Sculptra is an injectable filler unlike any other. While most fillers use hyaluronic acid as their primary ingredient, Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid or PLLA. Its uniqueness in composition allows Sculptra to provide results that many individuals want.
But is Sculptra safe? What can you expect from this treatment? Keep reading to find out.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an FDA-approved facial injectable that encourages youthful skin from the inside out. It is unique in that it works gradually, resulting in natural, long-lasting effects that can last up to two years. It has been available since 1999 but has only received FDA approval for facial wrinkles and folds in 2014.
The main ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). It is recognized as a collagen stimulant and provides long-lasting results that last up to two years. The results of PLLA look natural.
Sculptra is safe and efficient. However, anyone with allergies to any of its ingredients or with medical conditions that cause scarring shouldn’t use it.
How Sculptra Works
Collagen loss is the leading cause of aging, and Sculptra Aesthetic targets this loss rather than merely the symptoms. It helps the body’s proteins rebuild the skin’s volume and structure. The faster injectable microparticles are absorbed, the quicker collagen is produced.
The main ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). It provides long-lasting results that look natural and falls under the category of a collagen stimulator.
Deep injections of poly-L-lactic acid encourage the formation of new collagen before the body absorbs the acid. Collagen maintains the structure of the skin and reduces wrinkles. It works for the majority of people and is made from a synthetic substance that is biocompatible and biodegradable.
By promoting increased collagen production, Sculptra Aesthetic gradually increases facial volume and structure. The use of PLLA sets Sculptra apart from hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, which instantly provide volume underneath the skin’s surface.
We frequently suggest Sculptra Aesthetic to our clients who seek out progressive and natural outcomes. Multiple sessions that are tailored to your needs are required for Sculptra treatments.
The Problems Sculptra Solves
Sculptra is used to minimize facial wrinkles and folds and has been clinically approved to treat smile lines, various wrinkles around the mouth and nose, and chin wrinkles.
Sculptra has several uses, such as:
- Non-invasive butt-lifting or enlargement of the buttocks
- Reducing cellulite
- Wrinkle removal for the knee, elbow, and chest
Many areas of the face, including the following, can experience a reduction in superficial to deep wrinkles and creases thanks to Sculptra:
- Laugh lines
- Character lines
Applying Sculptra on the lips or the eyes is not recommended.
Is Sculptra Safe?
Sculptra is safe if handled and administered by a professional. After your Sculptra treatments, you should be able to resume your regular daily activities, including work, with little to no downtime.
You should anticipate experiencing some swelling and bruising around the injected region. Other common adverse effects include:
- A little discomfort
Some people may develop skin bumps and discoloration. It’s essential to consider the Sculptra injection depth, and you should pay attention to the value of working with a qualified, experienced professional.
It is not recommended for usage if you have a history of uneven scarring or allergic reactions to Sculptra’s ingredients. Injecting Sculptra at the location of skin lesions, acne, cysts, rashes, or other skin problems is ill-advised.
Most patients can resume their regular activities immediately after obtaining Sculptra injections. The swelling, bruising, and other adverse effects typically subside soon. The following actions will speed up your recovery:
- Use an ice pack on the injured region for the first 24 hours.
- Massage the area for 15 minutes five times each day for five days after receiving therapy.
- Stay out of the sun and tanning facilities until any redness and swelling have faded.
How the Procedure Goes
Before getting Sculptra injections, you must consult an expert to determine whether the treatment suits you. The provider may ask you about your medical history, allergies, and other information.
Before you receive Sculptra injections, your injector will map the injection sites on your skin and disinfect the area. You can use a topical anesthetic to lessen the discomfort from the injection stings. Then, your provider uses a series of tiny needles to inject Sculptra into your skin.
The injections must penetrate the dermis deeply to connect with the collagen fibers. Like other injectables and fillers, the procedure only requires a short period—a few minutes to an hour. Your session’s duration depends on the number and size of the areas you want to treat.
You should be able to continue your regular activities right after the treatment. Your doctor will provide you with any special instructions. Clinical studies have demonstrated that the poly-L-lactic acid filler can offer benefits that last two years after three treatments, even though the number of sessions and injections each session will vary.
Your particular demands and goals will determine how many Sculptra treatments you need. Usually, one to three sessions spaced four to six weeks apart are required.
Preparing to Receive Sculptra
Preparing for Sculptra is not tricky. To reduce the risk of bleeding, your provider may recommend you stop taking NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen a few days before treatment.
Before obtaining Sculptra, avoid aggravating the treatment area with tweezing, waxing, or bleaching. One week prior, stop taking some vitamins, blood thinners, and alcohol.
What to Expect After Receiving Sculptra
The results of Sculptra look natural because it is a slow and steady process that starts working after a series of sessions. It can take a few weeks before all of Sculptra’s effects become apparent. Sculptra Aesthetic’s results usually persist for two years, while some patients may experience longer-lasting effects.
Is Sculptra Suitable for You?
Adults in good health who want to subtly decrease wrinkles and fine lines and restore fullness to their faces are candidates for Sculptra injections. To ensure that Sculptra is the best option for you, it’s best to consult professionals.
To find out if Sculptra is appropriate for you, contact Glo Derma in Yardley, Pennsylvania, by calling the office or scheduling an appointment.