What is Sculptra?
Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable that is used to restore facial fat that has been lost due to aging. This product is different because it gradually and subtly corrects these facial wrinkles and folds. Sculptra helps replace lost collagen. Collagen is a protein in the dermis that gives structure to the skin and provides the foundation for the retention of skin laxity and volume.
Sculptra Aesthetic is made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used safely for decades in dissolvable stitches and as a facial injectable since 1999.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sculptra?
It is difficult to find the product that is right for you with so many facial fillers and anti-aging injectables on the market. You may be a good candidate for Sculptra if you:
- Don’t want a drastic change
- Want results that last a long time
- Want to restore volume to your face
- Are unhappy with the appearance of smile lines
- Are interested in cheekbone contouring
Sculptra is not appropriate for use around the eye and lip areas. If you are looking to improve these areas, you may not be an ideal candidate for this procedure. Be sure to talk to our Doctor about your goals and concerns before choosing Sculptra.
Benefits of Sculptra Aesthetic
Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA-approved treatment for nasolabial folds and is considered safe and effective for most patients. Benefits of Sculptra include:
- Gradual results
- Youthful and natural appearance
- Can treat marionette lines around the mouth
- Can treat chin wrinkles
- No allergy testing required
- Little-to-no recovery time required
Sculptra is a great option for most patients. This procedure is not preferred by patients who are seeking immediate results from their treatment. For those seeking more immediate results, we suggest alternative treatments such as Botox, Xeomin, Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. Blue Illusion Beauty offers a number of dermal fillers for his patients to choose from.
Where Can Sculptra Be Used?
Sculptra is indicated for shallow to deep smile lines (nasolabial folds) and cheekbone contouring. Sculptra is a facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that appear with aging. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.
How Is Collagen Regenerated?
Sculptra targets the underlying causes of facial aging. It begins to work within the deep dermis, where your skin’s structure is reinforced and helps to replace lost collagen. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness of your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that have depleted over time.
How Long Does Sculptra Last?
One treatment of Sculptra can last well over a year depending on the patient’s absorption rate. Studies have shown for patients with moderate to severe volume loss who have had an average of three injection sessions over a few months, results can last more than two years.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
It takes our Doctors around 20-30 minutes for a treatment depending on how many areas need to be filled.
Do Sculptra Injections Hurt?
Topical numbing medication and icing before help with improved patient comfort. Many patients find Sculptra injections feel more pressure than pain.
Sculptra Injections Recovery
After your injection, you should expect a little bit of swelling and slight redness, which seems to resolve/go away in a matter of hours. Some patients tend to be swollen for a few days after lip injections. Avoiding heavy exercise, salty foods, alcohol, and sleeping face down will help avoid excessive swelling.
Results of Sculptra Aesthetic
You will immediately see an improvement, but Sculptra takes time to see maximal results. Results should be noticeable after approximately 6 weeks and usually take three months to reach full effect.