Sculptra is a collagen stimulator that helps to repair the underlying structure of the skin. This adds fullness to the face and diminishes the appearance of any wrinkles and fine lines.

Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin firm and in shape. As we get older, we lose collagen, which can cause wrinkles and sagging skin. By age 40, most people have lost about 20% of their collagen.

Sculptra is a treatment that boosts your body's collagen production. It contains a substance called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA-SCA) which helps build a framework to support your skin's structure. This might make your skin look younger and firmer.

Your Sculptra Treatment

Before your treatment, we will first discuss your cosmetic concerns and assess your skin to determine where your Sculptra injections should be placed. A topical anesthetic can be applied to the skin to alleviate discomfort and then a few injections will be made with a small needle.

Who Can Benefit from Sculptra?

Men and women with moderate to severe facial folds and deep wrinkles can benefit from Sculptra. This injectable can be used to smooth nasolabial folds extending from the corners of the mouth to the nose, marionette lines under the mouth, and chin wrinkles. It can also add volume to the cheeks or temples to restore volume and improve a gaunt appearance.

Results and Recovery

After Sculptra injections, mild bruising, swelling, and redness around the injection sites are common but will quickly reduce within a few days. Avoid sun exposure and strenuous activity until these symptoms have subsided. Since Sculptra works by stimulating collagen production, results develop gradually over the course of a few months. As collagen rebuilds, you will gradually see an improvement in your facial wrinkles and smoother, more youthful-looking skin. Three injection sessions scheduled a few months apart are often recommended for the best possible results. Once your treatment sessions are complete, you can expect your rejuvenated appearance to last up to two years!

Frequently Asked Questions About Sculptra

What is Sculptra?

As the first and original injectable collagen stimulator containing microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA-SCA), Sculptra helps restore facial skin structure, which may provide long-lasting skin improvement.

How many treatments will I need?

On average, you will have 2 to 3 treatment sessions over the course of a few months. The number of injections at each session will vary based on the treatment plan determined by you and your aesthetic professional.

When will I see results?

Most clinical study participants saw results as soon as 1 month, with sustained results for up to 2 years. Work with your aesthetics professional on a treatment plan. Typical treatment is 3 sessions spaced at least 3 to 4 weeks apart.

What should I do after treatment?

Massage the treated area to evenly distribute Sculptra. A good rule of thumb is 5-5-5: Massage the injected area for 5 minutes, 5 times a day, for 5 days in a row.

Which areas does Sculptra treat?

Sculptra is used to correct shallow-to-deep wrinkles and folds on the face. Administered with the appropriate injection technique from a trained specialist, Sculptra is clinically approved for: Cheek wrinkles, deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called “smile lines”, lines framing the mouth (marionette lines) and chin wrinkles.

How soon after treatment can I wear makeup?

If there are no complications, you may apply makeup several hours after treatment. Be sure to consult your doctor after treatment.

Is Sculptra safe? What are the side effects?

Sculptra is FDA-approved in the United States and has been used worldwide since 1999. Sculptra 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. rnSince Sculptra does not contain any human or animal components, no allergy testing is needed prior to treatments. rnSide effects reported include injection site pain, redness, bruising, tenderness, itching and lumps, bleeding, and swelling. Small bumps under the skin can sometimes be noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, with or without inflammation, have also been reported. The types and duration of side effects may vary. If you are experiencing side effects, talk to your doctor.

How much does Sculptra cost?

There are several factors that figure into how much treatment will cost, including: Number of treatment sessions needed, Number of Sculptra vials used per session, Degree of necessary correction determined by you and your specialist, Specialist fees, Discounts and special offers, and Geographic market. Since injection costs will vary from person to person, the best way to determine projected costs is to consult your doctor. Average total treatment package costs can range from $800 to $3,500. Comparing the cost of facial rejuvenation options can be challenging, because so much depends on desired results, the amount of product your doctor recommends, your response to treatment, and the amount of time results last. A facial filler treatment that lasts 3 to 6 months may cost less up-front than one that lasts much longer, but it will generally require additional treatment sessions to maintain the effect for the same duration as one longer-lasting treatment. You may want to consider the total cost over time.

Request an Appointment

If you want to rebuild lost collagen and restore a more youthful appearance, request an appointment today for Sculptra treatments at MedSkinEssentials. Our certified injectors will work with you to develop a customized treatment that targets your specific concerns to accomplish your cosmetic goals!