What is Sculptra© Aesthetic?
Sculptra© Aesthetic is a unique, volumizing filler that provides natural-looking and long-lasting results. It is composed of Poly-L-lactic acid particles which, when injected into the skin, stimulate your body to produce its own natural collagen at the sites of injection. New collagen production starts to take place as soon as three weeks after the procedure and continues to occur for up to several months. Replacing lost collagen in the skin results in a gradual correction of volume loss and decreased the appearance of moderate to severe facial folds due to aging. This often leads to a dramatically smoother, more youthful contour to the face.
How does Sculptra© differ from other fillers?
Sculptra© Aesthetic requires a series of treatments (most commonly up to four treatments, 1-2 vials per treatment, spaced 4-6 weeks apart). The visible effects of Sculptra© Aesthetic are not immediate as with the majority of other fillers on the market, and occur gradually over the next several months.
What areas can be treated with Sculptra©?
The most common areas targeted for Sculptra treatment include:
- Nasolabial folds
Of note, Sculptra© Aesthetic is not recommended for use around the lips; lips are best treated with fillers like Juvederm© and Restylane©.
How long does Sculptra© Aesthetic last?
Sculptra© Aesthetic is the only FDA approved filler to provide results that can last longer than two years.
Are There Any Side Effects of Sculptra© Aesthetic?
We mix Sculptra© aesthetic with lidocaine in order to make the injection experience more comfortable. Ice packs, prescription-strength numbing cream, and injection of a small amount of lidocaine at each of the injection point sites are also available to decrease discomfort. Sculptra© aesthetic has an excellent safety record in the hands of experienced, well-trained physicians. Most commonly, temporary mild swelling and bruising can occur. Consider reviewing our treatment tips for precautions to avoid/minimize bruising prior to your treatment. In addition, the risk of temporary, palpable but usually not visible lumps under the skin can be decreased by proper massage of the area which will be demonstrated for you at the time of your procedure. If lumps do occur, they are not permanent and will dissolve spontaneously over a period of weeks to months.