Sculptra Aesthetic, also known as injectable poly-L-lactic acid, is a cosmetic treatment used to improve the appearance of aging skin folds, indented chin surfaces, hollow cheeks, and sunken eyes.
The Sculptra treatment is performed in the plastic surgeon’s office, typically for patients ages 35 to 60. It is very quick and almost painless. The overall process takes about 15 to 30 minutes; patients get to return home within minutes after it is done.
The main ingredients in Sculptra has been commonly used in dissolvable stitches and soft tissue implants. A natural form of Poly-L-lactic acid is produced when we exercise and it works to gradually produce thickness of the skin.
Results gradually appear over the course of 2-3 weeks and lasts up to 2 years. Treatments will have to be repeated in 2-year intervals to maintain the appearance.
Patients are encouraged to protect their treated areas from the sun after the treatment. Common side effects include tenderness, redness, and discomfort at the injection points. Your doctor will be able to explain the complications and remedies during a consultation for Sculptra.
The cost of Sculptra ranges from $450 to $550 per injection; with dosages varying from person to person.