Sculptra aesthetic is a dermal filler used for treating a variety of contour deficiencies on the skin. Composed of the polymer poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra actually stimulates long-term collagen growth for an enduring result.
Sculptra was originally used to treat persons with HIV because they experienced facial lipoatrophy, a condition characterized by premature aging due to degradation of the tissue. In 2009, the FDA granted clearance for Sculptra to be used in cosmetic applications.
Who can benefit from treatment with Sculptra?
Aging causes skin to lose much of its structural integrity. The skin gets thinner and flatter and fat disappears, gradually changing your appearance. Sculptra was designed to counteract this process by correcting the telltale signs of collagen breakdown beneath the skin:
What is the procedure like?
Sculptra produces a delayed result, so it’s best to inject a conservative amount for your first treatment. Using a fine needle, Dr. Rubinstein injects Sculptra under the skin in a special technique. Discomfort can be managed using a dental block or numbing cream. After your first treatment, another may be performed after about 4 weeks for best results. Results of Sculptra have been documented up to 1 year after treatment.
Are there possible side effects?
Swelling, bruising, redness, lumps, bumps or granuloma formation can occur after Sculptra treatment. Side effects often resolve without treatment, but if this is a concern for you, be sure to discuss it with Dr. Rubinstein during your consultation.