Sculptra – Poly-L-lactic Acid Injectable Filler


Poly-L-lactic Acid Injectable Filler


Sculptra® is the brand name for injections of poly-L-lactic acid. Poly-L-lactic acid is a biodegradable, synthetic polymer from the alpha-hydroxy-acid family. It is FDA approved for the correction of facial fat loss in people with HIV. FDA approval is expected soon for its use in all non-HIV related facial fat loss.

Sculptra® is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. Sculptra® provides an increase in skin thickness. The results will be visible within the first few treatment sessions and will last for 2 years or more.

Your plastic surgeon will determine the number of treatment sessions that will obtain the best result. After the first treatment session, your plastic surgeon will want to reexamine you in two weeks. He/she will then assess if you need additional treatments. It is common for patients with extreme facial fat loss to require three to six sessions.

In a clinical study the treatment results lasted for up to two years after the first treatment session, in most patients. Touch up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effects.

The most common side effects with Sculptra® include bleeding, tenderness, redness, bruising and swelling at the injection site. These side effects usually go away within a few days.

Your plastic surgeon will advise you to massage the treated area (a few times a day) for several days after the treatment. Additionally, an icepack may be applied after the treatment to help any swelling.


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