Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin youthful looking and smooth. Production of collagen decreases as you age, and you may begin to see wrinkles. Sculptra replaces lost collagen and gives you a more natural-looking appearance.
Sculptra is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. Sculptra is gradual and natural. It works through a series of treatments – typically three injection sessions over a few months – for a subtle, more youthful looking appearance. This treatment can last up to two years.
Sculptra helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that appear with aging by replacing lost collagen. It targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging- the deep dermis, where your skin’s structure is reinforced. By replacing collagen at this deep level, Sculptra creates a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness in facial wrinkles and folds. In essence, Sculptra gradually and subtly corrects facial wrinkles and folds, giving a refined, youthful looking appearance that can last up to two years. No other product works this way.
The main ingredient of Sculptra is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades. Poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen has been a common ingredient in dissolvable stitches for decades, and it’s been used as a facial injectable in over 30 countries since 1999.
Sculptra is used for deep folds between the nose and the mouth called smile lines (nasolabial folds), the lines framing your mouth (marionette lines), and chin wrinkles.
There are three types of facial injectables: toxins, traditional fillers, and collagen replacers.
Toxins work by temporarily weakening muscles, thereby minimizing lines. They are typically used in the forehead. Results are visible in 3-4 days.
Traditional fillers are liquid or gel substances such as hyaluronic acid, bovine collagen, or porcine collagen. They diminish lines, wrinkles, and creases by filling in the space beneath these defects. The results are immediate.
Collagen replacers are used to diminish facial wrinkles by restoring the underlying structure of the skin.
Sculptra is classified as a collagen replacer. We like to say that it gradually gives you a more youthful appearance without making you look like you’ve had work done. Many of our patients are relieved to know that Sculptra does not contain human, animal, or bacterial components, and thus does not require allergy testing prior to treatment. Sculptra does not involve lasers or incisions and is absorbed naturally by the body.