Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid or PLLA), is an injection that has been used for more than 30 years in absorbable stitches and other medical applications. It is used as a skin filler to restore volume to the face. In 2009 Sculptra got its full FDA approval for cosmetic use in the United States. In the Sculptra procedure, PLLA is injected into the deep layers of skin with a syringe. The skin responds over the course of a few weeks to months by producing new collagen. This helps to reduce common signs of skin aging such as skin folds, wrinkles, hollow cheeks, sunken eyes and indented chin surfaces.
- Effective treatment for facial volume loss
- Fills in wrinkles and facial lines
- Long lasting results
- Improves acne scarring
- Short recovery time
The risks of Sculptra injections are similar to those seen with other injectable fillers. Symptoms such as bleeding, pain/discomfort, redness, bruising and/or swelling at the site of injection are common. In some cases infection or small bumps and lumps may occur.
Two vials of Sculptra, typically necessary at each visit to treat both cheeks, cost approximately $1000, which doesn’t include the physician’s fee. Patients usually require three monthly treatments to achieve the desired results.