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 Sculptra® Aesthetic, A Non-Surgical Skin Rejuvenation – Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada


Standard treatment is 3 sessions, with 2 vials per session. Treatments are scheduled 6-8 weeks apart, and changes are gradual.

Welcome to Sculptra aesthetic


Sculptra® Aesthetic is a long-lasting treatment used for the restoration and/or correction of facial fat loss. Sculptra® Aesthetic is injected below the skin to plump up areas of fat loss, such as skin indentations, hollow eyes, and sunken cheeks.

Sculptra® Aesthetic is used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds which are treated with the appropriate injection technique.

 Sculptra® Aesthetic is suitable for:

  • Deep folds between the nose and the mouth (nasolabial folds) also called smile lines
  • The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
  • Chin wrinkles
  • Temporal hollows
  • Pre-auricular (hollow and volume loss in front of the ear)
  • Jaw line
Sculptra results

Before and After Treatment with Sculptra

Sculptra Aesthetic Questions and Answers:

• You didn’t age overnight, so why should you anti-age overnight?

• Sculptra Aesthetic replaces lost collagen, gradually, to give you a naturally subtle look, without givingyou away.Less obvious. No one will know you’ve had something done.

• SculptraAesthetic can last for up to 2 years

• Not an overnight miracle. Long-lasting…SculptraAesthetic is not a quick fix


Q: What is SculptraAesthetic?

A: SculptraAesthetic, or injectable poly-L-lactic acid, is different from traditional fillers. It replaces lost collagen by treating the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging. It can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly and can provide a more youthful-looking appearance that can last up to 2 years. Of course, individual results may vary.

SculptraAesthetic provides structure that lets your new look emerge more discreetly. And because it works gradually, you can get noticeable, yet natural-looking results.

Q: How does SculptraAesthetic work?

A: Facial collagen loss is a key factor in an aging appearance. Collagen acts as a support structure for your skin. As time goes on, collagen isn’t replaced as readily as it once was. SculptraAesthetic begins to work within the deep dermis, where your skin’s structure is reinforced as it helps to replace lost collagen.

This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness of facial wrinkles and folds that have depleted over time.

Q: The TV commercial/print ad mentioned natural, gradual results. Can you tell me more?

A: SculptraAesthetic takes time to gradually replace lost collagen and can give you a more refined, naturallooking, youthful appearance. SculptraAesthetic is designed to give you noticeable results that emerge subtly. The gradual results won’t give you away.

If you want a look that’s not obvious and doesn’t look like you’ve had work done, then SculptraAesthetic may be a good option for you. Unlike other injectable treatments, SculptraAesthetic gradually replaces lost collagen. The gradual results are natural looking and can last up to 2 years. Of course, individual results may vary.

We can arrange for our Aesthetic Nurse to determine if SculptraAesthetic may be right for you. We will want to determine if you are allergic to any of the SculptraAesthetic ingredients or if you are prone to scarring or keloid formation, which is the overgrowth of collagen at the site of an injury.

Q: What can I expect after treatment?

A: After your first treatment, it may appear that SculptraAesthetic worked immediately because of the swelling from the injections and water used to dilute the product. In a few days, after your body absorbs the water and the swelling goes down, you may look as you did before the treatment. Be patient, SculptraAesthetic takes time to work without looking like you’ve had work done.

Q: How many treatments are required and how much will it cost?

A: SculptraAesthetic treatment cost varies according to individual patient needs. The total cost will depend in part on the number of visits needed and the amount of SculptraAesthetic required. During your consultation, our Nurse will give you a facial assessment and we can provide you with an estimate.

The length of time required to complete treatment, and the amount of SculptraAesthetic needed differs for each person. Our nurse will create a regimen that works to meet the unique needs of your face. On average, 3 treatments are given over a period of a few months. An average patient in our practice receives 2 vials, for 3-4 treatments. Each treatment is usually approximately 6 weeks apart.

When considering cost, it’s also useful to consider how long specific treatments will last. With SculptraAesthetic, the results can last up to 2 years. Of course, results and treatment sessions vary per patient. But, while considering your options, the length of time you’ll enjoy the results can be weighed along with the cost of treatment.

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Q: What are the possible side effects of SculptraAesthetic?

A: Important Safety Information for SculptraAesthetic

You should not use Sculptra® Aesthetic if you are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. It should not be injected while you have an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area and should not be injected into the red area of the lip. Use in the skin near the eyes is not recommended.

Side effects may include injection site discomfort, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching and swelling. Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported. In the clinical studies the numbers of small and larger lumps were low and most resolved without treatment.

James E. Murphy, MD, FACS, AMM

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada.

Dr. Murphy currently has one of the busiest and most respected cosmetic and reconstructive practices.

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What our Patients say about us

I went in for a consultation and was very impressed by the staffs’ professionalism. Everyone really made me feel at ease and confident. Dr. Murphy was very informative and willing to guide the patient to making a decision that is best for them.

Cathy 6/2011

My review is really for the sweet girl Heather that works here. This place offers more services than just plastic
surgery. They have massage and salon services at their co-business Renew MD, face cleaners and dietary products. ANYWAY, Heather is wonderful and friendly and I thought she needed her own review under this business :)

Patient 6/2011

I want to thank Dr. Murphy and his staff for making my surgery go so smoothly. First of all, I am extremely pleased with the overall results. I was looking to shed some years without changing my look and we succeeded very well. The staff throughout the orientation, during the procedure, and after, took a personal interest in how I was doing. They positively reinforced me every step of the way. I am thoroughly pleased with the entire experience. Any further enhancements will definitely be done by Dr. Murphy and his outstanding staff.


