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Sculptra

Sculptra®Aesthetic?
Sculptra®Aesthetic is a new facial injectable treatment indicated for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles which are treated with the appropriate injection technique in healthy people. It works gradually to replace collagen that is lost during the aging process. Sculptra®Aesthetic contains poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA. It is a biocompatible, which means it will not harm your body. PLLA has been used for many years in dissolvable stitches and medical implants, and has been used cosmetically in Europe since 1999. Sculptra®Aesthetic helps to gradually replace lost collagen and gives you natural-looking results that last up to 2 years.

FAQ’s about Sculptra®Aesthetic

How does Sculptra®Aesthetic work?
Sculptra®Aesthetic replaces collagen, restores volume, and refines lines. Sculptra®Aesthetic, injectable poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging. It can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly and can last for up to 2 years

Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), the main component of Sculptra®Aesthetic, works within the deep dermis to replace lost collagen. As collagen is replaced, it provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness by correcting your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds. This results in correcting of these facial wrinkles and folds that can help provide a more refined appearance which can last up to 2 years.

Are skin tests required before treatment with Sculptra®Aesthetic?
No, skin testing is not required prior to use.

Are the results from Sculptra®Aesthetic immediate?
No. Because SculptraA®esthetic targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging, it can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly and can last for up to 2 years.* Some visible improvements can be seen within the first few weeks of treatment, but the Sculptra Aesthetic regimen is designed to deliver its unique effects over the course of a few months.

How many treatments are required?
An average number of treatment sessions of Sculptra®Aesthetic is 3 injection sessions over a few months. The sessions are spread out this way because Sculptra®Aesthetic gradually replaces lost collagen to restore a natural-looking appearance that can last up to 2 years. The time between injection sessions gives Sculptra®Aesthetic enough time to work so that your doctor can fine-tune your follow-up treatment.

How long do treatment effects last?
Sculptra®Aesthetic creates results that can last up to 2 years.

How quickly can my patients return to their daily activities?
Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities following treatment.

Sculptra Treatment

Facial depression shown before treatment.

The injected volume immediately fills the depressed area.

Within a few days, water absorption and reduction of edema result in a return to baseline depression.

…which is followed by a progressive increase in volume.

Sculptra Hand Treatment

A natural, soft increase in dermal thickness begins to take shape within several weeks of injection.

Within weeks after the Sculptra® injection, dermal thickness continues to expand. Larger volume defects may require further treatment.

When will my patients be able to apply make-up after treatment?
Make-up may be applied a few hours after treatment if no complications are present (for example, open wounds or bleeding).

What are the possible side effects of treatment with Sculptra®Aesthetic?
Side effects of SculptraA®esthetic may include injection site discomfort, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching and swelling. Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported. In a key clinical study the numbers of small and larger lumps were low and most resolved without treatment.

Who should not use Sculptra®Aesthetic?
You should not use Sculptra®Aesthetic if you are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Sculptra®Aesthetic should not be injected while you have an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area and should not be injected into the red area of the lip. Use in the skin near the eyes in not recommended.

Is Sculptra®Aesthetic safe?
Yes. Sculptra®Aesthetic is FDA approved in the United States, and has been used safely worldwide since 1999.

How long has Sculptra®Aesthetic been on the market?
Sculptra Aesthetic has been safely used worldwide since 1999, in over 150,000 patients, under the trade names New-Fill™ and Sculptra. In 2009, the FDA granted approval in the U.S. for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles which are treated with the appropriate injection technique in healthy people.

Dr. Kevin Smith on Sculptra

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*The above pictures are actual patients but the individual results will vary and these results may not occur in all patients.

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