What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment for reducing facial lines and wrinkles and creates a fuller, more youthful appearance to your face. Also known as the “liquid facelift”, Sculpra® works by stimulating your body to produce new collagen and underlying tissue. Your own collagen fills in the line and wrinkles and also elevates the sagging skin. Sculptra® is a safe FDA approved synthetic material that is injected below the surface of the skin directly into the areas of the face that appear sunken or hollow. Unlike many of the injectable facial fillers, the results achieved with Sculptra can last 1 year or more because it causes the body to stimulate its own collagen. Results may vary among individuals.
How Sculptra Works
Sculptra® is injected below the surface of the skin in the areas of fat loss. Sculptra® provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Visible results appear within the first few treatment sessions. Sculptra® will not correct the underlying cause of the facial fat loss, but will help improve the appearance by increasing skin thickness in the treated area.
How Soon Will You See Results with Sculptra
Sculptra® provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness, improving the appearance of folds, indentations, and sunken areas in the face and neck. The results achieved by Sculptra® are natural looking and appear gradually over a few weeks time. Becuase Sculptra® stimulates the body to produce its own collagen; the results can last up to 1 year and longer in some cases. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.
What to Expect After Treatment
You should massage the treated area (around 5 times each day) for several days after the treatment session. Within the first 24 hours after treatment, an ice pack can be applied for a few minutes at a time to the treatment area to help reduce swelling. Wrap the ice in a cloth and avoid putting ice directly on your skin. Immediately following a treatment session with Sculptra®, redness, swelling, pain, bruising or all of these sign can happen in the treated area.
These signs usually go away in a few hour to few days. Avoid excessive sun and UV lamp exposure until any initial swelling and redness has resolved.
How Quickly Can You Return to Daily Activities
Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities immediately following treatment.