How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work?
How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work?
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Sculptra - Subtle results over time
If you are looking for a quick fix or to see results overnight, Sculptra may not be right for you. Sculptra is known for subtle results over time, giving you that natural, youthful look. Sculptra works by replacing lost collagen and fills in shallow to deep facial folds and wrinkles. It is recommended that you have three injectable sessions over a few month period. These injections will give you a gradual result that can last up to 2 years. It is very important to research and make sure you find a Sculptra trained Physician.
Length of time for Sculptra to work
Sculptra injections cause an increase in volume that is extremely gradual, starting 3 months after the first injection and achieving a maximum effect at approximately 5 to 6 months post injection. Sculptra is gradually degraded into water and carbon dioxide over approximately 9 to 24 months. Newly formed collagen remains and the cosmetic augmentation has been noted to last up to at least 24 months. For best results, I typically recommend a series of three treatment sessions four to six weeks apart.
It can take 2-3 Sculptra treatment sessions over several months to see the effects. The effects then should last a few years. The results are not immediate. If you are looking for immediate volume restoration, there are fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane that may be able to acheive this, however their longevity is not the same as with Sculptra.
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Sculptra for Increasing Collagen Tissue Production
Sculptra is not actually a filler, but rather a catalyst that causes the growth of your own tissue (collagen). Because of this, the amount of collagen production and longevity of results will vary from one patient to another. The results from Sculptra® can last up to two years. You may see immediate results after the first Sculptra treatment and notice some volume immediately after injection, however, rejuvenation will come as time passes and you continue to perform the Sculptra treatments (minimum of 3 - 4 treatments is recommended over at least 4- 6 weeks apart).
Sculptra helps promote your own body's production of collagen. Results can start to show at 3 months. Average time to take effect within a 3 treatment series is 6 months.
Everyone is different. It is a volumizer, not a filler so you will need a series of treatments. I always recommend, depending on the patient, 3 to 4 treatments, typically 4 to 6 weeks apart for the first 3 treatments and then 3 months after the third treatment. Patients can typically start seeing result after the first treatment however optimal results, depending on volume of Sculptra place will take place after their third treatment.
Good luck. Hope this helps.
Dr. Grant Stevens
Onset of Sculptra results
Initially you will see immediate results due to the volume of fluid injected. That will dissipate over a couple of days, and then you will see results at about 6 weeks. It will take about 3 treatments to get the best result, and treatments can occur 6-8 weeks apart, longer is fine.
How long before sculptra works...
Sculptra is an excellent procedure becuase it gradually replaces lost collagen over a series of injections, giving your face a more youthful apperance. On average, three injection sessions are needed over three months. After the injections, the results can continue to improve over the next few months. The end result of the Sculptra injections can last for years with an occasional touch up procedure needed. To find out how many injections you may need, you should see an experienced injector because the number of sessions can vary from person to person.
Sculptra results slow but worth the wait
Sculptra is a unique way to add volume to the facial contour, but it does require patience to see results. Initial treatment can result in some very slight improvement within six weeks. However, it is very important to plan on having at least 3 treatments, sometimes 4, each done four to six weeks apart. Several weeks after each treatment there will be further gradual enhancement. Maximum improvement is visible within 4 to 6 months, and will last up to two years. Many of my Sculptra patients elect to do a single booster treatment after the first year.
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