Sculptra is produced by Sanofi-aventis, the world’s third largest pharmaceutical company and the leader in Europe. Now called the ‘liquid facelift’, I am very excited by this product, as it can be used in conjunction with other treatments to help lift and smooth sagging skin, tackle severe wrinkles, creases and restore facial contours.
Skin volume replacement
Over time, our skin loses its full, firm, youthful appearance. This is the result of a natural ageing process: our skin is damaged, becomes thinner, or loses its natural elasticity. As a result, it becomes loose and starts to wrinkle. Fat tissue, which also helps to fill out the face, is lost, causing skin to sag and further wrinkle. This reduction in skin volume can make your face look thin and narrow; often making you appear older than you are. Sculptra can help by restoring skin volume you may have naturally lost.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra 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.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss, where it provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. It does this by stimulating a natural build-up of connective tissue which smoothes out wrinkles and contour defects. Visible results appear within the first few treatment sessions. Sculptra 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.
Do I need a skin test before being treated with Sculptra?
No skin testing is required prior to use.
Does the treatment hurt?
As with all injections you will feel some discomfort. It may be that you notice a brief burning sensation at the injection site. An ice packed applied after the treatment will help to calm your skin. I always like to use a local anaesthetic mixed with the Sculptra and numbing cream for your comfort.
What must I bear in mind after the treatment?
I’ll give you special aftercare instructions. These include massaging the treated areas of your face in the first few days after the treatment. All you need is a few minutes twice a day.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effect with the use of Sculptra includes injection-related side effects at the site of injection such as bleeding, tenderness or pain, redness, bruising, or swelling. These effects generally resolve in 2-6 days.
Are the results from Sculptra immediate?
No. At your first treatment, it may appear that Sculptra worked immediately because of the swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body you may look as you did before the treatment. Sculptra takes time to work – results should be noticeable after approximately 6 weeks.
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