Collagen is a key structural component under the skin that provides volume and gives shape to the face, keeping skin looking youthful. Over time, our bodies make less collagen and our skin loses its elasticity and volume. This, along with the environmental factors like sun exposure, lead to the appearance of wrinkles, line and folds. Anti-aging creams containing collagen cannot get below the surface of the skin to replace the lost collagen. But, Sculptra® can.
Sculptra® is a biocompatible, biodegradable (absorbed naturally by the body) injectable called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA, the main component of Sculptra®, works within the deep layers of the skin to replace collagen. This collagen provides a foundation to gradually restore volume and correct skin depressions, such as skin creases, such as in skin creases, wrinkles, folds and scars, for skin aging.
Traditional fillers are liquid or gel substances, such as hyaluronic acid. They work by adding volume to smooth out wrinkles, lines and folds, with immediate results. They do not stimulate body to replace collagen. Sculptra® is biodegradable and biocompatible, and works deep under the skin to gradually replace lost collagen to correct the skin creases, wrinkles, folds and scars, For skin aging. Results emerge over a few weeks, for more subtle, natural and youthful appearance that can last over 2 years.
The number of treatments you need depends on various factors, including the surface area to be treated. At your initial treatment, your Sculptra physician will discuss with you how many follow-up treatments may be required.
Because Sculptra® works over time to replace collagen- the underlying cause of facial aging- results are not immediate. You will see gradual change in the appearance of your skin over several weeks as the treatment effect occurs, creating a more youthful look.
Sculptra® treatment results differ from person to person. Results can last over 2 years. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.