Sculptra is a dermal filler that works differently than traditional hyaluronic acid (HA) and other fillers. The active ingredient in Sculptra, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), is a stimulatory filler that stimulates the body to produce the elements needed to replace lost volume and tighten weakened areas, giving the skin a smoother, more supple, and youthful appearance.
Commonly asked questions about Sculptra
Before undertaking any procedure, you will want to be confident in your knowledge. Find the details on Sculptra here.
1. What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a cosmetic procedure that tightens the skin and replaces lost volume using an injectable dermal filler. The poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) based filler is a stimulatory that, when injected, stimulates the body to produce collagen and elastin while also forming new fibrous support structures beneath the skin’s surface. Sculptra is an effective collagen-building treatment for individuals looking for overall skin rejuvenation rather than targeted volume loss.
2. Am I a good candidate for Sculptra?
Sculptra is an ideal treatment choice for those who want to improve the overall appearance of their skin. Individuals seeking skin rejuvenation and treatment for moderate to deep facial folds and skin depressions in areas such as the nasolabial folds, cheek hollows, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles may benefit from Sculptra.
3. How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra, unlike traditional hyaluronic acid (HA)-based and other fillers, acts as a stimulant for the body’s production of collagen and elastin as opposed to adding volume to target areas. Since Sculptra is a dermal filler made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), the procedure will restore the connective structures beneath the skin’s surface, resulting in a smoother and softer complexion. It will also lessen the appearance of skin depressions and firm up & thicken the skin for overall skin rejuvenation.
4. How is Sculptra performed?
Sculptra is injected into the skin with a fine needle or cannula. A topical anesthetic may be used to alleviate any discomfort, as Sculptra must be injected into the deep layers of the skin beneath the surface in order to successfully stimulate collagen and elastin production in the body. Following the injections, the preferred provider will message the filler to ensure that it is evenly distributed and to reduce the risk of nodules or lumps forming.
5. How long does Sculptra take?
Sculptra injections can take anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes.
6. What is recovery like after Sculptra?
With Sculptra, there is no downtime. Most patients feel at ease returning to work or daily activities immediately following treatment. Minimal swelling or redness is expected, and typically heals within 24 to 48 hours after treatment. There may be additional bruising, discomfort, and tenderness for up to two weeks. For several days following treatment, patients should avoid direct and extensive sun exposure.
7. How soon will I see results?
The results of Sculptra are gradual and take time. Most patients do not see immediate improvements following treatment; results become visible 3 to 6 months after the initial appointment. Full treatment results will become apparent several week later following the third or final treatment session. The result of Sculptra continues to improve in the weeks and months following the final treatment as the body builds a new collagen base and tissue structure.
8. How long do results last?
Sculptra typically last for two years, though some patients report longer-lasting effects. Three initial treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart with yearly maintenance treatments are recommended for optimal, longer-lasting results.
9. How much does Sculptra cost in Canada?
The cost of Sculptra is determined by a number of factors, including the number of vials used, the amount of enhancing or correction required, the number of treatment visits, and geographic location. In Canada, one Sculptra vial typically costs between $1,000 and $2,000.
10. What are the risks of Sculptra?
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks and side effects. Although rare, some risks include, but are not limited to:
- Excessive swelling/ bruising
- Skin discoloration
- Pain or discomfort
- Bumps or lumps underneath the skin
11. Is Sculptra worth it?
119/151 people who have undergone Sculptra have rated the procedure as “Worth It” (79%)