For even more specific product information about Sculptra Aesthetic, please see What Is Sculptra Aesthetic?
A good candidate for Sculptra treatment is typically an individual who has mild to moderate facial volume loss, skin laxity, or wrinkles and is seeking a non-surgical solution to rejuvenate their appearance. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the treatment. Sculptra is suitable for most skin types and tones and can be used to treat a variety of areas, including the cheeks, temples, jawline, and chin. However, individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have an active infection or skin condition in the treatment area, or have a history of keloid scarring may not be suitable candidates for Sculptra treatment. A consultation with a qualified provider can help determine if Sculptra is the right treatment option for an individual's specific concerns and goals.
Sculptra is a newer generation filler, FDA approved. It is commonly used for facial contouring and filling wrinkles, such as the “smile” wrinkles running from the edge of the nose to the mouth. Some have called Sculptra a liquid face lift because the results are so dramatic. However, with Sculptra, results don’t come immediately. They develop over 4-6 weeks, but they can last 24 months or more, much longer than other fillers. When injected, Sculptra has a mild inflammatory effect that stimulates your body to produce collagen. This collagen production is what makes your skin look younger and also what makes the results last.
Sculptra is made of polylactic acid, which is the synthetic version of lactic acid, a chemical our bodies produce naturally when we exercise. Polylactic acid has been used for over 20 years in various surgical products, including dissolvable stitches. Because Sculptra is made synthetically, the risk of an allergic reaction is minimal—another benefit.
Sculptra Aesthetic is FDA approved in the United States and has been used worldwide since 1999. Sculptra Aesthetic is made of a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid that is absorbed naturally by the body and has been used for years in dissolvable stitches.
Since Sculptra Aesthetic does not contain any human or animal components, no allergy testing is needed prior to treatments.
Side effects reported include injection site pain, redness, bruising, tenderness, itching and lumps, bleeding or swelling. Small bumps under the skin can sometimes be noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, with or without inflammation, have also been reported.
The types and duration of side effects may vary. If you are experiencing side effects, talk to your doctor.
Please read our Safety & Side Effects section, as well as our complete Important Safety Information.
Sculptra is administered under the skin with a fine gauge needle. It is a liquid that can be combined with a pain killer if necessary. Some people feel some pain; others do not. After the injection, the doctor will massage the area to distribute the liquid. You can expect some mild redness and swelling afterward, but it should go away within a day or two. You can apply ice to reduce swelling.
The recovery process from Sculptra treatment is typically mild and straightforward. Following the procedure, patients may experience some mild swelling, redness, or bruising in the treated area. These side effects typically resolve within a few days, and patients can resume normal activities shortly after the treatment. It is important to avoid exposure to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures for at least 24 hours following the procedure, and patients should avoid strenuous exercise or activities that may increase blood flow to the treatment area for at least 24 hours. Patients may experience gradual improvement in the treated area over several weeks as Sculptra stimulates the body's natural collagen production. The effects of Sculptra can last up to two years or more, and maintenance treatments may be needed to achieve optimal results. Overall, the recovery process from Sculptra treatment is typically well-tolerated, with minimal downtime and few side effects. Patients should follow their provider's aftercare instructions carefully to ensure the best possible results.
Sculptra Aesthetic is designed to give you noticeable results that emerge gradually and can last more than two years.* Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see immediate results. A few days after treatment, you may look as you did before treatment. This is normal and temporary. The Sculptra Aesthetic regimen delivers its full effects with an average of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months. Because results happen gradually, you’ll see subtle, yet noticeable, results in the reduction of facial wrinkles and folds by comparing images before treatment and a couple months following treatment.
**See What to expect after treatment for more information.
*Individual results and treatment sessions may vary. Clinical trial ended at 25 months. **Safety and effectiveness of Sculptra Aesthetic have not been evaluated in areas other than nasolabial wrinkles and folds.
Your results will develop slowly over 4-6 weeks as your body produces collagen. Your doctor will look at your results after about 4 weeks and then will decide how many other injections you need, if any. Results can last 2 years or more.
I came in for a consultation and the staff was super welcoming! I wasn’t even through the front glass doors yet before I was greeted with a warm smile! Dr. Ward and the staff made me feel welcomed and appreciated. My nose is my biggest insecurity and Dr. Ward was patient and answered all of my questions and concerns. He was realistic about what to expect and didn’t force what he thought was a “better look” on me. He really listened and that’s super important to me. Thank you to everyone and Dr. Ward!...
Dr Ward is so talented. He truly is a exceptional at what he does. I knew If I wanted the best possible result I could get he was who I had to go to. It was a big investment for me but I am so happy with my results!
I’m so glad that I put my trust in Dr. Ward. His skill and sense of aesthetic are impeccable and the surgery has changed my life for the better! In addition, his staff is also incredible and hand-picked. They helped ease my nervousness and told me what to expect pre and post-op.
Dr Ward’s intelligence, expertise and bedside manner are second-to-none. I paid more for my procedures than what I had been quoted from other surgeons in the valley but I would do it again & again & again! What better investment is there than your face?
Dr. Ward and his staff are AMAZING! I was looking for something natural looking that was just a better version of myself. I loved all of his staff members and felt very confident I was in the right hands. My nose turned out great and I made friends in the process.
If there are no complications, you may apply makeup several hours after treatment. Be sure to consult your doctor after treatment.
For further aftercare instructions, please visit our aftercare information section.
Specialists who have been trained to inject Sculptra Aesthetic and are licensed to practice within the state may administer treatment. This can include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other trained personnel.
Galderma offers an extensive training program, because we believe that proper injection technique and aftercare are crucial to optimizing patient outcomes.
Training sessions are led by experienced Sculptra Aesthetic specialists around the country, offering a unique opportunity for dermatologists, plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons to learn from their peers in a hands-on forum.
The training program undergoes continuous observation and refinement as the number of trained specialists grows. The goal is to help optimize patient outcomes.
Since injection costs will vary from person to person, the best way to determine projected costs is to visit with your doctor. Average total treatment package costs can range from $1,500 to $3,500, depending on many factors, including those listed above.
Comparing the cost of facial rejuvenation options can be challenging, because so much depends on desired results, the amount of product your doctor recommends, your response to treatment and the amount of time results last.
A facial filler treatment that lasts up to three to six months may cost less up front than one that lasts much longer, but it will generally require additional treatment sessions to maintain the effect for the same duration as one longer-lasting treatment. You may want to consider the total cost over time.
Coupon or rebate programs through Galderma and/or a specialist may be available from time to time. It’s a good idea to ask your specialist if there’s a discount program available at the time of consultation. We highly recommend joining ASPIRE Galderma Rewards, our loyalty program that rewards you with special points, offers and rewards for every Galderma aesthetic treatment you receive — not just Sculptra Aesthetic.