Though surgical procedures like the Brazilian butt lift create beautiful and long-lasting results, surgery isn’t the right choice for everyone. At ICLS, we give our patients the option of choosing Sculptra® instead. Sculptra® is the only completely non-surgical butt lift procedure currently in use, and it relies on safe, proven compounds to lift and augment the buttocks gently. This treatment is ideal for patients who prefer subtle results and those who wish to avoid the lengthy recovery time associated with surgical buttock augmentation.
What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is an injectable treatment system that uses poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) to improve the shape and volume of the buttocks. PLLA has a long history of use in medicine; this biocompatible, biodegradable organic compound is found in self-dissolving sutures, soft tissue implants, and other medical devices. Sculptra® is also used as a facial filler.
PLLA fillers differ from hyaluronic acid dermal fillers (such as Juvéderm®) in their mechanism of action. Rather than directly increasing the volume of the skin in treated areas, PLLA creates a supportive matrix that encourages natural collagen formation. After Sculptra® is injected into the buttocks, new collagen strengthens, heals, and rebuilds skin and connective tissues. Collagen also stores a significant amount of water (each collagen molecule can hold 1000 times its weight in water), a process that subtly increases the volume of the buttocks.
Sculptra® is an excellent way to combat age-related changes in the gluteal region, such as flat or sagging buttocks. This treatment also reduces cellulite and stretch marks while making the buttocks shapelier. Patients of all ages can benefit from the positive changes associated with Sculptra® injections.
What Happens During Sculptra® Treatment?
Before receiving Sculptra® injections, your injection sites will be marked, and the treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure your complete comfort. Small amounts of PLLA will then be injected into multiple areas of the buttocks to facilitate even collagen production. Sculptra® treatment takes between one and two hours to complete.
Like many non-surgical procedures, Sculptra® requires multiple treatment sessions to produce optimal results. Most patients need between 4-6 treatments, spaced about one month apart.
How to Prepare for a Sculptra® Butt Lift
For about one week before you have Sculptra®, you should avoid using blood thinners (including aspirin), vitamin E, and green tea products. Taking these steps will limit swelling and bruising after treatment.
Sculptra® Butt Lift Recovery
One of the primary advantages of choosing Sculptra® is the lack of downtime associated with this procedure. Most people who have a Sculptra® butt lift can return to all their normal activities immediately. However, it’s common for the buttocks to be slightly swollen and tender for 24 to 48 hours after treatment, and this can make sitting for prolonged periods uncomfortable. If you have a sedentary job, you may want to take a few days off work while you recover.
To improve comfort and expedite healing, our doctors may recommend wearing a compression garment and using a cool compress after each injection session. You should also gently massage the treated area with moisturizer for five minutes, five times per day, for up to five days after you have Sculptra® injections. This will ensure an even distribution of PLLA.
PLLA is not associated with any serious side effects. In rare cases, patients have developed tiny bumps in their skin after having Sculptra® injections, but these bumps are harmless and generally temporary.
How Long Does Sculptra® Last?
PLLA fillers last much longer than hyaluronic acid fillers. One series of Sculptra® injections can last for up to three years. To maintain consistent results, we recommend having “top up” injections once per year. This will prevent any noticeable decrease in volume over time.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Sculptra® Buttock Augmentation?
Healthy adults of all ages can potentially benefit from Sculptra®. However, you should avoid this treatment if you are currently pregnant, planning to become pregnant soon, or breastfeeding. It’s also important to maintain realistic expectations for this procedure: While Sculptra® greatly improves the shape and tone of the buttocks, it does not create the same level of volume enhancement as a surgical butt lift.
Schedule a Sculptra® Butt Lift Consultation in Oakville, Ontario
Sculptra® has made achieving fuller, smoother, and more shapely buttocks without significant discomfort or downtime a reality. If you think this treatment might be right for you, contact our Oakville, Ontario clinic via email or by phone at 905-842-2262. Our experts will be happy to help you understand your options and create a personalized treatment plan that works for you.