Before we dive into the ins and outs of Sculptra Aesthetic, it’s necessary to first understand collagen and its importance to the anti-aging process. Seemingly a magical substance that promotes youth, collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body that provides structure to the skin. When you age, collagen production declines, leaving behind loose skin with fine lines and wrinkles.
Many believe they can jump-start collagen production with creams or supplements. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Supplements are broken down through the digestive system, and studies are inconclusive about its effectiveness. And collagen creams don’t fully penetrate the skin to the deep dermis.
Fillers, on the other hand, are fully absorbed into the skin, providing near-immediate results. Sculptra Aesthetic is one of the most popular dermal fillers that directly stimulates collagen production to reverse the aging process and revive your skin.
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What It Is
Sculptra Aesthetic is a poly-L-lactic acid injectable known for stimulating collagen production and providing results that can last up to two years—the longest-lasting results of nearly all injectables and fillers on the market.
The filler was originally Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved in 2004 for the “restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in people with
human immunodeficiency virus,” according to the federal agency’s official summary of safety and effectiveness data. Today, its uses include treating nasolabial folds (smile lines), deep marionette (laugh) lines, and chin wrinkles.
How It Works
A collagen stimulator, Sculptra Aesthetic addresses the underlying cause of aging—loss of collagen—instead of the symptoms. It works in collaboration with the body’s natural proteins to restore skin structure and volume. As the injection microparticles are absorbed, collagen production accelerates. According to the brand: “Rebuilt collagen strands begin gradually helping to restore facial volume and the look of fullness to wrinkles and folds.”
Preparation, Procedure Protocols & Recovery
To prepare for a Sculptra procedure, avoid harsh interaction with the treatment area, such as tweezing, waxing, or bleaching. One week prior, cease taking certain supplements, aspirin, blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory medications, and alcohol.
Similar to other fillers and injectables, the procedure is quick, lasting several minutes to one hour. The length of your appointment depends on the number and size of the areas you want treated. Your physician will inject Sculptra Aesthetic into the deep dermis to connect with the strands of collagen. The number of appointments and injections per appointment will vary, however, clinical studies have shown the poly-L-lactic acid filler can provide two years of results within three treatments.
There is little to no downtime associated with Sculptra Aesthetic. Most patients experience mild bruising or swelling treatable with cold packs or light massages of the area. Avoid excessive sunlight or tanning beds in the days following treatment. Results will gradually appear.
Risks or Side Effects
Common side effects include:
- Swelling & Inflammation
- Small or Large Bumps
Sculptra Aesthetic should not be used by individuals who are allergic to its ingredients, have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring, or are pregnant, lactating, or breastfeeding.