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
"Helen is simply the best and a total doll! I have been seeing her for over 12 years now for dysport injections and not only is it painless, I come out flawless every time!"- A.R. / Google / Jul 01, 2020
"Lipo Arms, Upper back, bra rolls, upper chest,abdomen,inner thighs - I've had some lipo done before which had a positive impact on my actual body shape( lower ab/ flanks). I lose and gain weight often due to depression so i've been working on it. This time, when I gained weight it looks went to my upper body is a serious way. Also i've gained visceral fat in my upper abdomen that can only be reduced by diet and exercise, so that's my current task . In the meantime , i've grown tired or this heavier weight up top so i've been researching doctors for a few months around Texas. I also had consults with surgeons in Atlanta and Miami . I was attracted to those flashier doctors at first because they do really aggressive lipo and I feel like I need aggressive especially since i've had some lipo before. That means there will be scar tissue in some areas that will be tougher to maneuver. I'm not interested in a BBL or fat transfer. I'm never going to be a skinny person nor am I gym rat often enough to build and maintain a 6 pack and perfect toned arms and legs. I'm not saying it's impossible but it is improbable. I'm realistic about my expectations with lipo so I know that once this procedure is done , i still have work to do in order to get the upper abs to flatten. In any case , I decided against the Miami doctors because I saw a lot of stories online about women dying on the operating table from various missteps of the surgeons. Of course I know not all Miami doctors are bad but I saw enough. The Miami price are very cheap and tempting. I saw a lot of reviews about women saying they felt like they were in an assembly line and the doctors just rush and bring people in and out. I wanted to save money but not for that much additional risk . Elective surgery is a risk all together-but why add on more risk unnecessarily. So I started to look at smaller boutique surgery centers and found several in my own city which is Austin Texas. From start to finish I had 8 consults. I decided on Dr. Levesque here in Austin and he has a fairly small operation with privileges at a local surgery center. He offers liposuction under general or local- depending on how much work you want and if you want to be fully under . I felt a great vibe from the staff and the prices were fair and I was able to choose general because I didn't want local based on a prior scary experience with a bad doctor. I know i'm the type who needs to just be put under. Of course there are extra costs to go to the surgery center and for an anesthesiologist. Small price to pay for my sanity and surgeons can be more aggressive while you're under and the results tend to be better . The downside( in my opinion) is that the recovery is harder when you go under general because the doctor can just go to town on you pretty forcefully so you're sore. My surgery is tomorrow- May 15th. I'm nervous but I've been in this process before so i'm fully prepared , lol or I think I am. I'm getting lipo to my back, arms, bra roll, inner thighs and some touch up on the abs."- T. / RealSelf / May 15, 2020
"What a joy to work with Helen Klingensmith! Helen has been my preferred provider for Dysport for many years and I’m so pleased to be connected with her through Levesque Plastic Surgery. Her bedside manner is unprecedented...she is very thorough and always explains what to expect and is very compassionate. Her technique is unrivaled — I have NEVER even had so much as a pinpoint bruise. I highly respect Helen and recommend her without hesitation."- G.R. / Google / Jul 12, 2019
"Dr. Levesque and his staff are the best you will ever find, as health care professionals and as people. I will miss visiting with them, now that the jaw reconstruction is complete."- M.M. / Yelp / Jul 09, 2019
Sculptra Ideal Candidates
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.
Sculptra Procedure Technique
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.
Sculptra 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.
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.