What Is Sculptra?


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Sculptra Asthetic is a poly-L-lactic acid that is injected into the skin in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds in the face. While Sculptra Asthetic has been FDA-approved since 2009, it has only been tested for safety and effectiveness in the areas around the nose, mouth and chin.

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Sculptra is a gradual anti-aging treatment that requires several treatments to see optimal results. It works by increasing collagen in the face, which in turn reduces shallow to deep lines in the wrinkled areas around the chin, mouth and nose. A full treatment of Sculptra usually consists of three injections over the course of a few months; however, the number of injections may vary from person to person. The anti-aging results last for more than two years, according to SculptraAsthetic.com.

Sculptra is injected into the deep dermis of the skin. Injections into superficial or thin areas of the face, such as around the eyes, has not been approved by the FDA, and is not advised. Following the first injection of Sculptra, patients may notice redness, swelling or bruising, which should completely resolve within one week. Full results of the product may not be seen for several months.

Poly-L-lactic acid, the main ingredient in Sculptra, is a synthetic material that works by restoring collagen to the body. This material has been used in dissolvable stitches since the 1980s and used in facial injections as an anti-aging treatment since 1999.

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