Q: What is Sculptra?
A: Sculptra is a dermal filler made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is a biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic material. It is used to add volume to areas of the face that have lost collagen due to aging, such as the cheeks, temples, and chin.
Q: How does Sculptra work?
A: Sculptra works by stimulating the body's own collagen production. When injected into the skin, the PLLA microparticles act as a scaffold, which the body then uses to build new collagen. This process takes time, which means you may not notice any difference right away, but the results will slowly come over the next few months of the treatment.
Q: Is Sculptra safe?
A: Yes, Sculptra is considered safe when used by a qualified and experienced injector. It has been approved by the FDA for use in the United States since 2004. Like any cosmetic procedure, there are risks and potential side effects, but they are generally mild and temporary.
Q: How long does Sculptra last?
A: Sculptra can last up to two years, but the exact duration depends on factors such as the individual's age, skin quality, and lifestyle habits. Some people may need touch-up treatments after several months to maintain their results.
Q: What is the recovery time after Sculptra injections?
A: There is typically little to no downtime after Sculptra injections. Some people may experience mild swelling, bruising, or redness at the injection site, but these usually resolve within a few days.
Q: How many Sculptra treatments do I need?
A: The number of Sculptra treatments needed depends on the individual's goals and the amount of volume loss in the targeted areas. Most people require 2-3 treatments spaced several weeks apart to achieve optimal results.
Q: Are there any precautions I should take before or after Sculptra injections?
A: Your injector will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your Sculptra treatment and what to do afterwards. Some general tips include avoiding blood-thinning medications and supplements 5 days before the treatment, avoiding strenuous exercise and alcohol for the first 24 hours after the treatment, and massaging the treated areas as directed by your injector.
Q: How much does Sculptra cost?
A: The cost of Sculptra varies depending on factors such as the geographic location, the injector's experience and qualifications, and the amount of product needed for the desired results. It is generally more expensive than other types of dermal fillers due to its longevity and the number of treatments needed.
Q: How long does a Sculptra treatment session take?
A: A Sculptra treatment session typically takes about 45+ minutes to complete, depending on the areas being treated and the amount of product being used.