Sculptra is an injectable product that is made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). It is injected into areas of volume loss and will induce collagen production in the treated areas over time. PLLA is a biodegradable material that has been used in medicine for many years including suture material.
Lazaderm offers the non-surgical Sculptra procedure to patients desiring subtle to dramatic results. Sculptra is a synthetic injectable material known as poly-L-lactic acid. Sculptra works subtly and gradually over time, differing from hyaluronic acid fillers, as it helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume that has been lost due to the aging process.
Once this bio-stimulator is injected below the surface of the skin, it helps your body regenerate its own collagen. Sculptra is used to plump up larger surfaces of the skin, creating an overall smooth appearance without any scarring. Several treatment sessions may be needed to reach desired results. Sculptra is FDA approved to last up to two years.
The procedure varies from person to person, depending on unique facial characteristics and goals. Dr. Hansen takes into consideration a client’s skin type, degree of skin damage, collagen depletion and skin laxity. Desired results are also reviewed. Once the initial consultation is complete, a “plan of action” is developed. A series of injections may be required. The actual procedure takes less than an hour, even in the most dramatic cases.
Frequently Asked Sculptra Questions
What is Sculptra Aesthetic filler?
Which areas does Sculptra treat?
Sculptra is used to treat and correct the shallow to deep wrinkles and hollowing of many areas:
- Nasolabial folds – the lines between the sides of the nose and the corners of the mouth
- Sunken cheeks and mid-face
- Jowl and pre-jowl area
- Hollowing under the eyes
How many treatments are required?
Typically, two to four treatment sessions are required over a span of a few months. The amount injected will vary from person to person depending on how deep the wrinkles are, the amount of volume loss and where they are located. The recommendations will be discussed at your FREE consultation.
How soon will I see results?
Results from Sculptra will be gradually appear. Do not be disappointed if you do not see immediate results. The PLLA is a collagen activator that will help collagen gradually develop over a few weeks and can last more than two years. Remember, it will likely take more than one treatment with Sculptra.
Is there any downtime with Sculptra?
Not really, you will have some extra fluid that is injected along with the Sculptra. This fluid will be reabsorbed within a few hours and you may have some slight swelling in the treated areas. This swelling generally resolves in one to two days. Bruising can occur with the treatment. You can apply makeup several hours after treatment and many return to work the next day.
Is Sculptra safe? What are the side effects?
Sculptra is FDA approved and has been used throughout the world since 1999. Sculptra does not contain animal components so there is no allergy testing needed prior to injections. Side effects to Sculptra may include pain at the injection site, redness, bruising, tenderness, itching and lumps, bleeding or swelling. Smaller bumps may be present at the injection site.
What is the cost of Sculptra?
Treatment will vary from person to person. Cost will depend on the number of vials used at each treatment session. Generally, it will take one to three vials at each session and two to three sessions for complete correction. The treatments are typically six to eight weeks apart.