Sculptra is an injectable cosmetic filler that can be used to restore facial volume lost due to aging. It contains poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible, absorbable material that stimulates collagen production. It can be used to treat facial fat loss, deep lines, creases, and folds to yield a more youthful appearance. Sculptra is a unique cosmetic injectable. The majority of fillers utilize hyaluronic acid to create additional volume beneath however, Sculptra has a unique mechanism it is one of the few that actually causes new collagen formation.
How Long Does Sculptra Last?
Because Sculptra contains poly-L-lactic acid, which causes you to form your own collagen the benefits can last for up to 24 months. In one of Sculptra’s clinical trials, 80% of patients who received the treatment were still satisfied with their results at 2 years.
Is Sculptra The Best Filler?
It depends on your goals and which areas you want to treat but it is certainly one of the best ones on the market as it has a long duration of benefit and it simulates the body to make its own collagen.
Does Sculptra Look Natural?
Yes, this is because of the way it works. Sculptra works gradually to stimulate your own body’s collagen production and what can be more natural looking than your own collagen?
Is One Vial of Sculptra Enough?
We usually suggest starting with a kit of two vials, however each patient is an individual and occasionally in the younger patient or one not requiring much volume one vial may achieve the desired results.
Which Is Better Voluma Or Sculptra?
They are both great fillers and they are both long lasting. The answer to this question really depends on the patients’ needs and treatment goals. The gradual improvement of Sculptra may be a plus or minus depending on the situation. Voluma can more easily be targeted to a problem area whereas Sculptra may be better for a broad volumizing need.
How Much Does Sculptra Cost?
The cost of Sculptra depends on several factors:
- Amount of enhancing or correction necessary
- The area being treated
- Number of treatments elected
How Does Sculptra Work?
Sculptra is injected into the skin in the areas to be treated. It contains poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), This material is like the material found in absorbable sutures. As the body reacts to and absorbs the PLLA it is replaced by the body’s own collagen. This process gradually builds collagen and restore fullness correcting facial wrinkles and folds. Results are not immediate. It can take a few months to see the full results of your treatment.
How Many Treatments Needed for Optimal Results?
Most patients are happiest if they have more than one treatment, usually two to three. Patients will notice some improvement just a few weeks after the first treatment, but they will see the most significant improvements at around 2-3 months. Many patients elect to have a single annual touch up to maintain results.
What Areas Can Be Treated by Sculptra
Sculptra is FDA approved to treat facial wrinkles and folds and has been clinically approved to treat smile lines and other wrinkles around the nose and mouth as well as chin wrinkles.
Sculptra may be used off-label in the following locations:
- Buttock augmentation
- Correction of cellulite
- Treatment of chest, elbow, and knee wrinkles
- Improvement in the appearance of the neck
What To Expect After Sculptra
Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after Sculptra injections. Like all fillers, swelling and bruising can occur but are usually mild and subside within a few days. Results are gradual, and it may take a few weeks to see the full effects of Sculptra. Results last up to two years.
To find out if you are a candidate for Sculptra, please call our office today or book online to schedule a comprehensive consultation.