Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable that is made from poly-L-lactic acid. It treats mild to severe facial wrinkles by stimulating our skin’s natural collagen production over time. As a result, our skin looks youthful due to its restored volume and facial structure.

Poly-L-lactic acid is a synthetic substance that has been used for over 20 years in surgical products. It is made to replicate a natural derivative produced by our muscles during exercise. Due to its synthetic nature, it does not require allergy-testing prior to the treatment.

This dermal filler penetrates and works upon the deep dermis, unlike other collagen stimulators that are used topically and fail to reach the dermis. It is the only injectable of its kind that rebuilds collagen.

Some of the facial areas commonly treated by Sculptra include:

  • Hollows or depressions in the skin, like sunken cheeks
  • Marionette lines (lines that extend vertically down from the corners of the mouth to the chin)
  • The nasolabial folds (deep lines that stretch from the corners of the mouth to the corners of the nose)
  • Parentheses lines (curving lines that border the corners of the mouth)

The Treatment

Approximately three Sculptra injection sessions are required over a period of months to achieve the desired results. A trained medical professional evaluates the amount of facial volume lost to determine the number of sessions that need to be administered.

Sculptra treatment is not generally painful, but topical anesthetic may be applied in some cases to numb the region. The procedure takes from 30 to 60 minutes to be performed.

A thin needle is used to inject the substance deep into the patient’s facial tissues in the target areas. Dr. Chegar then massages the patient’s face to ensure that the injectable evenly spreads across the facial area.

The treatment does not require time for recovery, so the person getting injected can resume their work immediately after the procedure is complete. Sculptra is quite long-lasting, and results may be present for up to two years after it has been injected into the skin.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Sculptra Treatment?

A person may be a good candidate for Sculptra in the following situations:

  • They are of sound general health.
  • They do not have skin rashes or suffer from other skin conditions.
  • They suffer from marionette lines, nasolabial folds, or other wrinkles.
  • They begin to spot facial volume loss as a result of aging.
  • Their temples appear hollow.
  • They are beginning to spot jowls on their face.
  • They are willing to wait for some time to see the results of the procedure.
  • They do not have a problem with multiple treatment sessions.

What Is the Next Step?

If Sculptra sounds like the right filler for you, the next step is contacting the office of Dr. Burke Chegar for a consultation. Dr. Chegar is double-board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology, and with his help, you can revitalize your skin.