What is Sculptra?
Sculptra, or Newfill, is one of the newest injectable fillers which works by correcting the signs of lipoatrophy, or fat loss, of the face. It is commonly used for the aging population and patients whose collagen and fat tissue have been damaged or scarred secondary to injury or disease. Sculptra restores volume and re-contours areas such as:
- Sunken cheeks
- Indentations of the temples
- Hollow eyes
- The hands
Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic-acid, which is a synthetic material that has been used in medical procedures for years. It works by stimulating your own skin in new collagen production causing thickening of the skin. Skin testing is not required before use and it is FDA-approved.
The doctor will select numerous injection points to be treated as well as choose the amount of Sculptra to be used for the procedure. Before the injections, the areas of treatment can be numbed with a topical anesthetic cream or local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The filler is then injected into the deeper layers of the skin. After the procedure patients may be advised to apply ice to minimize swelling and massage the area to help promote distribution.
Sculptra’s results are not immediate. They become evident over the course of a few weeks, and may last up to two years. Initially repeat injections about 4-6 weeks apart are necessary for a substantial plumping effect. The injections are then often repeated in future years to maintain the contoured look. Similar facial fillers include Juvederm and Radiesse.
The enhancement of Sculptra is achieved in the comfort of the doctor’s office. Most patients are able to return to normal activities following treatment, and make-up can be applied within a few hours barring any complications.