Sculptra® is a cosmetic injectable product that stimulates your own natural collagen production to increase overall facial volume, while restoring support, structure, elasticity and moisture content to the skin. Sculptra® has earned the nickname of the "liquid facelift" because of its effectiveness in creating a fuller, more youthful appearance. It is one of the leading non-invasive facial cosmetic treatments to dramatically and naturally reverse the signs of aging.
At Arcadia Wellness Center, we specialize in Sculptra injections for naturally restoring youthfulness and correction to the:
- Décolleté (chest)
- Buttock (non-surgical butt lift and shaping)
The active ingredient in Sculptra is injectable poly-L-lactic acid, also known as PLLA. PLLA is synthetic and NOT derived from animal or human sources (such as cadaver material). The main ingredient of Sculptra® has been used for more than 30 years for medical applications such as dissolvable sutures, and as a medium for administering medication. PLLA is made from lactic acid, a natural substance that is necessary for cellular metabolism. Lactic acid is already present in the human body and is created by the muscles during exercise.
How does Sculptra® work?
The microscopic Sculptra® crystals induce a mild inflammatory reaction under the skin where they were injected. This "triggers" the formation of new collagen - white blood cells surrounding the Sculptra® microcrystals recruit collagen-producing fibroblasts. Collagen production gradually increases, making the volume-enhancing results of the Sculptra® treatment apparent in about four to six weeks after injection. Starting immediately after treatment, the treated areas are massaged for a few minutes to distribute the Sculptra® suspension evenly. Massaging helps to prevent the formation of bumps or nodules under the skin.
There is little or no downtime after receiving Sculptra® injections. Most patients can to return immediately to their normal activities. There may be some redness and/or swelling at the injection sites, but these side effects fade quickly. A cold compress or icepack can be applied as needed to remedy these effects.
When will I see the results of Sculptra?
Immediately after Sculptra® treatment, the area of the face that was injected will appear to be filled out, but this is simply because of the water content in the Sculptra® injection (the Sculptra® micro particles are suspended in bacteriostatic water for injection). This temporary fullness after injection will recede in seven to ten days. The true and lasting effects of Sculptra® treatment can take weeks or months to become evident.
Although the effects of Sculptra ® can take some time to manifest themselves, they can last for two to five years. A recent study conducted by Dermik Aesthetics, the company that makes Sculptra®, found that patients who received three to six rounds of Sculptra® treatment showed roughly a 40 percent increase in facial volume two years after their treatments.
Since the polylactic acid in Sculptra® is biologically inert, there is no risk of patients developing an allergic reaction to treatments. Those prone to keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring, or with a depleted immune system may not be a candidate for Sculptra injections. It is recommended to abstain from taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin, ibuprofen) and consuming alcohol for a minimum of three days prior to and after treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required varies based on the area being treatment and level of correction desired. Our professional Cosmetic Injectors will work with you to design a treatment plan that meets your goals, timeline and budget.