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What is Sculptra Aesthetic?
Sculptra is a facial injectable that works deep within the dermis to help replace lost collagen and gradually restore the look of fullness to areas of the face. Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible synthetic substance that stimulates collagen production. Sculptra provides a gradual increase in skin thickness and collagen production, which results in smoother skin and fuller volume over time.
How does Sculptra Aesthetic work?
The main ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which acts as a collagen stimulator, and works with your body within the deep dermis to help revitalize collagen production and restore your skin’s inner structure and volume. When Sculptra is injected into the face, the PLLA micro-particles are absorbed, helping stimulate collagen production. Rebuilt collagen strands begin to gradually restore facial volume and the look of fullness to wrinkles and folds. This results in a softer and more youthful appearance.
What does Scupltra Aesthetic treat?
The areas commonly treated with Sculptra include: the temples, the mid cheek region and the lower face for hollowing, depressions, fine lines and jowling. Sculptra can be evenly distributed in all of these areas or focused injections can be performed in specific target regions.
1 vial per decade is generally recommended. 1-2 vials may be injected at each session, 4-8 weeks apart. Patients usually come back for maintenance of 1-2 vials per year.
Discontinue blood thinning products (ASA, ibuprofen, supplements) 1 week prior to treatment. Skin must be completely clean (no makeup, moisturizer, etc.) prior to treatment. Numbing cream will be applied to treatment area 30 minutes prior to procedure.
- Expect redness, tenderness, swelling, and bruising
- Apply ice if any discomfort is noted post-treatment
- Thoroughly massage the treated area in a circular fashion for 5 minutes, 5 times/day, for 5 days after each treatment
- Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours
- In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure
Who can use Scultpra Aesthetic?
Sculptra is not available to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not schedule Sculptra during current antibiotic use, if you have recent or upcoming dental procedures, or if you have recent or upcoming vaccinations.
Neuromodulators (Botox/Dysport) to treat lines/wrinkles in upper parts of the face
Dermal fillers (helpful for treating fine lines/wrinkles not indicated for Sculptra)
Microneedle (helpful for static fine lines/wrinkles)
Erbium:Yag and CO2 lasers (may be helpful for deeper scarring and wrinkles)
Skinceuticals HA intensifier (hydrates, firms, and plumps the skin)