Real Patient Testimonial
“The information provided and the care and explanation all through the procedure helped ease any fears or concerns about what I was having done. It was much less painful and no embarrassing bruises on my face. “
– Sculptra Patient
A unique and long-lasting injectable, Sculptra® actually stimulates the body to produce new collagen and underlying tissue, thereby creating a fuller, more youthful appearance. Dr. O’Daniel uses it to diminish lines or add volume to all parts of the face, including the areas around the eyes and lips, between the mouth and nose, the cheeks and jawline.
Sculptra® results are natural-looking, gradually correcting the depression in the skin, significantly increasing skin thickness, and improving the appearance of folds and sunken areas. The restored youthful shape to the face and jawline are maintained for more than 24 months.
Dr. O’Daniel has recently published his technique for correction of atrophic acne scars that worsen as the face ages. He combines the injection of Sculptra® at the time of a facelift followed by fractionated resurfacing of the facial skin. Dr O’Daniel is currently studying the usefulness of Sculptra® after a facelift to maintain the facelift results.
FAQs On Sculptra®
What is Sculptra, and what can it do?
FAQs On Other Injectables
I don't want to look weird! How do I get a good, natural result?
What is the secret to a truly great result without looking overdone?
The reality is we recognize each other based on what we remember of you from the day before. As long as we don’t lose that intrinsic you, that little piece of you that is characteristic, they’ll look at you and say, “Wow, great haircut! You’ve lost weight. What kind of makeup are you using?” They’re not going to say, “Wow, you look great! Who did your facelift?” because that would be the biggest insult that could possibly happen. What we want to hear is, “Wow, you look great!” and your answer is very simple, “Thank you.”
Can getting facial fillers and injections actually make me feel better?
Does it hurt? What can be done to stop pain and bruising?
How do I choose the right doctor for fillers and BOTOX?
Over the last 10 years, we have seen an explosion of non-surgical options for our patients. We, as plastic surgeons, are the best situated to provide these non-surgical products because we understand the anatomy of the face, including the muscles, and the arteries and where we should be putting these as sculptors. The difficulty is, for the consumers, they’re going, “What’s the difference between all of these?”
We have Botox, which is a neuromodulator and has become a household name, like Kleenex. That paralyzes muscles, doesn’t take up space. We then have fillers. And when it comes to the fillers, we have 11 different fillers. Now, my goodness, how do we choose which one of these fillers do we use? And then, we’re gonna complicate things with bio-stimulators, meaning we inject the substance and your body makes its own collagen. The critical thing to understand between these different products is they all have a job that they do, and we need to decide what job you need to have done. And that’s where our expertise comes in.
For instance, fillers, they take up a space. They can fill a wrinkle or a dent in the face. We will choose the appropriate filler for the appropriate wrinkle. I may use one filler for a wrinkle that’s fine. And I’ll go to a larger wrinkle and use a totally different filler. The complexity of the choices becomes the entry level that we need to have as practitioners to give you the optimal result.
How do you choose the right fillers for me?
How do you control pain and bruising?
How do you keep a natural look with lip fillers?
How do you maintain or improve a facelift with fillers?
So when people come to me in consultation, we look at the pictures of where they are. And we’re talking about static time, because remember, life is like a river. When you step in the river and you step out, you don’t step back in the same space, because that water has moved on. And our face is the same way. If we do something to the face today, whether it’s surgical or non-surgical, the aging process, if we’re lucky, will continue to move on.
So there are things that we can do surgically to restore a face, and then we need to think about … how do we maintain what we’ve done? Maintaining our investment, if we will. In those circumstances, we can use non-surgical means such as Sculptra. We can use fillers. We can use Botox, skin care or laser as part of our maintenance program, and vice versa. If someone’s not quite ready for a facelift … they can’t fit it into their schedule. They can’t afford it. It’s too scary. There are small things we can do in preparation for the facelift. In the same vein, we can use neuro-modulators, Botox, fillers, Sculptra, lasers as part of the maintenance program prior to having a facelift.
So the idea is, none of these treatments last forever. There’s nothing that is permanent in life, so we’re trying to treat you at a point in time to make you better today, such that 10 years from now, you’ll still be better than you would’ve been had you done nothing.
How is Dr. O'Daniel pioneering new uses for injectables and fillers?
There are so many options for fillers, how do I choose the best solution?
What special training does Dr. O'Daniel have?
Why are some people afraid to get fillers?
For the last five to six years, I’ve been involved in the industry in the advisory boards for fillers. I’ve been involved in surgical education, and so I’m very well aware of the things people are afraid of. When we look at filler, for instance, there are three reasons people don’t have fillers. We’ve identified 20 million women in America who want to have fillers in 2016. Only 2.6 million people had fillers. There are three reasons that they elect not to have treatment. First and foremost is fear, fear of looking different. That is our expertise, is not presenting or creating someone that is different.
The second fear is fear of pain and discomfort. Pain and discomfort can be overcome with using topical agents. We use vibratory sensors, and we use dental blocks for those who have a real aversion to needles and pain and discomfort. Interestingly, the third pain point that prevents people from having treatment is price, and that is a very low percentage of people who avoid treatment as compared to fear of looking different and fear of pain.
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“A person’s face is their daily ‘billboard’ to the world. Our face is the first impression made to acquaintances and strangers alike. Are you presenting the type of impression you desire? If you’re the least bit unsure, I’m here to provide reliable and attainable answers.”