I had sculptra 3 years ago for nasolabial folds and was 100% happy. It took 2 sessions, spaced 6 weeks apart.
Today, after abstaining from ibuprofen, fish oil etc for 2 weeks, I had one vial injected to reduce marionette lines and at the cheeks and sides of eyes to give me a lift.
The areas are sore, but not bruised, initial injection hurt but the numbing liquid which is in the sculptra injection itself helped a lot. I will faithfully do the massage and ice as recommended. Reviews here seem to be all over the page, I would say you have to go to a board certified derm that does a lot of filler injections routinely. Mine does. Her practice is probably 80% that. I want a gradual improvement in my face, and am not interested in being injected every 6 mos. As is the case with many other fillers.
I will update in 2 months with results and need for second go round, if needed.