I went in for a consultation and was very impressed by the staffs’ professionalism…

Cathy 6/2011

Their was no pressure from him oranyone in his office to set the procedure up.

Sue 10/2011

Some of the surgeons I saw said it couldn’t be done. The surgeons who did my radical mastectomy left my chest in a terrible state. Then I made an appointment with Dr. James Murphy and immediately I like him. He has a great bedside manner, cheerful, encouraging and supportive. He told me “yes” that I was candidate for breast reconstruction. He showed me pictures of his results and immediately I knew I could trust him. The whole experience was amazing and I am very happy and delighted with the results. My new breast looks excellent, natural, full, size, the shape I wanted and there is hardly any scaring. Dr. Murphy is an excellent surgeon who can be trusted with his amazing abilities. I would encourage any patient to submit to his care and feel comfortable know he is going to do a wonderful job with his talents. I speak from my personal experience and it was a good one. Dr. Murphy is an excellent surgeon, I highly recommend, and has improved the quality of my life.

Georgette Noble

I have been a patient of NNPSA (now Murphy Plastic Surgery) for over 13 years now. Dr. Murphy has quite frankly saved my life! I first met Dr. Murphy in 1999 when I had a breast augmentation. And in June 2010, he performed a preventative bilateral mastectomy due to a very strong family history and the fact a mass was found on my mammogram. My mother and sister are both breast cancer survivors, having had the same cancer, same breast, same age. And that age was 48. During my annual mammogram when I was 48, they found a mass. After two years of MRIs, ultrasounds, and “watching” it, I decided to take back my fear of breast cancer and take control of my life. Dr. Murphy helped me do just that!! Even after five surgeries/procedures, I have never looked back for even one second and/or regretted my decision. I don’t think I could have done it without the unwavering support of Dr. Murphy and his staff each step of the way.

Heather, 6/2012

After breast feeding 4 babies, losing weight, and turning the corner of 40 my breasts took a dive to the South Pole.
My consultation with Dr. James Murphy was relaxed and I felt he was veryknowledgable of what I needed to have done. Their was no pressure from him oranyone in his office to set the procedure up. But I knew I would not be happy until I had a lift and breast augmentation done. I must say it is quite an improvement from the day I walked in his office. My breasts are back to looking
youthful & perky and Dr. Murphy took all my considerations in. I didn’t even have to take pain meds. I don’t know why I waited so long to have it done. I would highly recommend Dr. Murphy for breast lift and augmentation to any woman. What are you waiting for?

Sue 10/2011

Wonderful Experience! Very informative, great staff, knowledgeable and fun too! Thank-you.


The entire staff at Murphy Plastic Surgery is awesome! Professional, caring, informative and perfectionists. Tracy is amazing with injections. Love them all. Would use them for any cosmetic procedures.

Deb 10/2011

Dear Dr. Murphy:
I keep trying to figure out the right works to express to you the blessing we felt with your being the surgeon on duty the night (2/20/09) of Chrystle’s horrific snow boarding accident and the simple thank you, heartfelt, seems to cover it the best.
She is even more beautiful now as the accidents (remember she totaled the car on the Monday) have forced her to reevaluate some (make that all) choices she was making and she has matured into a very different individual than she was prior to the accidents. However the fact that your incredible skill as a Plastic Surgeon returned her as she was prior is still unbelievable to us and for that we are grateful beyond words.

Fondly, C.

Dr. Murphy is awesome as well as Tracie Murphy and the entire office staff! They treat everyone special and give individualized attention for all your needs and questions. Great detail is given for whatever procedure you are having. They truly are perfectionists at this office and are located right next to the surgery center. Look no further for the best plastic surgery Doctor and staff in the Reno area.

Debbie 9/2011

Dr. Strand,

Thank-you for your amazing work.  I came to you on such high recommendations and I will continue to highly recommend you.  Without much time or consulting, you gave me a beautiful set of breasts and an increase in my self esteem.  Thank-you for your time and talent.


Dear Doctor Murphy,

I want to thank you very much for your concern and care for me throughout my recent operations. As you know, I was a little reticent to have this operation at my age, but my husband wanted me to get it taken care of. I am grateful that my friend recommended you. Your reputation is par excellent with the Renown medical group and they made every effort to make me feel comfortable and at ease with my surgeries. Thank Meghan for all her help – she always seems to be there and had an answer to any questions I had.

Sincerely, Karen 2/2011

My face-lift has made such a difference in the way I see myself. Dr. Murphy & his staff are extremely caring and compassionate people. I felt very comfortable in their care. I had a major heart scare 6 months after and his staff called my home to check on me. That says a whole lot in my book! I would never consider going to anyone else! Dr. Murphy & staff—YOU’RE THE BEST!!!!!

-Kim Sammons

Dr. Murphy performed two surgeries on me, and I look and feel fabulous! His consultation, bedside manner, and post-op’s were always professional and very upbeat. Dr. Murphy has a great eye for making other beautiful. I definitely recommend him!

Anonymous 7/2011

Dr. Murphy has a great eye for making other beautiful.

I 7/2011

I felt confident with Tracy and reassured. She took all the time necessary to answer my questions. I feel good about the whole process and very appreciative for the great pricing. Thank-you so much.

Peggy 1/2011