Sculptra is a synthetic, biocompatible, biodegradable filler composed of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA is immunologically inert and has been present in dissolvable sutures and soft tissue implants for almost 30 years.
Unlike other fillers, Sculptra does not generate an immediate correction. Treatments are best compared to seeding a lawn. The product is injected in a highly diluted form throughout all areas needing volume correction. This initiates a very gradual thickening of the skin’s foundation over the course of 3 or 4 treatment sessions, 2 to 3 months apart.
Although Sculptra can generate amazing facial rejuvenation, results are highly technique dependent and should only be undertaken by the most experienced dermatologists.
Results last at least 2 years.
Side effects may include temporary swelling and bruising. Patients must massage treated areas for 5 minutes, 5 times a day for 5 days in order to keep small particles from coming together and forming temporary micro nodules deep in the skin.
Sculptra has been safely used since 1999 in over 30 countries for the cosmetic correction of facial volume defects. In the US, Sculptra is FDA approved for the correction of facial volume loss due to HIV. The use of Sculptra in non HIV patients is still considered off-label.