Sculptra® is an FDA-approved injectable filler that contains poly-L-lactic acid (commonly known as PLLA). PLLA stimulates collagen growth in the areas where it is administered, replenishing volume and making it an effective treatment for wrinkles and facial folds.
Once injected, the Sculptra® is absorbed over a period of approximately six weeks and is replaced by your own collagen. Studies have shown that more than 80% of this collagen remains after two years. Sculptra® must be injected in a very diluted solution in small amounts at each session. For that reason, it often takes three sessions spaced six weeks apart to achieve the desired result. In many ways, that is a positive, as it allows the patient to view the change as it occurs and alleviates any concerns about over correction.
Sculptra® treatments are performed inside our plastic surgery center during an in-office appointment. The medication is pre-mixed with a local anesthetic for comfort and is injected through a small soft cannula. The procedure is mostly painless, but any discomfort will be controlled with cold compressions and ice packs (in addition to the local anesthesia). The number of syringes used to attain the desired results will be discussed prior to treatment. The dosage will depend on the number of areas where volume restoration is required.
There will be some mild swelling and redness at the injection sites immediately following a Sculptra® treatment. These side effects will subside quickly and normal activities can be resumed; however, exercise should be avoided for 24 hours. Sculptra® is different from other injectable fillers because the results do not happen immediately. They take place over time because of the ongoing collagen production process. The final results can usually be seen a few weeks after the treatment and will typically last up to two years.
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Sculptra® is approved by the FDA and has a long history of safety. For patients seeking effective, long-lasting wrinkle treatment, Sculptra® may be a great solution. We invite you to contact our plastic surgery office today to learn more and to schedule a complete skin analysis and consultation. Rothaus Plastic Surgery serves patients living in New York, Manhattan, Westchester, the Upper East Side, and the surrounding communities of New York.