What is Sculptra™?

Sculptra™ is Poly-L-lactic acid, which is a collagen stimulating product and is used to correct facial ageing by replacing the volume that is lost over time. It has been  described as the “liquid facelift” and should not be confused with dermal fillers due to it’s unique collagenic properties.

PROVIDES GRADUAL RESULTS THAT CAN LAST MORE THAN TWO YEARS


How does Sculptra™ work?

In facial ageing, there is loss of elasticity and volume through fat loss and migration. This leads to facial lines, wrinkles, sagging and jowls. Sculptra works by increasing volume and elasticity in key areas such as the cheeks, nasolabial folds and temples, restoring youthful facial proportions.
The active ingredient (Poly-L-lactic acid) is diluted to form a suspension. This material is then injected directly into the deep dermis of the skin. Poly-L-lactic acid stimulates a cell called fibroblast to produce collagen, which in turn creates volume to correct the signs of facial ageing

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY Treatment with Sculptra™

  • Informed consent with pre-treatment photos

  • Facial mapping to identify areas of volume depletion
  • Local anaesthetic cream applied to increase comfort
  • Sculptra™ injected via fine gauge (26g) needle
  • Injection sites massaged to promote even integration into tissue
  • Procedure takes around 30 minutes to complete
  • Immediate results noted but dilutent absorbed within 24hrs
  • True results visible after 6 weeks and improve subsequently
  • Typical treatment course of 3-6 sessions at 6 weekly intervals
  • Longer term results last 2-3 years depending on skin type

FAQs

How long does it take?

Most procedures can be completed within 30 minutes.

Does Sculptra Treatment hurt?

Some patients may experience a mild stinging or burning sensation as the product is injected. This is reduced significantly by application of a local anaesthetic cream prior to treatment.

How many treatments will I need and how often?

The minimum number of treatments advised is 3, although a full course involves 6 treatments. Each treatment session is separated by a 6 week interval to allow adequate collagen production and volumising to occur. Top up treatments are recommended 2-3 years after the initial course.

HOW LONG DO SCULPTRA TREATMENTS LAST?

It takes around 6 weeks for visible results to occur and following a full course of 6 vials, results should last between 2-3 years.

WHY IS MASSAGE AFTER TREATMENT SO IMPORTANT?

Massage is the most essential component of aftercare and should be performed for 5 minutes, 5 times a day over the first 5 days. Thereafter, massaging twice daily for 5 minutes is sufficient. Massage is an integral part of the treatment to ensure even distribution of the product in the tissue and to stimulate collagen production. This dramatically improves results and reduces the risk of nodules forming in the skin.


Sculptra™ aftercare

Massage is the most essential component of aftercare and should be performed for 5 minutes, 5 times a day over the first 5 days. Thereafter, massaging twice daily for 5 minutes is sufficient. Massage is an integral part of the treatment to ensure even distribution of the product in the tissue and to stimulate collagen production. This dramatically improves results and reduces the risk of nodules forming in the skin.

Who should not have SCULPTRA TREAMENT?

You should avoid Sculptra™ if any of the following are relevant:

  • Autoimmune disease and history of keloid scarring
  • History of severe allergy or anaphylaxis
  • Known bruising or bleeding disorders
  • Anticoagulant and immunosuppressant drugs
  • Pregnancy / breast feeding

Possible side effects with Sculptra™

  • Immediate redness, swelling, burning and itching around the treatment site are COMMON and should settle within the first few hours
  • Bruising and swelling lasting up to 2 weeks are LESS COMMON and should resolve spontaneously
  • Tissue infection / abcess is RARE and can be treated with antibiotics
  • Granuloma (tissue nodules) are VERY RARE and can be treated with injection of steroid into the affected area
  • Hypersensitivity / allergy is VERY RARE and can be treated with antihistamines