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First approved to treat lipoatrophy in HIV patients—the localized loss of fat tissue—Sculptra has since been found to be a great treatment for wrinkles and folds on the face to give a more youthful appearance. If you’re thinking about getting a Sculptra treatment, here is everything you need to know.
Sculptra is a dermal filler used as a collagen stimulator, and it’s mainly used to treat wrinkles and folds on the face. The main ingredient is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). This ingredient provides long-lasting results that last, making it a cost effective and safe dermal filler.
Sculptra use, however, is not limited to just the face. In fact, Sculptra has become a popular choice in the glutes, thighs, biceps, triceps, and the pectorals. It is also a good way to correct cellulite.
Sculptra is injected into sites in the skin, and the active ingredient, PLLA, immediately acts as a collagen stimulator, gradually restoring fullness to facial wrinkles and folds. Typically, a topical anesthetic is applied before the injections to help with the pain and discomfort.
Since Sculptra treatment is an injection, treatment can accompany slight pain at the injection site. Sculptra is often mixed with a small dose of lidocaine to diminish the pain and discomfort during and after the treatment.
Typically, the treatment lasts between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on how many injection sites you need. You may also need another injection of Sculptra three to six months after the initial treatment, but this varies from person to person.
Unlike other dermal fillers, you may not notice Sculptra results immediately. After the swelling goes away, you’ll look as you did prior to the injections. The product will begin to work gradually, correcting lost skin volume and sagging over a long period of time. In fact, in some patients, the results from Sculptra were still noticeable two years after the initial injections, but this varies from person to person.
After your initial treatment, you may experience a few common side effects. These include redness, tenderness, and swelling. In some rare cases, bumps and itching may occur.