Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable designed to gradually restore lost collagen, a protein naturally found in the body that supports healthy cells and tissue. Treatment results can last up to two years.
Why Choose Sculptra
Sculptra is effective because it addresses the underlying cause of facial aging, not just the symptoms. Compared to other anti-aging treatments, Sculptra has key advantages.
- Collagen creams. They are unable to reach the dermis on a deep level. Most topical treatments are effective as moisturizers, supporting the skin’s appearance.
- Collagen Supplements. Their effectiveness is unclear. When ingested, the digestive system breaks down collagen proteins.
- Botox. This treatment works by temporarily weakening muscles to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Results can last a few months.
- Fillers. Upon injection, the filler restores volume in lines, wrinkles, and folds.
Who is a Candidate?
Sculptra was created for use in people with healthy immune systems, who would like to correct shallow to deep nasolabial folds and other facial wrinkles.
Sculptra is not recommended for individuals:
- Under 18 years of age
- Who are allergic to any of the ingredients
- With an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area
- Who have a history of keloid scarring or hypertrophic scarring
- Who are pregnant, lactating, or breastfeeding
How Sculptra Works
Sculptra contains poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a collagen stimulator that helps restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles.
Upon injection, Sculptra works deep in the dermis to stimulate collagen production and help restore the skin’s inner structure and volume.
As the body absorbs the Sculptra PLLA microparticles, collagen production receives a boost. As collagen strands are rebuilt, they begin to gradually restore facial volume and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and folds.
To ensure visible, lasting results, Sculptra is injected through a series of treatments administered by a trained specialist. The key ingredient is made with biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body. This process helps to rebuild lost collagen.
What to Expect During Treatment
The specialist will begin by cleansing the treatment area and apply a topical anesthetic to numb the outer layer of skin. The specialist then injects treatment into the appropriate dermal plane to achieve the desired results. The injection sites will be strategically identified, based on where strands of collagen support the skin’s structure.
Over time, patients will see how Sculptra helps their body restore lost collagen. The number of injections and treatment necessary to deliver visible results will vary from person to person, depending on how much collagen has been lost. On average, patients will need three injection appointments over the course of a few months.
Potential Risks and Side Effects
Sculptra treatment risks and side effects may include:
- Pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, redness, and itching at the injection site
- Nodules, papules, or lumps
- Temporary bleeding at the injection site
To minimize the risks of potential complications, Sculptra should only be injected by a trained health care practitioner. Their level of experience and knowledge of facial anatomy are key factors in the effectiveness of Sculptra.