What Is Sculptra?

Dr. Douglas Henstrom, board-certified facial plastic surgeon of Utah Facial Plastics, discusses the use of Sculptra for facial rejuvenation. What is Sculptra?

When I discuss the types of fillers, for the right patients there is something called Sculptra. Sculptra is a poly lactic acid. Now what that is is a micronized form of suture material that we use in surgery. It is used to help re-volumize a face so the patients that are best suited for this are the patients that really have a decrease in the amount of volume in the face.

Sculptra is different than other fillers. It’s not a hyaluronic acid filler, which is the most common type of filler. It’s one that requires a few sessions of treatment to get the full effect. However, it has the longest lasting effect and treatment changes out of all of the different fillers. It will last a good couple of years for most patients. You do it in treatment sessions and you see it in effect right away. Some of that effect goes away as your body absorbs the saline that the Sculptra was mixed with. However, that material stays behind and starts to stimulate the collagen production underneath the skin. That’s what accounts for the long lasting effect. Eventually, the material itself is going to be absorbed but the effect it’s had on the collagen producing is long lasting. That’s why it’s such a great filler option for those patients who truly need revolumization of the entire face and not just one area.

The patient that I feel does the best treatments with Sculptra is the patient that truly needs revolumization of the entire face and not just one specific area that we’re trying to fill. But really the anterior portions of the cheek, the lateral portions of the cheek, other areas might be up in the temples, those patients are going to do the best overall with treatment from Sculptra.

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