Sculptra® (poly-L-lactic acid) is a unique volumizing agent used to stimulate your own natural collagen over time to correct age related volume loss. This product has been used in Europe since 1999 and in the United States since 2004. It was originally approved to correct the severe volume loss of the face due to HIV lipoatrophy or facial wasting. It demonstrated amazing and natural appearing results and was approved in 2009 for the correction of moderate to severe facial folds due to facial aging.
How does Sculptra® Aesthetic work?
Sculptra® Aesthetic is injected deep under the skin into either the dermis, fat layers or periosteum. The particles of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) are biostimulatory which means they actually stimulate your body to build its own collagen! The aging face loses facial fat, bony support, and skin elasticity leading to folds and wrinkles and a deflated or heavy appearance. Essentially the skin is thinned and has less underlying structural support causing it to fall forward and down creating nasolabial folds, jowls, melolabial folds, sunken temples and sunken cheeks. Sculptra works slowly over a series of injections to replace all these causes of volume loss in multiple layers of the skin. This process of neocollegenesis replace all the lost volume lifting the face, filling in folds and hollows to give a significantly improved youthful appearance. As the body builds new college, it slowly dissolves the PLLA into carbon dioxide and water.
How many treatment sessions will I need of Sculptra® Aesthetic?
Sculptra® Aesthetic requires a series of treatments spaced approximately 6 weeks apart. One-two vials may be used in a treatment session. Three treatment sessions are typically needed. The volume correction occurs gradually over several months as new collagen develops. A post treatment protocol involving frequent massage of the treated areas is necessary for 5 days post injection.
Sculptra Aesthetic® is best for those with patience who can wait several months to see an amazing correction of facial volume loss, folds, and wrinkles. The correction seen immediately post injection will dissipate over a few days. Lasting improvement will be seen at each subsequent treatment session.
How long does Sculptra® Aesthetic last?
Sculptra® Aesthetic can last over 2 years!
What areas are treated with Sculptra® Aesthetic?
Sculptra® Aesthetic will be used to improve the overall volume loss of the face. Treatment areas include the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, jawline, and temples. Sculptra® Aesthetic will not be used around the lips or close to the eye area. If additional volume replacement is needed in those two areas, a hyaluronic acid filler will be used. Sculptra Aesthetic can also be used for chest and hand rejuvenation.