What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a synthetic injectable substance made from poly-L-lactic acid. It is a widely used non-toxic medical product that has been in use for over 30 years. Once injected into the skin, it results in a thickening of the deeper layers of the skin and helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume.
How does it work?
Scupltra is injected into the deep layers of the skin. It is then gradually absorbed by those deep layers, stimulating new collagen growth that creates a thicker skin density with improved appearance and texture. A series of treatments will produce optimum results, usually a minimum of 3 that are spaced at monthly intervals.
What areas can I treat?
The most common areas treated with Sculptra are the mid and lower face, such as the cheeks and naso-labial folds. Other areas may include tear trough, jawline, and chin.
Are there any side effects
The most common side effects are localised to the injection sites, and may include: bleeding, swelling, tenderness, bruising, and redness. A skilled and specialled injecting technique combined with appropriate post care will help to minimise any side effects experienced.
What is the treatment process?
During treatment with Sculptra, several injections will be administered at various positions on the face. Numbing agents are available optionally to help manage any discomfort. The recently injected sites will be massaged by your injector, who will also show you how to self-massage the treated areas at home over the next few days.
How long does it last?
Once all recommended treatments are completed, results may last up to two years. Often, a touch-up treatment may help to maintain the desired cosmetic effect.
The following link is an informative video from Sculptra Aesthetics that visually explains the process of a Sculptra treatment.