Sculptra is an injectable product that is intended to restore and correct the signs of facial fat loss. Sculptra is not made from human or animal sources and does not require a skin test. Sculptra is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic product. Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is biocompatible (does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). PLLA has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants, and other types of implants.
Sculptra is effective when used to fill wrinkles and furrows. It makes the skin appear smoother and firmer, enabling it to resemble its previous elasticity. Sculptra provides an increase in the skin thickness of the areas where volume (fat) has been lost, helping to restore fullness to the face for a more natural appearance.
Sculptra will not stop the cause of your soft tissue loss. But, Sculptra will improve your appearance by increasing the thickness of your skin and surrounding soft tissue in the treated areas.
Sculptra has been clinically proven to be long lasting and well-tolerated. Patients treated in these same clinical studies reported an improvement in quality of life. Decreases in the anxiety and depression often associated with lipoatrophy were also reported. Increases in skin thickness lasted up to 2 years.
Treatments with Sculptra take 15 – 30 minutes and are performed in our doctor’s office. A local anesthetic cream or injection may be applied to the treatment area. Then, using a small needle, Sculptra is placed beneath the surface of the skin, in the area of your soft tissue loss.
During your consultation, our physician will examine your areas of soft tissue deficiency and decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and estimate the amount of Sculptra you will require at each session. Most patients require 1 – 3 treatment sessions every 2 – 4 weeks. Some patients may also do best with a combination of Sculptra and another filling substance. Severe soft tissue loss usually requires 3 – 6 treatment sessions.
The results from Sculptra are not immediate. Sculptra provides a gradual increase in soft tissue and skin thickness. However, the effects of Sculptra are long-lasting. Our doctor may want to see you again in a few weeks to decide if additional injections are needed. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effects.
Excellent results can be achieved with Sculptra when treating all parts of the face including the forehead, around the eyes and lips, between the mouth and nose, and the cheeks. Sculptra can add volume to the cheeks, to folds around the chin, and to rings around the eyes. It is equally effective on the neck and lower neckline. It can also be used to treat the hands, knees and ankles as well as certain types of scars.
After our doctor performs Sculptra treatments, patients are up and around immediately. At first, there will be some swelling caused by the injections and the extra water used to dilute the Sculptra. This will go away in a 1 – 2 days as the water is absorbed by your body. You could also experience some discomfort, tenderness, bleeding or bruising at the injection site. This too will disappear within a few days to a couple weeks. Occasionally, small bumps may form in the treated area. Local massage to the area usually can treat these should they occur.