Sculptra is a long-lasting treatment for people looking to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds. It is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. Sculptra replaces lost collagen, giving you a more natural-looking appearance It is composed of tiny beads of a synthetic material that can be broken down by the body – the same material that has been widely used for more than 25 years in dissolvable stitches and other surgical products.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin youthful looking and smooth. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles. Within the deep dermis, your skin’s structure is reinforced as the product helps to replace that lost collagen. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness of your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that have been depleted over time. Sculptra gradually and subtly corrects these facial wrinkles and can provide a refined, more youthful-looking appearance that can last up to two years.
Candidates for Sculptra
- Deep folds between the nose and mouth, nasolabial folds, also called smile lines
- Lines framing the mouth, marionette lines
- Chin wrinkles
How it Works
Sculptra is administered in a series of treatment sessions. Each treatment takes around 30 minutes and involves using a very fine needle to inject the product directly into the lower layers of the skin. A topical or local anesthetic can be provided to minimize discomfort, if needed.
The number of necessary injections depends on many factors. On average, three injection sessions are needed over a period of a few months. It is important to return for all treatment sessions as instructed in order to get the maximum effect from the gradual process of collagen replacement.
Following your treatments, you can expect to see a more natural, younger-looking appearance that can last up to two years. Sculptra will not correct the underlying cause of the facial fat loss, but it will help improve the appearance by increasing skin thickness in the treated area.
Immediately following a treatment session, redness, pain, bruising or all of these signs can happen in the treatment area. These signs usually go away in a few hours to a few days. Patients should also avoid excessive sunlight, and use an ice pack to help to reduce common swelling.
Each patient is unique; therefore, results of treatment may vary.