What is Sculptra?
By Lexi Hesse
Sculptra is an injectable dermal facial filler that’s used to volumize areas of your face in order to create a softer, more natural and youthful appearance. It also builds your own collagen as it gradually metabolizes in the body. Sculptra treatments diminish wrinkles, lines, and furrows that can form around the lips, eyes, mouth, neck, cheeks, and lips. Using Sculptra can give you a more revitalized appearance with results that can last up to two years or longer.
Areas you can use Sculptra:
-Hollow chin area
-Hollow cheeks and temples
-Softening and re-contouring cheekbones
-Redefining the jawline
-Filling nasolabial folds
-Used to tighten prejowel sulcus
Benefits of Sculptra:
Sculptra is considered a safe, biocompatible, synthetic material that’s often used to restore lost volume in certain areas of the face. Sculptra is the injectable variety of poly-L-lactic acid, which is a substance that’s been used for more than 30 years regarding absorbable sutures in addition to other medical applications. Since Sculptra is a biocompatible substance, pretesting for allergies isn’t necessary. Once Sculptra gets injected into your skin, it boosts collagen production. In the end, more collagen is produced naturally and works to add volume in order to correct indentations, folds, and wrinkles. Also, because Sculptra is somewhat thick in substance, the effects of the plumping can last as long as two years, which is considerably longer than most dermal facial fillers. Typically you will need 1 vial of Sculptra for every decade of life.
Other Benefits of Sculptra
-Restores facial volume by reducing facial folds and wrinkles
-Stimulates your body’s own natural production of collagen
-No allergy testing required
-Provides as much as 80 percent improvement in targeted areas
-Ability to immediately resume your everyday activities
-Appearance changes are gradual and no one will visibly notice you had a procedure
How Long Do the Effects of Sculptra Last?
In many cases, the effects will last as long as two years for most people. However, one treatment per year is key for maintenance. Generally, it takes around 45-90 days overall following treatment in order to visually see the full results, which is because your body is continuing to produce collagen. In the world of dermal fillers, Sculptra has some serious staying power. Most of our clients see results last for about 25 months, but some see skin-reviving benefits that last up to three years! Of course, results vary based on a number of factors including age, metabolism and how fast your body breaks down injectables, but you can bet on Sculptra lasting longer than other injectables and skincare treatments.
What does downtime and recovery look like?
Downtime for Sculptra is pretty minimal and low key. You’re likely to be a bit swollen and sore for 2-3 days, but that should be about it. If you are tender in some areas that indicates that you are still healing.