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

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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
4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work? Sculptra Works Over Months, Lasts for Years

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Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable made of poly-L-lactic acid. It works by stimulating your skin to produce more collagen – one of the main building blocks of healthy, elastic skin. The new collagen strands then create a supportive matrix for the skin, making it firmer and thicker. The results can begin to appear within a couple of weeks. Generally, treatments are once a month and 3 – 6 sessions are needed, as the volume gradually builds to the desired result. This gradual result allows the patient to choose how full they wish to be. For example, you could stop at two treatments if you feel full enough. The first few days after Sculptra, the face looks full because of the watery solution containing the PLLA particles. Then the second week, the water is absorbed and little result is seen. After one month, one begins to see the result, just as it’s time for the second session. I would say that most patients will not appreciate what Sculptra can truly accomplish with just one treatment, but after two sessions it really starts to look good. Fortunately, one can get a preview of the result immediately after treatment due to the watery solution that gives that temporary immediate full effect. Typically, after 3 monthly sessions, I wait 2-3 months before seeing if more is needed as there will still be improvement over the next 4 – 8 weeks. The benefits have been shown to last up to two years, but I have seen patients continue to look great for longer than that. If you want something more immediate, you can layer another product such as Voluma on top of the Sculptra. This can create a very natural looking volume and is especially beautiful when sculpting new cheekbones or other facial curves. Please find a board-certified dermatologist who has experience as a Sculptra injector to help you. 

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Sculptra - Subtle results over time

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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
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

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Sculptra injections take 4-6 months to demonstrate the results

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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.

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Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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How long does Sculptra take to work?

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Sculptra is most commonly injected over a series of 3 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. This is the typical time frame when results will first start to be visible, but may take 3 to 4 months or even longer to really become evident. By 6 months after the last injection, patients should be seeing maximum results.

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Matthew Richardson, MD
Frisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Not Immediately...

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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?

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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

Appx 2 months

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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 14 reviews

How Long Does Sculptra Take to Work?

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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 (not currently practicing)
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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