Sculptra® is an injectable product that restores and corrects the signs of facial fat loss by replacing lost volume.
Sculptra® is an injectable product that restores and corrects the signs of facial fat loss by replacing lost volume. Sculptra® provides an increase in skin thickness, helping to create a more natural facial appearance in those with facial lipoatrophy.
Lipoatrophy is the loss of fat beneath the skin, which can result in sunken cheeks, indentations, and hollow eyes. Sculptra® is a safe, synthetic, and biocompatible material that is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. It provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness, improving the appearance of folds and sunken areas. No skin testing is required.
Sculptra® has been safely used outside the United States since 1999 in over 150,000 patients under the trade names New-Fill™ and Sculptra®.
What is Sculptra®?
As a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator, Sculptra® aesthetic helps restore the deep underlying structures of the skin to diminish facial wrinkles."
Sculptra® is indicated for the correction of shallow-to-deep nasolabial fold contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles in which deep dermal grid pattern (cross-hatch) injection technique is appropriate.
How long do the results last?
The effects of Sculptra® are enduring. In a clinical study, effects lasted for up to 2 years after the first treatment session in most patients. The results from Sculptra® are not immediate; Sculptra® provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Your injector will see you again in a few weeks to decide if additional injections are needed. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effects.
People with mild lipoatrophy will require fewer treatments than those with severe lipoatrophy.
How does Sculptra® work?
Sculptra® adds volume to the area injected. Over time, studies have shown it increases collagen deposition. Sculptra® is injected below the surface of the skin in the area 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.
Do I need a skin test before being treated with Sculptra®?
No skin testing is required prior to use.
Are the results from Sculptra® immediate?
No. At your first treatment visit, it may appear that Sculptra® worked immediately because of swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra®. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before your treatment. Sculptra® takes time to gradually correct the depression in your skin. Your injector will see you again in a few weeks to decide if you need more Sculptra® injections.
How many treatments are required?
Your injector will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra® you will need at each session. Patients with severe facial fat loss may require 3 to 6 treatment sessions.
Do Sculptra® injections hurt?
As with any injection, injections with Sculptra® may hurt. Sculptra® is injected in small amounts using a very fine needle. Your injector may apply a topical or local anesthetic. Lidocaine (a numbing medicine) can now be added to reduce discomfort.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately following a treatment session with Sculptra®, redness, swelling, pain, bruising or all of these signs can happen in the treatment area. These signs usually go away in a few hours to a few days. Some have been known to last up to 17 days. Your injector will give you specific post treatment care instructions. Within the first 24 hours after treatment, an ice pack should 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. Avoid excessive sun and UV lamp exposure until any initial swelling and redness has resolved.
Report any worsening or longer-lasting symptoms to your injector.
How quickly can I get back to my daily activities?
Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities following treatment. Most would avoid a strenuous workout after the procedure (that day).
When will I be able to apply make-up after treatment?
Make-up may be applied a few hours after treatment if no complications are present (for example, open wounds or bleeding).
Who should not use Sculptra®?
The most common side effects with the use of Sculptra® include injection-related side effects at the site of the injection such as bleeding, tenderness or pain, redness, bruising, or swelling. These side effects generally last, on average, 3 to 17 days.
One possible delayed side effect with Sculptra® can be small bumps under the skin in the treated area. These small bumps may not be visible, and you may notice them only when you press on the treated skin. These bumps tend to happen within the first 6 to 12 months after the first treatment. Occasionally, these bumps go away on their own. Visible bumps, sometimes with redness or color change to the treated area, have also been reported. As with all procedures that involve an injection through the skin, there is a risk of infection.
Report any side effects to your injector.
What are the possible side effects of treatment with Sculptra®?
You should not use Sculptra® if you are allergic to any ingredient of Sculptra®. Talk to your injector about your medical history when deciding on treatment options.
Filler injections, [e.g. Collagen, Fat, Hyaluronic Acids (Restylane®), Bovine Collagen + Polymethylmethacrylate PMMA (Artecoll®/Artefill®)] work as small amounts of a substance are injected into the skin, they can add fullness, desired shape, and minimize static wrinkles, folds, and some scars.
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Roth on Ed Berstein 12/18/11