Sculptra is a unique dermal filler that can create dramatic changes in the face, even allowing for a non-invasive "liquid facelift." This injectable increases the thickness of the skin and replaces volume that is lost due to aging. Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic acid, which is a fully biocompatible material that won't cause any harmful reactions. Sculptra causes the body to create new collagen, which means that the new volume is natural looking. This type of dermal filler is one of the longest lasting ones, as it can last for as much as 2 years.

Who is a Good Candidate for Sculptra Treatment?

Good Sculptra candidates are people who want to restore volume in the cheek, temple, and lower face areas. Many people who have developed a sunken look as their face ages will find that they are excellent candidates for Sculptra. People who want a dramatic correction but don't want to rely on surgery to achieve it may find this is the right choice for them.

Benefits of Sculptra

Sculptra is non-invasive, and the treatment is administered with small needles. There are no incisions, no sutures, and no protracted recovery periods. One of the biggest benefits of treatment with Sculptra is that this product yields a natural looking result that develops over time. People often say that they still look like themselves, only younger and better.

The Treatment Process

The Sculptra treatment process is a fast and easy one. Most patients have treatment sessions of around half an hour. A topical anesthetic is typically used before the Sculptra treatment to help keep patients comfortable. Sculptra is also combined with lidocaine to provide even better numbing during the injection process. The injections are then administered in specific areas of the face based on the patient's individual needs. Most patients have a series of Sculptra treatments, typically 2 or 3 treatments that are scheduled between 6 and 10 weeks apart for optimal results. The amount of product needed and the number of sessions required can vary considerably, so the Rau Plastic Surgery team will consult with each person to help them determine what will work best for them.

After Sculptra: Recovery

After Sculptra treatment, patients can return to their work or usual routine right away if they want. There may be some residual numbness from the anesthetic, but this will usually wear off within a few hours. Patients may experience some mild swelling, bruising, or redness around the injection sites. This will abate over the next few days, and it can be covered with makeup if desired. On the day of the treatment, patients should avoid exercise.

Results: What to Expect After Sculptra Treatment

The results of Sculptra treatment generally reveal themselves gradually over a period of weeks. This is a sharp contrast to other dermal fillers, particularly hyaluronic acid fillers that have instant results. Although hyaluronic acid fillers get quick results, they can also lead to an "overstuffed" look if not injected at exactly the right volume. Further, hyaluronic acid fillers last for only half (or less) as long as Sculptra does. During the period immediately after Sculptra treatment, the body is building its own new collagen. This added volume will become more obvious as time goes on. Most people don't see a sudden dramatic change but rather a natural and gradual one. Sculptra is very long lasting, but once the optimal results are achieved it's important for patients to have touch-up treatments around once a year to maintain the results.

Ready to Look Younger Without Surgery?

Ready to get a more youthful look without surgery? Sculptra may be the answer. The team at Rau Plastic Surgery is ready to help. Call anytime to arrange a Sculptra consultation.