What is Sculptra® Aesthetic?
Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable sculpting agent that provides an increase in skin thickness in order to correct the signs of facial fat loss. It is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic sugar molecule which is biocompatible (does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). It is not made from human or animal sources; hence, no skin testing is required.
How does it work?
Sculptra® Aesthetic works below the surface of the skin. Fat loss, or lipoatrophy, is the loss of fat beneath the skin and results in hollow cheeks, indentations, depressions or sunken eyes. By injecting the material beneath the surface of the skin into the area of fat loss, Sculptra® Aesthetic provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness, thereby improving the appearance of folds and sunken areas.
How is Sculptra® Aesthetic different from other treatments?
Unlike traditional fillers which use a product to fill or lift and give an immediate result, Sculptra® Aesthetic works to stimulate the thickness of your own skin. Once the material has been injected into the target area, it begins to work within a few weeks and continues gradually over many months to increase the thickness of your skin.
How many treatments are required and how long does it last?
Your Dallas cosmetic dermatologist will discuss with you the number of anticipated treatments. Most patients need a minimum of 3 treatment sessions separated at least a month apart.
Clinical studies have shown that treatment results last up to 2 years after the first treatment session. Future touch-up treatments may be necessary to maintain the desired effect.
What are the possible side effects of treatment with Sculptra® Aesthetic?
The most common potential side effects are related to the injection procedure itself and include: redness, bruising, swelling, bleeding, and/or pain. The possibility of bruising and/or swelling may increase with higher volumes of product injected, age and/or skin fragility and blood thinners. As with all injection procedures, there is a rare risk of infection.
A very rare delayed side effect that has been reported is the appearance of small bumps under the skin. These small bumps may or may not be visible and tend to happen within the first six to twelve months after treatment. They may go away on their own or need to be treated.
Where can I get more information?
SCULPTRA AESTHETIC VIDEO
Next, read about Sclerotherapy.