Sculptra® Aesthetic is the only FDA-approved facial injectable treatment that naturally boosts the skin's collagen production to combat signs of aging. By stimulating collagen production, Sculptra subtly and gradually adds volume that lifts the soft tissues and plumps the skin from within, improving the look of smile lines, marionette lines, pre-auricular wrinkles, radial cheek folds, and chin wrinkles. Unlike traditional hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, which work immediately to fill in lines and wrinkles, Sculptra is made from Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which stimulates the skin's own natural collagen production over time.
Who is a good candidate? Who is NOT a candidate?
Sculptra may be a good choice for those who lack the structure, support, and volume in their face that's necessary for fillers to make a desired difference in their appearance. Sculptra should not be used by people that are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Safety has not been established in patients who are pregnant, lactating, breastfeeding, or under 18 years of age.
How is the treatment done?
Sculptra is injected with fine gauge needles into the discussed area. The injections cause mild, very temporary discomfort, and feel similar to a slight pinching sensation. A “pushing and pulling” sensation with some pressure is typically felt. Sculptra is pre-mixed with lidocaine; However, A topical numbing agent can be applied prior to injections, to ease any discomfort. Ice is applied to the treated area to aid swelling and ease discomfort.
How long to see results?
On average, a series of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months may be needed, with results continuing to improve through the 9th month.
Why do the procedure/benefits?
How long is recovery? What does it look like? (Bruising, swelling, etc.)
There is no downtime required after being treated Sculptra. However, exercise is not recommended for 24-hours after injections. The most common side effects after initial treatment include injection site swelling, tenderness, redness, pain, bruising, bleeding, itching and lumps.
How often do you have to follow up/maintenance?
The typical treatment regimen consists of three injections over three to four months, and results appear gradually over a period of a few months, lasting more than two years.