laser procedure performed by aesthetic plastic surgeon Julene B Samuels

Sculptra®

Sculptra restores your youthful appearance with natural-looking and long-lasting results!

There are many options when it comes to reducing the visible signs of aging - but there is nothing quite like Sculptra. Referred to by some physicians as a "Face lift in a bottle", Sculptra represents a new and unique non-invasive option that helps facial skin naturally regain a more youthful and natural-looking appearance.

What is Sculptra?

Derived from fruit acids, Sculptra is a biocompatible and biodegradable injectable material known as poly-L-lactic acid that naturally stimulates the body to produce its own collagen.*

Sculptra works by increasing the volume of depressed areas over a short period of time. After just 2-3 treatments of about 4-6 week intervals each.

The result is a fuller, smoother, more youthful and natural-looking face with less pronounced lines, creases, wrinkles and folds. Unlike traditional treatments Sculptra results can last up to 2 years!1

* Demonstrated in animal model.
1 Vleggaar D. Soft-tissue augmentation and the role of poly-L-lactic acid. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006; 118 (Suppl.3): 46S-54S

What to Expect

Pre-treatment

Before you are treated with Sculptra, your physician will perform an assessment to see if you are a good candidate for this product and to determine the appropriate injection sites for results that best meet your expectations. No skin pre-testing is required.

Treatment

The number of treatment sessions you require will depend on various factors such as your age, how deep your wrinkles are and the areas you wish to treat. At your initial treatment, your physician will also determine with you, if and how many follow-up treatments may be required. Generally, Sculptra is injected in 3 treatment sessions over a 3- to 4-month period (at 4- to 6-week intervals). During this time unwanted deep lines and wrinkles gradually diminish as the skin firms-up as a result of the production of your own collagen.

Each treatment session will involve multiple small needle injections on each side of your face. Your physician may choose to use a local anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort associated with the injections. You may experience mild soreness and swelling in the treatment areas for a few hours up to a few days after treatment. Applying make-up is not contraindicated for most patients within a few hours of treatment.

Post-treatment

You should know that much of the initial injected volume will disappear after the first week as Sculptra is absorbed and your swelling subsides. This can make your original skin depressions reappear, but the depressions should gradually improve within several weeks as the treatment effect of Sculptra occurs.

You will be told to thoroughly massage the treated areas for 5 minutes, 5 times daily, for 5 days after each treatment to allow for the even distribution of the product and to ensure natural-looking results. Because the production of new collagen formation is gradual, each treatment session will yield results that are more noticeable. Of course, individual results may vary, and you may need touch-up treatments to maintain best results.

FAQ

  1. How much will Sculptra cost?
    Cost will depend on your age, level of skin damage and desired treatment areas. A complete treatment will typically cost $1,800 for localized treatment (e.g., for nasolabial folds) and $5,000 for global volumetric treatment (e.g., all areas where Sculptra can be injected). Various cosmetic procedures may be considered medical expenses if they are done by a licensed medical professional. Talk to your tax consultant to find out if your treatment can be tax deductible.
  2. Will my Sculptra injections hurt?
    When performed by a trained physician, Sculptra injections should only cause slight discomfort. Though Sculptra is injected into the skin, it is injected in tiny amounts using an ultra-fine needle. To optimize your comfort, your trained physician may choose a local anaesthetic in the treatment area prior to injecting.
  3. How long will my treatment session take?
    Each Sculptra treatment session generally takes about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas treated and the effects you want to achieve.
  4. Is Sculptra a safe product?
    Yes. Sculptra is a safe, non-invasive procedure that has been used in the cosmetic dermatology field since 1999 in 30 countries. The product is highly biocompatible and biodegradable. Sculptra is made from a material called poly-L-lactic acid, which has been widely used for over 30 years in dissolvable sutures, soft tissue implants and other types of implants.
  5. Have there been any side effects associated with the use of Sculptra?
    Any type of injection involves the risk of infection. When injections are performed by a trained physician, side effects are usually temporary and minimal, but can range from redness to slight bruising, bleeding, small bumps, tenderness, pain or swelling. These side effects generally last 1 to 15 days, on average.

In addition, palpable but non-visible micro papules may develop under the skin of the treated area. These will occasionally disappear on their own. Visible bumps, sometimes with redness to the treated area, have also been reported.