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What is Sculptra?

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

You have probably heard about Sculptra as it is becoming a good alternative or adjunct treatment with dermal fillers. This helps promote your own bodies collagen production and increases collagen production naturally. Results can last 2 years after treatment and it is recommended to get a maintenance treatment each year around your birthday.

Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler used for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. It's primarily designed to restore facial volume lost due to aging or illness and can also be used for other cosmetic enhancements. Unlike some other dermal fillers that are made from hyaluronic acid or other substances, Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material.

Sculptra works differently than immediate fillers. Once injected, it stimulates the body's own collagen production to gradually restore volume and improve skin texture. The results are generally more subtle and natural-looking than those of other fillers but also take longer to become fully visible—often requiring multiple treatment sessions spaced several weeks apart.

The filler is most commonly used to treat:

  1. Shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds

  2. Volume loss in the cheeks

  3. Other facial contour deficiencies

It has also been used off-label for non-facial applications, like enhancing the buttocks or treating cellulite, although these are not FDA-approved uses.

Gradual and Natural-Looking Results

  1. Subtle Appearance: Sculptra provides a more natural look compared to some other dermal fillers. It gradually stimulates collagen production, restoring facial volume over time.

  2. Long-Lasting: The results of Sculptra can last up to two years or more, which is generally longer than many hyaluronic acid-based fillers.

  3. Progressive Improvement: Because it stimulates the body's own collagen, the improvements can continue over the course of several months, making the change less sudden and more natural-looking.


  1. Multiple Applications: Sculptra can be used to address a range of facial aging symptoms including wrinkles, folds, and volume loss in areas like the cheeks.

  2. Off-Label Uses: While not FDA-approved for uses outside the face, some practitioners use Sculptra for non-facial enhancements, such as buttock augmentation or treating cellulite.

Safety Profile

  1. Biocompatible and Biodegradable: Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid, which is a biocompatible and biodegradable material that has been used safely in other medical devices like dissolvable stitches.

  2. Non-Surgical: The procedure is minimally invasive, offering a non-surgical option for individuals looking to restore facial volume without going under the knife.


  1. Tailored Treatments: Sculptra allows for treatments to be customized based on the individual's specific needs and desired outcomes. Multiple sessions allow for fine-tuning of results.

  2. Complementary: Sculptra can be used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures or treatments for a more comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation.

Minimal Downtime

  1. Quick Procedure: The treatment typically takes less than an hour and doesn’t require any significant downtime, making it convenient for those with busy schedules.

  2. Minimal Side Effects: While there are potential side effects, such as bruising or swelling, these are generally mild and temporary.

Before & After Pics


After 27 weeks

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