Erase Smile Lines & Facial Lines
What Is Sculptra?
One type of cosmetic treatment for smile lines and various other facial wrinkles is Sculptra injections. Sculptra is a type of synthetic Poly-L-lactic acid material, according to the FDA. It has long been used in implants and stitches that dissolve. Your own muscles make a natural form of this acid when you exercise. This means that the synthetic form of the acid, Sculptra, is biocompatible and will normally just dissolve.
Results & How It Works
When injected, Sculptra slowly causes the skin at the injection site to become thicker, in turn causing wrinkles to become smoother and fade. Results vary from patient to patient and depending on the skin tone, deepness of wrinkles and individual response to treatment, but patients can see as much as an 80% reduction in wrinkles. It takes three to six treatments of the filler to be effective. The results can last for as long as two years.
Always find a qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to perform Sculptra injections. He or she needs to be familiar with the procedure to produce the desired results. The doctor or dermatologist needs to know how much Sculptra to inject and how to locate the best injection site for the optimum results. It's not a good idea to go to a cosmetic professional who hasn't has a lot of experience with this type of wrinkle treatment.
When you go in for your Sculptra injections, you can expect to spend 15 to 30 minutes having it done. Either a numbing cream or local anesthetic will be given. The doctor will then locate and mark injection sites, determine how much Sculptra is needed for each injection and actually perform the procedure.
Patients can go home after the injections are completed and go back to normal activities. The only after care advice is to keep an ice pack on the area for a short time to help reduce any swelling from the injections and also to massage the area to help the Sculptra smooth out and become even. You will also be told to avoid being in the sun for a few days.
Patients may have to have what is termed touch-up treatments to fill in any spots that need to be evened out with more Sculptra. You can expect to see positive results form over a few weeks and the wrinkle reduction achieved with Sculptra can last up to two years. Patients can have touch-up injections every six weeks if necessary.
On average, each Sculptra injection can cost anywhere from $450 to $550. The amount used and number of injections needed will determine the final cost of the procedure.
As with any type of cosmetic procedure, find a qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist and discuss what your concerns and desired results are and find out what you can realistically expect to achieve from Sculptra injections.