The FDA-approved Sculptra treatment is an injectable filler that restores lost collagen to repair deep facial creases and folds and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Sculptra is also used to address face fat loss under the skin due to aging. This therapy is also called a Liquid Facelift because it gradually restores a younger and fuller look without going under the knife!
How Does The Sculptra Treatment Work?
Collagen, a fibrous protein found in your skin’s deep dermis, helps maintain the skin’s structure. It helps hyaluronic acid (HA) and elastin function, meaning the more collagen you produce, the more elastin and HA you get.
Elastin is an elastic protein that helps sustain the skin’s form, whereas HA nourishes and hydrates the skin. Both are essential for keeping a youthful look. Nonetheless, as we get older, lipoatrophy and collagen loss leads to noticeable indicators of face aging like skin folds, deep wrinkles, sunken cheeks, and more.
Sculptra is an innovative and revolutionary collagen-regenerating procedure that helps the body produce collagen. Unlike regular face fillers, it works deep underneath the dermis instead of just the surface to repair the skin’s volume and structure. Sculptra made of PLLA (poly-L-lactic acid) collagen stimulator, stimulating your body’s natural collagen synthesis to restore lost collagen. When PLLA microparticles are completely absorbed, they begin to repair collagen strands, gradually restoring face volume to minimize the appearance of visible skin folds and deep wrinkles.
What are the Benefits of Sculptra?
Sculptra injection is a minimally invasive procedure that increases volume in the face and smoothens wrinkles, providing patients with a younger look and the results of a facelift without going under the knife. The benefits of Sculptra result in a more natural look that lasts up to two years – far longer than regular dermal fillers offer.
What to Expect During Treatment?
The Sculptra treatment begins with a consultation with your aesthetic doctor. This consultation will include a discussion of the regions you want to focus on, the desired outcomes, possible adverse effects of the treatment, and any other concerns or questions you might have.
After the consultation, a session for the treatment will be scheduled. To start the process, a topical anesthetic would be applied to alleviate any discomfort the injections will bring.
Then, the doctor will inject into the treatment areas using a blunt cannula. This procedure might take anywhere between fifteen and sixty minutes. You may resume your daily activities after the treatment is finished.
Side Effects and Safety
Because Sculptra is an injectable filler, most of the side effects are related to injections. That includes minor swelling, soreness, redness, and pain at the site of injection, which normally goes away within a few days.
Areas of Treatment
Sculptra targets facial regions prone to noticeable symptoms of aging, such as wrinkles, folds, and deeper lines. These are:
- The nasolabial folds (lines between mouth and nose)
- Lines around the mouth’s corners
- Cheek and chin wrinkles
- Sunken cheeks
- Hollow temple region
- Sagging cheeks
What Skin Issues Can Sculptra Treat?
Contouring / Facial Sculpting
Aging is unavoidable for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can let it show. As you become older, your skin loses elasticity due to decreased hyaluronic acid and collagen production and may droop or become thinner. Furthermore, volume loss can cause your face to sag and your skin to droop. Sculptra treatments can help restore its shape and remove years off your looks.
Sculptra also stimulates new collagen formation while maintaining a firmer and younger-looking skin. This skin treatment increases facial volume, providing patients a younger look and the appearance of a facelift without the need for surgery.
Fine Lines / Wrinkles
Wrinkles are an unavoidable sign of aging and are caused by the skin losing its capacity to produce collagen. Consequently, creases and folds in the skin begin to emerge and form, ultimately leading to fine lines and wrinkles.
Sculptra is a dermal filler that can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The collagen stimulator (PLLA) can help in the progressive restoration of fullness to face creases and folds. That gives you a softer, more youthful look.
Is There a Downtime with Sculptra?
After the Sculptra treatment, there is minimal to zero downtime, so the patient may resume their normal routine immediately. Because collagen levels need time to build up, it generally takes 4-6 weeks for the optimum results to appear. Following that, you should see modest improvements as your skin texture, tone, and volume improves.
A second touch-up treatment is required to complete the face contouring and shaping procedure, with effects lasting up to three years. Sessions are normally scheduled one month apart, although those over 50 may choose to have three sessions to get better outcomes.
Price of Sculptra
Sculptra cost between RM 2,500 t0 RM 3,000 depending on the number of vials used during the treatment.
How long does it take to get Sculptra injections?
Each Sculptra treatment session will last around 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the treated region.
Is it painful to get Sculptra injections?
The discomfort associated with Sculptra injections is mild. The patient may feel slight discomfort during the injection, equivalent to a faint prickling feeling. To alleviate any pain, a numbing lotion may be applied before the injections.
How long does Sculptra last?
Sculptra treatment results could last for about two years, depending on the specific circumstances. Multiple Sculptra treatments may be necessary to achieve the best results.
What can I expect after the treatment?
There might be a bit of bruising, swelling, and pain in the area being treated, but these should go away after a few days.
Are You a Good Candidate for Sculptra?
Adults in excellent health who want to remove their wrinkles and increase volume to particular parts of their face can consider Sculptra. This treatment may also fill up empty regions of the face caused by fat loss. If you want gradual, subtle, and natural results, Sculptra is the way to go.
In What Areas is Sculptra Used?
The Sculptra solution may be injected into a variety of locations. Marionette lines, smile lines, and chin wrinkles are the most prevalent. Sculptra could also define your jawline and increase volume to hollowing temples or cheeks. These injections are also used to increase volume in the skin’s shallow regions and smoothen wrinkles.