Sculptra® Aesthetic (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) is indicated in people with healthy immune systems as a single regimen to correct shallow to profound nasolabial fold contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles deep dermal grid pattern (cross-hatch) injection technique is appropriate.

Sculptra Aesthetic is made with a biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body and helps rebuild lost collagen through a series of treatments administered by a trained specialist.

Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen—the most common protein in the body used to form a framework to support cells and tissue—for results that can last more than two years.

As a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator, Sculptra Aesthetic helps restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin to diminish facial wrinkles.

Sculptra Aesthetic works with your body within the deep dermis to help revitalize collagen production and help restore your skin’s inner structure and volume. As the Sculptra Aesthetic PLLA microparticles are absorbed, they help stimulate collagen production.

The specialist injects treatment within the deep dermis, where strands of collagen support your skin’s structure. Over time, Sculptra Aesthetic helps the body reproduce lost collagen. The number of injections appointments and injections per appointment varies from person to person, depending on how much collagen has been lost. On average, three injection appointments are needed over a few months.

Sculptra Aesthetic should not be used by people who are allergic to any product ingredient or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Safety has not been established in patients who are pregnant, lactating, breastfeeding, or under 18 years of age.



● Corrects Unwanted Facial Lines And Wrinkles

One of the most apparent signs of aging is wrinkles and fine lines. These tend to first appear around the mouth and chin. Sculptra is a collagen stimulator that helps to repair the underlying structure of the skin. Sculptra adds fullness to the face and diminishes the appearance of any wrinkles and fine lines. Sculptra is most commonly injected to reduce the appearance of smile lines, marionette lines, and wrinkles around the chin.

● Softens Bony Areas Of The Face

As skin ages, it becomes much thinner. The thinness makes boney areas of your face, such as your cheekbones, more noticeable with age. Sculptra helps to soften the appearance of such features. The dermal fillers add more fullness to these face areas, making them appear softer and less prominent. Sculptra can also help your skin to become thicker at the treatment sites. As the collagen builds in these areas, the skin becomes firmer and more youthful.

● Plumps Shallow Areas Of The Face

Recessed areas of the face can give an older appearance. An often-overlooked region that ages the face is the temples. As you age, the temples lose fat and can become very shallow. A natural, subtle, but impactful difference is often seen when the volume is added to such areas. Sculptra allows you to add more fullness without the risk of an unnatural “over-filled” look that other procedures may result in. The results of Sculptra are subtle and natural-looking because it is designed for your body to replace lost collagen gradually.

● Helps Your Body To Produce More Collagen

Sculptra works by injecting a synthetic material, poly-L-Lactic acid (PLLA), into the deep dermis. This material is often seen in dissolvable sutures because it is easily broken down in the body, so no residual material is left at the injection site. PLLA stimulates the body’s natural process for creating collagen in the dermis. Collagen is a fibrous protein that is responsible for helping to support the structure of the skin.

Functions of hyaluronic acid and elastin are also supported by collagen. Elastin helps skin maintain its shape, and hyaluronic acid keeps the skin hydrated. With continued injections, your body will replace the lost collagen naturally. Collagen production begins to slow down in your late twenties, and by the age of forty, many individuals have lost twenty percent of their natural collagen.

Sculptra helps to stimulate this process again. Although some people believe using creams or nutritional supplements containing collagen is enough to help restore their collagen production, these sources generally do not make a noticeable difference in the skin’s appearance.

● Gradual Process

Unlike other dermal injections like Juvederm, Sculptra is not an overnight fix. They smooth wrinkles by pushing up the area in between the dermis and the wrinkles. Because your body is gradually producing more collagen, Sculptra is a slower process. Final results do not happen for a few weeks, and often patients need multiple injections after the initial treatment to achieve ideal results.

This slower process does come with various benefits, though. It is very appealing to many people because it is less drastic and therefore less noticeable that the patient has had any work done. A gradual, multiple injection process allows the patient not to be shocked by any results and does not have to give away any signs of having work done. It also gives the patient the option of how much volume they want in each area without making a quick, rash decision.

● Natural Results

The results of Sculptra usually look much more natural when compared to dermal fillers. This is because of the ongoing process of collagen stimulation that the injection of Sculptra produces. It causes a softer fullness, which looks more natural and less over-filled.

The slow reveal of results also gives you the option of how much Sculptra Aesthetic you and your doctor are comfortable injecting. The gradual process aids in the subtle and natural results achieved by this procedure.

● Long-Lasting Results

Sculptra Aesthetic has longer-lasting results when compared to other injectable treatments. Unlike most hyaluronic acid treatments that only last a few months, Sculptra can last up to two years. Sculptra usually requires three injections throughout three to four months, and then these results will last for up to two years. 

Sculptra Aesthetic treatments last longer because it stimulates your cells to produce more collagen. Longer lasting is great even if you do not decide to repeat the procedure because you will always be “ahead of the game” when it comes to aging.

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Avoid alcohol, vigorous exercise, sunbathing, and extremes of heat or cold for two days post-treatment. These activities have been found to increase and prolong swelling. It is advisable to avoid aspirin and alcohol for 12-48 hours after treatment.

You will notice immediate but temporary results for the first 24 hours after the injections. Although the immediate effects will fade, as your body produces new collagen, you will have visible, long-lasting results within two to three months.

Yes. You can lay down after Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) Injections.

Several side effects have been linked to Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic), including scarring, skin discoloration, nodules, lumps, and granulomas. The Sculptra Aesthetic label says serious granulomas usually occur several months after injection, sometimes more than a year later.

Even if it may be slightly uncomfortable to massage the Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) area for the first couple of days, it is still necessary. The easiest time to massage is when the face is moistened with a cleanser or moisturizer and in the shower. Avoid Excessive Sun and Heat: Until any initial swelling and redness have resolved.

