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.
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About the Procedure
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.
What to Expect
Sculptra® injections are simple, outpatient procedures with minimal side effects and downtime. Here is a general guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Sculptra® injection:
- Stop taking blood thinning medications one day prior to surgery. Blood thinners may include Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin, and prescription anticoagulants.
- No alcohol one day before the procedure
- Reschedule if a rash, cold sore, or other lesion develops
- Topical local anesthetic applied to site of injection
- Injections are made in predetermined areas
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.
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®.
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.