Sculptra® is a volumizing filler that is gaining popularity as an option for restoring a more youthful, vibrant look by increasing the volume in the face. Unlike other fillers, Sculptra stimulates your body’s own collagen, giving natural, subtle and long lasting results.
What Is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® (poly-L-lactic acid) is a new FDA- approved, non-invasive way to restore the volume in depressed areas of your face such as skin creases, wrinkles and folds that result from natural aging. It is a safe, synthetic and biocompatible material derived from acids of fruits that is injected below the surface of the skin to achieve a fuller, more youthful appearance. Sculptra® is unique in that it provides a gradual, yet significant, increase in skin thickness by stimulating the body to produce more of its own collagen. It is rapidly becoming the favorite cosmetic option, as it is also known as the “facelift in a bottle.”
How Does Sculptra® Work?
Sculptra® is unique from other fillers because it causes the body to produce its own collagen, resulting in a more natural-looking, youthful appearance. When it is injected, Sculptra® stimulates your fibroblasts to produce new collagen, enhancing the fullness and firmness of your skin. The process is gradual, and the effects can last two years or even longer. It is used to fill and re-contour areas where collagen and the body’s fat have diminished with age.
How Is Sculptra® Placed In The Skin?
Sculptra® is injected into the skin the same way as other fillers are; It is placed in those areas where volume loss is visible, in a manner of seeding under the skin. The body then begins to produce natural collagen in the areas where the Sculptra® particles have been placed, and over a period of time the skin builds and thickens to restore the lost volume.
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
Generally, Sculptra® treatments consist of a series of two to three sessions done four to six weeks apart. Visible results appear naturally and progressively after each treatment session.
Are The Effects Immediate?
There will be a temporary fullness in the face immediately after the injections which will decrease to pre-treatment levels. However, over the next six to eight weeks, the skin thickness will gradually increase in a subtle way.
How Long Do The Effects Last?
Because you are building your own collagen under the skin, the effects of Sculptra® are long term. FDA studies over a two year period still show effects of the correction.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is used for increasing volume of depressed areas in the face, especially the temples, eye rings, cheeks, nasolabial folds (bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth), marionette lines (corners of the mouth to the chin) and chin. It can be used by the doctor to ‘sculpt’ your face by boosting its natural collagen and restoring its natural contours and smoothing wrinkles, creases and folds.
Is Sculptra® A Safe Product?
Yes! Sculptra® is a safe, non-invasive procedure that has been used in the cosmetic field since 1999 in thirty different countries. It is a biodegradable and highly biocompatible product made from poly-L-lactic acid, which has been widely used for over thirty years in dissolvable sutures and many types of implants.
Have There Been Any Side Effects Associated With The Use Of Sculptra®?
Any kind of injection holds the risk of infection, however side effects are generally temporary and minimal. They can range from redness to slight bruising, bleeding, small bumps, tenderness, pain or swelling.
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