Sculptra is a new long-lasting filling agent that was recently approved for use in the United States by the FDA. Sculptra is a safe, synthetic, biocompatible material that is used to correct depressions and surface irregularities in the skin. Skin creases, wrinkles, depressions, and folds can all be treated and improved with Sculptra. Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid, which is a well-known material that has been used in medical products for more than 20 years. It is commonly used as a component of dissolvable stitches and surgical implants. Sculptra is biodegradable, meaning that it is gradually broken down and eventually completely eliminated from the body.
Sculptra is injected below the surface of the skin into the areas that are undergoing treatment. Over the next few weeks, Sculptra stimulates the production of your own new collagen. It is this new collagen that ultimately produces the improvement in the appearance of the skin that results from Sculptra. Generally, two to four treatment sessions every four to six weeks are required to obtain the optimum result.
After a Sculptra treatment, most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after leaving the office. Make-up may be applied a few hours after the treatment. After completion of the treatment course, skin creases, wrinkles, depressions, and folds are all improved. Treatment results last for up to two years in most patients, and in some patients even longer! The desired results can be maintained after that with minor touch-up treatments. Patients have been quite pleased with the results of their Sculptra treatments. Sculptra treatments may also be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures to further enhance the result.