What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an injectable biostimulator filler that was approved by the FDA for aesthetic use in 2009. The main ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) which is classified as a collagen stimulator that provides long-lasting, natural-looking results that can last up to two years.
Sculptra is used to get rid of wrinkles and folds on the face. It is a great way to have gradual change to restore youthful volume and texture. It has been approved by doctors to treat loss of volume, especially in the cheeks, jawline, temples, and wrinkles on the chin.
Sculptra can also be injected into the buttocks to add more shape and volume to the buttocks. Sculptra for the buttocks is a great way to stimulate collagen reproduction and to enhance a patient’s natural curves. Using Sculptra allows the patient to achieve a rounder fuller look without having to go through an invasive surgery.
How Does Sculptra Work?
Wrinkles on the face can be lessened by injecting Sculptra into the skin. It contains PLLA, which works to stimulate your body’s own collagen production to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles and folds in the skin. This makes the skin look smoother and younger. You will not see results right away, but in 6-12 months you will see the treatment taking effect.
Here at WIFH, we will help you figure out how many sessions you need to get the best results. On average, most of our patients will come in for 2-3 sessions over the course of three to four months.
For Sculptra buttock injections, we have a minimum requirement of 10 syringes. It takes up to 6 months to see full results that will last 2-3 years. Most patients will need 2-3 sessions to achieve desired results.
Preparing for Sculptra Injections
There are no special instructions to prepare for Sculptra treatment. However, to reduce the risk of bleeding, you may want to stop taking NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen a few days before treatment.
Arnica supplements can be taken a week prior to your Sculptra treatment date to help with post injection bruising. This will help speed up the fading of bruising, if any.
What to Expect During Sculptra
On the day of your first Sculptra treatment, one of our experts will map the injection sites on the skin and will clean the area where the injections will be given.
A local anesthetic may be used to ease any pain, and then your clinician will make several small injections.
Facial Sculptra Injection Aftercare
Most people can get Sculptra injections and go back to their normal lives right away. Most side effects, like swelling and bruises, are mild and go away in a few days.
Following treatment, post care will involve a massage of the area for five minutes, five times a day for five days.
Aftercare for Sculptra in Buttocks
There will be an initial volume increase that is caused by the sterile water used to suspend the Sculptra particles for injection. During the first day or two following the treatment, your body will naturally absorb this water.
The treatment area should be lightly massaged by the patient for about 5 days after treatment to ensure the Sculptra particles are distributed evenly throughout the buttocks to help deliver the fullest appearance.
Results will appear gradually, this process does take time. We will monitor your progress at each of your Sculptra sessions. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2 days in order to reduce swelling and bruising. You may resume other daily activities/routines immediately after treatment.
Sculptra Before & After Photos
Results are gradual, and it may take a few weeks to see the full effects of Sculptra. Results last up to two years.
These injections are an FDA-approved procedure and are perfectly safe when overseen by a doctor – even over years of use.
Due to the use of needles in sensitive areas, a topical anesthetic may be applied to help with any discomfort.
You can expect some swelling and bruising at the injection site. Other common side effects include: