What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is one of the most advanced treatments for stimulating the production of collagen. As a result of innovation in aesthetic medicine and technology, Sculptra is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to achieve a younger and rejuvenated appearance without the need for surgery.
How Does Sculptra Work?
As you age, it’s natural for you to lose collagen. A drop in collagen is what contributes to the ageing process and results in fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging. Sculptra works by stimulating your collagen production over time. This means that the results are long-lasting for up to 2 years. But if you maintain your treatment with an annual top-up, you can maintain your look for 5-10 years. As the treatment encourages more collagen production, eventually, it helps to fill out the face, increase volume, and create a lifting effect.
When you continue your treatment, your collagen production continues to build so that as you age, your collagen levels are maintained and, in some cases, increased. Because of Sculptra’s ability to target collagen levels, it’s an excellent anti-ageing and rejuvenation procedure to make you feel and look fantastic.
You can inject Sculptra into multiple areas of the face and body, including:
- Scar treatment
- Chest enhancement
Sculptra is predominantly used on the face for smoothing and sculpting the skin. It can also add volume and definition to the face, giving you a more youthful appearance. You can also inject it into the cheeks to add volume and lift. When applied to the upper part of the face, you can improve the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines around the eye.
How Does a Sculptra Butt Lift Work?
You can use Sculptra as an alternative to buttock augmentation or a Brazilian butt lift. Sculptra can smooth cellulite, add volume, lift the buttock, and improve “hip dips” by adding volume. The results are long-lasting and deliver natural-looking results. If you’re looking for a subtle butt lift without surgery, a Sculptra butt lift may be a good solution. A Sculptra butt lift works the same way as in other areas of the body by stimulating collagen production to enhance shape and add volume. Patients usually need 2-4 sessions with long-lasting results.
What are the Benefits of Sculptra?
The benefits of Sculptra include:
- Minimally-invasive procedure
- Improve skin tone and skin health
- Promote collagen growth
- Long-lasting results
- Subtle, natural-looking results
Who is Suitable for Sculptra?
A good candidate for Sculptra is someone who wants to increase volume in the face slowly and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines gradually over time.
Who is Not Suitable for Sculptra?
If you have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring, you should avoid this treatment. If you have any allergies to the ingredients within Sculptra, you should not use it. Currently, the safety of Sculptra has not been tested in women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or lactating.
How Many Treatments Do You Need?
Everyone is different, so depending on your skin, concerns, and age, the number of treatments you need may vary. A person in their 30s/40s may require 2-3 treatments. While someone in their 40s/50s may need 3-4 treatments. Each treatment session is about 6-8 weeks apart. This allows the treatment to build naturally and provide optimum results.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Sculptra?
There is no downtime required after Sculptra. In general, patients head straight back to work after the appointment. Usually, it takes between 48-72 hours for any swelling to subside.
What Aftercare Do You Need to Follow?
Following your treatment session, you should sun exposure, alcohol, vigorous exercise, and extreme temperatures for 2 days. These types of activities can increase your body’s need to sweat. You can apply an ice pack to minimise swelling after the treatment. You will need to give yourself facial massages to distribute Sculptra evenly and create a natural-looking result evenly. To do this, you massage the treated area in a circular motion 5x per day for 5 days.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Results from the treatment can last as long as 2 years. Many patients have several appointments to maintain their look over a longer period of time.
Does Sculptra Look Natural?
Yes, because the main ingredient in Sculptra is classed as a collagen stimulator, it provides long-lasting and natural results. Sculptra encourages your body to produce more collagen. So, effectively it speeds up a natural process of the body. This is why it creates a natural look over time with multiple treatment sessions.
What is the Difference Between Dermal Fillers and Sculptra?
Sculptra is unique in the way that it’s a collagen stimulator rather than a filler. Sculptra focuses on improving the foundational structure of the face by promoting collagen production. It creates a natural-looking result that gradually improves your appearance over time. The main difference is that you’re not injecting with a filler. You’re generating your own collagen to fill in sunken areas more naturally.
Is Sculptra Painful?
Most patients describe getting Sculptra as being tolerable. There is some mild discomfort, similar to a pinching sensation, but this is temporary and short-lived.
Is Sculptra Safe?
Yes, Sculptra is classed as safe and effective. As a collagen stimulator, it can create natural-looking results that can last up to 2 years.
What are the Potential Risks and Side Effects of Sculptra?
Sculptra is a safe treatment, although every procedure carries its own risks. The injectable is biocompatible, so it won’t harm the body. It’s allergy-free and is a minimally-invasive non-surgical procedure. Potential risks and side effects include:
- Heat sensation