Sculptra Aesthetic in Toronto and Thornhill
Sculptra Aesthetic works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Sculptra Aesthetic helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume that has been lost to aging. Sculptra Aesthetic is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as a one-time treatment regimen of up to four injection sessions that are scheduled about three weeks apart.
How Does Sculptra Work?
The microscopic Sculptra crystals induce a mild inflammatory reaction under the skin where they were injected. This “triggers” the formation of new collagen – white blood cells surrounding the Sculptra microcrystals recruit collagen-producing fibroblasts. Collagen production gradually increases, making the volume-enhancing results of the Sculptra treatment apparent in about four to six weeks.
Are you a Candidate for Sculptra
Most people are suitable candidates for Sculptra treatments. Since the polylactic acid in Sculptra is biologically inert, there is no risk of patients developing an allergic reaction to treatments. Patients who have skin infections, who take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, or who have depleted immune systems should consult with a doctor before undergoing Sculptra treatment.
The positive effects of Sculptra treatment include increased skin thickness and improved facial volume, which lead to a healthier, more youthful appearance. In fact, Sculptra treatment has become known as the “liquid facelift,” so dramatic and impressive are its results. Sculptra results can last for up to two years, while the results of other injectable dermal fillers, such as Restylane®, may only last for a few months.
Sculptra Side Effects
The most common side effects with Sculptra include injection site reactions, such as bruising, pain, swelling, and redness Itching and heat sensation have also been reported. Injection site reactions tend to last 3 to 17 days, on average. Treatment, if needed for injection reactions, may include antihistamines or anti-inflammatories.
Small lumps (granulomas) under the skin, which may or may not be visible, may occur within the first 6 to 12 months after treatment. The bumps may or may not be permanent. Visible bumps may be red in the treated area. Some lumps have had to be treated with corticosteroid injections or surgery. The risk of infection and serious swelling is a possibility, as well.
Other post-marketing side effects have been spontaneously reported after Sculptra use. If you have a concern, ask your healthcare provider for more information about post-marketing side effects.