Sculptra is a biostimulant, utilizing poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) to stimulate natural collagen production in your body, leading to gradual and long-lasting volume restoration and wrinkle smoothing. It offers a non-surgical solution for a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Sculptra is a non-surgical biostimulant that uses poly-L-lactic acid to kickstart your body's natural collagen production, restoring volume and smoothing wrinkles over time. To attain the best results, it is recommended to have a series of 4 treatments, with each treatment administered at 30-day intervals. This protocol ensures a gradual, yet effective approach to achieving a rejuvenated, youthful appearance with natural and enduring outcomes.
Each vial of Sculptra is $900, each treatment can consist of 2-4 vials across four treatments at 30-day intervals.
2 years +
Where can Sculptra be used?
Sculptra is versatile and can be used in several areas of the face and body, but not undereyes.
In the face, it’s most commonly used to restore volume in the cheeks, temples, and jawline. It can also be used to minimize deep lines, folds, and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines (lines from the corners of the mouth down to the chin), and chin wrinkles.
In addition to facial rejuvenation, Sculptra has gained popularity for its use in non-surgical butt lift procedures, where it’s used to add volume and enhance the shape of the buttocks, however this can require a substantial dose to notice any correction. With smaller amounts, Sculptra is ideal to smooth out hip dips. It can also be used to reduce cellulite and improve the appearance of skin texture in other areas of the body. As always, treatment areas and protocols should be discussed with a qualified provider.
What to expect from a Sculptra treatment?
When you decide to undergo a Sculptra treatment, there are several things you can expect:
- Consultation: The process typically starts with a consultation where your healthcare provider will discuss your aesthetic goals, evaluate your skin, and develop a personalized treatment plan.
- Preparation: Before the treatment, the targeted area will be cleaned and a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort.
- Treatment: The Sculptra is then injected into the targeted area using a fine needle. The number of injections per treatment session will depend on your individual needs and the treatment plan established during your consultation.
- Post-Treatment: Immediately after the treatment, you may experience some redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites. These are usually temporary and will resolve over a few days.
- Massage: After the treatment, you’ll be instructed to massage the treated area a few times each day for several days. This helps evenly distribute the Sculptra and helps prevent the formation of small bumps under the skin.
- Follow-up Sessions: Sculptra treatment typically involves a series of sessions—often around 4 treatments, administered at 30-day intervals.
- Gradual Results: The results from Sculptra are not immediate. Instead, you will see a gradual increase in volume and smoothing of wrinkles over several weeks as your body produces new collagen in response to the Sculptra.
- Long-Lasting Outcomes: The effects of Sculptra can last up to two years or more after the treatment plan’s completion, making it a longer-lasting solution than many other aesthetic treatments.
Remember, everyone’s skin is different, so individual results can vary. It’s important to discuss your expectations and any questions or concerns with your provider before beginning treatment.
What are the most common side effects?
The most common side effects after initial treatment include injection site swelling, tenderness, redness, pain, bruising, bleeding, 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, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported.
What is the recovery time?
Sculptra treatment typically has minimal downtime, making it a popular choice for those seeking facial rejuvenation without a significant recovery period. Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately following the treatment.
However, some common post-treatment reactions may include redness, swelling, pain, bruising, bleeding, or itching at the injection site. These effects are usually mild to moderate, lasting a few hours to a few days, and can be managed with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication if necessary.
Your healthcare provider will give you specific post-treatment instructions to follow. For instance, you will be advised to massage the treated area several times a day for a few days after treatment to help distribute the Sculptra and prevent the formation of small lumps under the skin.
As always, individual experiences can vary, and it’s important to communicate with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns during your recovery period.
Sculptra is contraindicated, or not recommended, in certain circumstances and for certain individuals. These can include:
- Allergies: Sculptra should not be used in individuals with a history of severe allergies or anaphylaxis, or in individuals who are allergic to any of its ingredients, including poly-L-lactic acid, carboxymethylcellulose, and non-pyrogenic mannitol.
- Skin Infections or Inflammation: Sculptra should not be injected into areas with skin infections or inflammation until the infection or inflammation has been properly treated and has resolved.
- Bleeding Disorders: Individuals with bleeding disorders may be at increased risk of bleeding or bruising from Sculptra injections and should discuss this with their healthcare provider before treatment.
- Immune Deficiencies: Individuals with immune deficiencies may have an increased risk of infection or other complications from Sculptra treatments.
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: The safety of Sculptra in pregnant women, nursing mothers, and individuals under 18 years of age has not been established, and so these individuals should typically avoid the treatment.
Always discuss your medical history, allergies, and any medications or supplements you are taking with your provider before beginning any new treatment, including Sculptra. They can provide the most accurate information about potential risks and contraindications based on your individual health history.