I developed nodules with Sculptra. What should I do now?

Last June I had a Sculptra injection in my right cheek area. In about 3 months I developed a line of noticeable nodules. My doctor said to apply heat and massage the area. This did not help. I returned to his office and he injected a solution of steroids into the nodules. In about a week and a half, the entire section of the Sculptra became enlarged, swollen, and painful. He then treated me for an infection with oral antibiotics. He wants to do another injection of steroids, but I am becoming concerned because the area has hardened and the nodules are increasing. Can you suggest an alternative process?

This is difficult because I really don’t know what happened.  You didn’t mention if the Sculptra was massaged well by the doctor at the time of the injections and then by you once or twice a day for at least a week or two???  I really think it would be good to keep working with your current doctor and also get a second opinion from a very experienced Sculptra injector in the nearest large city like New York, Los Angeles or Chicago.  You could also contact the company, tell them the problem and have them suggest someone near you.  My heart goes out to you.   Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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