Sometimes referred to as the Liquid Facelift, Sculptra™ is an injectable filler product that, when injected below the skin’s surface, restores volume to correct various signs of aging.
Sculptra is a favorite of celebrities and those who have previously used shorter-term fillers love it for its longevity and how natural the effects look over time.
Sculptra™ is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic material. Sculptra™ is not made from human or animal sources and does not require a skin test. Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a biocompatible (does not harm the body), biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body) material that has been widely used for many years in surgical products. The effects are long-lasting; they were shown in a clinical study to last for up to 2 years after the first treatment session.
Who is a Candidate for Sculptra™?
If you have wrinkles anywhere on your face that you wish to diminish, you may be a candidate for Sculptra™ injections. You may also be a candidate for Sculptra™ if you have deep nasolabial folds (the line between your nose and the corner of your mouth), or if you have scars on your face that you wish to improve. Sculptra is a natural volumizer.
Do Sculptra™ injections hurt?
A topical anesthetic or an injection of numbing medicine may be used, if desired, to minimize discomfort.
Sculptra™ will be injected in small amounts into the skin using a very fine needle. Sculptra™ takes time to gradually correct the depression in your skin. Your doctor will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra™ you will need at each. Anywhere from 3 to 6 treatments will be required depending on the amount of skin depression to be corrected. These treatments will usually be approximately 6 weeks apart.
Recuperation and Healing Following Sculptra™ Injections
Immediately following a treatment session, there may be redness, swelling, pain, bruising or all of these signs in the area treated. These usually disappear in a few hours to a few days. Ice should be applied to help decrease swelling.
The treated area should be lightly massaged a few times each day for several days after the treatment session. Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal routine after treatment.