What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is a unique type of filler, called a biostimulator, that works by stimulating your body to produce its own collagen and replace the lost volume. Sculptra® is made of a synthetic material used in dissolvable sutures, called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is biocompatible and naturally absorbed by the body.
Sculptra® treatments involve an injection of the product into the desired area(s) of correction. It can be used in all parts of the face where volume restoration is needed (except the lips). Sculptra® treatments take 15-30 minutes and the use of a topical anesthetic makes the treatments relatively painless. Once injected, the Sculptra® particles stimulate your body to produce its own collagen, helping to restore the deep, underlying structure of the face. The result is a soft, long-lasting correction that will never look overdone.
How Long Until You See Results From Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is helping your body produce its own collagen, therefore, the results may take a little longer to see than with some other fillers. We often tell patients to think of it as growing their hair – the changes are not noticeable day to day but rather, over a period of time. This gradual change is also more natural. Depending on the patient’s age, anatomy, and individual needs, a series of 1-3 Sculptra® treatments over a period of 4-6 months may be recommended.
When Should You Start Using Sculptra®?
We start losing facial volume in our late 20’s, although the effects may not become noticeable until mid to late 30’s or 40’s. Because the results from Sculptra® are so subtle and soft, it is a good filler to start using in your 30’s-40’s as it will help you maintain what you have, hopefully avoiding more invasive treatments in the future. The result you achieve from Sculptra® treatments is your own naturally produced collagen, so it is not broken down and degraded as quickly as many of the other fillers. You can generally expect to maintain about 40% correction at 2 years after Sculptra® treatment.
What Are The Side Effects From Sculptra®?
Side effects from Sculptra® treatments are rare. Temporary swelling or bruising may occur after injection, and will usually resolve in 3-7 days. Rarely, the body may overproduce collagen forming a small lump or “nodule” that can be felt when pressing on the area. Individual ability to produce collagen may vary, so the amount of product/treatments needed to achieve desirable results may vary among patients.
Is Sculptra® Right For You?
As with many fillers, it is hard to know which is the right product for you. It’s important to choose a physician that is not only an expert injector, but one whose aesthetic view is comparable to yours. Make sure to have a detailed consultation explaining what you are trying to achieve and listen carefully as your physician explains their recommended treatment plan.
Remember to keep your expectations realistic and understand that several Sculptra® treatments over several months may be needed to achieve the desired correction. In some cases, a combination of different products or treatments may be recommended for optimum results.
Sculptra® Before & After Photos
Dr. Flora Levin proudly provides Westport, CT and surrounding areas with comprehensive and advanced Sculptra® services, including Norwalk, Fairfield, New Canaan, New Haven, Greenwich, Darien, CT. Call today for your consultation at 203-557-6464 or complete a Contact Form here!