Sculptra is a great injectable material that is used to fill in larger areas. It is a biostimulatory product, which means that it slowly produces change over time by stimulating your own collagen production. Multiple injections may be required, however, once the desired effect is achieved the results can last up to two years. No skin test is required. At Grossman Dermatology in Santa Monica, Sculptra is used often and accomplishes beautiful results.
Sculptra is injected below the surface of the skin in area of fat loss and provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Sculptra does not correct the underlying cause of fat loss but will help improve the appearance by increasing skin thickness in treated areas. Sculptra appears to stimulate fibroblasts in the dermis to produce natural collagen and this increases facial volume over time. The deeper the wrinkle or defect, the more Sculptra is required. Once the fibroblasts have been stimulated, they will continue to produce collagen for up to two years.
What is the treatment?
Sculptra has not been approved by the FDA for the treatment of creases and wrinkles. Therefore, using Sculptra is considered “Off Label Use”. This product has been safely used in Europe for 5 years, in over 150,000 patients.
More than one treatment session may be required to achieve desired result, with the following treatment session in a minimum of 6-8 weeks. Treatment results differ for each patient. Sculptra once injected lasts up to two years. In most patients, touch up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.
Are there side effects?
Side effects of Sculptra may include the delayed appearance of small bumps under the skin in the treated area. Generally if these bumps occur, are palpable with 6 to 12 months after the first treatment. Occasionally, these bumps go away on their own usually. They are not visible and may only be noticed when pressing on the treated area.
The visible bumps, sometimes with redness or skin discoloration of the treated area have been reported.
Other side effects may include injection related events at the site of injection, such as bleeding, tenderness, or discomfort, redness bruising, or swelling, and may last for 3 to 17 days.