When a patient’s face appears hollow with lost volume, Seattle area plastic surgeon, Dr. Marosan, recommends the filler, Sculptra. This filler is made from a synthetic substance, Poly-L-Lactic acid, which aids the skin in producing collagen to replace the face’s lost volume. Dr. Marosan will inject Sculptra into hollow areas, as well as into deep lines, wrinkles and folds to plump up the skin for a more youthful appearance. Since this filler stimulates collagen, the skin’s thickness will be increased with results lasting well up to 2 years and up to 4 years in some cases.
During a Sculptra treatment session, the injection sites are marked, and the filler is injected directly into the problematic areas. The product is delivered through a fine needle, and multiple layers are injected gradually until the desired contour has been achieved. The treatment is pain-free; although a numbing cream is usually applied first to reduce any discomfort from the needle. A Sculptra treatment session lasts around 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas treated and the extent of the cosmetic issues. On average, 2 to 3 injections spaced a few weeks apart are recommended for optimal results.
"Perfect! No more gynecomastia, love handles or belly fat - Dr. Marosan made my dream come true. No more gynecomastia, no more love handles, no more belly fat. I'm the person I've always wanted to be. Everyday I look at myself in the mirror and thank my lucky stars that I met Dr. Marosan."- B. / RealSelf / Jan 07, 2023
"Couldn't be more pleased - my breasts are so soft and natural - I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience and the results. My breasts are so soft and natural. I highly recommend Dr. Marosan and his staff and will definitely be seeing him for any future procedures."- P. / RealSelf / Jan 03, 2023
"Gynecomastia surgery - 3 months later and I could not be happier with the result! - I previously had gynecomastia surgery and then an additional correction, both procedures were with a different doctor and both procedures did nothing but leave me with scarring. I thought it would be a good idea to try one more time and thank goodness I did! Dr. Marosan explained everything perfectly and made me feel really comfortable moving forward. 3 months later and I could not be happier with the result! I would recommend Dr. Marosan to anybody considering getting work done. 10/10"- R. / RealSelf / Dec 16, 2022
"The surgery went well, but felt rushed after - I would give Dr Marosan a 9/10. I am conflicted between the 4 and the 5 stars, btu given my results I will lean up.The surgery went well, but after the fact things felt a little rushed. 15 minute time slots for appointments where you are taking 6 photos isnt a lot of time to discuss what needs to be done for successful recovery. After my first of these I to looked around online for more information and found what I was hoping for. For the price I was expecting a more personalized experience. All went well though, my results are exactly what I was hoping for and I am glad I did the procedure. It has been 7 or so months and I hardly think about it anymore."- N. / RealSelf / Nov 28, 2022
"Ab Etching Dramatically Increased my Motivation! - In Sep 2021 I had VASER Hi-def lipo, gynecomastia, and abdominal etching work performed by Dr. Marosan. Being former military, I previously tried to just force body discipline by 5am sessions with a personal trainer, random gym apps, CrossFit (twice), but still couldn't get (and maintain) my body the way I wanted. I knew I didn't need the motivation of group support, and if I could just find the right catalyst then I could do this on my own. So I bought a Tonal machine for at home workouts, and went in for the procedure with the objective that the surgery was just the start of my fitness journey (for immediate visual motivation), versus the end (ie no more work needed). I was fortunate to live right down the street from a respected true master of his craft who could do this work on me! Dr. Marosan fully explained what would happen, why he would do certain things, and equally important why he would not do other things that I'd found online (like sculpting a sixpack into the abdominal fat so I'd look like Batman 24/7). Not much to share on the procedure itself, I remember going in and laying on the table, and next thing I know I was getting up and wheeled out to my ride. I did have a few drainage tubes for a week which were a pain to manage for bathroom trips, and the garment/foam isn't the most comfortable, but once the tubes came out and the swelling went down things greatly improved.A year after surgery and I know that seeing the difference in my body has helped me make better dietary choices, and has kept me motivated with my workouts. This was definitely one of the best decisions I've made for myself, as I see the results every single day and know that it's 100% up to me to continue the work to highlight the impact of the sculpting even more. As I put in more work (nutrition & exercise), I now see the impact faster, and the benefit is more pronounced. If you're on the fence, just treat yourself & go in for a consultation, you won't regret it!(my pics are on his website gallery)"- F. / RealSelf / Oct 07, 2022
What to Expect
Sculptra is a nonsurgical treatment and does not require any downtime for patients. After treatment, patients will be slightly red and swollen where the injections occurred, but this goes away within a few hours. Patients can resume their normal routine right after treatment, but should refrain from any strenuous activities for the first 24 hours. It is advised to not apply any pressure to the face, and to sleep upright the first evening following treatment. The results are evident immediately after treatment, but it could take several weeks for the optimal results to become visible.
Sculptra is synthetic based and approved by the FDA. It has been tested extensively and has been proven to be safe and effective for cosmetic use. It utilizes processed poly-L-lactic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in humans, so rejection to the product is rare. Temporary side effects include mild swelling and bruising, and possible pain and redness around the injection sites.
There are a number of injectable derma fillers available on the market today. Each has a specific benefit to resolve facial wrinkles. There are also muscle relaxers, such as BOTOX®, that patients can consider. While the results may appear similar, the difference lies on the approach each treatment takes to produce a smooth, wrinkle-free result. The doctor will be able to recommend the best approach once the facial condition is evaluated during the initial consultation.
As wrinkles and creases are typical with aging candidates, anyone who needs volume may be a candidate for a Sculptra treatment. Statistics show that the most common age groups who seek this treatment are those between 30 – 55 years old. The younger age group may seek treatment due to premature skin aging caused by personal habits or environmental factors such as extreme sun exposure.
The advantage of Sculptra over other derma fillers is that the results typically last up to 2 years. Naturally derived derma fillers only lasts 6 months up to 1 year. The treatment may be repeated as soon as necessary.
Sculptra is commonly injected into the subdermal layer into the chin, nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It may also be used on the mid-face section for augmentation. It is a common filler that surgeons use to achieve a "liquid facelift."
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 45 Minutes - 1 Hour
- Procedure Recovery Location