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
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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.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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).

Amiya Prasad, MD
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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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
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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 A. Casas, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work?

Sculptra takes 2-3 sessions. You will start seeing results at three months and see full results at five to six months. Sculptra lasts a few years.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Treatment with Sculptra usually takes 4-6 weeks to see desired results. The average number of treatments is 1 to 6 depending on the degree of correction desired and the rapidity of results. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect. Results can last for up to 2 years.

Lisa Airan, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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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
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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
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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
4.7 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

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