notify Seaport Medspa immediately for any intense areas of pain or significant bruising.

Getting The Best Results

During a Sculptra treatment, a medical professional at Seaport Medspa injects the product into specific areas of the face. Multiple treatment sessions are typically required, spaced several weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. Over the following weeks and months, as the body produces new collagen, the effects of Sculptra become gradually noticeable. We recommend at the time of your Sculptra treatment to schedule your next appointment to maintain your desired look.


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