SCULPTRA - A Long-lasting Filler
Are you interested in filling in a few wrinkles and want something that will last more than a few months? Sculptra may be your answer.
Sculptra is a newer generation filler, FDA approved. It is commonly used for facial contouring and filling wrinkles, such as the “smile” wrinkles running from the edge of the nose to the mouth. Some have called Sculptra a liquid face lift because the results are so dramatic. However, with Sculptra, results don’t come immediately. They develop over 4-6 weeks, but they can last 24 months or more, much longer than other fillers. When injected, Sculptra has a mild inflammatory effect that stimulates your body to produce collagen. This collagen production is what makes your skin look younger and also what makes the results last.
Sculptra is made of polylactic acid, which is the synthetic version of lactic acid, a chemical our bodies produce naturally when we exercise. Polylactic acid has been used for over 20 years in various surgical products, including dissolvable stitches. Because Sculptra is made synthetically, the risk of an allergic reaction is minimal—another benefit.
How long does the procedure take? Is it painful? What is the aftercare? Are there side effects?
Sculptra is administered under the skin with a fine gauge needle. It is a liquid that can be combined with a pain killer if necessary. Some people feel some pain; others do not. After the injection, the doctor will massage the area to distribute the liquid. You can expect some mild redness and swelling afterward, but it should go away within a day or two. You can apply ice to reduce swelling.
When will I see results? How many injections will I need?
Your results will develop slowly over 4-6 weeks as your body produces collagen. Your doctor will look at your results after about 4 weeks and then will decide how many other injections you need, if any. Results can last 2 years or more.