31 East Darrah Lane
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

What is Sculptra®?

Sculptra® is a cosmetic dermal filler that utilizes poly-L-lactic acid to prompt the skin’s collagen production, leading to a gradual enhancement in facial volume and firmness, reducing wrinkles and folds. The results take time to manifest, appearing over weeks and lasting several months to a few years.

How is Sculptra® intended to be used?

Sculptra® is designed to address facial aging. It involves injecting the Sculptra® solution into specific facial areas, typically the mid-face, to stimulate collagen production gradually. Trained healthcare professionals usually administer the injections, slowly enhaning facial volume, diminishing wrinkles, and improving overall skin firmness. The treatmen tconsists of multiple sessions and results may take a few weeks to show. The duration of the effects varies individually, lasting from several months to a few years.

How does Sculptra® work?

Sculptra® employs poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic material, to stimulate collagen production in the skin, addressing the natural decline in collagen associated with aging.

  • Injected into specific skin areas, Sculptra® acts as a collagen stimulator, gradually replacing lost volume and improving skin texture.
  • Unlike immediate fillers, Sculptra’s effects develop slowly over weeks, often requiring multiple sessions. The duration of results varies based on factors like age and lifestyle but can last several months to a couple of years.
  • In essence, Sculptra® stimulates natural collagen production, leading to a gradual enhancement of facial volume, wrinkle reduction, and improved skin firmness.

What are the typical treatment areas?

Sculptra® is typically administered in specific facial regions to enhance appearance. Common treatment areas include: 

  • cheeks to restore volume
  • nasolabial folds to reduce smile lines
  • marionette lines for a softer look
  • jawline and chin for improved definition. 

The choice of treatment areas depends on individual preferences and needs, and a qualified healthcare professional will assess the patient’s facial structure to determine the most suitable locations for Sculptra® injections.

How is Sculptra® different from other dermal fillers?

Sculptra® differs from other dermal fillers because:

  • it contains poly-L-lactic acid, stimulating collagen gradually instead of providing immediate volume
  • Results develop over weeks and may last longer. 
  • It’s often used for larger areas like the cheeks, offering a more subtle and natural appearance compared to fillers with immediate effects like hyaluronic acid-based ones

You should consult a qualified medical professional to see if Sculptra® is the best option for you.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically, a series of two to three sessions, spaced weeks apart, is recommended for optimal results. The gradual stimulation of collagen over time contributes to a more natural appearance. The number of Sculptra® treatments needed varies depending on individual factors, including the extent of volume loss and specific treatment goals. A consultation with a healthcare professional is needed to properly determine the number of treatments best suited for your needs.

It’s also essential to recognize that Sculptra® results are not immediate, developing gradually over weeks to months, and periodic maintenance sessions may be advised to maintain the desired outcome.

How long is the typical treatment?

A Sculptra® treatment session typically lasts 30 minutes to an hour, with injections administered using a fine needle. Multiple sessions, spaced several weeks apart, are usually needed for optimal results as collagen is gradually stimulated. The overall treatment duration depends on the recommended number of sessions and their intervals, which can be discussed during the consultation with the healthcare professional.

Is the recovery time long?

There’s minimal downtime with Sculptra®, so you can get the treatment, walk out of our office and continue with your day!

Is Sculptra® considered surgery?

No, Sculptra® is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment!

What are the potential side effects?

Sculptra®’s potential side effects may include mild redness, swelling, tenderness, and discomfort which all should resolve in a few days. 

To minimize lasting side effects, follow post-treatment instructions, report unusual side effects promptly, and consult thoroughly before deciding on a Sculptra® or any other cosmetic procedure.

Is a Sculptra® treatment painful?

The level of discomfort from this procedure is typically minimal but can vary from person to person. Topical numbing creams are commonly applied. If you have concerns, it’s advisable to discuss them with your healthcare professional to ensure proper pain management.

Can I receive Sculptra® with certain conditions?

Your ability to receive Sculptra® or any cosmetic procedure is contingent upon your unique health and medical conditions. Various factors, including your medical history, overall health, skin elasticity, pregnancy status, weight, smoking habits, allergies, and expectations, will be evaluated to determine your suitability. It’s important to consult with a qualified medical professional who can assess your specific situation and offer personalized guidance regarding the procedure to ensure safety and appropriateness.

How do I know whether Sculptra® is right for me?

If you’re seeking a versatile and robust cosmetic procedure to reduce wrinkles and add volume to your face, Sculptra® may be for you! You can consult a qualified medical professional to see if Sculptra® is right for you. Our office is available for consultations at 31 East Darrah Lane, Lawrence Township NJ. To schedule an appointment, you can call the following number: 609-587-9944

General Pre-Treatment Instructions

To reduce the chance of any adverse side effects, we recommend doing the following things (unless your physician says otherwise):

  • Notify your provider of any medications, supplements, or topical products you currently use, as they can advise on whether you should temporarily stop using them.
  • Keep the treatment area clean of any substances such as lotion or oils.
  • Follow the precise pre-treatment guidelines given by your healthcare provider to achieve the best outcomes and reduce the risk of potential complications.

This section should only serve as additional information; it is NOT a substitute for your physician’s instructions.