Collagen is a critical structural component of smooth, plump and healthy-looking skin. Youthful skin produces plenty of collagen to keep it supple and free of wrinkles, but as you age, your body’s collagen production decreases. This is when many of the visible signs of aging appear. Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler that addresses this underlying cause of facial aging by working deep within the dermis to encourage collagen growth and rejuvenate your skin from the inside out.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How Does Sculptra Work?

Sculptra’s key ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). When injected, Sculptra’s PLLA microparticles are absorbed by the body and induce collagen production. Rebuilt collagen strands fortify the internal structure of the skin to lift and reshape facial contours and fill out wrinkles and fine lines.

What Concerns Can Be Treated With Sculptra?

Sculptra helps replace collagen to restore facial volume lost due to aging or illness. It is formulated to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, particularly in the lower region of the face, including:

  • Nasolabial folds: located between the nose and mouth, commonly known as “smile lines”
  • Marionette lines: framing the mouth, also known as “laugh lines” or “parentheses lines”
  • Chin wrinkles
  • Hollowness in the cheeks

How Is Sculptra Different From Other Injectables?

There are many kinds of dermal fillers and anti-aging injectables to choose from. Many popular dermal fillers, such as those that are hyaluronic acid-based, diminish lines by “pushing up” the space beneath wrinkles and creases. Results are apparent immediately upon injection. Sculptra is a collagen stimulator, meaning it diminishes facial wrinkles by revitalizing your body’s natural collagen production mechanism to restore the deep, underlying structure of your skin. Results from treatment with Sculptra appear gradually over a period of several months. Dermal fillers should not be confused with injectables like Botox and Dysport, which soften wrinkles by temporarily stopping facial muscles from contracting.

Is Sculptra Safe?

Sculptra Aesthetic is FDA-approved to enhance facial contours and improve the appearance of facial wrinkles. Like any cosmetic treatment, Sculptra should be administered by a trained and experienced medical professional. Choosing a skilled specialist significantly reduces the risks associated with Sculptra and other injectables. All risks and potential complications associated with Sculptra injections will be reviewed before your treatment.

What Happens During Sculptra Treatment?

During your initial consultation, your injector will discuss your aesthetic goals and conduct a facial analysis. The results of this consultation will determine if Sculptra is right for you, how many injections you will need and where they will be placed to achieve your goals. Your injector will then use a fine needle to administer multiple small injections in the targeted area. The treatment is minimally invasive and involves little discomfort for most patients. A local or topical anesthetic may be applied first to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. When the injections are complete, the treated area will be massaged to distribute the product evenly.

Is There Downtime After Treatment?

Little or no downtime is needed after receiving Sculptra injections. Side effects are rare, but may include tenderness, swelling, itching, bruising and redness in the injected area. These side effects are generally mild and manageable. The majority of patients are able to return to their daily routine immediately following treatment.

How Many Sculptra Treatments Will I Need?

Sculptra is not a one-time treatment. The typical Sculptra treatment regimen includes up to four injection sessions scheduled at least three weeks apart over the course of three to four months. The number of appointments and the number of injections per appointment is different for each patient, depending on the amount of collagen that has been lost.

What Results Can I Expect?

Loss of facial volume can make you look tired, run-down and older than you feel. Sculptra works over time to restore a healthy and youthful-looking appearance by stimulating your skin’s own collagen production process. Some improvements may appear in the earlier stages of your Sculptra treatment, but your full results will develop gradually over the months of the treatment regime.

How Long Will My Results Last?

The longevity of any dermal filler varies from patient to patient. Your specific results will depend on multiple factors, including the amount of product used and how quickly your body metabolizes it. With optimal treatment, Sculptra results can last up to two years.

Who Is Sculptra For?

If you are concerned with facial wrinkles or loss of facial volume due to aging, illness or weight loss, you may be a good candidate for Sculptra injections. Patients interested in injectables of any kind should be in good general health, prepared to follow all post-treatment instructions and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. Call U Laser Medspa at 858-281-4560 today to request a consultation and find out whether Sculptra is right for you.