Sculptra® Aesthetic

Q: What is Sculptra® Aesthetic?

Sculptra®, or poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA), is a dermal filler used for skin and soft tissue augmentation. PLLA stimulates the body’s own collagen production and can be used for volume restoration and skin rejuvenation. Most studies thus far have focused on its use for fat loss in the face (currently the only FDA-approved indication for Sculptra® Aesthetic is in the face). In recent years, an off-label application for use in the buttocks has been explored with good results.

Q: Why Should I Consider Sculptra® Aesthetic?

  • Restores youthful shape
  • Improves skin texture
  • Offers natural-looking results
  • Long-lasting than other injectable fillers treatments

Q: How is Sculptra® Aesthetic Performed?

First, topical lidocaine is applied to the area to be injected. Once the skin is numbed (usually after 30 minutes), Sculptra® is injected to the face or buttock with very small needles. Depending on the desired level of augmentation, most patients require about three treatments, six weeks apart. Although results can be noticed as early as six weeks after the treatments, the optimal outcome is not noticed until about six months after the procedure.

Q: What Should I Anticipate After the Procedure?

There is little to no downtime following a Sculptra® Aesthetic treatment. However, it is normal to experience swelling, redness and bruising in the treatment areas, all of which should fade within 7-10 days.

Other rare complications include the formation of small nodules under the skin, which may have to be treated by Dr. Rayham for resolution. Patients are encouraged to massage the area throughout the day for the first five days after the procedure. Maximum results may last 18 months to two years after the injections. However, a small degree of patients may see improvements lasting much longer.

Q: Am I a Candidate for Sculptra® Aesthetic?

Patients range in ages from late 20’s to late 70’s, but the bulk of patients are typically in their 40’s and 50’s. As with most things, the earlier you start, the better and easier to maintain natural results. Typically, around 35 years of age is when someone might consider some volumizing with Sculptra®.

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