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What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an FDA aesthetic injectable with the main ingredient being Poly-L-Lactic Acid.  This is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material which is naturally absorbed by the body.  Sculptra is indicated for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines), chin, marionette lines, temples, neck, decolletage and chest.  Sculptra helps to gradually increase and replace lost collagen, which is the underlying cause of facial aging.

Sculptra is known as the “Fountain of Youth.”  As we age, our body’s collagen production decreases, and we lose about 2 tablespoons every year after the age of 18.  

How do I know if I am a candidate for Sculptra?

It is important to understand that not all fillers or injectables are the same.  Some injectables target different areas of the face and can produce different effects.  Sculptra is not a filler.  It is a collagen stimulator that works within the deep dermis to help restore structure and volume.  Sculptra is great to use in conjunction with injectable fillers.  

How does the treatment work?

The treatment is almost painless since Sculptra contains lidocaine, a medical numbing agent that will help the treatment to be more comfortable.  As with any injection, possible side effects are expected and will resolve within 1-2 weeks.

Most common side effects include swelling, bruising, mild tenderness, redness and lumps at the injection site.  Most patients require 1-2 vials per treatment, with treatments spaced out six to eight weeks apart.


How soon will I see results and how long do the results last?

Results are typically seen within a few weeks post treatment, with optimal results around 12 weeks.  The results can last up to 2 years.

Are there any contraindications for Sculptra?

  1. Patients who are pregnant or lactating.

  2. Allergies to Methylcellulose Analogies

  3. Allergies lactic acid and sugar

  4. Active infections such as cold and flu

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