Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid that works as a facial volumizing agent to restore lost volume, resulting in a more youthful appearance. It is biocompatible and provides a gradual, yet significant improvement in skin thickness and reduces the appearance of facial lines and folds. Unlike other “fillers”, the response slowly builds over time instead of degrading over months. The results are a more natural look that may last up to two years. Sculptra® is FDA approved.
There are many reasons to undergo Sculptra® Aesthetic rejuvenation, including:
For the increase of facial fullness in a gaunt, older appearance
For the improvement of facial creases and wrinkles
To match a fit physique with a more youthful face
For the improvement of facial lipoatrophy due to certain medical issues
Questions and Answers on facial filler Sculptra® Aesthetic
Where is Sculptra® Aesthetic used?
Sculptra Aesthetic is used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, areas of excessive fat loss, hollows and depressions. Areas that can be treated include the temples, nasolabial folds, cheeks, chin and mid-face. Sculptra is not used around the eyes or around the mouth.
Am I an ideal candidate for Sculptra® Aesthetic?
There are people that work out and are in great shape; their bodies are physially fit but their slim physique leaves little fullness or fat on their face. This is the ideal patient for Sculptra® Aesthetic. Exercise may actually increase the response to this product and we encourage this starting the day after the procedure. This treatment can also be a nice temporizing, stepping stone prior to a face lift. Sculptra Aesthetic is not recommended in pregnant or nursing women, or patients with poor medical health. It is also not ideal in smokers.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. Sculptra provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Visible results appear within the first few treatment sessions.
Are the results for Sculptra immediate?
No. At your first treatment visit, it may appear that Sculptra worked immediately because of swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before your treatment. Sculptra takes time to gradually correct the depression in your skin. Dr. Green will see you again in a few weeks to decide if you need more injections.
How many treatments are required?
Dr. Green will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra you will need at each session. Patients with severe facial fat loss may require 3 to 6 treatment sessions.
How long do Sculptra treatment results last?
Treatment results will differ for each person. In a clinical study, the treatment results lasted for up to 2 years after the first treatment session or more. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.
What will the Sculptra® Aesthetic treatment be like?
During your consult, we will assist you in developing an individualized treatment plan that best suits your cosmetic goals. Sculptra® Aesthetic is administered through multiple tiny injections into the skin. To assist in your comfort during the procedure, local anesthetic may be applied to the area to be treated, as well as ice following your procedure. Massage to the areas and exercise are critical to the success of the product.
What can I expect at my treatment session?
You should remove any make up prior to treatment and the injection site will be cleaned with an antiseptic. Dr. Green will use a very fine needle and make multiple injections in small amounts. An ice pack is applied to help reduce swelling, and the area is thoroughly massaged to distribute the product evenly.
What should I expect following the Sculptra® Aesthetic treatment?
Following the procedure, the injection site may feel overly full. Temporary swelling, redness, discoloration, or itching may be experienced at the injection site and usually lasts less than a week. A risk of infection also exists as with any injection procedure. Placing an icepack over the swollen area may control any swelling. For 24 hours, you should avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol and sun or heat exposure. You may need 3 to 5 treatments which build upon each other and initially you may not see much response until the second or third treatments.
Is Sculptra® Aesthetic safe? Are there any side effects?
Sculptra Aesthetic is FDA approved in the United States and has been used worldwide since 1999. Sculptra Aesthetic is made of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid that is absorbed naturally by the body — and has been used for years in dissolvable stitches.
Side effects reported include injection site pain, redness, bruising, bleeding, or swelling. Small bumps under the skin that can sometimes be noticeable when pressing on the treated area may also occur. Larger lumps, with or without inflammation, have also been reported. Other side effects may include the delayed development of non-visible, small bumps under the skin sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area.
Do I need a skin test before being treated with Sculptra?
No skin test is required prior to use.
How do I know if Sculptra® Aesthetic is right for me?
If you want subtle yet noticeable results, Sculptra Aesthetic may be right for you. Sculptra Aesthetic is injected beneath the skin and works to gradually replace lost collagen, targeting the underlying cause of the signs of facial aging, for results that can last up to 2 years
For more information, see the Sculptra web site.