Sculptra: how long do results last, how many treatments are recommended?

Should I continue to get sculptra every couple weeks? Is there a point (after 3-5 treatments in the same area) when sculptra isn't going to help anymore? As in, the max amount of new collagen that could be created in the area by sculptra has already been reached? Also, the new collagen stimulated does eventually break down right? So sculptra must be continued every 2 years or so? Is this why radiesse and HA fillers are recommended over poly l lactic acid?

Doctor Answers 3

Sculptra and effectiveness

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Sculptra is a fabulous product and individual treatment plans vary.  Some patients need one vial injected monthly for two or three times and others may need more.  Every person has specific needs for volume replacement and facial rejuvenation and a specific injection plan needs to be customized for each patient.  The hydroxyacid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm have their place as well but do not last as long as Sculptra which can last up to two years.  As with all cosmetic procedures please find a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience in cosmetics.

How many treatments and how long do results last for Sculptra?

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Sculptra treatments are individualized to each patient. Some patients need more and some need less. The amount of Sculptra needed to treat a patient may vary as well as the number of treatment sessions needed to obtain the optimal result. For most people, once the final result has been achieved, the results can last for 2-4 years. Radiesse and HA fillers can give good results as well, but they last much shorter than Sculptra.

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How many Sculptra treatments are recommended

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In a recent study, patients having one to two Sculptra treatment sessions rated their correction as good to excellent 48% of the time. After three treatment sessions this percentage rose to 50%. After four treatment sessions this percentage rose to 67%. After five treatment sessions this percentage rose to 75%.

Sculptra is the only FDA-approved filler that will last up to twenty-five months. A recent study showed that the majority of cosmetic patients would choose duration over immediacy when considering an injectable filler treatment.

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