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Sculptra is a cosmetic filler that is injected into the face to restore facial volume lost due to aging or illness. It contains poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA is a biocompatible synthetic substance that stimulates collagen production.

It can be used to treat deep facial lines, creases, and folds on the face to provide a more youthful appearance. It provides long-lasting natural-looking results that can last up to 2 years. It’s also used to Sculptra injection treatmenttreat facial fat loss in patients living with HIV.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sculptra in 2004 for restoration of facial fat loss for people with HIV. The FDA approved it in 2009 for the treatment of deep facial wrinkles and folds for people with healthy immune systems.

Benefits of Sculptra injection treatment

  • It helps to eliminate facial wrinkles
  • It restores volume to the face
  • It makes the face look younger
  • It eliminates facial lines and folds on the face

How is the procedure done?

During the procedure, your doctor will map the injection sites on your skin and clean the area. A topical anesthetic may be applied to help relieve pains and discomfort. Your doctor will then inject the Sculptra filler into your facial skin using multiple small injections.

The treatment takes about 30 minutes to be completed. You should be able to return to work or your normal daily activities after the treatment. 

After the treatment

You may experience some minor swelling, bruising or pains at the injection sites which will usually subside after a few days.

You will need to apply cold ice pack to the affected area for a few minutes at a time within the first 24 hours. You will also need to massage the area for five minutes at a time. You will need to do this five times a day, for five days. Also, you should avoid excessive sunlight or tanning beds until any redness and swelling have resolved.

Results from this treatment are gradual. It may take a few weeks to see the full effects of the treatment. Results last up to two years.

Risks or side effects

Severe risks or complications are minimal. Just like every injection treatment, you can expect some swelling and bruising at the injection site.

Other common side effects that may occur include:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Itching
  • Bumps
  • Lumps under the skin
  • Skin discoloration.

Inform your doctor before undergoing a Sculptra treatment if you are allergic to the anesthesia or ingredients that will be used for the treatment. This will help minimize the risk of complications.

Cost of Sculptra treatment

The cost of Sculptra varies depending on several factors which include:

  • Amount of enhancing or correction that is needed to achieve your desired results
  • Number of treatment visits required
  • Geographic location
  • Number of vials of Sculptra used
  • Discounts or special offers

The average total treatment cost ranges from $1,500 to $3,500.


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