Sculptra® is a biocompatible and biodegradable injectable solution, made up of Poly-L-Lactic acid (PLLA), which corrects and restores the signs of fat loss by stimulating collagen and replacing lost volume. The product is completely absorbed within the first three days after injection and then over a period of 6 weeks, collagen will stimulate and create its own volume.
On the other hand, the cosmetic dermal fillers used at The Murray Center are made of Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA). The unique formulation of Hyaluronic Acid is inserted into the dermis layer of the skin and mechanically pushes the wrinkle outward making it disappear.
To simply put it, one of the major differences between the two, Sculptra® is stimulates your own collagen growth to provide volume and fillers are used to fill the area below your skin with Hyaluronic Acid material. Cosmetic dermal fillers usually last around 6-12 months, whereas Sculptra® can last up to 4 years.
Using fillers is fairly easy for most doctors, but Sculptra® requires some artistic skill to get the best results.
What is Scupltra?
Sculptra® is made of Poly-L-Lactic acid (PLLA). It is a facial enhancer and volumizer, not a cosmetic dermal filler. Sculptra® is a collagen stimulator and an advanced liquid volumizer that is injected into the face to correct volume loss, giving you a more natural-looking appearance. In return, it stimulates your own collagen growth in the right places. The new collagen synthesis will cause the skin to reflect more light which gives the complexion an overall more youthful and rested appearance.
Is Sculptra right for me? How does it work?
Due to the inevitable aging process or illness, Sculptra® helps improve multiple areas of concern by providing collagen in areas with subcutaneous fat loss. Sculptra® reinforces collagen structure providing a foundation that gradually restores collagen and volume in the temple area, cheeks, tear troughs, jawline, and the marionette lines (the lines framing your mouth). In other words, Sculptra® acts like a liquid facelift.
How is it administered?
Sculptra® is injected under the skin using a very fine needle to augment the soft tissue of the dermis, the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis. Prior to administering Sculptra®, an aesthetic consultation is required with our expert physician. At that time, he will determine the areas in need of treatment and discuss with you the best way to reach your cosmetic goals. Treatment same day if requested.
Does the treatment hurt and what are the side effects?
As with any injections, it may be uncomfortable. To aid in any discomfort, prior to receiving Sculptra® injections, a numbing cream with lidocaine is applied to the area being treated or the use of a chiller can be requested.
Side effects are mild to moderate lasting 7 days or less, and include temporary injection site reactions like redness, pain, firmness, bruising, swelling, and small bumps.
How long do treatment results last?
Treatment results will vary from person to person. Unlike traditional dermal fillers, Sculptra® gives gradual improvement and subtle results over time, lasting up to 2-4 years. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain your desired look.
How often should I have SCULPTRA treatments done?
Sculptra® usually takes 2-3 sessions, once every 4-6 weeks, before you see the long-lasting effect. However, our expert physician will decide once an evaluation has been completed how many sessions are necessary to achieve desirable results.
Frequently the best results are obtained by “layering” both: Sculptra® for the deeper layer and the Hyaluronic Acid-based dermal filler, such as Restylane® or Juvéderm®, for the more superficial layer.
What should patients do prior to treatment?
Sculptra® requires no pre-testing, but one should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence.
How quickly can I get back to my daily activities?
Patients are able to resume their normal activities following treatment.
When will I be able to apply make-up after treatment?
If no complications are present, make-up may be applied right after treatment.
*Individual Results May Vary