Collagen helps to keep skin looking smooth and young. As we age, collagen production decreases, and facial fat is lost, leading to facial wrinkles and folds. Sculptra is a cosmetic injectable that helps to gradually replace lost collagen and lost volume, reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds, while leaving the skin looking smooth and supple.* Sculptra can provide refined, natural-looking results that may last up to two years.*
What is Sculptra and how does it work?
Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible and biodegradable substance, which is safe and is naturally broken down and absorbed by the body. This substance has been used for years in dissolvable stitches, as well as for soft tissue implants and other types of implants. During treatment, Sculptra is injected into the deep dermis, where it reinforces skin structure and provides a framework for the body’s natural collagen production, which will help to restore lost volume. As collagen is replaced over time, folds and wrinkles will gradually soften, leaving you looking naturally younger.
How is Sculptra different from other fillers?
Unlike other fillers which smooth wrinkles by filling in the spaces beneath them, Sculptra targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging. Sculptra works in the deep dermis to reinforce the structure of the skin and to help replace lost collagen.* While other fillers typically show immediate results that last about 6-12 months, Sculptra works gradually to subtly correct shallow to deep wrinkles and folds, with results that may last up to 2 years.*
What areas can be treated with Sculptra?
Sculptra is FDA-approved to help correct mild to deep facial wrinkles and folds, “smile lines” between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), “marionette lines” between the lips and jaw line, and wrinkles in the chin.
What should I expect during treatment?
Sculptra treatment is performed on an outpatient basis in our office. The procedure is quick and simple, with minimal discomfort.* Sculptra will be injected into the treatment area using a fine needle. A topical anesthetic will be used to increase patient comfort. You can resume your normal activities immediately following treatment.*
What should I expect after treatment?
Mild swelling and bruising is possible, but not usually present, for a few days following treatment. This depends on the location treated and the amount of filler that is needed. You may take Tylenol for discomfort if there is any, but don’t take aspirin or ibuprofen, which may increase bruising. Our board-certified dermatologist will determine which aftercare product is right for you. You will be instructed by your provider how to perform a facial massage in the 5 days after treatment, which will help to maximize your results.
How can I find out more about Sculptra treatment?
We will be happy to meet with you to discuss Sculptra treatment. Please contact our office today, or make an appointment online for a personal consultation at Greenbrae Dermatology.