If I bruise easily, is Sculptra a good choice?
Jeffrey Roth (New York, NY) on Aug 19, 2011
Bruising from Sculptra treatment is common, and not completely avoidable. Factors such as location (uncommon to bruise on the cheeks, more common in the lower face), dilution of product, needle size, and injector skill all come into play. The bruising is always temporary, and the results are long lasting, so if you time the treatment not to coincide with an important event the inconvenience should be minimal.
George Lefkovits (New York, NY) on Aug 19, 2011
Scultra is a filler which is injected via a needle through a series of injections. If you and your doctor are concerned about increased bruising you may want to have some blood testing. Also I would not suggest that you sculptra, or any injectable immediately before an engagement.
Jody Levine (New York, NY) on Aug 19, 2011
Sculptura is as good a choice for someone who bruises easily as any other filler is. Any filler entails using a small needle to puncture the skin, which causes bruising. Sculptra is different from other fillers in that it is often used to fill the whole face, not just one or two areas, hence, it does involve more injection sites than other fillers. However with our current method of preparing the product and injecting, we see less bruising than ever.
Nelson Novick (New York, NY) on Aug 19, 2011
There are a number of causes of easy bruisability. Among these are genetics as well as certain blood thinning medications, such as coumadin and aspirin; vitamins, particularly, vitamin E; and food supplements, such as omega 3 fatty acids, ginger, ginko biloba, ginseng, garlic and St. John's Wart. Many cases are simply idiopathic, meaning we cannot determine the underlying cause. Collagen fillers have been traditionally been known to be the best materials for use in those who have a tendency to bruise. The collagen, itself, stanches bleeding, thereby reducing leakage of blood and bruising as it is being injected. Unfortunately, most collagen fillers, such as Zyplast and Evolence have been recently removed from the market. An alternative, which must be discussed with the injecting physician, is to mix a little bit of lidocaine and epinephrine along with the filler. This can be done with any filling or volumizing agent, including Sculptra and all the hyaluronic acid products. It is the blood vessel constricting ability of the epinephrine (adrenaline) that is responsible for reducing bruisablility, not the actual injectable material itself.
Robert Strimling (Las Vegas, NV) on May 5, 2012
Assuming you are a normal, healthy individual and do not have a known or unknown bleeding disorder / disease; yes, you can have Sculptra. Invasive or injectable procedures are expected to cause bruising. Bruising is normal, expected & temporary. Aspirin, Advil and other medications can promote bruising. However, please discuss this concern with your treating physician so that he or she can advise you as needed.