Sculptra® Aesthetic is a synthetic injectable material known as “poly-L-lactic acid”. Poly-L-lactic acid is biocompatible (a material that does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). Poly-L-lactic acid has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants and other types of implants. It is the only filler on the market that is a “volumizing” agent designed to add volume and contour to the face and has been used around the world for many years as a cosmetic filler.
How Does Sculptra® Aesthetic work?
Sculptra® Aesthetic is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss and provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Visible results appear within the first few treatment sessions. Treatment sessions are spread out at monthly intervals to allow a gradual and natural looking correction. The product will not correct the underlying cause of the facial fat loss but will help improve the appearance by increasing skin thickness in the treated area.
Is Skin Testing Required?
No skin testing is required prior to use.
Are the Results Immediate?
No. The day of your treatment it may appear that Sculptra® Aesthetic worked immediately because of swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute the product. In a few days, when the swelling goes down, and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before your treatment. Sculptra® Aesthetic takes several weeks to gradually correct the depression in your skin and add volume to the face and temples. It can also be used to lift areas of the face as in a face lift, lift areas over the brow and reduce lines and depressions around the mouth and hands. Dr. Funt will suggest the areas that he feels might benefit from Sculptra® Aesthetic injections in your face. After the treatment he will see you again in a month to decide if you need more Sculptra® Aesthetic injections.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
Dr. Funt will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra®Aesthetic you will need at each session. Most patients require 2-4 treatment sessions. Patients with severe fat loss often require more treatments.