Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable filler that stimulates collagen growth. Sometimes called a "liquid face lift," Sculptra Aesthetic is made from poly-l-lactic acid. Sculptra replaces lost volume by stimulating new collagen production rather than manually filling grooves and wrinkles.
What It's Good For
The treatment is most commonly used on deep folds between the nose and mouth, or "smile lines"; lines framing the mouth, or "marionette lines"; sunken cheeks, sunken eyelids (otherwise charmingly known as "tear troughs"); and the backs of hands. Sculptra cannot treat crow's feet and the corners of the mouth since these areas are delicate, and injecting Sculptra in these areas risks the formation of lumps.
Who it works for: Sculptra is intended for completely healthy individuals looking for a one-time treatment plan, made up of four sessions spread three weeks apart from one another. It is best for people who need substantial and long-lasting filling.
Recommended age range: Sculptra should not be used on patients under 18 years old.
When will I see results?: Sculptra is not a quick fix. It requires up to four injection sessions spaced out about three to six weeks apart. At the third week, your body begins to accelerate collagen production at the injection site, thus plumping the affected area and smoothing surfaces wrinkles and creases.
How long it lasts: Smoother skin usually lasts about 18 months and up to two years, although results vary depending upon the initial severity of the treated condition.
Key benefits of Sculptra: Sculptra is derived of poly-L-lactic acid, which is safely and naturally absorbed by the body. In fact, poly-L-lactic acid is an active ingredient in dissolvable stitches. Sculptra promotes collagen growth.
Licensed uses: Sculptra was approved in the United States in 2004 for chronically ill patients suffering from facial wasting caused by conditions like HIV and hepatitis. (It was originally approved in Europe in 1999 under the name New Fill.) Of course, enterprising cosmetic surgeons soon realized that Sculptra's collagen stimulating abilities could also be used to shore up the physical appearance of other people as well. Sculptra Aesthetic was approved in the United States to cosmetically fill the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and chin in July 2009.
Who's Done It?
It's rumored that Madonna's keeps her cheekbones looking fabulously prominent through Sculptra injections. And actress Mackenzie Phillips no longer has to take it one day at a time since discovering Sculptra.