If you’re looking to restore lost volume in your facial skin, or smooth away deep lines and wrinkles without surgery, you may be wondering if Sculptra is right for you. Dr. Michele S. Green, a Board Certified Dermatologist based in NYC, answers the most commonly asked questions about Sculptra.
What is Sculptra?
Over time our faces lose volume due to decreasing collagen production in the skin. Collagen helps provide a firm framework to support the skin. When this collagen reduces as we age, then wrinkles in the skin can form.
Dermal fillers such as Sculptra are designed to restore lost volume in the skin and helps smooth away deep lines and wrinkles and can even help fill existing scars. Sculptra is an FDA approved, synthetic, biocompatible material that is made from poly-L-lactic acid. Sculptra can be used to correct skin creases, wrinkles, depressions, and folds. One of the benefits of Sculptra is that it is a biodegradable substance, which means that over time it is broken down and completely eliminated from the body.
Am I a candidate for Sculptra?
Generally Sculptra is suitable for most people; however if you have skin infections, take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications or have other medical conditions then this should be discussed with Dr. Green prior to treatment.
Sculptra can help replace the volume that many people lose in the face. For those individuals who want to improve the look of smile lines, marionette lines or chin wrinkles then Sculptra is also a good choice.
How does Sculptra work?
The way Sculptra works is that the filler is injected into the skin just below the surface, and into the areas that are being treated. Over the following few weeks the Sculptra treatment starts working and helps stimulate the production of your own collagen. This new natural collagen production is what actually makes the skin’s appearance improve.
Since this treatment is quite subtle, to get the best results two or three treatment sessions are recommended, spaced out over four to six weeks.
Is Sculptra just for the Face?
Whilst Sculptra is typically used on the face to treat wrinkles and lines, this treatment is also very effective at combatting the signs of aging in the hands. As the hands age, some of their underlying fat is lost and the veins become more visible. In these cases dermal fillers such as Sculptra may be recommended. Here your dermatologist will recommend the best course of treatment for your own individual requirements.
Can I combine Sculptra with other cosmetic procedures?
It’s very common to use Sculptra treatments alongside other fillers such as Juvederm and Botox since each of these treatments is usually targeted to different locations of the face. Typically other types of dermatological treatment can also be combined with Sculptra.
Dr. Green can advise you as to the best course of treatment to undertake and what procedures can be carried out to complement your treatment plan and achieve your goals.
What should I expect during Sculptra?
Pain is relatively mild and can be minimized through the use of a topical aesthetic cream. Treatment time is relatively short and after the treatment it is possible that some bruising may occur which should heal in a few days after the procedure.
How soon until I see results from Sculptra?
In comparison to some other fast acting dermal fillers the results of Sculptra can take a few months to fully develop. In addition to this it is recommended that a number of treatments be undertaken to get the best results. Typically two or three treatments split over four to six weeks will achieve the best results.
How long do the results last?
One of the benefits of Sculptra is that the results are long lasting. Typically patients can see improvements that last for as much as two years after the course of treatments is completed. This long lasting effect makes Sculptra a popular choice for those looking for long-term results.
For more information and to book an appointment, contact us online today or call Dr. Michele Green’s NYC based office at 212-535-3088