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Sometimes referred to as the Liquid Facelift, Sculptra™ is an injectable filler product that, when injected below the skin’s surface, restores volume to correct various signs of aging.
Sculptra is a favorite of celebrities and those who have previously used shorter-term fillers love it for its longevity and how natural the effects look over time.
Sculptra™ is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic material. Sculptra™ is not made from human or animal sources and does not require a skin test. Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a biocompatible (does not harm the body), biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body) material that has been widely used for many years in surgical products. The effects are long-lasting; they were shown in a clinical study to last for up to 2 years after the first treatment session.
The price of Sculptra at LJCSC is $875 (per vial). An average cosmetic patient is encouraged to have 2-3 treatments, scheduled 6 weeks apart. The number of vials needed for best results will be determined by your doctor. Be sure to check our specials page for current deals and specials on Sculptra.
If you have wrinkles anywhere on your face that you wish to diminish, you may be a candidate for Sculptra™ injections. You may also be a candidate for Sculptra™ if you have deep nasolabial folds (the line between your nose and the corner of your mouth), or if you have scars on your face that you wish to improve.
Sculptra™ corrects lost volume and provides an increase in skin thickness, helping to create a more natural facial appearance in those with facial lipoatrophy. Sculptra™ can smooth out, fill in and decrease the appearance of wrinkles, fill and reduce the depth of the nasolabial folds, and fill depressed acne scars.
Results are natural-looking and appear gradually over a few weeks time. While the results of other fillers (such as Restylane and Juvederm) last only a few months, Sculptra can last two years or more because it causes the body to stimulate its own collagen.
A topical anesthetic or an injection of numbing medicine may be used, if desired, to minimize discomfort.
Sculptra™ will be injected in small amounts into the skin using a very fine needle. Sculptra™ takes time to gradually correct the depression in your skin. Your doctor will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra™ you will need at each. Anywhere from 3 to 6 treatments will be required depending on the amount of skin depression to be corrected. These treatments will usually be approximately 4 weeks apart.
Immediately following a treatment session, there may be redness, swelling, pain, bruising or all of these signs in the area treated. These usually disappear in a few hours to a few days. Ice should be applied to help decrease swelling.
The treated area should be lightly massaged a few times each day for several days after the treatment session. Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal routine after treatment.
An average cosmetic patient is encouraged to have 2-3 treatments, scheduled 6 weeks apart.
Sculptra treatments can be done in our La Jolla office by appointment, and you may be able to come in on the same day you call! We reserve time in our schedules for fillers and Botox appointments. We can also see you during your lunch break, or in the evening on certain days of the week. Call 858-452-1981 to check availability.
Sculptra before and after pictures courtesy of Sanofi-Aventis
The specific risks and the suitability of Sculptra™ for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare. The information on this web site is not a substitute for a consultation. Call us at (858) 452-1981 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary personal consultation with our physician assistant or with one of our San Diego plastic surgeons.