Sculptra™, a filler also known as the liquid facelift is becoming a favorite for rejuvenating facial skin. It works by filling in lines and wrinkles and by stimulating the body to produce new collagen and underlying tissue. Sculptra™ is an FDA –approved filler. It is a form of poly-L-lactic acid, a biodegradable, biocompatible synthetic polymer. Sculptra™ is injected below the skin using a fine needle, in an area of fat loss, providing a gradual increase in skin thickness. Directly after treatment it may look as if Sculptra™ worked immediately, because of swelling, and the water used to dilute it, but the real results won’t be seen for a few days, until the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body. Gradually over time Sculptra® corrects the depression in your skin. It increases the thickness of your skin and fills in what has been lost.
The results are gradual and depend on the type of results desired and the severity of the problem. The appearance is dramatically altered after multiple treatments. Once your desired look is achieved, the semi-permanent treatment lasts up to two years. It may require minor touch-ups. There is no skin testing required prior to use. The side effects are minimal. The most common side affects are redness, swelling, bruising and pain around the treated area. By using icepacks immediately after treatment you can minimize these effects.
The advantages of using Sculptra® are:
- It restores fullness in the face, which creates a natural look.
- Treats deep wrinkles
- Proven safe and well tolerated.
- Even though it is a synthetic it is derived from natural components.
- There is no skin test required