Sculptra® Aesthetic is an FDA-approved injectable product that restores and corrects the signs of facial fat loss by replacing lost volume. Also known as "poly-L-lactic acid," it is synthetic, and biocompatible (does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). It does not require a skin test.
Sculptra Aesthetic is targeted for use in:
- Deep folds between the nose and the mouth, or, smile line
- Lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
- Chin wrinkles.
Sculptra may take several treatments, and results happen slowly over several months. But unlike some injectables that are temporary facial fillers, Sculptra actually helps restore lost collagen — restoring the structure under the skin — for smoother skin and fuller volume that can last for two or more years.
View some of Dr. Hamori's Sculptra before-and-after photos.
View this educational video from the makers of Sculptra Aesthetic.
Poly-L-lactic acid has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants, and other types of implants. And it has been used in Europe for facial cosmetic benefits for years. The FDA cleared Sculptra for cosmetic use on July 28, 2009. Side effects are minor. Sculptra Aesthetic should not be used in patients who: are allergic to any components of Sculptra Aesthetic, have a known history of or are susceptible to scarring, have a skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area. Sculptra Aesthetic should not be injected into the red area of the lip or in the skin near the eyes.
As with any facial fillers or cosmetic injectables, Sculptra should only be injected by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist with specific training in administering Sculptra.
Dr. Hamori, is not only trained in using Sculptra to treat patients, she is also a recipient of the treatment. She had Sculptra injections two years ago, and her Sculptra before-and-after photos are included in the Sculptra before-and-after photos.
Questions and Answers on facial filler Sculptra® Aesthetic
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a synthetic injectable material known as "poly-L-lactic acid." Poly-L-lactic acid is biocompatible (a material that does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). Poly-L-lactic acid has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants, and other types of implants.
Do I need a skin test before being treated with Sculptra?
No Skin test is required prior to use.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. Sculptra provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Visible results appear within the first few treatment sessions.
Are the results for Sculptra immediate?
No. At your first treatment visit, it may appear that Sculptra worked immediately because of swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before your treatment. Sculptra takes time to gradually correct the depression in your skin. Dr. Hamori will see you again in a few weeks to decide if you need more injections.
How many treatments are required?
Dr. Hamori will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra you will need at each session. Patients with severe facial fat loss may require 3 to 6 treatment sessions.
How long do Sculptra treatment results last?
Treatment results will differ for each person. In a clinical study, the treatment results lasted for up to 2 years after the first treatment session or more. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.
Do Sculptra injections hurt?
As with any injection, Sculptra may hurt. It is injected in small amounts using a very fine needle. Dr. Hamori will apply a topical or local anesthetic.
What can I expect at my treatment session?
You should remove any make up prior to treatment and the injection site will be cleaned with an antiseptic. Dr. Hamori will use a very fine needle and make multiple injections in small amounts. An ice pack is applied to help reduce swelling, and the area is thoroughly massaged to distribute the product evenly.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately following a treatment session with Sculptra, redness, swelling, pain, bruising, or all of these signs may occur in the treatment area. These signs usually go away in a few hours to a few days. Some patients have had some bruising that has lasted about a week. You will be given specific post-treatment care instructions, which will include massaging the area a few times each day for several days after the treatment session.
What are the possible side effects of treatment with Sculptra?
The most common side effects with the use of Sculptra include injection-related side effects at the site of the injection such as bleeding, tenderness or pain, redness, bruising, or swelling. These side effects generally last, on average, 3 to 17 days.
For more information, see the Sculptra web site.
Have questions? Please call Dr. Hamori's office for more information, pricing, or to schedule an appointment at 781-934-2200.
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