Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA-approved injectable filler that can smooth deep wrinkles like marionette lines and reverse volume loss that can cause issues like sunken cheeks and wrinkles around the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds) and chin.
Made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible synthetic material that both adds volume and stimulates new collagen production within the deep dermis, Sculptra is longer-lasting than hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers like Juvéderm or Restylane. It’s not recommended for use as a lip or under-eye filler.
Sculptra is one of the longest lasting injectable treatments: results usually last two to three years.
- It stimulates natural collagen production to improve your results over time, with the best results appearing four to six months post-treatment. Because results improve so gradually, it won’t be obvious to anyone else that you’ve had something done.
- This nonsurgical procedure has minimal downtime.
- Sculptra requires patience. You’ll likely need 2-3 treatments over a couple months to achieve your desired result.
- Possible side effects of a Sculptra treatment include bruising, asymmetry, and the development of nodules under the skin.
Sculptra is sometimes referred to as the “liquid facelift” of fillers. Each treatment session may take 30 minutes or less. However, the entire treatment process occurs over several weeks to ensure that collagen production is sustained for an adequate period of time. If you choose to address your cosmetic concerns using Sculptra, you can expect to begin seeing appreciable improvements two to three months after your treatment.
The material in Sculptra®, poly-L-lactic acid, is a synthetic version of the substance that your muscles naturally produce during exercise. This material has been used in plastic and reconstructive surgery for more than 20 years. Sculptra® treatment has been used worldwide to improve the appearance of folds and sunken areas of the face and neck.
Approved outside the United States for many years, Sculptra® was recently approved by the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the only product for the restoration of areas of the face and neck that have become hollow or sunken due to age or illness. While there are some possible minor side effects, medical research shows that Sculptra® injections are safe for most people.