What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler used to restore fullness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines in the face. Unlike some other fillers that are made with hyaluronic acid, Sculptra is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and formulated with poly-L-lactic acid that allows for the production of collagen and a tighter and toner mid-facial region. Plastic surgeon Dr. Manish Shah and the staff at Shah Aesthetic Surgery now offer Sculptra to the men and women of the Denver, CO area.
"My Muscle Wall Gave Way Giving my Abdomen an Unsightly Large Buldge - Denver, CO - I met Dr Shah in 2007 when he did a face lift for me. I was really happy with the results. When I found out no amount of diet and exercise would remedy the problem with my abdomen I contacted him. and even through I no longer live in Colorado, I knew he was the doctor I wanted to perform my surgery.I am a little over four weeks after surgery and I am thrilled with the results. I am 66 years old and healing well and now I have the tummy I have dreamed of having.Thank you Dr Shah I appreciate your skill and care!"- D. / RealSelf / Sep 05, 2015
"Had 2 Surgeries, Nose Still Crooked - Overall it seems that people have good experiences with Dr. Shah so mine may be the outlier, but I am not really happy with my results and the process. I had Rhinoplasty done nearly 3 years ago now, that was also an osteotomy. The first issue was a mismatch of expectations. I realize everybody heals differently but I was told that I wouldn't bruise badly due to my skin type and being male. After the first surgery I had black eyes for 3 months. After waiting for a long period of healing 1+ year, I still had a large dorsal hump, and my nose turns to the left, something that wasn't there pre-surgery. After a year, Dr. Shah was nice enough to do a free revision in his office (minus the cost of surgery supplies). We had agreed to fix the dorsal hump, straighten out the nose and take down the tip a little. After this revision the dorsal hump part was fixed but the nose was still crooked and the tip wasn't taken down. We also used part of my ear to graft a piece of cartilage. I was told the scar wouldn't be noticeable, but its very noticeable 1.5 years later and people have asked me about it. After 6 months I went back and we talked about how the tip still wasn't straight. He recommended I try bend my nose with a popsicle stick daily and said we'd have to wait 1 to 1.5 years after the revision to consider another revision. I did all the exercises and then coronavirus hit so I just waited until it had been 1.5 years post surgery and still my nose was crooked. At this additional 1.5 year follow-up visit, he recommended I tape my nose to my cheek every night to help bend it and said he didn't think surgery was a good at this point and to re-evaluate in another 6 months. At this point 3 years in, i'm not really willing to wait another 6 months, nor do I think taping my nose to my cheek while I sleep is going to be sufficient. This may help to some degree, and I'm not a surgeon obviously, but I feel like 2 surgeries should have created a straight nose, a problem that didn't exist before the first surgery. Overall I really want to like Dr. Shah and people have good experiences with him. But after thousands of dollars, 3 years, and a crooked nose the results are the results. I will be setting up a consultation with another doctor in Denver to get a second opinion on a tip-plasty revision"- P. / RealSelf / Oct 22, 2020
"Dr Shah is the best! I’ve been to several doctors in the past and none compare to Dr Shah! His bed side manner is kind, compassionate and professional! He is a bucket of knowledge and has the skills to back it up. He has helped me through a terrible time in my life that I suffered for many years being told that there was nothing that could be done. When I first saw Dr Shah I felt like he heard me and gave me hope. He fixed some lumps on my face that other’s just kept trying to cover up and making it worse. Dr shah gets to the heart of what is going on. He’s wonderful at dissecting what the issues are and being by your side to get you feeling better and looking beautiful. I will never trust my face to anyone else. We still have some corrections from the other prior doctors and he once again is amazing to me. He makes you feel completely secure and helps me to understand the process and the best solutions for my healing. The staff is so wonderful, kind and caring. They make you feel at home and that you matter to them. If you need a doctor for "fun" things or to fix a problem, Dr Shah is your guy! I like to call him the face fixer! I am so grateful that I moved to Colorado and found him. My life really has changed for the better with my first procedure and I know that he can fix the rest! I know whatever he does I will look better than I could ever have imagined. He really is the kindest, most compassionate, gentle doctors I have ever come across. And bonus, he’s always upbeat, positive and full of life. You can definitely tell he loves what he does, and loves to help people feel their best!"- L.R. / Yelp / Sep 17, 2020
