Loss of volume occurs naturally as we age, particularly in the middle of the face as the cheeks become flat and hollow. To remedy this, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andre Y. Levesque offers Sculptra Aesthetic, a poly-L-lactic acid-based dermal filler that allows for longer-lasting and deeper volume replacement in the apples of the cheeks. In addition to restoring the fullness of the cheeks, Sculptra can decrease the appearance of shallow to deep lines and wrinkles, including the nasolabial folds (also known as smile or laugh lines) that start at the outside of the nose to the corners of the mouth. With its unique formula, Sculptra increases the natural production of collagen in your body. This means that even if you stop treatments, your skin will still be healthier compared to before you began receiving Sculptra injections. Schedule an appointment at Levesque Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX to hear about the benefits of this impressive dermal filler.
"I went to Dr. Levesque for some liposuction on the hard to lose areas of my thighs and flanks. He made sure my expectations were realistic and exactly what he could and couldn't do. He was very detailed in describing the procedure and very patient with questions. It is very obvious he truly cares about his patients and won't just do any procedure a patient wants, but will do what he can to ensure the patient will be happy with the results. For example, I wanted lipo on my rear end. Alot of it. He told me that if he did too much, I would get saggy and explained clearly why what I wanted wasn't a good idea. Other plastic surgeons might have just done it anyway. I felt extremely comfortable with him and trusted him completely. I'm very glad I did! I am extremely happy with my results and would never hesitate to do another procedure with him."- J.H. / Google / May 10, 2019
"After being diagnosed with the BRCA2 mutation I was given a recommendation for Dr. Levesque while he was at Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Al. I arrived at his office to discuss bilateral mastectomies and frankly I was scared to death. He immediately calmed my fears with his awesome bedside manner. Throughout the process of the mastectomies and the reconstruction he was the most kind, considerate, accommodating surgeon I had ever met. As an RN of 26 years, I’ve had the opportunity to see many patient-physician interactions and his is by far above the typical personality and behaviors of many surgeons. In this day we have many choices out there, why not choose the best! I would highly recommend this physician to anyone! You will not be disappointed!"- T.N. / Facebook / Apr 03, 2019
"After being diagnosed with the BRCA2 mutation I was given a recommendation for Dr. Levesque while he was at Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Al. I arrived at his office to discuss bilateral mastectomies and frankly I was scared to death. He immediately calmed my fears with his awesome bedside manner. Throughout the process of the mastectomies and the reconstruction he was the most kind, considerate, accommodating surgeon I had ever met. I would highly recommend this physician to anyone! You will not be disappointed!"- T.N. / Facebook / Apr 03, 2019
"I Have Cheeks Again! - Though I was somewhat apprehensive about taking this step, Dr. Levesque's friendly and professional manner put me at ease immediately. He met with me ahead of time to patiently explain what to expect at every step in the process and kept me engaged and relaxed throughout the procedure. I am pleased with my results and highly recommend Dr. Levesque and his staff at Devenir."- S. / RealSelf / Aug 15, 2018
"I highly recommend Dr. Levesque! - I cannot express enough how impressed I am with Dr. Levesque. I first met with him in August to discuss a surgery and he answered all of my questions plus gave me additional information I hadn't thought of. I did go see two other surgeons to do my due diligence. After seeing all three, hands down Dr. Levesque was my favorite. He was very honest, didn't try to "up sell me", personable and..."- J. / RealSelf / Feb 01, 2019
Sculptra is ideal for patients who want to boost fullness in their cheeks without surgical implants. Some candidates may have naturally thin cheeks, while others experience volume loss with age. Sculptra dermal filler can also be used to treat shallow to deep facial lines and wrinkles, such as the nasolabial folds, chin wrinkles, and marionette lines. Because Sculptra helps to boost the body's natural production of collagen, many patients will see a visible improvement in the appearance and overall health of their skin.
After your consultation to determine your custom treatment plan, you will receive your Sculptra injections in one of our minor procedure rooms. The injector may apply a numbing cream or local anesthetic before cleaning and marking the areas to be injected. Once you are ready, the filler will be injected into the deeper layers of the skin at the selected sites. For best results, Dr. Levesque suggests a series of four Sculptra injections. Each session will be performed at Levesque Plastic Surgery about three weeks apart.
What to Expect
After your treatment, you may have mild to moderate redness, swelling, tenderness, or bruising at the sites of injections that should heal naturally in 3 – 5 days. To speed healing, you can apply cold packs to the treated areas. You should avoid UV exposure as much as possible after your injection and use sun protection. Most patients will have improvements right after their Sculptra treatment with complete results developing after 3 – 5 months. The effects of your treatment will be fully realized once the natural production of collagen encouraged by Sculptra strengthens the skin. When performed as a series of injections over the course of 3 – 4 months, your results can last up to two years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Sculptra cost?
Treatments with Sculptra can range in price depending on how much you require to achieve your goals. Some patients may need multiple injections for their optimal outcome. During your initial consultation, Dr. Levesque will listen to your goals and customize a treatment plan for your specific budget.
How does Sculptra work?
Using poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), Sculptra is a collagen stimulator. It can help to restore the skin’s elasticity and volume over time as more collagen is formed. This added collagen can effectively plump moderate to severe lines and wrinkles.
Are Sculptra injections safe?
Sculptra is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and has been used safely around the world since 1999. Side effects are rare and usually mild but can include slight pain, bruising, redness, and swelling. In some cases, small bumps may appear when pressure is applied to the injection site. Please contact our office if you have any questions or experience any concerns.
What's the best age to start Sculptra treatments?
A treatment with Sculptra can help if you want to reduce the appearance of static lines and wrinkles. It is ideal to improve chin wrinkles, lines surrounding the mouth, and the nasolabial folds. Commonly, men and women tend to receive Sculptra treatments starting around their late 30s to early 50s. However, Sculptra can be used on most patients as long as they are over the age of 18 years old.
How long will my results last?
For longer-lasting results, some patients may require several Sculptra treatment sessions. A major advantage Sculptra has over other fillers it that the results usually last up to two years. Since Sculptra continues to increase the natural production of collagen in your skin, results take longer to appear but are more lasting.
Sculpt A Youthful Face
Improve the smoothness and volume of your face with nonsurgical Sculptra Aesthetic dermal filler treatments at Levesque Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andre Y. Levesque will help you determine if Sculptra is best for your concerns and needs during your consultation. Contact our cosmetic office to schedule your consultation for Sculptra injections or one of our other services.