Sculptra® is injected into the skin to correct the signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) and to restore lost volume. Sculptra® is also used for patients who suffer from acne scarring as it improves skin texture while naturally improving these textural concerns. Other uses for Sculptra® include restoring lost volume in the earlobes due to age and heavy earrings. Sculptra® itself is a synthetic material known as ‘poly–L–lactic acid’. It 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 used for many years in dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants and other types of implants. Sculptra® is not like traditional fillers that “fill” or “plump” the skin. Instead, your own collagen will build around the molecule and cause the skin to increase in thickness.
Although very tolerable, patients will sit with a topical numbing cream on for approximately 1 hour. Sculptra® is then injected into the various areas of concern and requires approximately 3–4 treatments. The collagen growth will build upon itself, continuing to improve over time. It also requires multiple treatments in order to achieve your final result. The effects of Sculptra® are quite long lasting, especially with maintenance treatments and can last for approximately 2–3 years.
To find out if Sculptra® treatment is right for you, please contact our knowledgeable staff at our Oakville office, between Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario for your consultation. Dr. Sheetal Sapra and our nursing staff will be able to provide you with all of the information you need to make the most informed decision.