Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler for the face that restores
skin volume and reduces the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating natural
collagen growth. Sculptra contains a water base and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)
microparticles. These PLLA microparticles stimulate new collagen growth in your
skin for a natural look, and results can last up to two years.
How Sculptra treatment is performed
Sculptra injections are performed in-office using topical or
injected anesthetic. Three injection sessions spaced over three to four months
is a common regime.
Your dermatologist will mark out your treatment areas with a
pen and numb them with a topical or injected anesthetic such as lidocaine.
Sculptra is injected into the deep dermis layer of your skin in a cross-hatch
pattern. After the injections, your dermatologist will massage the area to
evenly distribute the Sculptra. You’ll continue to massage these areas a few
times a day at home following your dermatologist’s instructions.
Recovery and results
There’s no downtime after Sculptra injections,
but you may have some temporary bruising, redness, swelling, or mild
discomfort. You’ll see immediate skin volumizing due to the water base in Sculptra,
but this will go away after a few days as your body absorbs the water. The real
results occur after about one to two months as your skin grows new, long-lasting
collagen. Results typically last about two years.