If aging, acne scars, or a localized loss of fat tissue have caused your face to lose the smooth fullness of youth, Sculptra™ may offer an effective solution. While other fillers focus on individual folds or wrinkles, Sculptra™ restores volume to a larger area, dramatically improving folds, wrinkles, depressions, and scars.
Sculptra™ is made from microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid — the same material used in absorbable sutures — and has been widely employed as a cosmetic enhancement in Europe for years.
Sculptra™ is injected into the skin in small amounts with an ultrafine needle. You may be given a topical or local anesthetic for comfort.
Sculptra™ stimulates your own collagen to restore volume, so the results are natural looking and long lasting, but the full effect takes time to appear. Treatments — usually three to five — are spaced approximately one month apart. You will see immediate improvement after each injection, but these are temporary results caused by water, and they will quickly fade.
As your body begins producing collagen, the real results will build gradually over one to three months. These results may last two years or longer. Some patients may want a touch-up treatment during this time to refresh their look.
Immediately following a treatment session, you may experience redness, swelling, pain, or bruising. These conditions usually disappear in a few hours to a few days.
Side effects may include the delayed appearance of small bumps under the skin in the treated area. Generally, these bumps are not visible and may be noticed only when pressing on the treated area.
No skin testing is required, but you should not use Sculptra™ if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Let us know if you have ever had facial cold sores. Your doctor may prescribe a medication to minimize their recurrence.