What's So Great About Sculptra?

What's the benefit of this injectable and other than lasting longer, why does it work better than other fillers?

Doctor Answers 16

Why patients love Sculptra

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Why patients love Sculptra. Most are attracted to the gradual results that last up to two years. This is a volumetric filler as opposed to hyaluronic acid fillers that are used to fill lines. It does require a series of treatments in the office but these are typically well tolerated. If you choose to have Sculptra treatments, seek an experienced injector for the work.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Why Sculptra is Great

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First of all, it is also important to know that the use of Sculptra is restricted by the company. Only skin specialists such as Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons are allowed to inject Sculptra and only after appropriate training. Sculptra is used for facial contouring to correct problems due to volume loss and can also be used for enhancing cheekbones, chin and jaw line. Sculptra is injected just beneath the skin, forming a scaffold on which your own collagen grows. It is ideal for deeper applications like cheek folds and marionette lines as well as hollowing in the cheeks and under the eyes. Skillfully chosen and administered, Sculptra can produce profound improvement in the appearance of the face and has been shown to last up to 4 years.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Sculptra achieves subtle, natural yet effective facial lifting

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While facelift surgeries are immediately gratifying, there is significant downtime with small risks of scarring, infection and everyone you know would realize you have something dramatically done. Sculptra injection by an experienced physician injector would allow you to achieve subtle, natural yet effective facial liquid face lifting by replenishing volume strategically and to provide collagen structures above your cheek bones to better defy force of gravity.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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Sculptra is one of the best "Volumizer" around

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Sculptra is unique in composition and result. It creates great volume to the face and lasts 4 times as long as other fillers after full treatment. It takes several treatments and can seem expensive at first, but the cost in the long run is much lower than other fillers that last a shorter amount of time. It is a great way to volumize the face and give a non-surgical facelift. Please make sure you go to an experienced injector because not everyone is familiar with Sculptra and if done incorrectly, you can be left with problems that last a long time.

Sculptra and aging

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Volume, volume, volume is the reason to use Sculptra. At around the age of 35 we stop making as much collagen (volume). You can think of the facial structures as a table and the skin as the table cloth. As we age the table gets smaller and the table cloth has no place to go so it starts to fold on itself (wrinkle). So you can make the table cloth smaller (face lift) or you can make the table bigger again (Sculptra). Many times it requires a combination of volume and surgery, but many people do not look good after face lifts because they need volume in addition to the surgery so they do not look gaunt. Sculptra can replace the lost volume and help with haggard appearance that many people get as they age.

Ben J. Tittle, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

What is so great about sculptra?

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Sculptra Aesthetic is a substance that stimulates the formation of your own facial collagen.  As we age, we lose volume in the face in many areas.  Sculptra is great because you can address all those areas at one time, while with a product like Juvaderm, you would need to use several tubes.  When the collagen is stimulated it gradually builds up the volume and adds fullness to the facial wrinkles.  The injections are done in three to four sessions.  This results in a more youthfull refined look that can last up to two to three years unlike other injectables that do not last as long.  Sculptra is a great alternative for a patient that are looking for a natural result that has a longer lasting effect. 

Andrew Miller, MD
Edison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 222 reviews

Sculptra means volume and a more youthful face.

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As you age volume is lost in the face. Replacing volume can turn back the clock in a very natural way. Improvement is organic and gradual over several months. Sculptra is actually not a "filler" but a biostimulant. That means that it works by stimulating your own tissues to plump up. Fillers certainly have their place but I am happy that we have Sculptra when significant facial volume is needed.

Susan Van Dyke, MD
Paradise Valley Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Sculptra Aesthetic injections are a good option for facial aging, to avoid plastic surgery

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Sculptra Aesthetic are quick office injections performed in the office via local anesthesia. Sculptra stimulates the face to build collagen. Results are NOT immediate, rather gradually develop over time. Treatments are repeated approximately every 2 months, as needed, until a desired result is achieved. Once achieved, touch-up treatments may be need only every 1-2 years. Sculptra can only be placed in certain areas of the face, such as the cheeks. As with all the plastic surgery procedures, everything has its advantages and disadvantages. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can a specialist help determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.

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Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

Sculptra as a volumizer

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Sculptra is unlike fillers in that it does not give immediate results. It is designed as a collagen stimulator so I refer to it as a "seed." The body responds to it over months and most patients undergo two to three treatments separated by several weeks in between. The long term augmentation which can be up to two years for some patients, comes after these three treatments and that has to be kept in mind when comparing the 8 to 12 months of duration with one treatment of a hyaluronic acid such as Juvederm or Restylane, or calcium hydroxyapatite ( Radiesse ). The Restylane and Juvederm are not designed to be a replacement for as much volume as the Sculptra can produce. They can be better for finer folds and focal areas of indentations that need fine tuning than Sculptra which is easier to fill large areas.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Sculptra is great for what it does.

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Sculptra is an important filler for volume restoration in the aging face.  It is a stimulator of the body's own collagen.  This process is slow and usually requires a few sessions but the results are natural and last two or more years.  Sculptra can be combined with other techniques such as laser resurfacing, neurotoxins (ex Botox), other fillers and even surgery to achieve maximum results in rejuvenating the aging face. 

Pamela Carr, MD
Sugar Land Dermatologic Surgeon

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