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Sculptra is an injectable filler developed and manufactured by Sanofi Aventis. This aesthetic product is a poly-L-lactic acid implant that is biocompatible and biodegradable. Upon injection, this implant adds volume to areas that are concave or depressed and is typically used to correct skin creases, wrinkles, folds, and other skin issues caused by the aging process. Sculptra can be used in large volume corrections, including those caused by lipoatrophy, or the loss of significant facial fat that is common in individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Sculptra consists of an injectable solution containing microparticle beads of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic polymer that is part of the alpha-hydroxy-acid family. This synthetic substance stimulates the creation of collagen at the implant site. As Sculptra breaks down, the synthetic substance is replaced by collagen, helping to add and maintain structure in the skin while creating a firmer, more elastic consistency, resulting in a smoother, fuller look to the face. Due to the production of collagen, this also means that structure is added over time, so results are not immediately apparent after treatment.
Sculptra is one of the longest lasting dermal fillers available and is very popular with patients around the world. It is made with a unique material that is both biocompatible and biostimulating, initiating the desired inflammatory processes that lead to collagen production.
For patients who wish to stimulate the natural production of collagen, and thus require fewer injection sessions, Sculptra is a top choice. It is uniquely designed with the optimum bead size for easy injection while still providing the desired aesthetic effect.
Sculptra is biocompatible and resorbable; as such, treatment is widely regarded as safe. However, as with all medicinal products, Sculptra is not suitable for all patients. Patients should not receive Sculptra treatment if they have acute or chronic skin disease with infection or inflammation in or near the treatment area; an allergy to this filler’s components; are taking anti-coagulants; are pregnant and/or breastfeeding; are susceptible to keloid formation and hypertrophic scarring; or are under the age of 18.
Sculptra treatment is not associated with any downtime – patients are typically able to immediately resume their daily activities.