FDA approved. Result can last up to 2.5 years
What is Sculptra® ?
Sculptra®, one of the newest and longest-lasting dermal fillers on the market.
Sculptra® is a facial treatment that gives you deep tissue regeneration to help reduce the signs of ageing in your face. Unlike traditional dermal fillers, Sculptra works to replace lost collagen and replenish facial volume more subtly over time, giving you a more natural looking appearance.
Sculptra® is a biocompatible and biodegradable injectable material known as poly-L-lactic acid (PLA) that naturally stimulates the skins cells to produce its own collagen.
While traditional dermal fillers only address wrinkles, lines and folds, Sculptra® works differently: it stimulates growth of your own collagen to treat the facial ageing and give you a more youthful appearance.
In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sculptra for cosmetic purposes, although the filler had been approved earlier (2004) to add volume to the cheeks.
It very effective when used as a treatment for wrinkles and fine lines on the face, and it can also be used to restore the fullness of the face and treat lipoatrophy (loss of facial fat)
Benefits of Sculptra®
Sculptra® injections can be used to increase facial volume. Loss of facial fat due to lipoatrophy can cause a hollow look under the eyes, a loss of lip definition, and a sunken appearance in the cheeks. Sculptra® can restore definition and fullness to the face.
Another popular use of Sculptra® is to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and facial folds. Because of its longer lasting results, Sculptra® is often preferred to other cosmetic dermal fillers like Restylane®. Sculptra® is useful in rejuvenating eyes, lips, and all areas of the face that can show signs of aging. In fact, Sculptra® has earned the nickname of the “liquid facelift” because of its effectiveness in creating a fuller, more youthful appearance.
Sculptra helps correct wrinkles and folds, particularly the deep, dynamic ones that run from the nose to the lip (nasolabial lines), the lip to the chin (“marionette” lines), and vertically and horizontally across the forehead. The filler is also used to plump up skin depressions caused by scars, thus minimizing their appearance.
Sculptra stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that contributes to your skin’s volume and structure. Age and repeated exposure to the sun cause collagen to break down — a major factor in the formation of wrinkles and folds. Sculptra restores that collagen, thus giving your skin a more youthful-looking fullness and firmness.
Some people get the rejuvenating results they want with only one Sculptra treatment, but most skin issues respond best to two to three treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart.
What is the Treatment Like?
Sculptra comes in powdered form. It’s mixed with sterile water and then injected deep into skin folds, sunken cheeks, or other areas of the face that need smoothing and recontouring. Apply numb cream on the skin for 15 mins before the injection, then inject with ultra-thin needles.
Where is Sculptra used?
Sculptra® replaces lost collagen in the middle to lower face and chin area. It treat these 3 areas:
Upper face – Sculptra® is used to treat temples
Middle part of the face: nasolabial folds (deep lines between the nose and mouth), tear trough, cheek augmentation, submalar volumising
Lower part of the face: marionette lines, pre-jowls sulcus, mandibular line
Sculptra® is not recommended for glabella, front headlines correction and lips.
Possible Side Effects
After the treatment, you may experience some redness, swelling, itching, and bruising at the injection site. You’ll be advised to massage the treated area regularly for up to a week to diminish the risk of developing small nodules, or lumps, under the skin. Some research shows that 9% of people treated with Sculptra develop lumps, however it will goes away eventually.
Packaging: 1 box ( 2 vials )
Price: $330 usd
Note: You should not be treated when you have an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area or if you have a history or susceptibility to keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring.