Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable filler made of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which works to replace lost collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid is safe, absorbed naturally by the body, and has been used for years in dissolvable stitches. The loss of collagen that occurs with age can contribute to lines, wrinkles, a hollow appearance under the eyes, and sunken cheeks. By restoring collagen production, Sculptra® delivers a younger, rejuvenated appearance without surgery.
Sculptra® Aesthetic replaces lost collagen in the mid to lower face and chin area. Patients often choose the formula to treat some of the first signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and folds in the lower face, sunken cheeks, follow eyes, indentations in the skin. Sculptra® injectable filler is unique compared to other fillers on the market in that it gradually replaces lost collagen below the skin’s surface for longer-lasting results.
Candidates for Sculptra® are those who are not ready for a surgical procedure like the facelift or whose concerns are not severe enough to require one. Patients can enjoy a younger appearance without the use of incisions or required downtime when they choose treatment with Sculptra®.
Through a series of treatments, Sculptra® stimulates the body’s collagen growth to subtly reduce signs of aging by restoring lost facial volume. Unlike other dermal fillers, the results may last up to two years or longer. Sculptra® treatments restore a natural fullness to the face by creating natural collagen that will age with you. Most patients require 2-3 Sculptra® treatments, scheduled 6-8 weeks apart to achieve maximum long-term results.
One of our nurse injectors or plastic surgeons will meet with you prior to treatment to discuss your concerns and goals, as well as evaluate your face to determine if Sculptra® is your best option. A numbing cream may be applied to the areas being treated to reduce discomfort. Using a small needle, Sculptra® is injected under the skin’s surface where there is visible volume loss. Your injector may need to massage the area after the treatment is completed. Total treatment time will vary depending on the number of areas being injected. A typical appointment usually lasts between 20-30 minutes.
Sculptra® is nonsurgical, allowing patients to return to their daily routine right away with no downtime. However, following these tips can help maximize comfort:
- Gently ice the area to reduce swelling.
- Do not massage or exfoliate the treated area
- Avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after treatment
You will not notice immediate results following your treatment. Sculptra® generates the growth of new collagen, which will continue to develop over time increasing volume under the skin’s surface. Results will become noticeable over the course of a few months. The number of total treatments will depend on your goals and the recommendation of your injector. After treatment, you may experience redness, tenderness, minor swelling or bruising, but these signs will subside within a few hours to a few days. Sculptra® has been clinically proven to last up to 2 years or longer in some cases with an optimal number of treatments. After Sculptra® dissolves, patients might choose to have a touch-up session to maintain their collagen production levels.
Excellent consultation, staff are very educated about the fillers and helped me decide on the best filler for my desired results. The results were very beautiful and I couldn’t be happier.
It is not uncommon for patients to have a dermal filler injected at the same time as Sculptra®. A dermal filler will provide immediate improvement while the patient waits for the Sculptra® treatments to gradually take effect as collagen develops under the skin’s surface. We call this approach “layering.” This method can be discussed in greater detail during your evaluation.
While Sculptra® can improve the skin by stimulating new collagen, future signs of aging can occur once use is discontinued. If more severe signs of aging develop, patients might choose to have a surgical treatment like a facelift or brow life to address facial sagging and smooth the skin.
With so many filler formulas available, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. At your consultation at BioSpa, we will meet with you to determine if you are a candidate. To learn more about Sculptra® or other injectable formulas or to schedule your consultation, contact our office today.