Sculptra Aesthetic® Injectable
Sculptra Aesthetic®, or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), is an FDA-approved facial injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen, adding volume to correct shallow to deep folds, and other facial wrinkles.
The loss of facial volume caused by the breakdown of collagen is a key factor in the aging appearance, a process often begins in our thirties. Collagen acts as the support structure for your skin, giving overall volume and shape to your face. Often with a series of Sculptra treatments we can slow the breakdown of collagen and even stimulate new and replace lost collagen.
How Does it Work?
Sculptra Aesthetic® is injected into the skin, adding immediate volume. In a few days the initial volume diminishes, leaving the PLLA micro particles to begin stimulating growth of your own natural collagen to replenish volume. Sculptra can restore a natural more youthful look that can last two years or more.
Where is Sculptra Aesthetic® Used?
At Radiance Skin Therapy, we use Sculptra ;Aesthetic® for rejuvenation in the following areas (some may be considered off-label):
- Hollowing in the face including temples and mid cheek areas.
- Overall volume in the face for a more youthful look.
- Smoothing fine lines around the mouth.
- Often in conjunction with dermal fillers, for finishing touches where collagen building is needed.
- Décolletage (often in combination with Ultherapy) for smoothing wrinkles and building collagen.
- Butt contouring for more shape & volume (whether to maintain a surgical butt lift or for those not wanting the surgical option).
Does it hurt?
We offer our clients a topical numbing agent to reduce the minimal discomfort that injections can sometimes cause. We also use a chill plate to cool the injection site for added comfort. Most of our clients report minimal sensation during the treatment with these methods.
Are there any side effects or other safety information?
The most common side effects in clinical studies were injection site swelling, tenderness, redness, pain, bruising, bleeding, and itching. Most side effects were mild and went away on their own. Occasionally other patients encountered more serious side effects that required treatment and lasted for seven to ten days.
Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some that appeared months or more than a year after treatment, with or without swelling or skin discoloration, have also been reported. Some of these lumps were serious and required additional treatment or even surgery.
Watch the video below to learn how Sculptra® works!