Sculptra® by Galderma is a commercial injectable formulation of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). Sculptra® is a synthetic, biodegradable compound used to stimulate collagen production in the body.

Sculptra® Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

avg. recovery
5 days
$900 - $2699

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 09.25.2021

Sculptra® Aesthetic by Galderma is a specially formulated injectable dermal filler used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve facial volume. Sculptra® is unique in that it is the only dermal filler approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) utilizing poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) to stimulate natural collagen production in the body. The results of Sculptra® injections are not immediately noticeable. Instead, they evolve over the course of one to two years. Sculptra® is FDA-approved to treat facial lines, folds, and wrinkles, including smile lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles. The active ingredient in Sculptra®, PLLA, is generally believed to provide a more lasting solution than fillers composed of hyaluronic acid like Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Bellafill® and Radiesse®, meanwhile, contain alternative primary ingredients and may provide results more comparable to Sculptra®.

The goal of poly-l-lactic-acid-based fillers is to semi-permanently improve the volume and/or contour of areas on the face and body.

Recovery Notes

Most individuals experience short recovery from a Sculptra® injection with mild swelling, tenderness, and redness at the injection site. For some, swelling may persist for a few days. Many candidates resume most all activities directly after the injections.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a Sculptra® injection is over 18 years old and looking for a safe and effective semi-permanent solution for common facial cosmetic concerns.

Not Recommended For

Sculptra® is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing, immunocompromised individuals, those susceptible to keloid scarring, and anyone with an allergy to the components of Sculptra®.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Sculptra® injections include redness, dryness, and flaking. Firmess, tenderness, itchiness, lumps, bumps, possible site infection, and/or bruising and discoloration may occur. A serious complication of a Sculptra® injection is intravascular injection (injection into a blood vessel) leading to skin necrosis. Severe allergic reactions can occur.


  • Stimulates collagen
  • Minimally invasive
  • Semi-permanent


  • Delayed results
  • Possible asymmetry
  • Reoccurring expense