Sculptra® is an FDA-approved injectable filler which restores facial volume loss due to the aging process. Sculptra® is comprised of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic material that is biocompatible and biodegradable and helps to replace lost collagen. The material is injected beneath the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle. Results are long lasting, natural and subtle as they occur gradually over time as new collagen regenerates.
Sculptra® is a simple in-office treatment which takes anywhere from fifteen to forty minutes to complete. For the patient’s comfort, a local or topical anesthetic may be used. As with other injectables, some swelling, redness or bruising may occur at the injection site. These side effects are typically minor and subside within several hours to several days. Bruising may be concealed with makeup. There is little to no downtime associated with treatment and most normal activities can be resumed immediately afterward. Massaging the treatment area may be necessary for several times a day during the first few days. Most patients require an average of three treatments spaced over several months, and the results of Sculptra® may last 2 years or longer. The results of Sculptra® are gradual. Patients will begin to see results starting six weeks after treatment and these results will continue over the next six months as the production of collagen takes place.
Dr. Buckingham recommends a private patient consultation to determine if Sculptra® is right for you. During the consultation, Dr. Buckingham will perform a complete facial analysis which will allow him to recommend the most appropriate procedure to meet your desired results. He will also be sure to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
Prospective patients are encouraged to call the office to schedule an appointment at their earliest convenience.
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Frequently Asked Sculptra® Questions
Q – What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is an FDA-approved injectable filler comprised of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic material which is biocompatible, biodegradable and helps to restore lost collagen. It may be used to restore facial volume loss. Sculptra® can restore a smoother, more youthful appearance to the face by restoring lost collagen and volume.
Q – What is Sculptra® made of?
Sculptra® is made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic material which is both biocompatible and biodegradable. PLLA works by restoring lost volume and collagen in the skin. PLLA does not require skin testing prior to treatment.
Q – Who is the best candidate for Sculptra® treatments?
Candidates for Sculptra® treatment are in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improving areas of facial fat loss. The best way to determine if Sculptra® is right for you is to meet with Dr. Buckingham for a private patient consultation.
Q – Where is the Sculptra® treatment performed?
Dr. Buckingham performs Sculptra® treatments in the office setting.