Sculptra, also known as the “liquid facelift,” works by both filling in lines and wrinkles and by stimulating the body to produce new collagen and underlying tissue, thereby creating a fuller, more youthful appearance.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a poly-L lactic acid-based filler that provides a gradual correction to lines and wrinkles on the face. Sculptra can last two years or more because it causes the body to stimulate its own collagen. Side effects of a Sculptra procedure are minimal, other than short-term swelling, redness and possible bruising. Sculptra treatments add volume and also stimulate the body’s own collagen production for continuing results.
What does Sculptra Treat?
Sculptra achieves excellent results in treating all parts of the face including the areas around the eyes, lips, lines between the mouth and nose and the cheeks. The results are natural looking and appear gradually over a few weeks’ time. In addition to wrinkles and folds, Sculptra is unique in that it can also treat “cross-hatched” lines that are quite difficult to improve the appearance of. Many patients are still happy with results two years after their last injection.
What Should I Expect from Treatment?
During the Sculptra procedure, Ricardo Mejia, MD numbs the treatment areas with a topical Lidocaine cream and then wait for that to take effect. Once the areas are numb, he will inject them with Sculptra in a variety of points for optimal improvement and lift. The material used in Sculptra is a biodegradable, biocompatible synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually absorbed by the body to help rebuild collagen. This substance is very safe for the body and has been used in plastic and reconstructive surgery for more than 20 years.