Also known as the “facelift in a bottle,” Sculptra works by both filling in lines and wrinkles, and by stimulating the body to produce new collagen.
Sculptra is a safe, synthetic, and biocompatible material derived from fruit acids. It’s injected below the surface of the skin to create a fuller, more youthful appearance. Sculptra provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness, improving the appearance of wrinkles, folds, and sunken areas.
When it comes to treating volume loss in the face, a series of Sculptra injections is often the treatment of choice. The results — a fuller, smoother, more youthful-looking face, with less pronounced lines, creases, wrinkles, and folds will last years.
Sculptra is an injectable treatment that achieves excellent results in treating all parts of the face, including the areas around the eyes and lips, cheeks, and neck, and between the mouth and nose. It adds volume to the cheeks, to folds around the chin, and to hollow areas around the eyes. All of these areas may be injected during one visit.
How does Sculptra work?
Highly biocompatible and biodegradable, Sculptra is made from a material called poly-L-lactic acid, which has been widely used for over 30 years in dissolvable sutures, soft tissue implants, and other types of implants.
Sculptra naturally stimulates the body to produce its own collagen, resulting in a more natural-looking, youthful appearance that can last two or more years before touch ups are needed.
Sculptra is injected deeply into the skin in the area of fat and volume loss. It helps lift, smooth, and firm up your skin gradually because it stimulates the production of your own collagen. Visible results appear naturally and progressively after each treatment session. While Sculptra will not correct the underlying cause of the facial fat loss, it will help improve the appearance by increasing skin firmness in the treated area.
Sculptra is used for increasing volume of depressed areas, particularly to correct skin depressions in the areas of the temples, eye rings, cheeks, nasolabial folds, “marionette” lines, and chin. Sculptra can be used to “sculpt” your face by restoring its natural contours, and by smoothing out wrinkles, creases, and folds.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the treatment like?
Sculptra is injected into the skin in tiny amounts, using an ultra-fine needle. Local anesthetic is injected along with the Sculptra, making the treatment quite comfortable.
At your initial treatment, we will guide you on how many treatments are required. Generally, Sculptra is injected in three treatment sessions over a two-month-to three-month period (at four-week to six-week intervals). During this time, unwanted deep lines and wrinkles gradually diminish as the skin firms up as a result of the production of your own collagen.
The fluid of the injection makes wrinkles look like they are completely gone right after the procedure. This injected volume will disappear after the first week as the fluid is absorbed. Makeup can be applied right away after Sculptra injections.
It is important to thoroughly massage the treated areas for five minutes, five times daily, for five days to seven days after each treatment, to allow for the even distribution of the product and to ensure natural-looking results. Because the production of new collagen formation is gradual, each treatment session will yield results that are more noticeable. Of course, individual results may vary, and you may need touch-up treatments to maintain best results.
Each Sculptra treatment session generally takes from 20 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas treated and the effects you want to achieve.
Side effects are usually temporary and minimal, but can range from redness to slight bruising, bleeding, small bumps, tenderness, and pain or swelling.
How many treatments are required?
Generally, three treatment sessions over a two-month to three-month period may be necessary to obtain the desired results.
How much does it cost?
The cost for Sculptra is $950 to $1,050 per vial.
What’s the downtime?
There is no downtime.