Sculptra is a synthetic and biocompatible material that is injected below the surface of the skin to correct the effects of facial fat loss. Sunken cheeks, indentations, and hollow eyes will regain lost volume over time with Sculptra. This non-invasive treatment corrects the deepest of lines and wrinkles with long-term results.
The main component in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid, which is biocompatible and biodegradable. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used for many years in surgical products such as dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants and other types of implants. Sculptra works by stimulating your own skin to build collagen around it, which takes several weeks. Results are visible within the first few treatment sessions.
Sculptra is safe and has been used to treat over 150,000 people in over 30 countries worldwide. Sculptra has been clinically tested and is FDA approved in the United States.
The procedure is performed at your doctor's office. Using a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort, Sculptra is then injected using a very fine needle. As with most injections, side effects, though minimal, could possibly occur. The most common are redness, swelling, bruising, and pain around the treated area. Using icepacks immediately after treatment can minimize these effects. Side effects usually go away in a few hours up to a few days. Most patients feel comfortable returning to their normal activities following treatment.
The number of treatments depends on the severity of your condition and the outcome you desire. Your doctor will decide on the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra you will need.
Sculptra will restore fullness to the face, creating a rejuvenated, natural appearance. It will restore the deepest of wrinkles and provide a gradual increase in skin thickness. Results will differ for each person, although, in a clinical study, treatment results lasted up to two years or longer. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain your desired effect.