an injectable treatment that works by stimulating the production of
the body's own collagen to increase volume and help to diminish
lines and wrinkles.
It is a treatment that takes time to be effective but lasts
approximately 2-4 years with a top up treatment usually required at
around 20 months (this is an additional treatment to the initial
Sculptra is suitable for: nose to mouth lines, mouth corners,
cheeks - both wrinkling and hollowing, concavity in the temple
region and deep scars.
It is not suitable for the forehead or top lip and is not usually
an alternative for Botox (R) around the eyes but is used as a
Sculptra has been well tolerated and there have been over 17,000
treatments carried out in the UK since 2005.
The treatment was developed primarily for H.I.V sufferers whose
medication can cause loss of volume to the face causing lines,
wrinkles and hollowing. Although this could be addressed with
dermal fillers the amount of filler required was not cost effective
due to the frequency of the treatment required.
Poly-L-Lactic acid, the active agent in Sculptra was found to
promote collagen re-growth and was introduced into the cosmetic
arena of nursing some 5 years ago. The product has a local
anaesthetic within it which minimises any trauma to the skin and
makes the whole procedure as comfortable as possible.
There is immediate swelling that occurs and lasts for
approximately 3-5 days and patients must expect this along with the
possibility of bruising.
After the swelling has subsided patient's often feel
"disappointed" but the true effects will be visible after 6 weeks
and it can take up to 12 months for the full effect to be
The treatment regime is carried out at 2 monthly intervals and is
carried out over 3 treatment sessions. Therefore the treatment plan
is over a 6 month period. This takes considerable planning by both
the patient and the clinic as the product is prepared 2-3 days in
advance of treatment, there is little room for cancelling of
sessions due to this as the product has to be destroyed if not
used. The overall effect of sculptra is a more youthful appearance
with gradual, natural looking results.
Poly-L-Lactic Acid has been used in medicine for over 10 years and
is a biocompatible and biodegradable product which requires no
Sculptra After Care Sheet.
Immediately after your Sculptra treatment there will be swelling
and possible bruising, this IS A NORMAL OCCURRENCE and must be
expected. An ice pack may be applied to the skin if needed and your
health professional or assistant will carry out a facial massage -
this is important to ensure that the possibility of lumps/nodules
is minimised. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CARRY OUT A FACIAL MASSAGE
ROUTINE FOR 5 MINUTES TWICE A DAY FOR THE FIRST 10 DAYS AND 5
MINUTES A DAY FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS ON THE TREATED AREAS.
Simple moisturiser for example E45, Aqueous Cream or your normal
moisturiser may be used. Arnica cream may be applied to any areas
Non-Surgical Facials e.g. Caci, Diana and micro-dermabrasion
should be avoided for 2 weeks.