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How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work?

How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work?

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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. 

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 171 reviews

1110 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

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.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

707 W Eau Gallie Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32935

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.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

325 Dorset Street
South Burlington, VT 05403

Sculptra injections take 4-6 months to demonstrate the results

Sculptra injections are not a filler so the results of the treatment are not immediate. It is important to understand that Sculptra works by stimulating your collagen to grow thereby creating volume restoration. Loss of facial volume creates sagging around the nose, mouth and jawline.

Laurie Casas, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

2050 Pfingsten Road
Glenview, IL 60026

Sculptra treatment frequency

Once Sculptra has been placed in the face, you will see a gradual build of collage over a period of several months.  At two months we then encourage patients to return to assess overall volume replacement, symmetry and determine need for additional Sculptra.  The usual number of vials used is approximately 1 vial for every decade of life.  That would mean a 50 year old with moderate volume loss to cheeks and temples would need about 5 vials.  

Steven Swengel, MD
Los Gatos Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

800 Pollard Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032

How long does Sculptra take to work?

Sculptra is a medication used to stimulate your body to produce more collagen.  This process takes a couple of months to show a result.  Generally, 2-3 sessions of Sculptra over 2-3 months are needed to get a good result and the first signs of a result show up 6-8 weeks after the first session.  The final result can usually take 3-4 months to realize.  Despite the time investment up front, it is a great medication for achieving volumization throughout the face.

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

5730 Glenridge Drive
Atlanta, GA 30328

Sculptra Activation

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.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

300 Beardsley Lane
Austin, TX 78746

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).

Amiya Prasad, MD
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

61 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

Sculptra Injections...

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

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

4644 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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.

Michele A. Shermak, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

1304 Bellona Avenue
Lutherville, MD 21093

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