Most of us have heard of products like Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse, but what about Sculptra? Sculptra is on the verge of becoming one of the most popular products for rejuvenating lost cheekbones, tired eyes, and sunken cheeks.
Keep Reading to find out why Sculptra is really in a class by itself when it comes to injectible fillers, and why Sculptra may be the product you’ve been looking for!
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an injectible filler that stimulates collagen production and produces long-lasting and natural-looking volume in the temples, cheekbones, under-eyes, jaw and chin. The chemical name of Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid, which is structurally similar to absorbable sutures that stimulate healing on the inside of the body after surgery. Sculptra is used to restore volume and stimulate healing in several areas of medicine and surgery, and is quickly gaining popularity among plastic surgeons for producing long-lasting and natural-looking volume to the face.
Who should consider Sculptra?
You should consider Sculptra if you:
- want fuller cheekbones
- want to get rid of hollows under your eyes
- want to get rid of hollows in your cheeks or temples
- want to disguise under-eye bags
- want to soften deep smile lines
- want to improve the definition of your chin and jawline
- want a gradual, natural result that isn’t a giveaway to others that you had something done
- want a product that last longer than the other fillers on the market
How is Sculptra different than other fillers?
- It is not a “filler”. When products like Juvederm and Restylane are injected, it is the product itself that provides the volume. This is not the case with Sculptra. Sculptra does not provide any volume on it’s own, but instead stimulates your body to produce collagen. The new collagen is what ends up providing the volume rather than the product itself.
- The result is incredibly natural. Because the volume is coming from newly produced collagen rather than the product, Sculptra tends to give a softer more natural look than other fillers. This ultra natural look is one of the major benefits of Sculptra over the other products, and is one reason why Sculptra really is in a class by itself.
- The results are not immediate. Since the final result is dependent on your own body’s collagen production, it takes a while to see results. Sculptra is typically administered as a series of 3 injections spaced 4-6 weeks apart, so the final result appears about 3-4 months after the first treatment. Most patients actually consider this a benefit and prefer the gradual onset of Sculptra over the immediately visible result of other fillers.
- It lasts longer. It may take more time to see the result, but once you see it, it lasts a lot longer! Juvederm and Restylane last about 4 months, and Radiesse may last 8-9 months. Sculptra can last up to 2-3 years! There is no other product that lasts this long, and this is another major difference that sets Sculptra apart from the crowd.
- It costs more. You’ve heard it before… “you get what you pay for”. The same is true with injectibles. The technology behind Sculptra is more advanced than other fillers, the result is more natural looking, and it does lasts much longer. Because of this, the initial cost of treatment is more expensive. However, if you consider that the other fillers need to be repeated 2-3 times a year, Sculptra actually turns out to be less expensive in the long run.
Is there any down time after Sculptra?
The answer to this question is “it depends”. If you are only treating a single area, like your cheekbones, the only downtime is limited to the remainder of the day of your treatment. You will be instructed to go directly home afterwards to relax and apply some ice packs, but there is very little true “down time” in most cases. If you are treating several areas of your face, you may want to plan for 24-48 hours of taking it easy and waiting for the swelling to resolve.
Although rare, it is possible to bruise after Sculptra treatments, so it’s always wise to schedule your treatments at least a week or two away from major events, parties, or other social gatherings. You should also be sure to stop drinking wine, stop taking Aspirin, Motrin, and Ibuprofen, and stop any herbal supplements (especially Green Tea, Vitamin E, Garlic, and St. John’s Wort) for at least one week before your treatments to lessen the chance of bruising.
What are the main risks of Sculptra?
- Bruising. As with all injectibles, minor bruising is a possibility. It’s always best to plan your treatments at least a week away from major events and social gatherings in case a bruise develops, but in most cases, bruises can be easily covered with makeup.
- Swelling. There will be some minor swelling after each Sculptra treatment. In most cases, patients actually like the look of the swelling because it gives them an idea of what the final result will look like. The swelling usually resolves within 2-3 days after treatment, and is rarely bad enough to prevent patients from going to work or out in public.
- Lumps. Lumps are a risk of any injectible therapy, and this is why it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions about massage after the procedure. With Sculptra, you will be instructed to massage the treated areas for 5 minutes 5 times a day for 5 consecutive days (The 5… 5… 5 Rule). Most lumps can easily be massaged flat over the course of a few days.
How long does Sculptra last?
Sculptra lasts more than 6 times longer than most injectible fillers (up to 2-3 years). There is no other product on the market that lasts as long as Sculptra, and this one of the major reasons to consider it if you are a candidate.
How much does Sculptra cost?
On average, Sculptra costs $1600-3000 per treatment, and 2-3 treatments are usually necessary.
Sculptra Before & After Photos
Photo Credit: ManhattanAestheticSurgery.com, Sculptra.com