Sculptra is an injectable volumizing treatment that stimulates your own facial collagen production (that naturally breaks down with age) to smooth out deeper facial lines, wrinkles and folds to restore lost facial volume.
Sculptra produces gradual results over a few months as collagen rebuilds for an extremely natural looking and more youthful face. The results are long lasting, generally two years as compared to hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers which last around six months.
Commonly Treated Areas
Sculptra is used to correct moderate to deep facial wrinkles and folds, which are treated with the appropriate injection technique. Sculptra is suitable for:
- Nasolabial Folds (deep folds between the nose and the mouth)
- Marionette Lines (the lines framing your mouth)
- Deep Wrinkles and Folds
- Sunken Cheeks and Softening Boney Cheekbones
- Deep Scars
- Hollow Chin Area
- Defining the Jawline
- Hollow Temples
- Hands and Some Body Sites
Sculptra should not be used in the frown lines, the forehead, around the eyes, around the mouth, or in the lips.
How Sculptra Works
Lines and wrinkles appear as we age, due to our skin losing elasticity. The skin can also loose volume and start to sag, which also makes us look older. One of the biggest factors that affects people appearance as they get older is the loss of collagen that makes the skin firmer and more elastic. Sculptra works by stimulating the build-up of your own body’s collagen.
Sculptra (generic name is “poly-L-lactic acid” or PLLA) is a synthetic of lactic acid. Lactic acid is made in our muscles after exercise. Polylactic acid is lactic acid molecules bound together in strings (a polymer) in a laboratory process and contains no animal products and no human DNA. It very gradually disappears by the action of your own cell enzymes.
Sculptra is Health Canada and FDA approved.
The Best Candidates
Sculptra is a safe treatment suitable for both men and women who wish to get rid of lines and wrinkles that start appearing due to the ageing process. It can actually improve the patient’s skin appearance, by tightening and rejuvenating the face, giving it a more glowing and appealing look. Sculptra is particularly effective for patients who have experienced significant volume loss in the facial area and who have deep wrinkles and folds.
How is Sculptra Different than Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers (Juvederm)
Sculptra adds volume to the face by stimulating a patient’s own collagen production over the course of several months to bring back lost volume to the face. This compares to dermal fillers which inject gels (hyaluronic acid) to immediately add volume. Both products lift and help with wrinkles because many wrinkles are created by loss of volume itself.
The choice between the dermal fillers and Sculptra often comes down to the amount of volume replacement desired, your age, and maintenance requirements.
If a small amount of filling is all that’s required, then dermal filler is generally recommended. If more than 3-4 syringes of dermal filler are needed, (usually associated with deep facial wrinkles and folds), then Sculptra may be more cost effective over time.
Unlike dermal fillers, Sculptra doesn’t deliver immediate results: although the body begins to respond to Sculptra immediately. Sculptra doesn’t create a prompt visible outcome but rather stimulates subtly and gradually the thickening of fibrous tissue or collagen.
Sculptra lasts approximately two years once the initial series of treatments is completed. Generally one maintenance treatment a year is needed so you don’t completely return to your original volume. Dermal fillers last six months on average depending on the person and product used. This can make Sculptra more cost effective over time.
The best result may be with both Sculptra and dermal fillers. Sculptra will re-volumize the cheek area, chin, and temples, and one syringe of dermal filler will fill right around the lips where Sculptra can’t go.
Ask our physicians if Sculptra is right for you.
The Sculptra Procedure
Before the procedure, photographs will be taken so you have a baseline record to compare against in order to track your improvement post-procedure. A consent form will be given to you, along with a brief health history form, to rule out any contraindications.
To prevent discomfort, a numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. This will take several minutes to take effect. Soon after, Sculptra is injected through a fine needle or cannula into the targeted dermal layer of your skin. At regular intervals, your injector will rub the treatment area until the desired degree of cosmetic effect is achieved. Though a fine needle or cannula will be used, there may be temporary discomfort as the injection is made.
The procedure is non-invasive with minimal downtime or recovery. Treatments take about 15 to 45 minutes (depending on the areas being treated) and results are near-instant. Patients can undergo a full treatment during their lunch hour and go right back to work
After Your Procedure
There may be minor redness in the treatment area, and you may or may not have a tiny bit of bleeding or bruising. These side effects will go away within an hour. Depending on the amount of Sculptra injected, swelling may occur, but most of it will be gone within 24 hours.
The volumizing effect of Sculptra may last up to two years; please consult with your injecting physician on how long this product will work for you.