Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) is a biodegradable injectable filler used to restore the loss of facial fat and collagen which occurs with age. As we age, the loss of facial fat and collagen significantly contributes to the “gaunt” look with deep under eye troughs sunken cheeks and temples. This causes the overlying skin to become severely wrinkled. Sculptra is completely different from other commercially available fillers in that it gradually stimulates the development of new collagen to provide lift and restore fullness to the skin. This production of new collagen increases skin thickness to remove deep wrinkles and provide a more natural restoration of the aging process.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is administered as tiny microspheres in saline solution which are injected in the deep layers of the skin. These biodegradable particles stimulate the body’s own repair processes to produce collagen and build up the thickness of the skin.
Are the results immediate?
No, unlike Restylane or Juvederm which are physical filling agents and provide more immediate results, Sculptra stimulates your body’s own production of collagen. The collagen production is more subtle and gradual but is also more long lasting. Sculptra treatments typically last 2 years or longer. Touch up treatments may be necessary in the future to maintain your results.
Areas appropriate for Sculptra
- Periorbital areas (around eyes, cheeks)
- Nasolabial folds
- Chin and jawline
How many treatments are required?
This depends on the severity of wrinkles or volume loss. Patients with mild wrinkling may require 2-3 treatments, whereas more severe wrinkling or photoaging may require 3-6 treatments.
What can I expect during a Sculptra treatment?
Prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic gel is applied to the appropriate areas for 20-30 minutes. Then, at various sites on the face, Dr. Mahoney injects small amounts of Lidocaine to alleviate any pain from the Sculptra injections.Prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic gel is applied to the appropriate areas for 20-30 minutes. Then, at various sites on the face, Dr. Mahoney injects small amounts of Lidocaine to alleviate any pain from the Sculptra injections.Sculptra injections are then administered through fine needle injections to various areas. Multiple injections are usually required. Following each injection, Dr. Mahoney gently massages the area to insure that the medication is distributed evenly at each site. Mild swelling and bruising can sometimes occur. Post treatment pain is rarely a problem.
Right after treatment, you may experience some redness, bruising, or swelling which can typically be covered by makeup. For the next 5 days after treatment, you will need to gently massage the areas treated for 5 minutes 5 times per day. You should be able to resume normal activities immediately after treatments.