Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid that works as a facial volumizing agent to restore lost volume, resulting in a more youthful appearance. It is biocompatible and provides a gradual, yet significant improvement in skin thickness and reduces the appearance of facial lines and folds. Unlike other “fillers”, the response to Sculptra slowly builds over time instead of degrading over months. The results are a more natural look that may last up to two years. It is FDA approved.
If you want subtle yet noticeable results, Sculptra Aesthetic may be right for you. It is injected beneath the skin and works to gradually replace lost collagen, targeting the underlying cause of the signs of facial aging, for results that can last up to 2 years.
It can be used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, areas of excessive fat loss, hollows and depressions. Areas that can be treated include the temples, nasolabial folds, cheeks, chin and mid-face. Sculptra is not used around the eyes or around the mouth. Sculptra is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. It provides a gradual increase in skin thickness, and visible results appear within the first few treatment sessions.
During your consult, we will assist you in developing an individualized treatment plan that best suits your cosmetic goals. This treatment is administered through multiple tiny injections into the skin. To assist in your comfort during the procedure, local anesthetic may be applied to the area to be treated, as well as ice following your procedure. Massage to the areas and exercise are critical to the success of the product.
Are the results for Sculptra immediate?
No. At your first treatment visit, it may appear that Sculptra worked immediately because of swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before your treatment. It takes time to gradually correct the depression in your skin. Dr. Okwuje will see you again in a few weeks to decide if you need more injections.
How many treatments are required?
Dr. Okwuje will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount you will need at each session. Patients with severe facial fat loss may require 3 to 6 treatment sessions.
How long do Sculptra treatment results last?
Treatment results will differ for each person. In a clinical study, the treatment results lasted for up to 2 years after the first treatment session or more. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.
What should I expect following the Sculptra® Aesthetic treatment?
Following the procedure, the injection site may feel overly full. Temporary swelling, redness, discoloration, or itching may be experienced at the injection site and usually lasts less than a week. A risk of infection also exists as with any injection procedure. Placing an ice pack over the swollen area may control any swelling. For 24 hours, you should avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol and sun or heat exposure. You may need 3 to 5 treatments which build upon each other and initially you may not see much response until the second or third treatments.
Is Sculptra® Aesthetic safe?
This treatment is FDA approved in the United States and has been used worldwide since 1999. Sculptra Aesthetic is made of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid that is absorbed naturally by the body — and has been used for years in dissolvable stitches.
If you think Sculptra® is right for you, schedule an appointment today and let’s discuss your treatment plan.