As people learn more about new and emerging cosmetic treatments they frequently have questions. For example, many have Sculptra injections questions after hearing about it online or reading about it in their favorite fashion magazine.
Today’s cosmetic procedures are not just for celebrities, models and influencers. With so many emerging non-surgical cosmetic treatments more and more people find it within their budget and lifestyle. Sculptra injections are among the relatively new treatments that people frequently ask about.
Keep in mind this article is simply for educational purposes. See a licensed provider for more personalized recommendations and to learn which of today’s cosmetic treatments are safest and most appropriate for you.
Top Questions People Ask Us About Sculptra Injections
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a unique treatment that activates and revitalizes collagen production used to restore facial volume. It contains poly-L-lactic acid which is a biocompatible synthetic substance credited with rebuilding and reinforcing your skin’s structural foundation.
As we age, we lose volume, and other factors like illness and weight loss can exacerbate this natural process. Fillers like Sculptra can cosmetically fill in the face for a more youthful appearance.
The FDA has approved several dermal fillers to add volume to the face and smooth wrinkles or fill in sunken-looking areas. Sculptra stands out among dermal fillers since it also stimulates collagen production.
What is Sculptra Used For?
Like other injectable fillers, Sculptra is used to fill in fine lines, deep lines, and creases.
In 2004, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sculptra for restoration following lipoatrophy for people diagnosed with HIV. Lipoatrophy causes fat loss in the face that leads to the appearance of sunken cheeks as well as deep folds and indentations.
In 2009, Sculptra Aesthetic was approved as a treatment for deep folds and wrinkles for people who have healthy immune systems.
Sculptra also has some off-label uses you may hear about including:
- Non-surgical butt lift or augmentation
- Smoothing the appearance of cellulite
- Correcting wrinkles in other areas of the body including the chest, elbow, and knees
- They give a “fuller” look to muscles
Speak with an experienced, professional provider to help determine facts from fiction and if Sculptra will offer the results you will hope to achieve. The field of non-surgical cosmetic treatments is rapidly evolving with new innovations and discoveries.
How Do Sculptra Injections Work?
The injectable poly-L-lactic acid stimulates collagen production. As we age, the body’s natural collagen production slows and one side effect of aging is loss of facial fat resulting in sunken cheeks, hollowing, looser looking skin, and wrinkles.
Although people see results from a single treatment, often a series of injections over months leads to optimum results depending on your goals and your health.
According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Poly-L-lactic acid is safe for use in the body or a “biocompatible” synthetic substance. For years, physicians used it to dissolve stitches and for other medical uses. It is classified as a “collagen stimulator.” It smooths fine lines by helping the skin rebuild its natural collagen. The injected filler gel dissipates within a few days after treatment. The longer-term results develop over time through the increased collagen production.
How Long to See Sculptra Results?
Some people see results from Sculptra after just one treatment but the full results may take several weeks to develop. Typically, a Sculptra treatment regimen involves three injections that take place over the course of three or four months. In this way, Sculptra is different from many other dermal fillers that work immediately but do not have the same long-lasting results.
How Long Does Sculptra Last?
Sculptra injection results last two years and sometimes even longer. Talk with your provider for details on how long Sculptra lasts in their experience for patients who are similar to you.
When to Expect Results?
Sculptra uses a collagen stimulator called poly-L-lactic acid to restore volume and fullness to the face. The process is gradual and develops over the course of weeks to months. It eventually results in a softer, more youthful appearance with existing lines and folds filled in.
Is Sculptra Safe?
Sculptra is generally considered safe and effective as long as the person isn’t allergic to any of its ingredients. It also isn’t recommended for individuals who have a medical condition that causes irregular scarring. Talk with your provider about any diagnosed health issues you have, medications you take, and other treatments you receive. No treatment is appropriate for all people, so it is important to keep your provider informed so they can guide you towards the safest and most effective treatment options for you.
What are the Side Effects of Sculptra Injections?
Like other FDA-approved cosmetic and medical treatments, Sculptra has a few possible side effects. The potential temporary side effects include:
- Pain or tenderness
- Bruising at the injection site
Most people may return to their normal activities immediately after receiving Sculptra injections. Talk with your provider to learn how to reduce the risk of side effects. For example, many people have success with the following:
- Apply a cold pack to the injection site and any areas where there is swelling for the first 24-hours after the injection.
- Gently massage the area a few times a day for the first five days.
- Avoid tanning beds and excessive sun exposure until the swelling and redness go away.
Next Steps: Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Sculptra
If you want to learn more about Sculptra and whether it is right for you, schedule a consultation with a skilled provider.
Charlotte, NC residents have trusted Charlotte Plastic Surgery since the 1950s. The Skin Center at Charlotte Plastic Surgery is the go-to for the latest skincare and rejuvenation treatments including Sculptra.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn about Sculptra and other options for a more youthful appearance.