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Sculptra

Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable filler that stimulates collagen growth.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Treatment Basics

Regulatory approval: Approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in July 2009. It was first approved by the FDA in August 2004 to correct facial fat loss in people with HIV.

Other names: Injectable poly-L-lactic acid

Manufacturer: Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC

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 Uses
Name Description Cost
Horizontal forehead wrinkles If forehead wrinkles are deep and static, increasing collagen with Sculptra can be very helpful. A volume-creating agent, Sculptra can last from nine to 18 months in the forehead. Sculptra is...more Sculptra can cost between $800 and $1,200 per syringeful. The cost of treatment depends on...more
Marionette Lines Sculptra, a poly-l-lactic acid filler, is a semi-permanent solution to marionette lines. Sculptra is only a good option when the skin that surrounds the wrinkles has very little fat. ...more Sculptra is packaged in vials, each of which generally costs $1,000 to $2,000.
Nasolabial folds (smile lines) Sculptra is a good option for filling the nasolabial folds when the face has very little fat or there is significant volume loss. Scultpra is a semi-permanent filler composed of the powdered...more The cost of Sculptra depends on how many vials are needed to fill the nasolabial folds. ...more
Wrinkles Sculptra is a good long-lasting filler for deep folds occurring between the nose and mouth. Smile lines, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds can be injected with Sculptra. Derived from...more Treatment can cost approximately $1,000 for one syringe, but after 40, two or three syringes...more

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.

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