To achieve the best effects with Sculptra®, it is important to follow all of your doctor’s advice about the aftercare following each Sculptra® treatment. When you are treated with Scupltra, we’ll make every effort to ensure that the treatment will go as smoothly as possible. To make this happen, we also need your cooperation! Below you’ll find a number of instructions. If you follow the instructions, the treatment will be more comfortable for you, recovery will be faster and it will contribute to an optimal end result. That is why it’s important that you carefully read the instructions below and follow them closely. You must always be able to show a valid ID so that we can include the BSN number in our administration and carry out an age check.
First, we’ll take some photos. Any make-up will be removed. You must always be able to show a valid ID so that we can include the BSN number in our administration and carry out an age check. During the consultation, the doctor will ask you about your medication use. The use of blood thinners shortly before a treatment can be dangerous and lead to complications. If you use these types of medicines they can be discontinued at least 1 week in advance in consultation with your prescribing doctor (general practitioner or specialist), if so desired. The most common blood-thinning drugs are: Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin, Ascal-38, Ascal-Cardio), Persantin, Plavix, Sintrom and Marcoumar.
If necessary, the area to be treated is anaesthetised. The treatment will last about 30-45 minutes and you can go home immediately afterwards.
You can just do everything you’re used to. You can clean your skin and care for it in the normal way and use (mineral) make-up or a concealer. If you are sensitive to bruising and/or swelling, it is advisable to cool your skin. Apply a cold pack to the treated areas of your face several times a day for 5-10 minutes within the first 24 hours after treatment in order to reduce swelling. Always wrap the cold pack in a cloth first, avoid direct contact between the ice and your skin. Following your treatment with Sculptra you should (firmly) massage your skin on a daily basis, making circular movements for 5 minutes. Do this 5 times a day for 5 days (or as prescribed by your doctor). Use a suitable cream for the massage to reduce friction. Avoid exposure to the sun and/or UV lamps until any swelling and redness have disappeared. It is important that you properly protect the treated area from the sun with a good UV protection factor (SPF 30 or higher).
After 1 – 2 months a follow-up treatment can be performed. The final check-up takes place in consultation with the doctor who is treating you.
Sculptra stimulates the production of collagen; this production takes time! It can take no less than 6 months until results are visible.
After the treatment, bruises and some swelling may develop; they will disappear automatically. Sometimes the treated area may feel a bit strange due to the anaesthetic; this feeling will subside within a few hours. It is important that you properly protect any bruises that you may have. Under the influence of sunlight, a bruise can become discoloured or remain visible longer. You can use cold compresses (cold packs) against the swelling. As of day two you may feel some muscle pain in your jaws for a number of days, which can even result in difficulty opening your mouth (wide). This is normal and will improve within a few days.
If you want to use a painkiller, you can; you can take 500 mg paracetamol, with a maximum of 6 tablets per 24 hours.
You can go back to work immediately after the treatment, if need be. Sports activities are not recommended during the first 24 hours because they may increase swelling.
If you experience the following problems you should contact our clinic immediately:
Call Van Lennep Kliniek at 070 – 737 00 88 or in case of emergency at 06 – 5169 0024.