What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is an FDA approved synthetic injectable material known as poly-L-lactic acid. Sculptra is biocompatible, biodegradable material that has been widely used for many years in dissolvable sutures. Sculptra® can dramatically improve the appearance of aging skin folds, indented chin surfaces, hollowed cheeks, and sunken eyes. Using a small needle, Sculptra is injected into areas that requires treatment.
How it works:
Sculptra® is injected below the surface of the skin. It begins to work within the deep dermis, where your skin’s structure is reinforced as Sculptra helps to replace lost collagen. The reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness to your skin.
- Bruising. Taking herbals, aspirin or similar medications increases this risk.
- Pain. To reduce discomfort, an anesthetic cream is applied to the treatment area. In addition, there is anesthetic mixed in with the Sculptra.
- Bumps. Sculptra can infrequently cause bumps that present within 6 to 12 months after treatment. The bumps may not be visible, and may be noticed only when the skin is stretched.
Normal activites can be resumed immediately after treatment. Slight discomfort after the procedure can be controlled with ice. There is mild swelling, which disappears in 24 to 36 hours. Minimal bruising may occur, but can be covered with makeup.
When will I see results from a Sculptra® treatment?
Sculptra takes time to correct volume loss, as opposed to other filler materials that provide immediate results. This gradual increase in collagen thick ess occurs over a number of treatments separated by 4 to 6 weeks. Depending on the degree of facial atrophy, it may be necessary to perform between 2 to 6 sessions. Once the desired outcome has been achieved, results can last for up to two years although some touch-up treatments may be needed in the interim. It can be used alone or with laser rejuvenation, chemical peels and botulinum neuromodulators (i.e. Botox®) to enhance these results.