Sculptra restores the face's underlying scaffolding, improves skin quality, and lifts for skin that feels like you again.

What is Sculptra treatment?

One of the main universal causes of skin ageing that occurs as the years pass, is loss of collagen. From the age of 20 our body’s collagen production starts to decline at a rate of 1% per year which can lead up to 35% of collagen loss by the age of 55. As a result skin becomes thin, feels less firm and appears dull and sagging. 

Sculptra was the first and original collagen stimulator introduced by Galderma (Restylane / Azzalure) within the UK in 1999. It contains poly-L-Lactic acid and unlike traditional fillers, Sculptra goes beyond surface solutions to stimulate your skin’s own collagen (type I & III) production, promising gradual, natural-looking results that don’t just mask, but truly rejuvenate.

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Sculptra FAQ's

What is Sculptra and its purpose?

Sculptra, also known as “liquid facelift”, is the first long-lasting, injectable collagen stimulator made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). It's distinct from traditional fillers or other collagen, an actively stimulating injectable that encourages the body to produce new collagen type I & III. This directly restores the underlying scaffolding of the face and other areas of the body, improving skin's firmness and appearance over time.

What areas can Sculptra treat?

Administered by a licensed medical professional, Sculptra is injected into the skin to address areas prone to aging signs such as:
- Hollow Temples due to volume loss which affects the shape of the face and eyebrows
- Sunken cheeks which accentuate the bony areas of the cheekbones and cause nasolabial folds due to loss of structure and descent
- Lower third of the face for improvement of jawline sagging and howling 

Is Sculptra better than fillers, anti wrinkle injections or other skin boosters? 

Anti Wrinkle Injections
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles, preventing the formation of wrinkles or softening existing ones. It is most commonly used to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by muscle movements, such as forehead lines, crow's feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows. The effects of anti wrinkle injections are temporary, typically lasting 3 months. It does not stimulate collagen production or improve skin quality.

Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are substances, typically made from hyaluronic acid, that are injected beneath the skin's surface to add volume and fullness. They are used to enhance facial features such as lips, cheeks, and jawline. The results from fillers are immediate and can last from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the type of filler used and the area treated. Unlike Sculptra, fillers provide volume directly into the specific area but do not stimulating the body to produce its own collagen.

Skin Boosters
Skin boosters are injectable treatments that aim to improve skin hydration, elasticity, and texture. They are usually made from hyaluronic acid, polynucleotides or mesotherapy cocktails. They are injected in micro-quantities to hydrate the skin deeply and improve its overall quality rather than to add volume or fill wrinkles. Skin boosters can rejuvenate the skin, making it appear more radiant and youthful. The results are subtler compared to fillers and Botox and are aimed at improving skin condition rather than changing facial contours. Each treatment has its ideal use case, depending on the patient's skin condition, desired outcome,  and preference for maintenance. Consulting with a qualified aesthetic professional.

How many treatments do I need and how long does it last?

 A thorough consultation is required before any decision can be made as to how many vials and treatments will be needed for optimum results. Sculptra normally requires 2-3 treatments spread over a course of 2 months each depending on the quality of the skin and degree of laxity. 

When can I see results from Sculptra, and how long do they last?

Results can be seen in a matter of weeks, more noticeable changes typically unfold over a few months, as the process of collagen production steadily progresses within the body. It can last up to 1.5 - 2 years depending on the treated area, vials and technique used and lifestyle.

What is the post-treatment care for Sculptra, and are there any side effects?

Following completion of the treatment the patient needs to follow the “5-5-5 massage guideline”, which means gently massaging the area for 5 minutes at a time, 5 times daily, over a period of 5 days to help evenly spread Sculptra. 

Following the procedure, it's common for patients to experience mild swelling, bruising, redness or tenderness where the injections were administered. These are minor side effects that generally diminish between 1 to 10 days post-treatment.