Results & Complications
“If performed correctly, the procedure provides immediate pain relief,” Dr. Toth reports. There is also no downtime; however, patients are advised to take it easy for the first 24 hours.
The duration of effect varies, depending on the patient’s activity level and weight. A touch-up treatment is scheduled 5 months to 1 year later.
The most common complication comes from bad technique and lack of anatomy, according to Dr. Toth. “This can cause tingling and numbness; also, lumpiness and cosmetically poor [results]. You do not want to inject into the muscle or the skin. The injection needs to be perfectly placed into the tissue, similar to the face.”
As for outcomes, “I have yet to have a patient regret having the procedure,” Dr. Toth relates. “And many wish they had known about it 10 years ago.”
Dr. Toth says the filler procedure is becoming increasingly popular as a cosmetic procedure. “I think there is a preconceived notion among clinicians and patients that using fillers in the foot is not something they want to embrace,” he says. “But once they are educated, it is a no-brainer.”
Clinicians who already inject fillers can expect a short learning curve. “It is not easy to inject Sculptra. It is a very thick substance, so you have to feel and go into the tissues,” Dr. Toth says.
For more information on the procedure, visit the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England’s website.