What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a type of injectable filler. It is a liquid-like substance that stimulates the production of collagen with its key ingredient: poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) microparticles.
PLLA microparticles are synthetic, biocompatible and biodegradable. Once injected deep into your skin, PLLA are naturally absorbed by your body. This absorption process is what helps your skin initiate collagen production. Rebuilt collagen strands then act to smooth away wrinkles and restore facial volume.
Sculptra is a material that has been used for many years in dissolvable sutures and implants. It is injected below the surface of the skin, where it triggers a natural reaction for the body to lay down it’s own collagen. The Sculptra itself disappears, but it stimulates the body to restore volume where it was injected. This revolumization will result in a filling of hollows and wrinkles and an improvement in skin tone, laxity and elimination of sagginess in the jawline and other creases.
Usually three to four treatments are required, each four to six weeks apart to achieve complete correction. The effects of the treatment will last at least two years.
This is different from traditional fillers that fill in wrinkles and folds in that it is a three dimensional filling and reshaping. Sculptra isn’t like the other fillers out there. It works a little differently, because it’s designed to help your body produce its own collagen. In 3-5 weeks after your treatment is when you’ll see the optimal results. To reward you for you patience, you’ll get an improvement that can last up to 2 years or more! To maintain your look, all you’ll need is about 1 treatment a year after that. In the long run, it’s the smarter choice.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Sculptra
How long does Sculptra last?
One treatment of Sculptra can last over 2 years, after which maintenance treatments can be scheduled once a year.
What is Sculptra used for?
Sculptra is used to rejuvenate the facial contours. The therapeutic ingredient is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a substance that helps the skin rebuild itself by boosting collagen levels. This makes the skin younger, smoothing away wrinkles and replacing volume loss.
What is the average cost of Sculptra?
The cost of a Sculptra treatment varies depending on the amount administered. The price is typically determined by the number of vials given, with the cost starting from about $800 per vial.
Does Sculptra really work?
Absolutely. Immediately upon injection, you’ll be able to see an improvement in the targeted areas. However, a few days later these effects may gradually disappear. This is because your skin absorbs the injected Sculptra. As it absorbs the product, your skin gradually starts to produce collagen. This process takes a few weeks which is why the final effects of your treatment appear about a month or so afterward. The rejuvenating effects our patients have experienced are undeniable.
Who is a good candidate for Sculptra?
Sculptra is ideal for men and women who want to restore their youthful look by smoothing away wrinkles and replacing volume loss. It can also help achieve the same effects as a surgical eyelid lift, but without the surgery. Patients should be in good health with the targeted area being free of infection and inflammation.
Is Sculptra better than Juvederm?
While Sculptra and Juvederm can achieve similar results, they work in a different way. Sculptra helps your skin produce its own collagen while Juvederm adds hyaluronic acid. That’s why the results of a Juvederm treatment generally do not last as long as results from Sculptra.
How often should you get Sculptra?
Once you’ve achieved your desired results, you can choose to undergo maintenance treatments. These can be scheduled about once a year or so, depending on your goals.
Can Diabetics get Sculptra?
The good news is that diabetic patients can use Sculptra as long as the patient’s diabetes is controlled. The treatment was originally used to treat HIV patients. However, your medical history will certainly be taken into consideration by your doctor before proceeding.