What is Sculptra?
Sculptra Aesthetic is a dermal filler that is injectable and provides subtle results over time. This is a more gradual solution than some of the other dermal fillers on the market because there won’t be an immediate improvement within the aesthetics. What it does is work to provide a more natural looking appearance so that people don’t suddenly notice a dramatic change and wonder what was done.
The average procedure involves three injections over the course of a few months. The results can last more than two years and much of this has to do with Sculptra replacing lost collagen. It is made from poly-L-lactic acid. Shallow and deep wrinkles alike will be affected by the injections. The main ingredient is synthetic and is biodegradable. it has been used by doctors for decades and now when it is injected into the skin, it provides a subtle and natural look.
As the collagen is repaired under the skin’s surface, the wrinkles start to smooth out. This ensures that a noticeable appearance is seen, but it takes a little longer for the results to be noticed, which is what many people want as opposed to having people immediately comment that they look younger – and then asking what kind of procedure they had done.
The deep dermis of the skin is reinforced with the dermal filler. Over time, volume is lost in the face. As a result, deep facial wrinkles and folds will appear. Sculptra Aesthetic works to compensate by replacing lost collagen and providing the necessary volume to correct the various facial wrinkles. The result is a youthful looking appearance that is more refined – and has the ability to last for more than two years.
The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and the injections are made. A local anesthetic is used in order to numb the area so that the injection is less painful. While there may be some slight swelling initially, this usually subsides within a few hours and no more than a few days.
From there, the patient will be able to notice some basic differences right away, and more dramatically over the next several months as the collagen is repaired. More injection sessions will be scheduled over the period of a few months. Most patients are able to get the desired appearance after three injections scheduled over two or three months.
Where it Can Be Used
Sculptra is not used throughout the face as with some dermal fillers. It has been used to correct shallow as well are deep facial wrinkles and folds throughout the face. It is most suitable for the nasolabial folds, which are found between the nose and the mouth. These are also referred to as smile lines in many instances. The lines framing the mouth can also benefit from Sculptra.
In most instances, doctors will use this dermal filler for:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Chin wrinkles
It is always a good idea to discuss the uses of a dermal filler with the doctor. While Sculptra can have positive effects throughout the chin as well as throughout the nose and mouth regions, it is not going to be effective for significant contouring of the nose, chin, or cheeks. Consultations should be set up in order to discuss various opportunities to use dermal fillers to improve the overall appearance without using surgery. Sculptra is generally designed to provide subtle differences within the appearance of wrinkles and folds and is not used for dramatic changes.
A consultation will be set up prior to using Sculptra Anesthetic on anyone. The injections are designed for use in people who have healthy immune systems and the injections need to be scheduled. A minimum of three weeks apart to allow for the compound to work effectively.
Allergy tests will be conducted prior to injections. The doctor will also discuss keloid formation as well as hypertrophic scarring as those who of a history of such things will be advised not to use this specific dermal filler.
Side effects of Sculptra have included redness, bruising, injection site discomfort, itching and swelling. Most of these side effects will go away on their own within a few days of the injections. Some people have experienced small lumps under the skin, which are typically only noticeable when the treated area is pressed on. Larger lumps with or without inflammation have been reported on occasion as well.
Everyone reacts to dermal fillers differently and it is important to discuss side effects as well as the overall procedure with a doctor prior to scheduling injections. When you want to learn more about Sculptra, talk to a doctor who has experience with this specific dermal filler so that you can learn all there is to know about the procedure and to view some of the before and after results that the doctor who will be doing the injections has been able to experience in his or her office.