What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is semi-permanent poly-L-lactic acid-based filler (PLLA).
Sculptra®, also known as polylactic acid, is a biocompatible, bioabsorbable, immunologically inactive synthetic polymer that has been around for 20 years and has proven to be safe.
Sculptra® stimulates the production of new collagen in our body, which aids in the restoration of facial volume.
Traditional hyaluronic acid fillers plump up depressed faces and smooth creases, however this isn’t the case with Sculptra®.
In addition, Sculptra® also has the ability to boost collagen production over time.
How Does Sculptra® work?
Collagen is a fibrous protein that provides the skin its structure and is found in the deep dermis. Collagen aids in the function of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA), so the more collagen you have, the more elastin and HA you have.
Elastin is an elastic protein that helps our skin maintain its shape, whereas HA nourishes and hydrates the skin. Both are crucial for maintaining a youthful appearance, but as people age, collagen loss and lipoatrophy cause visible signs of ageing in the face, such as deep wrinkles, skin folds, sunken cheeks, a haggard appearance, and more.
Sculptra® is a revolutionary collagen-replenishing procedure thathelps your body rebuild collagen. It works deep beneath the dermis, rather than on the surface, to repair the skin’s inner structure and volume. When PLLA microparticles are absorbed into the skin, they help to rebuild collagen strands, which helps to restore facial volume and provide fullness to deep wrinkles and visible skin folds over time.
Sculptra® is a non-invasive treatment that restores facial volume and smoothes wrinkles, giving patients a more youthful appearance and the appearance of a facelift without surgery.
The results of Sculptra® are progressive, yielding a more natural appearance that lasts up to two years, far longer than traditional dermal fillers.
Each Sculptra® treatment session typically take around 30 mins, excluding preparation time to prepare and numb your face.
Following Sculptra® treatment, you may notice a increased volume effect due to the liquid injection which should disappears within 72 hours.
Over the first four weeks after Sculptra® treatment, there is a natural rise in dermal skin thickness and will continue to increase over the next six months with results lasting up to two years.
Sculptra® is intended to be used in a series of treatments, with at least 3 treatments or sessions spaced 2 to 4 months apart. Furthermore, the benefits are noticeable right away, but for greater and more visible results, patient must wait a few months because the body would be in the midst of producing more collagen.
Although there might be a small, bearable discomfort, most patients report that their experience was better than they had anticipated. In comparison to temporary fillers, the benefits of Sculptra® fillers are more natural, progressive, and long-lasting.
There is little to minimal downtime. You should be able to resume your daily activities after Sculptra® treament. However there might be some temporary bruising and swelling for the first few hours after the injection.
There are no known side effects though some patients may experience temporary pain, swelling and bruising at the injection sites, which would fade off over time.