Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor: Can Sculptra be combined with other fillers?
Pre-procedure prep for Sculptra: Your skin will be swabbed with an antiseptic to sterilize the area for injection.
On the day of treatment: Plan ahead! Sculptra is prepared two hours before your appointment, so if you need to cancel your appointment, give ample warning.
What To Expect
You'll be seated in an upright position. Sculptra is then injected into the deepest layer of the skin. Right after those initial injections, your skin may appear noticeably fuller, but this immediate result soon disappears.
Who should do it: Sculptra must be mixed and injected by a licensed physician. Only physicians who have been trained in the use of Sculptra Aesthetic by Sanofi-aventis U.S. can legally acquire and administer it.
Duration: Each Sculptra session takes about 30 minutes. Immediately afterwards, your doctor may massage the area with topical arnica, a soothing herb that helps reduce bruising, pain, and the formation of nodules.
How Painful Is It?
Lidocaine may be added to the injected solution to minimize pain after the procedure. This won't numb you completely, but it should make the next few hours more tolerable.
Options for anesthesia: Anesthetic injections are typically not required because a numbing agent called lidocaine is often added to the syringe. You can opt for a local anesthetic if you choose.