Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler providing a subtle result for ageing-related skin problems such as lines, wrinkles and folds.
It is not considered to be a quick-fix, instead delivering natural-looking, understated results over a period of time. Although one treatment will provide you with a result, it is recommended that three sessions over a period of a few months will give the best results, that last for two years or longer.
As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity, firmness and moisture. This combination leads to fine lines developing, which turn into wrinkles, which turn into folds, which cause sagging. One of the reasons for this is that collagen production – one of the fundamental products of youthful skin – slows down considerably after the age of 40. When we are young, collagen forms a matrix beneath the skin, and once it begins to breakdown, then inevitably the skin it supports starts to collapse too.
Sculptra’s main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradeable synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid. This has been in medical use for decades and it helps to replace lost collagen, correcting fine lines to deep folds that appear with ageing.
If you have fine lines, wrinkles or deep folds on your face which are bothering you, then you could be a suitable candidate for Sculptra. Some of the most common areas Sculptra is useful for are the nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines), which are the deep folds running down from each side of the nose to the sides of the mouth; marionette lines (from the mouth down to the chin) and chin wrinkles.
Depending on how many areas you are treating, the actual procedure can be carried out in a matter of minutes. Sculptra is injected into the chosen site with a fine needled syringe, after you have been administered with a local anesthetic and the skin wiped with antiseptic.
Treatment shouldn’t hurt (you should be numb from the anesthetic), but you may experience some tingling and redness afterwards. You can counteract this with ice packs, but it shouldn’t be too uncomfortable, and you should be able to carry on with your normal schedule, as long as you don’t engage in anything too strenuous.
It is recommended that you take a course of 3 treatments for the best results. You will notice ever so slight changes after the first treatment, but the cumulative results after 3 will be much more visible, although still very natural-looking.
Results should last for up to 2 years, but you can have top-ups to maintain your youthful look.
The procedure is available at good providers around the world. Sculptra is a well-known brand, and the advantage of getting it abroad is that it can often save you around 50% compared to what you’d pay at home.