Sculptra works as a poly-L-lactic acid collagen stimulator, encouraging natural collagen production in treated areas to restore facial volume over time.
How Does Sculptra ® Work?
Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable liquid used to increase volume and restore shape. It is made with a biocompatible, biodegradable, material called poly-L-lactic acid, which has been used for many years in absorbable sutures.
It is injected deep within the skin, and unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra stimulates the skin’s own natural collagen production, volumizing gradually.
What Areas Does Sculptra ® Treat?
Sculptra® is perfect for volumizing and lifting cheeks, filling in hollows (i.e. temples), for lifting jowls and marionette lines, and for better defining the jawline. It can also be used in other areas, like the hands to smooth contour and better hide bones, tendons, and large veins, as well as to fill in “saggy” knees.
When Will I See Results?
Sculptra is not for patients who need instant gratification. But if you can be patient, the results are absolutely worth the wait. Just ask any Sculptra patient or check out some before and after photos and you’ll see for yourself. Because Sculptra stimulates your own body to produce collagen, this process takes time, typically around 6 weeks. After Sculptra is injected, water mixed with the product absorbs over 1-2 days, and it appears that “nothing” was done. Then, as the Sculptra particles start stimulating collagen synthesis, improvement is usually seen after about 6 weeks. At this time, another injection session is usually made to build on the initial improvement.
Will I Need More Than One Treatment?
To achieve maximized rejuvenation, typically 2-3 sessions, spaced about 6 weeks apart are necessary. The number of injection appointments and the number of injections per appointment varies from person to person.
How Long Will Treatments Last?
Treatments last up can last up to 2 years.
What Is the Downtime?
Technically, there’s no actual “downtime.” It’s an out-patient treatment that won’t take much more than an hour to perform. When finished, most patients feel that they can go on about their normal day activities. Like H.A. fillers, you can experience some swelling at the injection sites that will generally subside in less than a week. Mild to moderate bruising is also common. Tenderness, itching, and redness are other common side-effects.