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As the skin on our face begins to age, it loses some of its natural volume and elasticity, eventually leading to skin that with fine lines or wrinkles, is lackluster, and lack the tightness it once had. We all know the benefits of using dermal injectables such as BOTOX or hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Restylane, and Juvéderm.

These injectables, when used correctly, can take years off the appearance of your face, restoring volume and treating lines, wrinkles, and creases. What happens if these treatments are no longer enough to keep your skin revitalized?

Lost Facial Volume and Sculptra

Designed to treat the symptoms of facial lipoatrophy, or “facial wasting,” – an unhappy natural event – Sculptra is an Poly-L-lactic acid facial injectable for those who need to revitalize and rejuvenate facial appearance and restore lost volume.

This FDA-approved synthetic form of lactic acid stimulates your cells to produce natural collagen for firmer, more youthful skin, while restoring facial volume. Sculptra acts as a powerful collagen-producing trigger, working with the natural regenerative processes of your body to create, softer, firmer, suppler facial skin.

Sculptra can be carefully and correctly injected by Dr. Merriman to resolve the following issues:

  • Hollow temples
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Deep lines and creases
  • Smile lines, frown lines
  • Slack, aging facial skin

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Who is a Candidate for Sculptra?

Most men and women who need to restore facial volume while stimulating natural collagen production, including those who have some health conditions that restrict the use of some other injectable products, are good candidates for facial rejuvenation with Sculptra.

The polylactic acid used in Sculptra is inert, with no risk of developing an allergic reaction to the product. However, patients with weakened immune systems, skin infections, or those who take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications on a regular basis should consult with out board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if Sculptra treatments are appropriate and safe.

Restore Facial Firmness: Sculptra

When the firming, plumping, fatty tissue in the face dissipates, your face may begin to look tired, gaunt, and aged. The FDA has approved the use of Sculptra to treat the effects of facial wasting, as well as fat loss in the undereye area, cheeks, and temples. Studies have shown that patients who receive six Sculptra treatments have increased facial volume of up to 40 percent, with results that last for a period of up two years.

Loss of facial volume will lead to a hollow, sunken look to your face, often in the areas beneath the eyes, in sagging cheeks, and thinning lips. Sculptra may be used to treat these issues, as well as areas of deep lines and wrinkles for a refreshed, healthy, far more youthful look.

Your Personal Sculptra Consultation

Dr. Sonya J. Merriman is skilled in the use of facial injectables, including Sculptra. Your initial consultation will include a discussion of the goals you have to improve and enhance your facial appearance. She will craft a custom treatment plan, letting you know how many treatments will be required to achieve the result you envision.

She can help you determine if Sculptra is the most appropriate treatment option to restore facial volume, and help you have plumper, more youthful facial skin. Dr. Merriman is skilled in the latest state-of-the-art techniques, artistically administering Sculptra to provide the fresher, more youthful appearance that can take years off your appearance – in just minutes, with no downtime.

You will be treated with professionalism, kindness, and exceptional skill.

Meet with us and discover a clinic where we focus on creating natural-looking results in every procedure.

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Our Plan for Resuming In-Office Patient Care

We are pleased to annouce our very soft re-opening to patients this Monday, May 4th. We are not opening to full capacity as we are closely following the recommendations of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and our numerous professional affiliations and governing boards. We will be seeing a very limited number of patients per day. The following outlines our plan and what we are doing to keep you safe.


You will be called the day before your appointment and screened for any symptoms. Any symptoms will require rescheduling.

Upon your arrival your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to rescheduled if over 100.0.

You must wear a mask upon entering the building and will only remove if getting a procedure done on the face. We ask that you please bring a mask to your appointment. Due to limited availability we will provide a mask to you for a charge of $5.

No one can accompany you into the office unless there are significant mobility or communication issues you need help with and in that case only one person can come with you. You may not bring children to your appointment.

Our waiting room is closed. You may enter the building to check in and gather any paperwork you may require and return to your car. You will be called when your room is ready.

Office Safety and Sanitation

Employees will also complete a daily questionnaire and have their temperature taken and will be sent home if there are any symptoms. Employees will wear personal protective equipment throughout your entire visit.

Each room and all areas that patients and employees touch including office supplies or equipment will be sanitized thoroughly between patients according to CDC guidelines.

We have missed you and look forward to seeing you back in the office!

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