What is Sculptra?
An alternative injectable treatment to facial fillers is Sculptra. Sculptra is not a filler but a chemical that encourages your body to form new natural collagen to enhance your appearance. Sculptra originated, and was approved by the FDA in 2004, for treatment in cases of facial fat loss (called lipoatrophy) for individuals suffering from human immunodeficiency virus.
When our faces lose their underlying supplies of fat, we begin to look sunken-cheeked and our eyes start to hollow. With the success of Sculptra as a cosmetic enhancement, it was then released for administration to any other individuals who want similar benefits.
Sculptra was approved by the FDA in 2009 for cosmetic correction of facial wrinkles, contour deficiencies, smile lines and other problems for the public. It is the first facial injectable that gives you noticeable results that emerge subtly and can last up to two years.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is a synthetic and biocompatible substance that can be injected below the skin in hollowed-out areas to plump them up again. It works by gradually thickening the skin, for a more natural appearance. It is a less-expensive, less invasive comparable alternative for patients who desire, but don’t yet require, the benefits of a cheek lift, neck lift, full or mid face lift. For some people, Sculptra may be an alternative to Juvederm Voluma XC for cheek augmentation. Made from a material called poly-L-lactic acid, rather than from animal or human material, Sculptra can be used with any kind of skin and does not require a skin test. As a poly-L-lactic acid, it is biocompatible (doesn’t harm the body, cause allergies, etc.), biodegradable (can be broken down by the body), and has been successfully used in other surgical products within the cosmetic world.
Sculptra Before and After
This patient received three Sculptra treatments to their cheeks in combination with Eyelid Surgery.
What can I expect during Sculptra treatment?
- First, A local anesthetic is first applied.
- Sculptra™ is then injected in the desired area.
- You will undergo treatments once a month until the results are what you want. Typically this requires three to four sessions.
Sculptra results are not immediately visible; they happen gradually and can eventually end in a dramatic change.
What is recovery like after Sculptra injections?
- Some patients experience redness in the treatment area, minor swelling or bruising, and slight discomfort, but these symptoms typically disappear within a day or two. You can utilize icepacks when your treatment has finished, to minimize these after-effects.
- You will be shown how to massage the treated areas five times a day for up to five days
Results can last for 2 years, or even longer in some cases. Some patients also return for touch-up treatments. Almost all patients are able to return to their daily activities immediately after treatment. A full series of Sculptra treatments is approximately half the cost of a cheek lift, but can achieve similar results after you have the completed the full regimen.
Schedule a consultation
If you have questions about Sculptra, please call (303) 839-1616 to schedule a consultation at our practice in Denver with Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Robert Fante.