While most injectables can fill wrinkles, lines and folds, Sculptra works differently. It gradually replaces lost collagen and provides structure that lets your new look emerge more discreetly. Sculptra is made of synthetic poly-l-lactic acid. PLLA has been used for many years in dissolvable stitches and medical implants. It is biocompatible, which means it will not harm your body. It has been used cosmetically in Europe since 1999. Sculptra is the first facial injectable to give you noticeable results that are subtle and gradual to give you a natural look.
Sculptra works by targeting the underlying cause of the sign of aging such as collagen loss. It is a facial injectable that works gradually in a series of treatments. An average of 3 injection sessions over a period of a few months to produce a more youthful look. Sculptra is made of a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic that is safe and absorbed naturally by the body. It works by targeting the underlying cause of signs of aging. It works by replacing lost collagen within the deep dermis. As collagen is replaced, it provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness by correcting folds and wrinkles. This results in correcting of these facial wrinkles and folds that can help provide a more refined appearance which can last up to 2 years.
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Sculptra has been safely used worldwide since 1999 in over 150,000 patients. In 2009, the FDA granted US approval for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles.
The average number of treatment sessions of Sculptra is 3 injection sessions over a few months timespan. The sessions are spread out this way because Sculptra works gradually and the time between injection sessions gives Sculptra enough time to work. Sculptra can last up to two years.
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. Immediately after each treatment session you may experience swelling, which can give you a preview of how you may look once your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds have been smoothed. The swelling on average subsides within a few days and the wrinkles will temporarily reappear as the gradual process of collagen replacement continues. No skin testing is required.
The effects of Sculptra are not immediate. Results are gradual. You may begin to see progressive visible results within the first few weeks after each treatment session. An average of three treatment sessions over a few months can produce a more natural, younger looking appearance that can last up to two years.
Side effects of Sculptra Aesthetic may include injection site pain, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching, or swelling. Other side effects may include the delayed development of non-visible, small bumps under the skin sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area.
After each treatment session with Sculptra there are a few easy things you will need to do to help with the treatment results. Within the first 24 hours of treatment apply a cloth-wrapped ice pack to the treated area for a few minutes at a time. The cold will feel good and reduce common swelling. Massage the treated area a few times each day for several days after treatment as recommended. Protect your skin from the sun until any initial swelling and redness go away.
Sculptra is unlike other hyaluronic acid fillers in that it is not a specific site filler; it’s a natural substance that stimulates the body to re-grow your own collagen to add more volume. Sculptra works over time so it is less noticeable and more natural. With other fillers, results are immediate. While most fillers have to be repeated every 6-12 months, the effects of Sculptra can last for up to two years. Sculptra is the first injectable FDA-approved treatment to correct lipoatrophy, facial fat loss in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Studies have shown Sculptra to produce significant increases in skin thickness adding volume to facial tissue and restoring shape and volume. While changes in facial appearance can be emotionally devastating, studies have shown an improvement in the quality of life with less anxiety and depression associated with lipoatrophy. Sculptra has helped the HIV/AIDS community by improving self image while fighting their disease.