Dr. Yamini and Dr. Svehlak of Sunset Cosmetic Surgery are one of a few practices in Los Angeles to offer Sculptra®, also known as SculptraAesthetic. Commonly used throughout Europe, Sculptra is also known as the “liquid facelift.” Sculptra is a filler product intended to correct the signs of facial fat loss, or lipoatrophy. Sculptra can be used by a plastic surgeon to improve the appearance of the cheeks, eyes, and temples that tend to change as people age. Popular areas of use include aging skin folds, sunken eyes, hollowed cheeks and indented chin surfaces.
Sculptra is composed of a synthetic injectible material called Poly-L-lactic acid. It is the same material found in dissolvable stitches since it is biocompatible and biodegradeable. A natural form of poly-L-lactic acid is produced in the muscles during exercise. The synthetic form has been in use for over 25 years in a variety of countries.
During the Sculptra procedure, a patient is numbed with topical numbing cream and given a series of injections in the desired area. This acid stimulates the skin to produce more collagen, thus producing a plumping effect.
Sculptra does not give results immediately. There is a time factor involved since the true volume effect is created by your own collagen, not the product itself. This collagen replenishment takes place over a period of several months. Sculptra works gradually to give you a more youthful-looking appearance without looking like you’ve had work done. The number of sessions needed to improve facial appearance varies with each patient, and Los Angeles Scultpra patients usually average 3 sessions over several months to accomplish optimum re-volumization. Each session typically involves 1-2 vials of Sculptra. Sculptra is not intended to replace a facelift, but its capacity to lift tissue has proven successful. Patients are able to safely and non-surgically receive some of the benefits of traditional facelifts through the product’s effect of plumping up the skin. Strategic placement can not only restore and create balanced contours, the effect of filling a compartment above one area means the compartment adjacent to and/or below the treated one gets its own lift. The goal is to look better, not different!
During the Sculptra procedure, a patient is numbed with topical numbing cream and given a series of injections in the desired area. This acid stimulates the skin to produce more
Treatment considerations: SculptraAesthetic is not for use in the lips. SculptraAesthetic is not recommended for use in the periorbital area. SculptraAesthetic has not been evaluated in areas other than nasolabial wrinkles and folds in clinical trials. Other safety information is below on this page. You may also download the Patient Guide.
Please consult our Injectable Services Page for pricing information about Scuptra in Los Angeles. Most patients need 2 vials per treatment session and 2-4 treatment sessions over several months, however, every case is different.
Unlike other fillers, such as Restylane and Cosmoplast, which last only a few months, Sculptra helps the body stimulate its own collagen. This results in a much longer-lasting effect, generally two to three years.
While we have not seen many side effects to date in our patients, potential side effects of Sculptra are minimal and include short-term bruising, swelling, redness or injection site discomfort. For a full list of potential side-effects as well as other information, please download the Patient Guide.
You may experience minor bleeding, redness, swelling, pain, and bruising following your injections. This is common, and usually goes away within a few days.