How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work?

How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work?

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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.

South Burlington Dermatologic 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 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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Not Immediately...

Sculptra works by stimulating the production of collagen in the skin over time. This means that results are not immediate, though they will improve with time. Unlike other injectables, Sculptra can last up to three years. 

Andre Berger, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
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How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work?

Sculptra results are gradual and depending on age and degree of volume loss, it may take 2-3 treatments before you start to notice a subtle result.  Treatment sessions are typically performed a minimum of 6 weeks apart and it is very necessary that you follow the post-care for best results. 

Vu Ho, MD
Plano Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Appx 2 months


Thank you for your question. Sculptra takes about 2 months before you will see full results. Age can sometimes affect this time frame. The Sculptra grows your collagen, so younger patients may see results a bit sooner, while older patients may seem them later on. Good luck!

Janet Allenby, DO
Delray Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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
4.6 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

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 18 reviews

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