Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q - Why Sculptra?

A - Sculptra is a discreet approach which allows a gradual effect to occur. Usually 2 or 3 treatments are required and natural-looking effects should become more noticeable after approximately six weeks.

Clinical studies have shown that the results of a treatment with Sculptra can last up to 3 years.

It is generally well tolerated over 27,000 treatments in Australia since 2002. The main ingredient of Sculptra has been used in medicine for over 10 years and is biocompatible and biodegradable.

No allergy testing is required before treatment.


Q - How is Sculptra Different?

A - Sculptra is a volumising agent which can help to reduce deep wrinkles and folds, and replaced the fullness of your face which has been lost due to the ageing process. Sculptra works by stimulating your own facial collagen production to replenish your skin and so providing natural looking results. It works gradually to restore what has been lost and once your treatment plan is complete, the results can last for up to 3 years.


Q - Who performs the treatment?

A - Sculptra is administered by a medical practitioner who has been trained to follow correct procedures and the latest techniques by an approved sanofiaventis healthcare professional. Some of these may include plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic physicians and dermatologists.


Q - How soon will I see results?

A - Some effects are noticeable after the first treatment, however these are mainly due to the water that Sculptra is mixed with and some swelling from the procedure. More visible results occur 4-6 weeks after treatment. During this time, unwanted deep lines and wrinkles should gradually diminish as the skin thickens.


Q - How many treatments are required?

A - The number of treatments you’ll need will vary depending on your age, how deep your wrinkles are, and the type of treatment result you desire.

Before your initial treatment, Dr Marko will determine how many follow up treatments you’ll need. Generally, 2-3 treatments are required to achieve the desired results. But while other techniques need to be repeated every 12 months, once this treatment is completed, results may last for up to 3 years.


Q - How long does Botox treatment last?

A - The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat Botox treatments, the effect may last longer.


Q - Does Botox treatment cause more wrinkles to form?

A - Botox will relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines. It does not cause more wrinkles to form. If you choose not to have further Botox treatments your muscles will eventually return to normal activity and your wrinkles will gradually revert to their pre-treatment levels.


Q - Will facial expressions be affected?

A - Botox works specifically on the muscles treated. This means that any muscle left untreated, including untreated facial muscles, should not be affected by the Botox treatment. Your clinician will determine the best dose for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.


Q - Are there any side effects from Botox?

A - In addition to its use for cosmetic reasons, Botox treatment is also used to treat patients in a variety of therapeutic indications including spasticity due to cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders (head, neck, shoulder, face), and several axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating?. In the amounts used for the treatment of upper facial lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include mild headaches, redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, can occur in 2-5% of people.


Q - How long has Botox been used?

A - Botox treatment has been used in Australia and New Zealand in therapeutic treatments for over 15 years. It was first used in Australia for movement disorders (eye and face) in 1993 and for eye spasms and crossed eyes in New Zealand in 1991.


Q - What does the Juvederm treatment involve?

A - The Juvederm treatment is a non-surgical procedure administration through a few injections. Dr Marko may decide to administer a topical (cream) or local anaesthetic to help numb the area being treated. The procedure usually takes between 15-30 minutes and the majority of people resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.


Q - How long does a Juvederm treatment last?

A - The longevity of treatment with Juvederm varies from person to person depending on how quickly your body naturally metabolises (breaks down) HA. Generally the results you receive from your Juvederm treatment should last for 12 months.


Q - Are there any side effects from Juvederm?

A - As the Juvederm injectable gel is a naturally occurring complex sugar that’s naturally present within the skin tissues, there is no need for an allergy pre-test before treatment. Dermal fillers have been clinically studied for many years and clinical trials have shown that Juvederm is well tolerated. The injection itself should cause minimal discomfort, and while you may experience treatment area redness, lumps/bumps, bruising. These effects are generally temporary. The majority of people resume their normal activities immediately following the procedure.


Q - How long has Juvederm treatment been used?

A - Juvederm has been used in facial rejuvenation and enhancement medicine for 10 years. The treatment has been available in Europe since 2000 in the USA and Australia since 2006.