What is Sculptra?
As the skin ages, the natural loss of collagen leads to thinner and structurally weakened skin, resulting in wrinkles and folds. Sculptra is an injectable bio-stimulator made of poly-L-lactic (PLLA) that works to treat the loss of collagen by activating the body’s natural ability to produce collagen.
Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers which work quickly to temporarily replace missing facial volume, the effect of Sculptra happens gradually to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen, leading to the restoration and improvement of the skin’s structure to achieve smooth, youthful skin.
This subtle and gradual skin improvement appeals to patients looking for a longer-lasting and natural-looking result.
Sculptra is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems. A typical treatment consists of three injection sessions that are spaced about 8 weeks apart.
What are the Advantages of Sculptra?
By spurring collagen production, Sculptra works to repair the underlying scaffolding of the face, which offers a host of cosmetic benefits. By restoring some of those youthful contours and thickening skin that has begun to thin, this injectable can broadly improve the face. In fact, this injectable is sometimes referred to as a liquid facelift because of the non-invasive lifting and revitalizing it offers.
Most patients receive a series of three Sculptra Injections over a period of several months. The injections are performed in different directions to create a mesh-like pattern under the skin. This means that once in place, it offers a thorough coverage and can serve as a foundation upon which collagen can develop. Collagen development can take some time, so it may be several months before the improvements in the face fully take hold. But the gradual onset of results gives patients results that look more natural and less over-filled. You’ll never look like you suddenly went and “had work done.”
Because Sculptra essentially rebuilds the underlying infrastructure of the face by generating collagen, it offers results that last much longer than most other injectables. Patients usually enjoy their results for two years or more. Even if you decide not to repeat the treatment, you’ll still come out ahead in the ageing process because of the extra collagen created by that one fluid facelift.
A Low-Maintenance Option
Once you’ve completed the initial series of injections, you’ll be good to go for two years. Follow-up maintenance injections are usually scheduled yearly.
Allergies Are Not a Concern
Many of the other fillers on the market are composed of hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture and helps the skin stay hydrated. Sculptra contains Poly-L-Lactic Acid, a substance that is used in dissolvable sutures.
This product poses no risk of an allergic reaction and does not require allergy testing, because Poly-L-Lactic Acid is synthetic. Once it’s done the job of jump-starting collagen development, the Poly-L-Lactic Acid naturally fades from the body usually within 6 months.
Sculptra was initially approved by the US FDA in 2004 to increase collagen production in cases of associated lipoatrophy. In Dec 2021 Galderma announced that Sculptra became the first and only FDA-approved PLLA facial injectable treatment that helps stimulate the skin’s own collagen production, to smooth facial wrinkles, such as smile lines.