Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA-approved injectable used for facial rejuvenation. Sculptra is made with a biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body and helps to rebuild lost collagen through a series of treatments.
Your body slows collagen production through adult life
By age 40, you have up to 20% collagen loss
By age 50, you have up to 30% collagen loss
Sculptra is different from other injectables (fillers) because it helps gradually replace lost collagen, which is one of the main causes of facial aging. It's used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds and restore lost volume. Results appear gradually over the treatment regime, which typically is 2-4 sessions of injections, spaced at least a month apart.
Courtesy of Galderma - after 5 vials
Courtesy of Galderma - after 4 vials
Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid gel fillers that absorb and hold onto water molecules. They diminish lines and restore volume by pushing up the skin in the areas they are injected. Results are immediate and can last up to a year depending on the specific filler and the area injected.
Sculptra is different because it is a collagen stimulator. The poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) in Sculptra works with your body in the deeper layers of the skin to revitalize collagen production and help restore your skin’s inner structure and volume.
Some of the depressions or volume loss will be initially corrected after the injection, but this is temporary as it is mostly due to the water in Sculptra, which is absorbed. Results from the first treatment are seen 3-6 weeks after the injection, as the body breaks down the particles and forms new collagen, thereby building up the skin and adding volume.
— If you want to appear more youthful-looking without appearing like you’ve had work done —
Sculptra may be right for you
Sculptra can last over 2 years, and the clinical study showed that 80% of patients injected with Sculptra still rated their results as "good" or "excellent" 25 months after treatment. Patient results vary depending on the number of injections performed, the amount injected, and other patient factors.
Yes, Sculptra is safe and injections have been performed since 1999 in more than 150,000 patients in more than 30 countries. It has a low side effect and risk profile when injected by an experienced practitioner with proper technique.
The most common side effects after treatment include injection site swelling, tenderness, redness, bruising, itching and lumps. Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps (granulomas) may have a delayed onset and have inflammation and skin discoloration, but are very rare.
Call (203) 374-0310 for more information on Sculptra and to set up your injectable appointment.