Sculptra has now been available for 2 years as an option to restore volume to the face and offer a more youthful appearance. Originally intended for treatment of severe facial wasting due to a condition called lipoatrophy (fat wasting), Sculptra found its way into aesthetic uses as plastic surgeons realized is had potential to reduce prominent facial creases and folds. Unlike most other fillers, Sculptra can also add volume to sunken cheeks and other areas affected by the aging process.
Being different than most fillers, Sculptra is made from PLLA (a product used to make absorbable sutures used in surgery). The PLLA stimulates the body to produce collagen, an important naturally occurring protein which provides structure and volume in the skin. Since collagen is lost with aging, Sculptra can restore some of the lost volume and reduce creases, folds and hollowness.
While Sculptra is an excellent option for improving signs of aging, it does not offer immediate results. Since it results in the body producing new collagen, a gradual improvement is seen over 4 to 6 weeks. After that time, additional treatments may be done if needed. One advantage of Sculptra is that the results last for about 2 years, which is much longer than most other injectable fillers.
If you are considering a nonsurgical option for a more youthful face, discuss the pros and cons of using Sculptra with your Board Certified plastic surgeon.
- Copyright: Karol A. Gutowski, M.D., Chicago, IL, 2011