Like most men and women, you’re likely feeling a little discouraged with the way gravity has taken a toll on your once plump, tight, and wrinkle-free face. And for most of us, it doesn’t end there. A sagging jawline, neck, and deeply wrinkled chest are also common with age. Sometimes these concerns can be managed with hyaluronic acid fillers, but often times there are patients who lack the structure, support, and volume in their face that’s necessary for fillers to make a desired difference in their appearance. These patients need a “framework” to which Hyaluronic Acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, etc.) can be layered on top. This is where Sculptra becomes an great option.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an injectable liquid made of Poly-L-Lactic Acid. It’s the synthetic form of lactic acid, which your body produces naturally following exercise. Sculptra is safe, FDA-approved, and contains absolutely no animal by-products or human DNA.
How Does Sculptra Work?
Sculptra acts as a bio-activator and extremely powerful collagen stimulator. It stimulates your own collagen, allowing tissue to volumize gradually. Over time, the Poly-L-Lactic Acid dissipates as your own tissue takes its place. Since the product triggers your body to build its own collagen, results are not immediate and can take 2-3 months to take effect.
Who is a Good Candidate for Treatment?
If you’re concerned with hollowness and/or loss of volume due to aging, weight loss, etc. you’re most likely a candidate for Sculptra. While most Sculptra patients are middle-aged, men and women as young as 25 and as old as 75 have experienced success from treatment too. We require a consultation prior to treatment to be sure that Sculptra is the right treatment for you.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Sunken cheeks and temples are by far the most common areas treated. However, many patients see great benefits from Sculptra when injected in the chin, jawline, chest, knees and butt.
How Much Does Sculptra Cost & How Much Will I Need?
A complimentary consultation is required to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. From there, vials are $700each. The general rule of thumb for Sculptra for the face is one vial per decade of life. So if you’re in your 40’s, you will most likely need 4 vials. There are exceptions to this rule depending upon volume loss
*It’s important to note that a maximum of 2 vials can be injected per treatment. So patients should expect to come in for at least 2 treatments, with 6-8 weeks between each treatment.
When Will I See Results?
Results are not immediate. Results generally take 2-3 months depending upon a variety of factors, like volume loss and age. Patients will continue seeing changes through the 9th month, and at that time full results are expected.
Sculptra is not for patients who need instant gratification. But if you can be patient, the results are absolutely worth the wait. Check out our before and after pictures in our photo gallery to see for yourself!
How Long Does Sculptra Last?
Sculptra will last 2-3 years once the series of treatments are completed. So while it is a bit more costly than hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, patients often justify spending a little more for the time in which they can enjoy results. Most fillers only last a year at the most so Sculptra is considered a great investment.
What is the Downtime?
Technically, there’s no actual “downtime.” It’s an out-patient treatment that won’t take much more than an hour to perform. When finished, most patients feel that they can go on about their normal day activities. Like hyaluronic acid fillers, you can experience some swelling at the injection sites that will generally subside in less than a week. Mild to moderate bruising, tenderness, itching, and redness are other common side-effects.
If you’re experiencing a substantial loss of volume in your cheeks, temples or jaw, crepiness in your chest or knees, or even want a non-invasive butt lift, Sculptra just might be the solution you’ve been looking for. Schedule a consultation with one of our Master Aesthetic Injectors to help you decide if Sculptra would be a good option to help you meet your aesthetic goals.