Over time, it is normal for the youthful volume of the face to decline, resulting in wrinkles and folds. Healthy collagen production can restore firmer, more youthful-looking skin. Sculptra injections are a simple method of repairing a naturally youthful appearance by stimulating collagen production. In addition to anti-aging benefits, Sculptra can be an excellent option for the non-surgical augmentation of areas such as the buttocks. At Eterna MD, patients can opt for Sculptra injections with experienced experts for beautiful results with no downtime.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a unique dermal filler designed to stimulate new collagen production using the active ingredient poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). Sculptra is similar to the ingredients used in dissolvable surgical sutures and safely encourages new, natural collagen production in the skin. Sculptra is long-lasting and a good option for deeper wrinkles and folds, volume loss in the face, or non-surgical augmentation of areas such as the buttocks. The treatment is appropriate for various candidates and is an excellent non-surgical alternative to popular cosmetic procedures for the face and body.
Who is a Candidate for Sculptra Injections?
Sculptra is a suitable option for most patients to provide additional volume on the face, smooth wrinkles, and folds, or create extra volume in body areas such as the buttocks. While generally safe for most patients, Sculptra is not recommended for those with a history of irregular scarrings, such as keloid scarring, or in any areas with skin sores, active acne, cysts, rashes, or other inflammatory skin concerns. Before your Sculptra injections, you will be asked questions about your health history, including any allergies, to ensure that you are a safe and suitable candidate.
What Happens During Sculptra Treatment?
First, your injector will thoroughly cleanse the treatment area and map appropriate injection sites. Then, a topical anesthetic is applied to prevent any discomfort during the injection process.
Sculptra is administered through a series of small injections. During a consultation, your provider can explain the number of injections necessary to achieve your ideal results.
Injecting Sculptra can be completed in a few short minutes. You may then immediately return to your routine with no downtime.
While no downtime is required after Sculptra injections, you may see side effects such as redness, swelling, or bruising.
What is collagen?
Collagen is one of two proteins that make up connective tissues in the body it supports and strengthens the skin, hair, nails, bones, and muscles. Collagen is responsible for giving your skin structure and keeping it plump, which also helps you look younger.
Can Sculptra be used in lips?
Although it can be used to fill facial folds around the lips, Sculptra should not be used as a lip filler.
What happens when Sculptra wears off?
After a few years, the effects of Sculptra will begin to fade and volume in the treated area will decrease. Facial folds and signs of volume loss will begin to show again.
What should you not do after Sculptra?
You should avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure, and alcohol for 24 hours after your Sculptra injections.
How do you sleep after Sculptra?
Try to sleep on your side for a couple of days after Sculptra to prevent the filler from shifting. If you do shift to your side, this is not a cause for concern.
Is Sculptra safe?
Sculptra is generally a very safe procedure. It is approved by the FDA and works by stimulating your body’s natural collagen production.
What are the risks of Sculptra?
Sculptra has no serious risks, but some patients do experience bruising, swelling, tenderness, injection site pain, or itching for a few days after their procedure.
Does Sculptra lift the face?
Sculptra works by filling in facial folds and restoring areas of volume loss. Over time, this can create a slightly lifted effect.
Will lumps after Sculptra injections go away?
Yes. Small lumps after your injections are possible side effects but they almost always resolve on their own.
Is Sculptra better than fillers?
Sculptra and fillers both have their benefits but one unique thing about Sculptra is that it stimulates natural collagen production over time. This is sometimes preferred for patients who do not want anyone to know that had work done.
Can Sculptra be used on breasts?
It is not always recommended to use Sculptra for non-surgical breast augmentation since it can get too firm, but it can be used to smooth stretch marks around the breasts.
Will Sculptra help acne scars?
Sculptra can improve the appearance of old acne scars by stimulating the development of collagen and a new layer of skin to cover the previously damaged surface.
When will I see the results of my Sculptra injections?
It will take about 4-6 weeks before you will see your results since this is the amount of time it takes for new collagen to develop.
Can I massage my face after Sculptra?
After your provider injects the formula, they will gently massage the injection site to prevent small lumps or nodules from forming. Try not to rub your face too hard or massage it more since this could shift the filler.
How many treatments of Sculptra will I need?
Three treatments scheduled a few weeks apart are recommended for your first round of Sculptra treatments. After this series of injections, your results will last up to two years. After this time, you can receive maintenance injections.
Where can Sculptra be used?
For facial rejuvenation, Sculptra is used to treat smile lines, marionette lines, chin wrinkles, sagging jowls, and hollow areas on the forehead or cheeks.
How can I prepare for Sculptra injections?
There is not much preparation needed before your Sculptra injections. Make sure your skin is not sunburned for the day of your appointment and arrive without any makeup or perfume.
What causes volume loss in the face?
As your skin ages, collagen breaks down and production slows. Without the underlying support, your skin begins to “sink” and develop folds or hollowed areas.
Does Sculptra work for cellulite?
Yes! Sculptra can fill in cellulite dimples and smooth wavy cellulite lines.
Can Sculptra be used under the eyes?
Sculptra can be used to treat sunken under eyes but must be injected very carefully since the risk of developing nodules is higher in this thin area of skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers are usually the safer option.
How Long Does Sculptra Last?
Because Sculptra stimulates natural collagen, the results are long-lasting. Patients will see their results gradually emerge within a few weeks after receiving their Sculptra injections. These results typically last about two years. After your Sculptra results begin to subside, you can receive maintenance injections to keep up the appearance. During a consultation, a long-term treatment plan can be discussed.
Request a Consultation
To learn more about Sculptra injections or other non-surgical cosmetic treatment options, schedule an appointment with the experts at Eterna MD in Lake Mary, Florida. Call our office at (407) 664-1073 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary consultation.