"I came to Dr. Shah the fall of 2019 seeking a revision rhinoplasty. Let me provide a backstory to my experience. Approximately 13 years ago, I received my initial rhinoplasty from a well-known and supposedly "top tier" plastic surgeon in Denver. After the initial surgery and several follow-up "corrections," this surgeon left my nose not only completely disfigured and disproportionate for my face, but also did not correctly support the tip, and so I was left with what was essentially lopsided scar tissue on top of a droopy columella. Sadly, after handing over nearly $10k, I could tell something was amiss even before the cast was removed. As a revision specialist, Dr. Shah determined right off the bat exactly what was wrong with my nose and how to fix it. While the COVID pandemic interfered with my original surgery date, Dr. Shah and his team worked efficiently to get me rescheduled once it was safe to proceed with surgery. There are very few individuals with both the knowledge and skill to become a plastic surgeon, let alone having the artistic ability and finesse to bring these components together -- AND correct someone else's mistake. I look forward to our long and substantiated relationship. Thank you to both Dr. Shah and his fabulous team."- D.D. / Google / Sep 11, 2020
"The best ever! Dr. Shah will speak with you and hear you. He is great and his staff is great. For 20 years I dreamed of what they made happen. I cannot recommend enough. He will tell you the hard truth, but he will also help you figure out how to make things happen."- P.K. / Google / Aug 30, 2020
Sculptra injections are for candidates with healthy immune systems that want to restore facial volume without having surgical implants. Sculptra may be a good option for those who want to correct shallow to deep nasolabial fold (sometimes called laugh or smile lines) deficiencies and other facial wrinkles. It’s best to consult with Dr. Shah to assess your skin condition and go over treatment options.
Our Injection Technique
Sculptra injections are administered in one of our comfortable procedure rooms. One of our trained physicians will sterilize, numb the skin with a local anesthetic or numbing gel, and mark the injection sites. The specially formulated filler is then injected into deep skin tissue at the marked sites. Typically, a patient requires a series of 3 – 4 Sculptra treatments at the Denver office of Shah Aesthetic Surgery over the period of a few months, but Dr. Shah will tailor the sessions for you.
What to Expect
After your Sculptra treatment, you may experience injection site swelling, tenderness, redness, pain, bruising, bleeding, itching, and sometimes lumps. These symptoms should resolve themselves naturally in about 3 – 5 days. You may be asked to apply cold packs to the swelling, apply a facial massage a few times a day to the treated area, and avoid sunlight and UV lamp exposure. Once the swelling disappears, the collagen stimulation process begins and facial change is noticeable. Results can be visible for up to two years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Sculptra cost?
The cost of Sculptra injections can vary due to the amount that is needed for your specific treatment. Also, other treatments may be performed in conjunction with Sculptra, affecting the cost. All costs and procedures will be detailed in your consultation with Dr. Shah to go along with a carefully laid treatment plan that fits your budget.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is formulated with poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) to stimulate collagen, an important protein produced by the body. PLLA is the same substance used in dissolvable sutures, which stimulates collagen to heal cuts. As more collagen is produced, the skin becomes rejuvenated and fills out folds and wrinkles in the face.
Are Sculptra injections safe?
Most aesthetic injections are safe and Sculptra is no exception. Sculptra has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been deemed safe for over 20 years. There are common side effects, like slight pain, bruising, inflammation, and redness, but these go away in just a few days. If you ever experience any side effect from any of our treatments that lasts longer than usual or is abnormal, contact us immediately.
What is the best age to receive Sculptra?
Sculptra is beneficial for a number of different individuals who desire a healthy appearance to their face without the wrinkles. At Shah Aesthetic Surgery, we have patients ranging from their mid 20s to those in their late 50s. The important thing is that patients have a healthy immune system before undergoing this type of treatment.
How long do results last?
Results are noticeable after the swelling goes down, and due to the continued collagen production, results continue to appear over time. Most of Dr. Shah’s patients receive multiple Sculptra treatments and usually continue to see results that can last up to two years.
Plan Your Procedure
Sculpt A Youthful Face
Sculptra aesthetic injections at Shah Aesthetic Surgery in Denver, CO are minimally invasive and works over time, gradually improving areas in your face without making it look like you had surgery. Plastic surgeon Dr. Manish Shah will sit down with you to go over your skin goals and any concerns you may have during your initial consultation. He will develop a custom treatment plan that works for you and your budget. Contact our Denver, CO office and schedule an appointment.