Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid injectable that is very different from dermal fillers. Sculptra helps you gradually restore the natural collagen lost in your mid- and lower-face. Sculptra is best utilized in individuals who are in the 40-60 age range. It works by stimulating collagen growth, and while results are not immediate they can last longer than results from other fillers.
Upon completion after a series of injections (typically 3-4 sessions) every 6 weeks, results should last up to 2 years. After injection, it can take 45-90 days to see the full results. Maintenance injections are performed every 1-2 years.
Following each Sculptra injection you will need to perform post procedure massage, the rule of thumb is 5 minutes, five times day, for five days.
Lastly, like all injections, temporary swelling and bruising may occur, to help avoid this we recommend you start taking Arnica tablets a week or two prior to injection.
What is a Sculptra Treatment like?
Sculptra comes as a powder that is mixed with sterile water for injection, this needs to be done several days prior to treatment to ensure proper hydration and dispersion of the product. We also add lidocaine to the Sculptra mix before we use it making the treatment very comfortable. Immediately after your treatment, you will see a sneak peak of the end result, however what you are seeing is the sterile water that we use to mix the Sculptra into an injectable form. Your face then returns to baseline in 24-48 hours leaving behind strategically placed particles of Sculptra. You will not notice the results immediately, so it is not instant gratification like other dermal fillers. The mechanism of action of Sculptra is the production of your own collagen in response to the material, this process takes about 6 months, however, results can be seen sooner. Over the course of your treatments, you will notice gradual correction and a refreshed appearance.