Beginning in your 20s, your skin firmness begins to decrease as a result of genetics and natural aging and sun exposure, smoking, and other stress factors. A primary reason for visible facial aging is loss of collagen, a fibrous protein in your deep dermis that gives structure to skin and supports the functions of elastin, an elastic protein that maintains skin shape, and hyaluronic acid (HA), which cushions and lubricates to keep the skin hydrated. More collagen enables the presence of more elastin and HA.
You know, instinctively, that smile lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles are symptoms of facial aging, not the cause of it. Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen—an underlying cause of facial aging—for results that can last more than two years.
You may have already decided against collagen creams, and with good reason! Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the dermis. The creams usually include vitamins and hold moisture, so they can briefly improve your skin’s appearance. And collagen dietary supplements, meant to facilitate the production of collagen within the body, are broken down by your digestive system, and results are truly inconclusive! Toxins temporarily weaken muscles by hindering the neural transmission of signals to those muscles to minimize frown lines, with results appearing within a couple of days and lasting up to a couple of months. But toxins don’t even address the problem of lost collagen!
Sculptra Aesthetic is designed to stimulate collagen growth and help restore facial volume and the look of fullness to wrinkles and folds over time. Your results will appear gradually over the treatment regime of, typically, three injections over three to four months, and can last up to two years. Most fillers are liquid or gel substances that diminish lines by pushing up the dermis space between wrinkles and creases. Results appear immediately and can last up to several months. Collagen stimulators like Sculptra Aesthetic diminish facial wrinkles by helping to restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin. As a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator, Sculptra Aesthetic works with your body within the deep dermis to help revitalize collagen production and help restore your skin’s inner structure and volume. As the Sculptra Aesthetic PLLA microparticles are absorbed, they help stimulate collagen production. Rebuilt collagen strands begin gradually helping to restore facial volume and the look of fullness to wrinkles and folds.
How does Sculptra Aesthetic work?
Sculptra Aesthetic is made with biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid. This PLLA is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body, and helps to rebuild lost collagen through a series of treatments injected within the deep dermis, where strands of collagen support your skin’s structure. Over time, Sculptra Aesthetic helps the body reproduce lost collagen. The number of injection appointments and the number of injections per appointment vary from person to person, depending on how much collagen has been lost. On average, three injection appointments are needed over a period of a few months.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sculptra Aesthetic
Which areas does Sculptra Aesthetic treat?
Sculptra Aesthetic corrects shallow to deep wrinkles and folds on the face. Sculptra Aesthetic is clinically approved for:
- Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called “smile lines”
- Lines framing the mouth (marionette lines)
- Chin wrinkles
How many treatments are required?
On average, a series of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months may be needed. The number of injections at each session will vary, depending on the degree of correction needed and the treatment plan determined by you and your specialist.
How soon will I see results?
Sculptra Aesthetic is designed to give you noticeable results that emerge gradually and can last more than two years. You might not see immediate results, and for a few days after treatment, you may look as you did before treatment. Sculptra Aesthetic delivers its full effects with an average of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months. Because results happen gradually, you’ll see subtle, yet noticeable, results in the reduction of facial wrinkles and folds by comparing images before treatment and a couple months following treatment.
How soon after treatment can I wear makeup?
If there are no complications, you may apply makeup several hours after treatment. Be sure to consult Dr. Nangrani after treatment.
Is Sculptra Aesthetic safe? What are the side effects?
Sculptra Aesthetic is FDA approved in the United States and has been used worldwide since 1999. Sculptra Aesthetic is made of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid that is absorbed naturally by the body, and has been used for years in dissolvable stitches.
Since Sculptra Aesthetic does not contain any human or animal components, no allergy testing is needed prior to treatments.
Side effects reported include injection site pain, redness, bruising, tenderness, itching and lumps, bleeding or swelling. Small bumps under the skin can sometimes be noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, with or without inflammation, have also been reported.
The types and duration of side effects may vary. If you are experiencing side effects, talk to Dr. Nangrani.
How much does Sculptra Aesthetic cost?
There are several factors that figure into how much treatment will cost, including:
- Number of treatment sessions needed
- Number of Sculptra Aesthetic vials used per session
- Degree of necessary correction determined by you and Dr. Nangrani
Since injection costs will vary from person to person, the best way to determine projected costs is to visit with your doctor. Average total treatment package costs depend on many factors, including those listed above.
Comparing the cost of facial rejuvenation options can be challenging, because so much depends on desired results, the amount of product your doctor recommends, your response to treatment and the amount of time results last.
A facial filler treatment that lasts up to three to six months may cost less up front than one that lasts much longer, but it will generally require additional treatment sessions to maintain the effect for the same duration as one longer-lasting treatment. You may want to consider the total cost over time.
Coupon or rebate programs through Galderma and/or a specialist may be available from time to time. It’s a good idea to ask your specialist if there’s a discount program available at the time of consultation. We highly recommend joining ASPIRE Galderma Rewards, our loyalty program that rewards you with special points, offers and rewards for every Galderma aesthetic treatment you receive — not just Sculptra Aesthetic.