Growing Your Biceps, Triceps, & Buttocks
Traditionally, there have been no good body fillers. Butt implants, calf implants, and bicep implants look unnatural and require major surgery. They almost always have to be removed, get encapsulated or infected, are very expensive, and tend to look overly dramatic (much like with facial implants).
That’s why I found it necessary to pioneer this “off-label” usage of Sculptra, which is different because is based on the material used for medical sutures that trigger a healing response when they dissolve. During the initial FDA Clinical trials 15 years ago, doctors found that this material could be used to create volume in the face by stimulating collagen to treat Facial Wasting in AIDS patients. Unlike silicone (which lasts permanently), the actual Sculptra product is absorbed by the body. In addition, because it’s your own collagen that is grown, it’s totally natural, and diminishes slowly over time. Treatment is considered to be “semi-permanent”. To maintain the results, usually a yearly treatment is required because it doesn’t stop the aging process. Maintenance can be accomplished with Sculptra or with other products; Sculptra doesn’t preclude the use of any other fillers or devices if you desire a greater change or require other treatments moving forward.
As our techniques have been refined, Sculptra has proven very useful. It can be used to lift, shape, and volumize the face, to improve skin tone and texture, to smooth fine wrinkles, to create a tightening effect, and even to address bone loss from the aging process. That’s what makes it such a top product. All of these things can be achieved with other products, but usually only in combination: a laser to tighten, a filler to give volume, and surgery to lift. Here, in one product and with the right technique, we’re often able to accomplish things that may otherwise require several different procedures to accomplish.
When we started using Sculptra in the face, one limiting factor to using it elsewhere was the high cost of product. I had always thought that in the buttocks you would need a lot of product to get it to work. What we learned in the face, though, was that the location of injection really can maximize the results. With the buttocks, we don’t really need to inject the entire area because the aging process creates a drooping effect, rather than a smaller booty. We can do what we do in the face, which is to inject the upper part to lift and shape the buttocks. This makes it affordable for the patient. So, in the face where you might standardly use two vials for a treatment, in the buttocks we use three or four vials – but because the buttocks treatment technique is faster and less complicated, the cost can be the same for the patient. Less product is usually needed for arms, biceps, calves, and other areas.
The important thing to keep in mind is that this treatment isn’t designed for emaciated or overweight people. It’s for the in-betweeners that have good body shape already but want a little help. You need the underlying muscle to augment in order to get a nice aesthetic result. It’s difficult to take a flabby arm and create a bicep. This treatment is for people who have some definition, but have thin arms or legs and want bigger muscles. It’s also for people who are getting older, whose pants are starting to sag, and who want a little bit of a lift and that appearance of a “shelf.” If you really want a big butt and you have no butt, you need a butt implant or you need fat transfer. If you are overweight, you need liposuction or abdominoplasty. It’s for everyday people who want to cheat the gym a bit yet want that sexy body without all the effort.