Because Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) merely induces a natural process to your body, the results will never look fake or dramatic. Just smooth, healthy-looking skin, as if the layers of your skin never got tired of actively producing collagen as you age!

Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) is a procedure that helps lift aging and wrinkling skin to provide a tighter and younger look to the area where the product is being administered. The method works by having polylactic acid injected into the skin, which then stimulates collagen production.

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you’re not a good candidate. If you’re younger than 18, it’s better to wait until you’re older before considering this. If you have any skin issues such as outbreaks, rashes, or redness, it’s better to wait until those conditions subside before considering Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic).

Massage the treated areas for 5-minutes, 5-times a day, for 5-days after treatment. This “massage” should consist of mid-pressure rubbing all along with the injection sites. (These areas might be sore immediately following the treatment, but it is still important to massage the areas anyway.)

Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours following your treatment, either. Alcohol causes inflammation. Instead, relax and hydrate.

Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic)provides a more natural result than some other fillers. Sculptra is long-lasting and can last up to 2 years.

Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) can be an excellent alternative to lifting the facial tissues in patients who do not wish the long recovery, incisions, or risks of a surgical facelift. Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) can additionally be combined with the Ultherapy non-surgical micro-facelift for additional tightening and lifting, particularly in the neck and lower face.

If you are looking for a more natural way to improve the appearance of your skin, and if you are seeking a more natural result, then I would say yes, it is worth the money. It’s important to remember that you could need 2-3 treatments spread a month apart to get the BEST results.

The most common side effects with Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) can occur after any injection and include bruising, bleeding, swelling, redness, tenderness, or pain. These effects can last, on average, 3 to 17 days.

Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) is the key to plumping hollow cheeks and sunken under eyes. It also improves skin thickness, taking thin and aging skin to firmer, more youthful-looking skin. Since it works with your body’s collagen to help it produce more, it helps the skin’s overall condition.

Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) is a better choice if you want fewer wrinkles around your nasolabial area for two years and do not mind going for three injections. Juvederm XC only requires one treatment, but the results do not last as long.

As a member of the dermal fillers category, Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) therapy can lift jowls. We may start by injecting it into the cheeks and temples to rejuvenate your appearance fully. As we age, we lose volume in both of these spots; temples start to look hollow, while cheeks look droopy and tired.

Patients that require significant volume to achieve their aesthetic goals are the best candidates. Traditionally, patients whose profiles have been affected by significant weight and volume loss have benefited the most from Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) injections.

Mid-cheek for fine lines and hollowing commonly seen in weight loss. Sculptra Filler (Sculptra Aesthetic) is injected superficially in the region below the boney cheek region and can be combined with highly cross-linked hyaluronic fillers such as Voluma® or Restylane Lyft™. Lower face for jowl and pre-jowl depressions.




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Before your treatment session, our physician will discuss what to expect during your treatment. However, it is helpful to remember that there are a few things to take into consideration before your session:

  • At least three to four days before your procedure, discontinue anti-inflammatory medications.
  • One to two weeks before your procedure, discontinue any blood-thinning herbs, supplements, or vitamins.
  • One to two weeks before your procedure, discontinue systematic steroids
  • At least one month before your procedure, stop steroid injections
  • On the day of your procedure, eat a full, healthy breakfast and be sure to drink plenty of water
  • Please be advised that if you take chronic oral steroids, a discontinuation plan will need to be discussed with your primary care provider as abrupt stoppage may cause side effects. Northeast Knee and Joint Institute do not advise stopping or taking any medication regimens without consulting the doctor who prescribed them to you.


After your treatment session, we recommend that all patients rest on the day of their procedure. We advise limited use of the treatment area for the next two days, but the movement is encouraged. Limited use helps the joint recover as the treatment is absorbed by the area’s surrounding tissues.

0 – 3 days post-procedure guidelines.

After your treatment, there is a chance you’ll experience some mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the treatment site. Discomfort is normal, and it is a sign that your body is healing as it adjusts to the treatment. It is best to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to help promote healing.

You mustn’t take ANY medications following your procedure unless specifically directed otherwise by a physician. NO medicine is a must because any drug can affect the healing process or other adverse effects.

Therefore, discontinue use of any of these medications post-procedure for best results:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications for at least two weeks post-procedure
  • Blood-thinning herbs, supplements, or vitamins for 3-4 days post-procedure
  • Systematic steroids for two weeks post-procedure
  • Other important guidelines to follow after your procedure are:
  • Avoid applying ice or heat to the injection site for the first 72 hours post-procedure
  • Don’t take a hot bath or go to a sauna for the first few days post-procedure
  • Avoid consumption of any alcoholic beverages for the first week post-procedure
  • Avoid showering for the first 24 hours following your procedure
  • Limit caffeine consumption for the first week post-procedure
  • Avoid smoking

3 – 14 days post-procedure guidelines.

At this point in your healing, you should gradually increase your daily activities. 3 to 14 days is also when you can begin exercises. Proper exercise is a vital part of long-term results, and we can help you determine which exercises are best suited for your needs before your procedure.

Ice can be applied 3-4 times a day for 15-20 minutes as needed for comfort
Anti-inflammatory medications (such as Tylenol) can be taken to help manage any residual pain at this time, take as directed
Continue to avoid alcoholic beverages, smoking, or excessive amounts of caffeine

3 – 4 weeks post-procedure guidelines.

We highly encourage you to begin physical therapy to aid in your long-term healing and continued recovery at this point in your healing. A follow-up appointment will be made for you to meet with our physician to review your healing process. You must keep this follow-up visit even if your recovery is going well. If there are any adjustments to your customized treatment plan, this is when our physician will be able to make those decisions.




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