Welcome to the new age of anti-age! Sculptra® Aesthetic is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time by replacing lost collagen, giving you a more natural-looking appearance, without giving you away. A full treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic, an average of three injection sessions over a few months, can last up to two years, so you have more time to see how sensational and subtle it can be.
Collagen is a key structural component of smooth, healthy-looking skin. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases. In fact, you lose about 1% of collagen per year after the age of 18.5 This is when you may start to notice the formation of wrinkles. Luckily, Sculptra Aesthetic can help, even if decades of collagen loss have already occurred.
At Harbour MediSpa, one of our first priorities is patient education, allowing you to know everything about available treatments, products and how they can help you achieve your goals. This allows you to make an informed decision regarding your treatment.
Sculptra Aesthetic works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Sculptra 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.
smile lines (between the nose and the lip)
Since this is a safe, non-surgical procedure, it’s performed in our comfortable medispa in Hamilton. Prior to treatment, our medical team will determine and mark the exact points of injection on your face, then apply a topical numbing cream to make the treatment more comfortable for you. We also use lidocaine (local aesthetic) added to the suspension to reduce discomfort from the procedure making it extremely tolerable.
Sculptra is injected using very tiny needles, that are injected under the skin (sometimes using a cannula), setting it apart from many other fillers. It also differs from other injectables as it is placed evenly under an affected area while others are “spot” fillers placed directly under a wrinkle or line. Immediately after treatment, we will massage the treated area to distribute the product evenly. This action helps to prevent the formation of nodules or bumps underneath the skin. We will give you instructions to massage the areas very stictly for the next five days.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra targets one of the underlying causes of the signs of aging: collagen loss. During the course of your Sculptra treatments, collagen is gradually replaced and the volume is restored. Over time, you may notice that your wrinkles, creases, and folds are smoothed.
What is Sculptra made of?
Sculptra is made of a synthetic polymer called poly-L-lactic acid, which works to replace lost collagen. It is biocompatible and biodegradable (absorbed naturally by the body).
Is the treatment painful?
With any injection, some pain is possible. Consult your practitioner about what to expect prior to treatment.
How many injections will I need?
The number of injections will vary depending on your needs and the results expected. Talk to your practitioner to determine the right treatment plan for you.
When will I see the results?
Because Sculptra targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging, it can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly. As results happen gradually, you may notice subtle reductions in the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds.
What areas does it treat?
Sculptra helps to correct skin depressions, such as in skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars and skin aging.
What are the most common side-effects of Sculptra®?
Immediately following a Sculptra injection, redness, swelling and/or bruising may occur at the injection site. Injection-related swelling typically resolves within several hours to a few days.
Small papules (solid bumps) in the treatment area may occur. These subcutaneous (beneath the skin) papules are typically not visible and may be noticed only upon pressing on the treatment area. Visible nodules (small rounded lumps) or areas of induration have been noted in the injection area and are occasionally associated with inflammation or discoloration.
When should I go in for my next treatment?
It is recommended that you see your practitioner no sooner than 4 weeks after the initial injection session to determine if additional treatment is needed. Keep in mind that the original skin depression may initially reappear, but the depression will gradually improve within several weeks as the treatment effect of Sculptra occurs. At the first consultation, your practitioner will advise you of the potential need for additional injection sessions.