Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable product used for the correction of facial wrinkles and folds. It works by stimulating your body's own collagen through a series of treatments. Poly-L-lactic acid is the active ingredient in Sculptra, when injected into the tissue it works with your body to gradually revitalize collagen production.
This treatment restores the framework within your skin improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, softening transitions caused by aging, and imparting a signature glow.
What Sculptra does
It works by stimulating your body's own collagen through a series of treatments. Poly-L-lactic acid is the active ingredient in Sculptra, when injected into the tissue it works with your body to gradually revitalize collagen production. A trained provider injects Sculptra into the appropriate tissue layer where collagen supports the structure of skin. The amount of Sculptra and the number of treatments vary from person to person depending on the amount of collagen that has been lost and the patient’s goals. On average, three treatments are generally prescribed over the course of several months.
How to prepare for Sculptra
Like other injectables, it is recommended that you avoid blood thinning medications prior to your treatment. (Never stop prescribed medications without the approval of your prescribing clinician). Avoiding alcohol 24 hours prior to your treatment can also minimize your risk of bruising. We recommend arriving to your appointment without makeup.
What to expect from Sculptra
As with all injectable treatments, common side effects can include bruising, swelling, tenderness, redness, bleeding, and lumps. Most side effects are mild and temporary. The results from sculptra are gradual, you will see an immediate filling effect which gradually decreases over 24-48 hours. The body then slowly begins to create collagen. Treatments are usually spaced 6-10 weeks apart, with an average of three treatments recommended for full correction. Results are evident within three months and can last for up to two years.