Sculptra is a unique, long-lasting injectable treatment. It is made of a biocompatible substance called poly-L-lactic acid and has been used in the body or many years as a suture material. Rather than simply filling in your wrinkles, it stimulates your body to produce its own filler. It is best thought of as a volume enhancer rather than filler.
How Does Sculptra Work?
Sculptra is typically used to treat large depressed areas of the face and is increasingly being used instead of fat injections or fat grafts. Sculptra is often used for skin folds, sunken eyes, cheek augmentation, and temple hollow augmentation.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sculptra?
It is ideal for people who have experienced fat loss in the face as an unanticipated side effect of working out or dieting. You should be in good health and have realistic expectations for this treatment.
How Long Does a Typical Treatment Take?
As with other injectable treatments, Sculptra injections take about 15 minutes to half an hour, although it is important to remember that it will require several treatments to get the desired results. Topical numbing cream will be applied to the injection site; after the injection, Dr. Greenberg will massage the area to help reduce swelling and bruising.
What Results Will I See?*
The results can last for at least 18-24 months. Improvement is gradual after the procedure and you will require more than one session (probably 2-3) to achieve the desired results. It usually takes 2-3 months to achieve the final result.
Is There Any Downtime?
After your procedure, we advise that you use an ice pack to reduce swelling. At first, you may see a dramatic improvement which seems to diminish over the first few days. This is actually the fluid of the injection giving you an idea of what the final result will be. As Sculptra stimulates your body to produce new collagen, this process is gradual and takes several months to be completed.
You can resume most of your normal activities immediately after Sculptra injections, but strenuous activity is not recommended for 24 hours. Over the next few weeks, your body will produce new collagen, which will fill the desired area.
Take the Next Step
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). 407-644-3137