Sculptra Injectables

Made of Poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra is injected deep into the skin to spur your collagen growth gradually. That creates results that look natural and last longer than many other fillers. Click to learn more.


While many dermal fillers reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Sculptra goes one step further by stimulating collagen production. That can help your skin to replace lost tissue volume, giving it a fuller and healthier look. The results from a Sculptra series of treatments can last up to two years or more. After this time, you will need to schedule regular maintenance sessions to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance.

During treatment, we will inject tiny microparticles of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid into the area you want to improve. This material will be absorbed by your body’s cells and gradually break down over time, allowing your natural collagen to take its place. This increased collagen will smooth out your fine lines and wrinkles and make your skin thicker and firmer. It can even improve sagging facial muscles.

You may notice some swelling after your treatment session, which is normal. This swelling usually resolves within a few days. Massaging the injection site to distribute the product and help it heal evenly is important. That is something that we can teach you during your appointment.

Because Sculptra is made from a safe and biocompatible material used for years in dissolvable stitches, there is no need to undergo allergy testing before receiving treatment. However, you should inform us if you have a keloid or hypertrophic scarring history. Also, you should not receive Sculptra if you have an active infection or inflammation in the treatment area. You should also avoid this type of treatment if you take blood thinners or anticoagulants.

Other conditions that may prevent you from achieving optimal Sculptra results include a history of herpes simplex, pregnancy or breastfeeding, and allergies to lidocaine, the numbing agent used during a Sculptra treatment. Additionally, it’s not recommended to have Sculptra injected in the delicate under-eye area or lips, areas for which other dermal fillers such as Restylane are better suited. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Sculptra’s injectable formula promotes your body’s natural collagen production to help smooth and soften your skin. It also helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and other common cosmetic concerns like scarring from acne or stretch marks. Because Sculptra is composed of something your body makes naturally, it can blend into your facial features without looking unnatural or causing an allergic reaction. This injectable can treat any area of the face or body that needs a little extra boost to look healthy and youthful.

After your Sculptra injections, it’s important to massage the treatment area for five minutes every day for five days to help spread the product and achieve the desired outcome. It’s also a good idea to ice the injection site after your treatment, which can help reduce swelling and bruising. Be sure to use a cold compress that isn’t too heavy, and don’t apply the ice directly to the skin.

It can take a few weeks for your body to start producing more collagen, and this process may require several Sculptra injections to get the best cosmetic result. We recommend receiving two to three Sculptra injections spaced four weeks apart for the most desirable results. Afterward, you can receive maintenance injections every 1-2 years to maintain your appearance.

The results won’t be instantaneous because Sculptra triggers the production of new collagen. Rather, you will see subtle improvements over several months as new collagen fibers develop in the treatment area. This gradual effect helps your appearance look more natural and less “done.” In addition, Sculptra lasts longer than many other fillers. Clinical studies indicate that Sculptra results can last for up to two years. Many patients return for touch-up treatments every one to three years to extend the length of their Sculptra effects.

As a non-invasive cosmetic injection, Sculptra is an excellent choice for treating the nasolabial folds or creases around your mouth. It can also be used to smooth out the skin along your jawline or forehead. It can even be injected into your cheeks to enhance your facial structure and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sculptra can also be used in your neck to improve the appearance of jowls or loose skin under your chin.

Sculptra injections can help to correct the natural loss of collagen that occurs as you age. This non-surgical filler stimulates your body’s crude collagen production, resulting in long-lasting results. It is also safe to use on all skin types. The Sculptra formula is a synthetic, biocompatible, biodegradable material used safely in surgical products for over 20 years. Unlike other dermal fillers, it does not contain animal proteins, making it an ideal solution for people with allergies or sensitivities to these substances.

During a session, your provider will inject tiny amounts of the Sculptra solution into the layer of the skin where your body produces collagen, called the subcutaneous layer. Each injection will contain small “beads” of Sculptra that your body breaks down and uses to create new collagen. Your provider may massage the area following each injection to help distribute the Sculptra solution evenly. Typically, Sculptra causes minimal side effects, but swelling, tenderness, and bruising may occur. These side effects generally last a few days but vary from patient to patient. If you experience these side effects, Tylenol is an excellent option to relieve pain or discomfort. Medications like Motrin and Ibuprofen should be avoided as they can worsen swelling and bruising.

The Sculptra procedure is quick and simple, with no heavy sedation or incisions. It is a great choice for those looking for an alternative to surgery and want to enhance their facial features or restore the fullness of their buttocks. During the treatment, your provider will place a topical anesthetic on the area to minimize discomfort. After a brief period in the treatment room, the injections will be performed using fine gauge needles.

The number of treatments needed will depend on the extent of your concerns and your desired results. Most patients will require at least two to three Sculptra treatments, and the results will appear gradually over a few months after each session. After the optimal result is achieved, it will be maintained with regular follow-up sessions.