As we age, collagen loss depletes the volume providing fullness to the face. Generally occurring around 30 years of age, collagen loss decreases elasticity and moisture in the skin. Sculptra Aesthetic is long-lasting injectable made with biocompatible poly-L-lactic acid, which replaces lost collagen, restores volume and refines the appearance of deep facial folds and maintains results up to 2 years. Surface Skin Spa in Plano, TX, uses Sculptra injections to strengthen and replenish the collagen supply in the skin. Unlike other injectable fillers, Sculptra creates gradual results as the area treated builds collagen and appears more youthful.
Sculptra is administered during an in-office appointment that typically takes about 30 minutes. The injection treatment, including the dosage and injection location, is tailored during the procedure to fulfill the patient’s specific needs. The injection is given through a syringe to localized areas on the face. Patients will feel a small prick as the needle inserts through the skin, but any pain or discomfort can be controlled with a topical anesthetic or numbing injection if desired. For the optimum results, the average patient is recommended to have 2-3 injections 6 weeks apart.
What to Expect
Immediately following a Sculptra injection, there will be some mild swelling and redness at the injection site. This will subside a few hours after the procedure. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately, but exercise should be avoided for a few hours. After the injection, an easy after care procedure helps to ensure lasting effects. Results following Sculptra will become apparent gradually during the weeks after the procedure. The result is that the surface of the skin will appear younger and restored.
Sculptra® treatment will vary in cost depending upon how much of the medication is used and the depth of the desired results. The usual cost for each Sculptra™ treatment typically costs $650. For maximum effects, 2-3 treatments are recommended.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
Is It Safe?
Sculptra is approved by the FDA and has a long history of safety worldwide since 1999. Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid that the human body naturally produces and has been used for general sutures for many years. Reported side effects include subtle pain, bruising, swelling or redness, bruising, and a few others. Bumps have sometimes occurred as noticeable when applying pressure to the injected area. Please consult our team if any of these side effects concern you.
Botox or Filler?
Sculptra is the only filler that produces long-term gradual results. Injectable fillers help to decrease wrinkles by adding volume to certain facial structures, which creates a smooth result on the surface of the skin. BOTOX, which temporarily relaxes the underlying muscle, may offer a result that looks similar, but the approach is different. A skilled practitioner will be able to determine which procedure would garner the best results.
Individuals who wish to soften and decrease deep facial lines and wrinkles gradually may be candidates for Sculptra. The most common age to receive Sculptra® injections is between ages 30-55, however it is also common for patients who are younger and older than this range to receive injections.
Sculptra is different from other fillers because the results usually last up to 2 years. Sculptra is the only long lasting filler to improving the shape and look of the face, and the results appear gradually without a dramatic immediate change.
Where Do I Get Injected?
Sculptra is injected directly into the face, and helps restore chin wrinkles, lines surrounding the mouth, and the deep lines between the nose and mouth.