Sculptra ® is poly-L-lactic acid, which has been used safely in medicine and surgery for over 30 years. It encourages the stimulation of collagen, a natural protein in the body to correct the effects of facial lipoatrophy. Sculptra® is biodegradable, meaning it is broken down and eliminated by the body. Once injected Sculptra Aesthetic works deep within the skin’s surface, and is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body to help stimulate collagen production to reinforce skin’s inner structure and increase facial volume.
Sculptra® is injected directly below the skin on your face with a blunt needle also known as a cannula or with a sharp needle. It has both an immediate and a delayed effect. It immediately restores the normal appearance of the face by restoring volume. This is followed by a period, usually between one to six weeks, where there will be some loss of the initial treatment volume. Do not worry, your collagen production will increase over time and your face wrinkles both deep and superficial decrease. This usually takes place between 5-6 weeks after each treatment and can continue for up to nine months.
Always tell the person treating you if you have any of the side effects listed. If these side effects are severe, do not wait, contact your GP or attend an Emergency Department immediately. Please contact a doctor if you have pain, redness or a fever that does not respond to paracetamol.
We want to involve you in decisions about your care and treatment. If you decide to go ahead, you will be asked to sign a consent form. This states that you agree to have the treatment and you understand what it involves.
If you would like more information about our consent process, please speak to a member of staff caring for you.
The injections can vary from being momentarily uncomfortable to painful. To reduce discomfort, a local anesthetic with a numbing effect will be injected with Sculptra®. Ice packs or a local anesthetic cream can also be applied to the face before the injection. For more information about the local anesthetic, please read our leaflet Having an anesthetic.
How long the effects of Sculptra® last depend on various factors including skin structure, degree of facial fat loss, lifestyle and the ageing process. Generally, the improvements from Sculptra® last between 12-24 months.
Generally, a complete course of treatment is made up of four sessions, spaced approximately four to six weeks apart. The need for repeat treatments varies from person to person. However, when you feel that the result of the treatment has disappeared by approximately 50 percent you should see us for follow up and top up if necessary. Please speak to your clinician before all of the Sculptra® effects have been lost.
You may see results 4-6 weeks following your initial treatment, depending on how quickly your body has built up collagen, but your true results will become apparent only after you’ve completed your treatment series. We typically recommend anywhere from 2-3 treatments spaced about 8 weeks apart.
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