What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is a facial surgery approved by the FDA to repair the signs of lipoatrophy, which is the loss of fat underneath the skin. Sculptra is made of poly-L-actic acid and stimulates the patient’s own collagen growth. Sculptra increases the thickness of skin over time which improves the look of skin folds.


Sculptra is most often performed with the use of a topical numbing cream and possibly a local anesthetic. The typical age range of Sculptra patients is 35-60. Patients may experience minimal discomfort from the needle injection. The procedure can take 15 to 30 minutes. Patients return home within minutes after the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sculptra

Will I need a skin test?

No, skin testing for a Sculptra injection is not required.

Will I need additional treatment?

Our specialists will determine how many treatment sessions you will need, but the procedure does require multiple treatments for full and lasting effects.

How long will the results last?

The effects of Sculptra can from 2 to 5 years.

Is the procedure painful?

While Sculptra is still an injectable, it is less painful than other aesthetic injectables. The reason for this is that Sculptra is mixed with lidocaine and injected deeper than other injectables.

What are the possible side effects of treatment?

Like any injectable, the use of Sculptra can cause possible bruising or swelling at the injected area.

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