Sculptra® Aesthetic injectable is used to reverse the signs of facial fat loss that occur with aging. By restoring collagen, which decreases as the body ages, it fills out shallow-to-deep wrinkles and folds that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds). It is not appropriate for use in the eye and lip areas.
Sculptra Aesthetic's main component is an alpha hydroxy acid called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is a safe and long-lasting synthetic (artificially created), biocompatible (can be used harmlessly in the body), biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body) substance. PLLA has been used for more than 20 years in many surgical products, including dissolvable sutures and soft-tissue implants.
Benefits of Sculptra
U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds, Sculptra Aesthetic is considered safe and effective for most patients. Because it works gradually, patients achieve a more youthful, natural-looking appearance with subtle, yet noticeable, results. Although not FDA-approved to treat them, according to manufacturer Valeant Aesthetics, Sculptra Aesthetic can be used on marionette lines (at the corners of the mouth) and chin wrinkles. Because it contains no animal, human or bacterial components, allergy testing is not necessary prior to treatment. There is little-to-no downtime after receiving Sculptra injections; most patients return to their normal activities immediately.
Treatment and Results of Sculptra Injectable
Sculptra Aesthetic injections are designed to be a one-time treatment. A patient can have up to 4 injection sessions, which are spread 3 weeks apart. When injected into shallow-to-deep folds and lines, the additional collagen that is produced smooths them out and adds volume to the skin. Results of Sculptra injections vary but, in a clinical study, their effects were shown to last for up to two years in most patients.
Side Effects of Sculptra Aesthetic Facial Injectable
Possible side effects of Sculptra injections include localized bleeding, tenderness, discomfort, redness, bruising and swelling. Side effects usually fade within a few days, although can last longer.
According to Valeant Aesthetics, "Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported."
What Is Sculptra Made Out Of?
Sculptra is a type of dermal filler designed to treat cosmetic issues, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Sculptra is a gel-like substance that is made of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic, biodegradable polymer that stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. Once injected into your skin, your body will begin breaking it down into water and carbon dioxide. It is FDA-approved and completely safe to use.
How Long Does It Take For Sculptra Results to Appear?
Compared to most fillers, it will take some time to see results from your Sculptra treatment. Sculptra gradually restores the collagen over the course of three to four months. However, its effectiveness does depend on how your body reacts to it. If you are going for a certain volume, you may need to have repeat injections over the course of this timeframe.
Who Is Not a Good Candidate For Sculptra Treatment?
Sculptra is a great way to restore lost volume and help you maintain a youthful appearance. However, it is not for everyone because before you are able to receive Sculptra, you must be considered a suitable candidate.
You are not a suitable candidate if you fit any of the following criteria:
- You are pregnant.
- You are currently breastfeeding.
- You have a history of breakouts and rashes.
- You have an active infection.
- You have rheumatoid arthritis.
- You have Sjogren’s syndrome.
- You have lupus.
- You have an autoimmune disorder, such as Type 1 diabetes.
- You have unrealistic expectations regarding the treatment.
Dr. Philip Dahan will review more details regarding candidacy requirements during your consultation with him. If you are not considered a viable candidate for Sculptra at this time, Dr. Dahan can give you safer alternatives.