What is Sculptra Aesthetic?

Sculptra is a facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid (a safe sugar polymer) used to restore facial volume and replace collagen. Sculptra is considered a bio-stimulant, and the main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable material that physicians have used for decades.

Sculptra is indicated for shallow to deep smile lines (nasolabial folds) and cheekbone contouring. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that appear with ageing. This product differs from HA Dermal Fillers because it gradually and subtly corrects facial wrinkles and folds. Sculptra helps replace lost collagen. Collagen is a protein in the dermis that gives structure to the skin and provides the foundation for the retention of skin laxity and volume.

You may be a good candidate for Sculptra if you:

  • Want to look natural without a drastic change
  • Want results that last a long time
  • Want to slow down the ageing process and prevent ongoing bone loss (45+ years old)
  • Want to restore volume to your face
  • Want to soften the appearance of smile lines
  • Want to enhance cheekbone contouring

Sculptra is not appropriate for use around the eye and lip areas. You will discuss HA Dermal Fillers in your consultation if you want to improve these areas.


How Is a Sculptra Injection Performed?

Clear Skin Victoria’s physician injectors, Dr Marie-Louise Wessels and Dr Elizabeth Thompson, inject the Sculptra under the skin, in the soft tissue where the desired effect is being targeted. The injection is mixed with a local anaesthetic to ensure the patient’s comfort.


What to Expect After Sculptra

Sculptra requires little downtime, with most people returning to work and resuming normal activities the following day. While there might be slight bruising or swelling, it usually goes away after 1 to 2 days. The results gradually appear over 4 to 6 months.
Patients should avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol for the first 24 hours. For the first week, patients should massage the treatment area five times a day for five minutes. They should also apply ice for the first week.

Benefits of Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra Aesthetic is a Health Canada and FDA-approved treatment for nasolabial folds and is considered safe and effective for most patients.
Benefits of Sculptra include:

  • Gradual results
  • Youthful and natural appearance
  • Can treat marionette lines around the mouth
  • Can treat chin wrinkles
  • No allergy testing required
  • Little-to-no recovery time required

Sculptra is a great option for most patients. This procedure is not preferred by patients who are seeking immediate results from their treatment. For those seeking more immediate results, we suggest alternative or combination treatments such as Botox or Dysport and or HA Dermal Fillers Juvederm, Restalyne or Teosyal. Clear Skin Victoria offers several dermal fillers and injectables to choose from.

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