Sculptra is a long lasting treatment for people looking to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds. It is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. Sculptra replaces lost collagen, giving you a more natural-looking appearance, without anyone ever knowing you had something done! Dr. Marcia Byrd, M.D. at Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center in Atlanta, GA can help you decide if Sculptra is right for you.
Sculptra is composed of tiny beads of a synthetic material called poly-l-lactic acid. Poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) is a biocompatible (does not harm the body), biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body) material that has been widely used for over 25 years in medicine in dissolvable stitches and other surgical products.
Sculptra works to replace lost collagen. Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin youthful looking and smooth. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles. Within the deep dermis, your skin’s structure is reinforced as Sculptra helps to replace that lost collagen. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness of your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that has been depleted over time. The result? Sculptra is different because it gradually and subtly corrects these facial wrinkles. This can provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance that can last up to two years.
Candidates for Sculptra Aesthetic
- Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds) also called smile lines
- Lines framing the mouth (marionette lines)
- Chin wrinkles
Benefits of Sculptra Aesthetic
- Long lasting results
- Sculptra is not made from human or animal sources and does not require a skin test prior to use
- Biocompatible (a material that does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body).
About the Procedure
Sculptra is administered in a series of treatment sessions. Each treatment takes around 30 minutes and involves injections of Sculptra using a very fine needle directly into the lower layers of the skin. Dr. Byrd can apply a topical or local anesthetic to minimize discomfort if needed.
The number of necessary injections depends on many factors. On average, three injection sessions are needed over a period of a few months. The number of injection sessions and the number of injections per session vary from person to person. It is important to return for all treatment sessions as instructed by your doctor in order to get the maximum effect from the gradual process of collagen replacement.
How Long Does Sculptra Last?
Following an average of three treatment sessions over a few months, you can expect to see a more natural, younger looking appearance that can last up to two years. Sculptra will not correct the underlying cause of the facial fat loss, but will help improve the appearance by increasing skin thickness in the treated area.
Aftercare and Recovery
Immediately following a treatment session with Sculptra, redness, swelling, pain, bruising or all of these signs can happen in the treatment area. These signs usually go away in a few hours to a few days. After each treatment session with Sculptra, there are a few easy things you will need to help with the treatment results.
- Within the first 24 hours of treatment, apply an ice pack to the treated area for a few minutes at a time. Make sure the ice pack is wrapped in a cloth and never applied directly to the skin. This will help to reduce common swelling.
- Also massaging the treated area for 5 minutes 5 times a day for the first 5 days after treatment will be beneficial to the treatment.
- Excessive sunlight and UV lamp exposure should be avoided until any initial swelling and redness go away.
Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts care for patients throughout the United States and Canada. Locally, Dr. Byrd services the North Atlanta, GA area including Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you would like more information about Sculptra Aesthetic or other injectables call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!