How Sculptra® Works
Sculptra® is a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator, meaning it works along with your body within the deep dermis, rather than topically, to help revitalize collagen production. This helps to restore your skin’s inner structure and facial volume, which provides the look of fullness to wrinkles and folds. Results from Sculptra® injections gradually appear over the treatment regime (usually three injections over the course of three to four months) as the PLLA microparticles are absorbed over time by your skin’s deepest layers. This helps to achieve a more youthful looking appearance without appearing like you have had any work done.
Sculptra® is an innovative way to boost your skin’s natural collagen production because it is injected precisely where you need more collagen growth. Since topical collagen creams contain collagen molecules that are too large to penetrate the dermis and collagen dietary supplements are broken down by the digestive system, Sculptra® is a superior collagen delivery system that stimulates your body’s natural collagen production.
What to Expect from Sculptra®
At Schaffer Plastic Surgery, your Sculptra® injections will be personally administered by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Schaffer. Due to the unique injection protocol of Sculptra®, it is particularly important for patients to receive treatments solely from a trained specialist such as Dr. Schaffer.
Sculptra® is clinically approved for treating:
- Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also known as “smile lines”
- Lines framing the mouth (marionette lines)
- Chin wrinkles
What to Expect from Your Appointment
Your injection appointment will begin with thorough planning from Dr. Schaffer, including a close examination of your facial anatomy and expression lines. Depending on the extent of your treatment, it will generally take approximately thirty minutes to conduct the injections. The number of injections at each session will vary depending on the degree of correction needed. Sculptra® is generally administered throughout a series of three treatment sessions spanning the time of a few months.
Results can sometimes be seen immediately, but results usually emerge gradually and can last more than two years. A few months following your Sculptra® injection series, you should see subtle, yet noticeable results that will continue improving over time. Sculptra® treatments typically involve no downtime, with most patients being able to apply makeup the same day of injections.
Safety is paramount to our mission at Schaffer Plastic Surgery. As evidenced by our private surgery center that has been nationally-certified for adhering to the highest standards of patient safety, you can rest assured that any procedure conducted by Dr. Schaffer is tested, researched and proven to be safe. Sculptra® exceeds our expectations in terms of safety, as it is FDA-approved and has been used worldwide since 1999.
The synthetic material Sculptra® is made of, PLLA, is absorbed naturally by the body and has been used for years in dissolvable stitches. There are no human or animal components in Sculptra®, meaning no allergy testing is required before treatments. Side effects of Sculptra® can include injection site pain, redness, bruising, tenderness, itching and lumps, bleeding or swelling.
Your Personalized Plan to Achieving Younger Looking Skin
Your journey to younger-looking skin can start today by scheduling a risk-free consultation at Schaffer Plastic Surgery. Dr. Schaffer will expertly develop a personalized plan that may include Sculptra®, laser skin resurfacing treatments or other procedures to help you develop the appearance that you have always wanted. It is never too late to start improving your skin—start now and enjoy the benefits of a younger, healthier-looking appearance. Investing in yourself is something you will never regret.
Schedule your appointment at Schaffer Plastic Surgery for more information on cosmetic injectables, including Sculptra® treatments. We look forward to meeting you and developing a personalized plan to help you achieve the smoother, younger-looking skin you desire.