Sculptra is a subtle anti-aging injectable used to create volume and improve skin-texture. It is often used to treat sunken cheeks, hollow eyes, indentations, lipotropohy and facial wasting. It can also be used on the temples, chin, and jawline. When done properly Sculptra treatment can provide a full facial rejuvenation.
How Does Sculptra Work?
As we age, the body begins to lose its ability to make collagen. This results in a loss of facial volume and sagging skin. Sculptra is injected into the deep dermal layer of the skin and stimulates the body to produce new collagen in the injected areas.
The injection occurs with a very fine needle and pain is minimal. A topical or local anesthetic may be used by Dr. Schwarczto further reduce discomfort. Treatment takes 15 to 40 minutes depending on the size and number of areas being treated.
Immediately after treatment and for several days, you will need to vigorously massage your face to help ensure even distribution. There are few side-effects, and you will be able to resume normal activity immediately.
You may notice minor redness, swelling, bruising or small bumps. These side effects usually resolve quickly on their own. In rare cases, small nodules may form and last for several months. It is important to note that this form of cosmetic treatment involves a very advanced injection technique, so you will want to seek out a doctor with extensive experience injecting the product.
Is The Sculptra Procedure Safe?
Sculptra is comprised of Polylactic Acid (PLLA), a synthetic material not made from human or animal sources. This greatly minimizes the chance of allergic reaction. Polylactic Acid is biocompatible, harmless, and biodegradable. Prior to FDA approval for facial rejuvenation, it had been used for many years in other medical products such as dissolvable stitches.
Is This Facial Filler Right for Me?
It is important to have realistic expectations when considering any cosmetic procedure. Sculptra is not a “quick fix” and is not a wrinkle-filler. Results are gradual since they are based on your body’s increased collagen production rather than the treatment itself.
Initially you will need three to six treatments at four to six week intervals in order to achieve desired results. Multiple clinical studies have shown that results can last up to two years. Touch-ups are needed every one to two years thereafter.