Sculptra Pre & Post Care Instructions - Skin by Lovely
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To achieve the absolute best treatment outcomes, please review our pre & post care recommendations.

Sculptra pre-treatment health screen

Health and Safety is a priority at Skin by Lovely. For your well-being and to avoid complications please review our pre and post-care policies in detail.

We cannot treat you if you are pregnant, nursing, recent (within 2 weeks) or active infection, or during an autoimmune condition flare-up.

**Please get clearance from your physician if you have a history of autoimmune, neurological or psychological disorders

If any of the following events are applicable, please call us to reschedule your appointment

  • Major dental work within 2 weeks of treatment.
  • History of keloid scarring
  • Facial surgeries/trauma within the last 8 weeks.
  • Active cold sore if treating the lip area.
  • Blood thinners taken within a week prior to treatment (blood thinners extend bruising severity & time)
  • Significant event (i.e. wedding, photo shoot) within two weeks after treatment as it may take up to 2 weeks for any side effects and swelling to subside.

**Please notify your provider if you are traveling within 48 hours of your treatment.

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink at least 64 oz of water
  • Take 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily before your treatment. The earlier you start, the better!
  • Pre-treat with Arnica 3 days before you’re your treatment by dissolving 5 pellets under your tongue, 3 times a day.
  • Avoid Omega 3s, Turmeric, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, Garlic Supplements & Aspirin for 7 days prior.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages for 4 days prior. *including red wine*
  • To lessen your chance of irritation & redness, pause the use of Retinol & exfoliating acids 3 days before your treatment & for 3 days after.
  • DON’T worry, the swelling will come down!
  • The treated area may look asymmetrical or uneven for up to 10 days following the procedure, this is normal.
  • The treated area may feel firm when touched, this is normal.
  • You will most likely be bruised and/or swollen following this procedure. Ice, antihistamines, Arnica, and Alastin INhance serum can be helpful. The swelling and bruising can last up to 10 days.
  • If you have a bruise and can’t afford downtime, request the Vbeam laser. Your Skin by Lovely office can help you find a local referral.
  • Results from Sculptra are usually not seen for about 3 months due to the collagen synthesis process. Trust the process!
  • Keep your head above your heart for 4 hours
  • Massage treated areas (upward strokes) 5 times per day for 5 minutes for 5 days following the injections!! This is an important step to ensure best results from your Sculptra treatment and reduce possible treatment side effects.
  • You may apply a cool compress to the injection site(s) for up to 48 hours
  • Avoid excessive sun or heat exposure for 24 hours post-treatment
  • Do not exercise for 24 hours post-treatment
  • Avoid saunas for 6 hours post-treatment
  • If you are experiencing swelling: apply Arnica cream/gel to the area or take oral Arnica to speed up healing.
  • If you are experiencing bruising: apply Alastin INhance serum four times per day to the area or take Bromelain 200 mg to speed up healing.


  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Intense pain the treated area
  • Excessive swelling that is increasing with time
  • Skin color and/or temperature changes other than bruising (where skin is white, mottled, or hot/cold)
  • If you aren’t sure if what you are experiencing is normal – call or email us! We are happy to help!

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call us at 877-568-3594 or email us at

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