Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) injections are a new deeper and longer-lasting alternative for individuals with more significant volume loss. A series of injections performed over several months can help to restore a youthful appearance in those experiencing a loss of facial fat. Clinical studies have demonstrated results lasting up to 2 years.
Sculptra involves a series of injections of fine particles of a powder which have been reconstituted in sterile water. The injections are performed after application of a topical anesthetic. After the injection session, the patient will experience some swelling of the treated areas which lasts for a couple of days. Over the next several weeks, the body will deposit collagen around the fine particles, which is a process called neocollagenesis. This new collagen is responsible for the improvement in the appearance of wrinkles and folds. Results from Sculptra are very natural, as the augmentation is caused by the stimulation of one’s own collagen and connective tissue.
Questions and Answers for Sculptra Treatments
What Should I Expect After my injections?
Immediately following a treatment session, redness, swelling, pain, bruising or all of these signs can happen in the treatment area. These side effects may last for several days, possibly as long as three weeks.
What should I do to the treated area post-operatively?
You should immediately apply ice packs to the treated area for several hours postoperatively – approximately 2-3 hours. Make sure the ice is wrapped in a cloth and does not come in direct contact with your skin. It is necessary to massage the treated area five times a day for five days. Avoid sun exposure and UV lamp exposure until all of your side effects have gone away. Report any unusual or long-term side effects to your physician.
May I wear make-up after the procedure?
Make-up may be worn a few hours after treatment if there are no open wounds or bleeding.
May I be exposed to the sun following the procedure?
Direct exposure of sunlight should be avoided following your treatment until all of the side effects have gone away. You should also avoid UV lamp exposure. Your skin should always be protected from the sun.
When should I return for further treatment?
You will be seen approximately four weeks following your treatment. At this time you will be evaluated and additional treatments may be required.
NYU UPN Dermatologists
- Roy G. Geronemus, M.D.
- Robert T. Anolik, M.D.
- Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae, M.D.
- Bradley S. Bloom, M.D.
- Daniel A. Belkin, M.D.
- Roy Seidenberg, M.D.
- Leonard J. Bernstein, M.D.
- Paul M. Friedman, M.D.
- Michelle F. Henry, M.D.
- Jessica J. Krant, M.D.
- Ronald Shelton, M.D.
- Dana Stern, M.D.
- Elliot T. Weiss, M.D.