About Sculptra Aesthetic Sculptra Aesthetic is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that appear with aging by replacing lost collagen. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.
Sculptra Aesthetic is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. It gives you a more natural-looking appearance, without giving you away. A full treatment can last up to two years. Welcome to the new age of anti-age.
Who Should Consider Sculptra Aesthetic? Both natural aging and photoaging (aging due to excessive sun exposure) lead to significant changes in the facial contour. While some changes, such as those in the cheek bones, may be less apparent, others, such as those in the smile and marionette lines, gradually become more prominent. Depletion of the underlying "supporting" structures of the skin, including the facial bones, fat, and collagen, contribute to the overall changes in the shape of the face.
As a result, the more youthful round or oval shape is replaced with a rectangular one. This change in shape is frequently made even more prominent by the added appearance of jowls, often a consequence of volume loss in the temples and sides of the cheeks.
What Are Fillers? In recent years, the trends in facial rejuvenation have begun to shift from the more invasive techniques, such as face lifts, which stretch the skin "envelope" over the existing, deficient scaffolding, to less invasive procedures, designed to address such deficiencies.
Fillers, including hyaluronic acid products (such as Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvederm®) and calcium hydroxylapatite products (such as Radiesse®), have long been used for the correction of focal fat and collagen deficits, such as those contributing to the smile lines. A newer filler agent, Sculptra® Aesthetic, is composed of long chains of lactic acid, a molecule that occurs naturally in the body.
Why Choose Sculptra Aesthetic? The unique characteristic of Sculptra is its ability to stimulate the production of significant amounts of collagen, the underlying tissue of the skin. As a result, Sculptra actually replaces medium and large volume deficiencies with the body's own new natural collagen rather than the filler substance alone.
In order to attain maximal improvement, the procedure has to be repeated approximately 3 to 4 times, usually every 4 to 6 weeks. New collagen formation requires some time to achieve, so that the final results may not be evident for up to 7 to 9 months. Once established, the long-term correction typically lasts from 2 to 5 years, depending on the time required for the body to digest the newly formed collagen.
Frequently Asked Questions What is the difference between Sculptra and other fillers?
Sculptra Aesthetic is a facial injectable that works gradually in a series of treatments — on average, three injection sessions over a few months — for a subtle, more youthful looking appearance. It is made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen. Sculptra Aesthetic is different because it gradually and subtly corrects facial wrinkles and folds.
How soon can I expect results and how long do they last?
Sculptra Aesthetic can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly and can last for up to 2 years.* It begins to work within the deep dermis, where your skin's structure is reinforced as Sculptra Aesthetic helps to replace lost collagen. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness of your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that have depleted over time.
Is it safe?
Sculptra Aesthetic is made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used for decades in dissolvable stitches and as a facial injectable since 1999 in over 30 countries. Side effects may include injection site discomfort, pain, redness, bruising, swelling, and/or tenderness. Small bumps and larger lumps under the skin in the treated area may also appear. In a key clinical trial, most went away on their own.
*Individual results and treatment sessions may vary. Learn More About Sculptra® Aesthetic If you are interested in Sculptra Aesthetic, make an appointment for a consultation with one of our providers today.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
You should not use Sculptra Aesthetic if you are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Sculptra Aesthetic should not be injected while you have an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area and should not be injected into the red area of the lip. Use in the skin near the eyes is not recommended.
Side effects of Sculptra Aesthetic may include injection site discomfort, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching, and swelling. Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported. In a key clinical study the numbers of small and larger lumps were low and most resolved without treatment.
Sculptra Aesthetic is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as one-time treatment regimen of up to 4 injection sessions that are scheduled about 3 weeks apart for correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles in which deep dermal grid pattern (cross-hatch) injection technique is appropriate. Sculptra Aesthetic may provide cosmetic correction of facial wrinkles with a Wrinkle Assessment Score of 2, 3, or 4 as shown in the photos in Figure 2 of the accompanying full Prescribing Information.
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