What is Sculptra?

As time passes, your skin will lose its firm and youthful appearance. As a result of the natural aging process, your skin will become damaged, thinner, looser, less elastic, and it will lose fat. Hollows will appear on your temples and on your cheeks. The loss of skin volume may make you look thin and narrow. You will end up looking older than you really are. Sculptra can be used to smooth out the lines and the wrinkles on your skin. You will get a firm and youthful appearance when your skin volume is restored.

If you want to increase the volume in depressed areas of your skin, such as creases, scars, folds and wrinkles, you can use Sculptra. You can also use Sculptra if you want to correct large signs of facial fat loss. Sculptra basically enhances the way you look. You will restore your facial contours and you will get rid of the lines and the wrinkles without going through surgery. Sculptra is made from synthetic material that has microparticles designed to make the skin smooth. You will address sagging skin, severe wrinkles, dark circles, creases and scars when injected.

Poly-L-lactic acid is the main ingredient of Sculptra and it has been used successfully in surgical procedures, particularly for bone plates, screws and bioresorbable sutures, and as medication for more than a quarter of a century. Sculptra was developed especially for contouring the defects on your face. More than 150,000 people around the world have been treated with Sculptra already. It is a long-lasting, biocompatible and biodegradable substance.

What are some of the questions you should ask yourself before getting Sculptra treatment?

Sculptra is for patients who want to restore the contours of their face or compensate for the gradual signs of aging. If your skin is loose, wrinkled or lined, you should consider getting Sculptra treatment. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself:

  • Is your face already showing signs of ageing?
  • Does your face look like it has sunken cheeks?
  • Are there deep lines between your nose and your mouth?
  • Are there any undesirable depressions around the corners of your mouth?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be in need of Sculptra treatment.

How does Sculptra work anyway?

Sculptra will provide you with gradual, natural-looking results, as opposed to traumatic surgical treatment. Sculptra works at the lower layers of the skin in order to produce a smooth and firm face. This procedure can be performed in a clinic or hospital and will take about half an hour.

Sculptra will be injected into the areas that need treatment. The number of injections that will be given to you will depend on factors like your age, the depth of your wrinkles and your goals for the operation. After you have a Sculptra treatment, your healthcare professional will tell you whether you have to go back for a follow-up visit or not.

The aesthetic improvements from Sculptra have persisted for up to two years in certain patients. Unlike the other treatments, Sculptra lasts longer.

What should you expect from a Sculptra treatment?

There will be some discomfort after a Sculptra treatment. The usual side effects are injection-related and they can be bleeding, tenderness or pain, bruising, swelling and redness. These effects should go away within a week. They will get even better in the succeeding weeks.

Who will perform the Sculptra treatment?

A cosmetic surgeon will perform the Sculptra treatment. Your face will be cleaned and then the Sculptra will be injected into your face.

Will the Sculptra treatment hurt?

You will feel discomfort with injections. There will be a burning sensation at the injection site so use an ice pack to calm your skin. If you want to avoid more discomfort, your healthcare professional may give you anaesthesia.

What should you keep in mind after the treatment?

Your healthcare professional will give you instructions for aftercare. These may include massaging of the treated areas on your face. If any of the side effects occur, you should contact your healthcare professional right away.

What are the side effects of Sculptra?

The most common side effects from Sculptra are related to the injection. These are tenderness, pain, bleeding, redness, bruising and swelling. These effects will subside over the next few days.

One of the delayed side effects of Sculptra is the formation of small bumps under the skin in your treated area. These small bumps may not be seen with your eyes but you may notice them when you press on the treated skin. These bumps form within the first six to twelve months after your first treatment. The bumps will usually go away. In some cases, visible bumps with redness have appeared on the treated area. Sometimes, the injections may also become infected. You should report any of these side effects to your healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Are the results from Sculptra instant?

The results of Sculptra are not instant. It may take around six weeks before the results become visible. Sculptra may look like it worked because of the swelling but this is not the case. Your healthcare professional will have to check you again after a few weeks in order to find out whether you need more Sculptra treatments.