Sculptra, a synthetic poly-L-lactic acid injectable collagen stimulator, is an exciting new treatment option for patients who are looking to improve their facial contours and wrinkles. Unlike other dermal fillers, Sculptra works by stimulating the body’s natural collagen production process, resulting in a gradual and long-lasting improvement in the look of wrinkles and fine lines. Sculptra is often used to volumize shallow contours, replace lost facial volume due to aging, and improve overall facial balance and proportion. It can also be used to help fill in deep creases along the forehead, nose, and cheeks.
The injection process is relatively simple and requires little downtime afterward. Prior to treatment, a topical lidocaine cream is applied to minimize discomfort during the injection process. During treatment, small amounts of Sculptra are injected into areas with wrinkles or shallow contours using an ultra-fine needle. The amount of product used will depend on the desired results as well as patient size and age. After being injected, the filler takes up to 6 weeks for full results to appear, as Sculptra needs time to stimulate collagen production.
Since Sculptra is a synthetic poly-L-lactic acid, it does not put the body at risk for any allergic reactions or infections. There may be some small bruising and swelling at the injection site which should subside within 1 to 2 days after treatment. Patients can resume their normal daily activities right away however they must avoid any strenuous activities or heavy lifting during the recovery period. Additionally, patients should avoid excessive sunlight and wear sunscreen whenever outside in order to protect their skin from sun damage and help with the longevity of their results.
The effects of Sculptra treatment can last up to two years before additional treatments will be needed in order to maintain desired results. Sculptra injections can provide patients with a natural-looking and long-lasting improvement in the look of their facial wrinkles, fine lines, and facial contours.
For those seeking to non-surgically have a more youthful appearance and restore facial volume, Sculptra is an excellent choice that offers gradual yet noticeable results. It has many advantages over other dermal fillers as it works by stimulating the body’s own collagen production process resulting in more natural-looking enhancements. Furthermore, its effects can last up to two years which makes it a cost-effective option for many patients. With proper care and maintenance, Sculptra can provide patients with a youthful facial complexion that looks great and lasts long.