Sculptra

Sculptra (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) works gradually over time and creates a youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Sculptra helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume that has been lost to aging.

Collagen is a key structural component of smooth, healthy-looking skin. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases. This is when you may start to notice the formation of wrinkles. 

Sculptra is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as a treatment that is recommended of up to four injection sessions that are scheduled about three weeks apart. Results can last more than two years.

PRE-TREATMENT

To decrease the risk of bruising, we recommend avoiding the following for 3 days prior to your treatment (unless medically contraindicated):

Alcoholic beverages
NSAIDs (advil/ibuprofen/aspirin)
Warfarin
Herbal supplements: Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Garlic, Ginkgo, Ginseng

Any supplements or medication that increases the chances of blood thinning

No dental work for two weeks prior to your treatment.

If you have a history of any autoimmune and neurological diseases, a consultation is required with your provider prior to treatment.

Arrive to the office with the treatment area clean and free of makeup, lotions, creams or products prior to treatment.

POST-TREATMENT

Do not touch or apply make-up immediately following treatment

*Follow 5/5/5 Rule: Massage the treatment area for 5 times a day for 5 minutes for 5 days after treatment (it is very important to do this for optimal results and to avoid complications)

Tylenol or acetaminophen can be taken if experiencing mild tenderness/discomfort

Apply ice (gently with light pressure) 3-4 times per day
for swelling

Arnica gel or tablets can be used to reduce bruising
and swelling

Avoid alcohol or blood thinners for 24-48 hours

Avoid exercise, prolonged exposure to heat or sun, saunas and steam baths for 24 hours

Avoid dental work for 2 weeks

Do not receive additional skin treatments (lasers, microneedling, facial, etc) for 2-4 weeks depending on injection area.

FAQ

What makes Sculptra different from other dermal fillers is that it gradually and subtly corrects facial wrinkles. This isn’t a quick-fix or an overnight miracle. Instead, Sculptra will give you long-lasting and subtle results that can last for more than two years, leaving you with a more natural-looking appearance without making you look like you’ve had work done. Of course, individual results may vary.

Yes, the contraindications for Sculptra include:

Pregnancy or breastfeeding

Allergies to any of the ingredients in Sculptra

Patients with a history of autoimmune diseases

Patients taking medications that interfere with blood coagulation

Patients that have had previous adverse reactions, oral/facial surgeries or negative filler or Sculptra outcomes may not be a candidate for treatment.

Post treatment you can expect the following:

Swelling that should subside in 72 hours

Tenderness/discomfort at injection sites

Bruising (for up to a week) at the injection site

Please allow 2 weeks for Sculptra to fully integrate into the tissue for final results.

After dermal filler treatment, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Severe or unusual bruising in areas that were injected or not injected.

Blanching (white/grey hue) of the skin in areas that were injected or not injected.

Significant swelling or pain in areas that were injected.

Injection site looks significantly red, hot or tender.

Small or large bumps under the skin that can sometimes be noticed when pressing on the treated area.

If you are experiencing a fever post treatment

Contact our office immediately if you notice these symptoms at 617-658-3421. For a true aesthetic emergency after office hours, contact Ashley Hilmes at 509-714-6889 or for a medical emergency, please call 911.

You can expect noticeable results that emerge gradually over the next few months following your treatment. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see immediate results or see “results” that seem to fade in a few days. Initially, the treatment area will look visually improved due to the Sculptra mixture injected (its a liquid) and swelling. A few days after treatment, you may look as you did before treatment.

The Sculptra Aesthetic regimen delivers its full effects with an average of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months. Because results happen gradually, you’ll see subtle, yet noticeable, results in the reduction of facial wrinkles and folds by comparing images before treatment and a couple months following treatment.

Consultations at Vega Vitality are complimentary and always encouraged! This gives you an opportunity to meet with one of our aesthetic providers and discuss one on one your aesthetic goals and desired outcomes. Our providers will listen to your concerns, answer questions, explain options and together, develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Yes! Vega Vitality uses multiple rewards programs for botox and dermal fillers through our pharmaceutical companies. Get the most out of your visit by signing up ahead of time or asking your provider for details at your next appointment. Galderma’s program: Aspire.

Meredith Gizmunt

Master Aesthetician

Meredith has 14 years of experience in the medical aesthetic field. She has worked with both plastic surgeons and dermatologists which has allowed her formulate a holistic and therapeutic approach. Meredith’s goal is to educate the patient about their best skin practices, for their individual needs. Each treatment is customized, and is focused on treating specific skin concerns. 

She understands that her patient’s skin types are different, and tailors each session to treating individual needs. Meredith appreciates that her patients are making an investment in their skincare by visiting her. She ensures her facials deliver effective results and works to build lasting relationships. Her signature “Party Peel” gave her a cult following, reviewed and recommended by Goop.

Marwa Osman

Brand and marketing director

Marwa Osman is a branding specialist with over 8 years of experience in the lifestyle industry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. After graduating, Marwa quickly realized she not only loved shaping the messaging of a brand, but she enjoyed being invested in the journey of the small business. She is passionate about being involved in Vega Vitality’s growth. Marwa is an integral part of our team, and she is responsible for creating our newsletters, designing the website and managing our Instagram presence, etc. She loves the camaraderie of working alongside Vega Vitality’s team of intelligent and supportive women, and she enjoys getting to know Vega Vitality’s wonderful patients.

ABBY CUSHMAN, MS

VICE PRESIDENT of Operations

At Vega Vitality, we believe that wellness and beauty go hand in hand. For example, we not only offer a skin peel that can improve acne, but we also have a functional nutritionist available to assist with dietary changes that may address the root cause of the problem. The more we can improve our lifestyle through mindful eating, movement, and mediation, the better our skin and body will be.

For a decade, prior to starting at Vega Vitality, Abby was employed in grueling and intense roles in corporate America. After suffering from crippling ocular migraines, she decided that her health was too important to continue down that path. She left her job and took a year off to focus on her health and well-being. While on this journey she found Vega Vitality. She accepted an offer to join the team in 2017.

At Vega Vitality, Abby is responsible for day-to-day business operations, regulatory and legal compliance, and the financial and human relations aspects of the practice. She oversees short and long-term strategies, executes systems implementation, and consistently works to improve organizational behavior and operational efficiencies within the practice. Abby has supported CEO’s for over a decade, and she now works closely with Vega Vitality’s Founder, Ashley Hilmes, to ensure the practice runs seamlessly. She is grateful to be a part of team comprised of such intelligent and kind women.

Abby graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a MS in Leadership & Administration and cum laude from Regis College with a BA in Communication. She holds a certificate in The Science of Well-Being from Yale University. Before joining the Vega team, Abby worked at Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, athena health, Trinity, and Reebok International. Abby loves to travel, learn, read, volunteer, and spend time with her friends, family, and dog, Doodles.

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