What is Sculptra?

Posted on August 19, 2013

Presented by Dr. Steven Covici

One of the newest dermal filler products on the market, Sculptra is a long-lasting product that was approved by the FDA for cosmetic purposes in 2009. It has been in cosmetic use in Europe, where it is known as New-Fill, since 1999. Prior to its approval for cosmetic treatment, Sculptra was used in a number of other medical applications, including making threads for surgical stitches.

Sculptra works to correct wrinkles and folds in the face. It is particularly effective with the deep creases running from nose to lip, known as nasolabial lines. Additionally, it can be used to correct lines from the lip to the chin, which are commonly referred to as marionette lines. Sculptra is not recommended for use in the lips or near the eyes, and patients who scar easily should also avoid this product.

Sculptra works by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen. A primary contributor to skin’s structure and volume, collagen tends to break down with time and exposure to the sun, creating wrinkles. By restoring collagen to the skin, Sculptra produces a more youthful appearance. Most patients respond best to a series of two or three Sculptra treatments spaced about four to six weeks apart.

Doctors receive Sculptra in a powdered form, which they mix with sterile water before injecting it with ultra-thin needles. Generally, a treatment takes less than an hour and is eased by the use of a topical anesthetic.

After the procedure, patients sometimes have some swelling, redness, bruising, or itching at the injection site. They should massage the area regularly for as long as a week in order to prevent the development of small lumps under the skin, which can occur after treatment with Sculptra. The effects of Sculptra last as long as two years, which makes the drug one of the longest-lasting fillers currently available. Because of this, patients should be sure they receive the treatment from a highly experienced physician.

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