Eric Egozi, MD, is Leading Clearwater, Florida Plastic Surgeon Provider of Sculptra Aesthetic, an Injectable Facial Filler Just Approved by the FDA for Cosmetic Use

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On July 28, 2009, the FDA approved Sculptra® Aesthetic, an injectable poly-l lactic acid dermal filler, for treating facial aging with results lasting up to two years--about twice as long as hyaluronic acid fillers. Sculptra is much more difficult to inject than Botox or other facial fillers, so finding an experienced provider is key. Plastic surgeon Eric Egozi, MD, has been treating patients with Sculptra since 2007 and has more experience with it than any other plastic surgeon in the Tampa Bay area.

Eric Egozi, MD

When I left the doctor's office, it looked like I'd gained weight in my face

"Since 1999, Sculptra has been used on more than 150,000 patients in 30 countries to treat signs of facial aging," says board-certified Clearwater, Florida plastic surgeon Eric Egozi, MD. "Now this facial filler, renowned for producing effects that last for up to two years, has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use."

"Sculptra Aesthetic is made of poly-l lactic acid, or PLLA, a bio-compatible, bio-degradable material that has been used in dissolvable sutures for more than 30 years," Dr. Egozi explains. "As the body breaks down PLLA, it makes collagen, the main protein of the skin's connective tissue--and that helps the face look younger."

In the U.S., Sculptra was originally approved by the FDA in 2004 to treat facial lipoatrophy--extreme facial fat loss--in people living with HIV. "But when plastic surgeons saw how well Sculptra was working for patients with compromised immune systems, we knew it would be safe and effective for patients in the cosmetic arena," says Dr. Egozi.

"My plastic surgeon told me I have the perfect face for Sculptra Aesthetic," says Marie, age 61. "I'm thin and have a long, thin face. When I was younger, I had puffy cheeks and my face was a little bit more rounded. But as I got older, my face got longer-looking. I didn't want to gain 20 pounds to fill my face out," she laughs.

"Sculptra works especially well in filling out sunken or hollow cheeks, and lasts about twice as long as hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane," Dr. Egozi explains. "The tissue that gets built up after a Sculptra treatment is the patient's own collagen--it's not hyaluronic acid that the body is going to break down after a while."

Marie began to see the results of Sculptra Aesthetic right after her first treatment. "When I left the doctor's office, it looked like I'd gained weight in my face," she recalls. "It filled out the little hollow spaces and worked on the lines around my mouth. And it even filled out the hollows under my eyes. And there's no downtime--none."

The results are very natural-looking. "The first time I had a Sculptra treatment, people said to me, 'Marie your skin looks so good.'"

"In skilled hands, Sculptra can literally sculpt the face," Dr. Egozi explains. "I think of Sculptra Aesthetic as a broad-stroke brush to fill in larger areas like the cheeks, where people tend to lose volume as they age. Other facial fillers work like fine-stroke brushes for smoothing out thin lines or enhancing the lips."

Like any facial filler, the results depend greatly on the skill of the injector. "Sculptra Aesthetic is more challenging to inject than hyaluronic acid fillers, so for best results, it's very important for patients to go to a well-qualified provider," says Dr. Egozi.

For more information about Sculptra Aesthetic, visit http://www.egoziplasticsurgery.com/sculptra.

Eric Egozi, MD, is a board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon with offices in Clearwater, Florida, in the Tampa Bay area. For more information, visit http://www.egoziplasticsurgery.com or call 727.461.5872.

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