It is an FDA-approved dermal filler made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic material. Sculptra is different from traditional hyaluronic acid fillers because it stimulates the body’s natural collagen production, leading to gradual and long-lasting results. As a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator, Sculptra helps restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin to diminish facial wrinkles. Sculptra works with your body within the deep dermis to help revitalize collagen production and help restore your skin’s inner structure and volume. As the Sculptra PLLA microparticles are absorbed, they help stimulate collagen production. Rebuilt collagen strands begin gradually, helping to restore facial volume and the look of fullness to wrinkles and folds.
How it works
Sculptra works by stimulating the body’s natural collagen production, leading to an increase in skin volume and thickness. Collagen is a protein that provides structural support to the skin, keeping it firm and youthful. As we age, collagen production decreases, leading to the formation of wrinkles, lines, and facial volume loss. The collagen production process takes several weeks to months, depending on the individual’s response. As new collagen forms, it gradually restores volume to the treated areas, smoothing wrinkles and folds and providing a more youthful appearance.
Unlike other dermal fillers that offer immediate results, Sculptra’s effects are more subtle and progressive. It usually requires multiple treatment sessions several weeks apart to achieve the desired results.
- Sculptra’s main advantage is its ability to stimulate collagen production in the skin. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin, giving it a youthful and plump appearance. By promoting collagen synthesis, Sculptra can help improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- It works gradually over time, unlike other dermal fillers that provide immediate results. The injections trigger collagen production, and the results appear gradually, leading to a more natural-looking outcome. Depending on the individual, The effects can last up to two years.
- Due to the collagen-stimulating nature of Sculptra, the results can be relatively stable compared to other dermal fillers. Multiple sessions might be required for optimal results, but the effects can persist for a long period.
- Sculptra is a non-surgical treatment that does not require incisions or general anesthesia. The procedure is minimally invasive and is typically performed in a clinical setting.
- Sculptra is commonly used to address smile lines, marionette lines, chin wrinkles, and other facial wrinkles and creases, helping to create a smoother and more youthful appearance.
- Sculptra can also improve facial contours by adding volume to the cheeks or restoring lost volume in the temples.
- Regulatory authorities in various countries have approved Sculptra and undergone extensive safety and efficacy testing. When administered by a qualified and experienced healthcare professional, it is considered safe and well-tolerated.
You should not get SCULPTRA if you: Have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions or multiple severe allergies. Are allergic to any ingredient of sculptra: “poly-L-lactic acid” (PLLA), carboxymethylcellulose (USP) or non-pyrogenic mannitol (USP). Previously had or have risk factors for hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation.
Collagen production in the body decreases as you get older and are exposed to the sun. Wrinkles are one of the first visible signs of this. Sculptra is injected into the deep layer of the skin where collagen naturally exists and is made. Sculptra works by initially filling a wrinkle with tiny PLLA beads. As the beads biodegrade, the body may produce new collagen where Sculptra is injected. It is injected with multiple small injections using a fine needle to correct nasolabial fold contour deficiencies, other facial wrinkles, and fine lines.
Your healthcare professional should see you approximately three-four weeks after each treatment session to assess whether you need additional treatment. You may need one to four treatment sessions (typically three) to achieve the optimal correction possible.
In a U.S. clinical study, treatment results for some subjects lasted up to 25 months after the previous treatment session. However, the improvement depended on the severity of a subject’s contour deficiency before treatment.
As with any injection, to decrease pain during injection, a topical or a local anesthetic may be used when injecting Sculptra.