Treatment: Sculptra ® 2017-05-11T05:42:11+00:00

Sculptra ® treatment provides youthful facial volume

  • Conditions Treated

    Forehead lines / Glabella lines / Crow’s feet or smile lines / Tear troughs (orbito-malar groove) / Cheek/Malar hollow / Zygomatic hollow / Nasolabial fold / Marionette lines

  • Treatable Areas

    Upper cheek / Nasolabial folds / Marionette lines / Temple area / In front of the ears

  • Prices

    1st vial: £550
    Consecutive vials: £485
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  • Practitioner


  • Downtime

    This varies from person to person. It is dependent on the amount of product the patient had been injected. Also some persons bruise more than others.Typically the patient can go back to daily activities after 2-3 days.

  • Your Specialist

Jane Olver

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Eyelid & Lacrimal Specialist

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Sculptra ®

The Problem

With increasing age, people experience a loss of fat in the upper cheeks contributing to the sag and descent in the cheek and mid-face. This results in hollowness below the eyes, giving a tired and aged appearance with tear trough hollowing and descended flattened cheeks with an orbito-malar groove and trans-cheek depression called the zygomatic hollow.

The temples become hollow and depressed and the face takes on a more squared look, losing its youthful triangular appearance between the two eyes and mouth.

Nasolabial folds – the lines between the nose and the corner of the mouth – become deeper and more apparent with age. Cheek volume loss accentuates nasolabial folds, descent and loss of the malar fat mound.

Vertical depressions – known as marionette lines – appear below the corners of the mouth. Sculptra® can help re-volumise these hollows and depressions.

The Treatment

In patients over 45 years, Sculptra® can treat depressions in the periorbital area upper cheek, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, temple area and in front of the ears. The treatment can give a very natural and healthy look without obvious cheek “apples”. Healthcare providers who have expertise in the correction of volume defects, having undergone training and becoming fully familiarised with the product and its uses are qualified to use Sculptra®.

Sculptra® is an injectable product that contains micro particles of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) a synthetic polymer from the Alpha Hydroxy Acid family. This product has existed for over 30 years as dissolvable sutures and for tissue regeneration. It is typically non-toxic even in large quantities within the body, hence its suitability as a facial volumiser.

Sculptra® is biocompatible and biodegradable. It is reconstituted several days before use using sterile water and is therefore a liquid rather than a gel. The active particles are suspended in the liquid. Lignocaine is then added to the suspension to provide a more dilute suspension and local anaesthesia.

Sculptra® – used for age related facial volume loss – is injected with its local anaesthetic into the areas of depression such as the peri-orbicular area, the temples, over the malar cheek area, zygomatic hollow and towards the tear troughs. It is used very lightly in the tear troughs as a very dilute suspension in that area. Injection is typically by a cannula which reduces the number of entry points and is less traumatic to the tissue than multiple injections.

The art of injection is to concentrate on creating a fuller face around the temple and cheeks which helps to support the area of the tear troughs and to rejuvenate. It is also to volumize the marionette lines, nasolabial folds, jawline and chin.

Two or three treatment sessions 8 weeks apart are required in which one to three vials are reconstituted and injected. For instance, a 50 year old person may require one session with three vials and a second session later with two further vials. Someone aged 45 years may require four vials, and someone 60 years old may require up to six vials. We assess each patient at consultation to determine the need.

The Results

The initial effects of the volume increase appear for two days, then gradually fade. This may seem alarming to you, but it represents the water disappearing. Once the water is gone, the small particles are left which gradually help to lay down collagen in the deep planes of the face and increase the volume. Sculptra ® is only used in the deep dermis or subcutaneous layer.

Four to six weeks after the first treatment the second treatment is performed. By 3-4 months improved volume should be noticeable and should last for 18-24 months before a top-up is required.

Product Range

Our product range includes:

  • Sculptra ®
  • Tear Troughs – Restylane
  • Nasolabial folds and Upper Cheek – Restylane Perlane
  • Cheek – Restylane SubQ
  • Cheek – Juvederm Voluma
  • Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres) Biostimulation

Talk to us about your options on 020 7935 7990

The best way to figure out whether this is something for you is to give us a call. We can answer any questions you have and help you clarify which treatment options are best for you.

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Video: Sculptra ® explained

What our patients say

“Dr Jane Olver was fantastic! She was so caring and sweet and it was clear that she knew what she was doing – very professional! I am absolutely over the moon with my results now!”
“If you have a similar problem, Jane Olver is your woman – I wish I had found her at the start. I will be forever grateful for her care and expertise.”
Nancy W.
“Dear Jane,
I just wanted to say thank you for seeing me at such short notice. I felt much better after speaking to you and being reassured. I am much calmer and actually got some sleep last night.
I would also like to thank Ingrid, who was so lovely and very professional.
Best wishes, Catherine M.”
Catherine M.
“Thank you for forwarding the medical report. Please convey my thanks to Jane, I was deeply impressed by the politeness and empathy shown to me. I found the surgery very peaceful and beautifully decorated and I hope to see Jane again soon. Jeffrey W.”
Jeffrey W.
“I highly recommend Jane Olver. The whole experience was calm,and highly professional..”
Lorraine M.

The Highest Quality

We are accredited with the major private health and professional specialty bodies who have bestowed upon us the qualifications to carry out aesthetic and medical treatments at the highest levels of quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is extremely rare for patients experience pain during and after Sculptra® treatments. We use preventive local anesthetic cream to reduce any discomfort from the injections.
The duration of the treatment is highly dependent on the amount of product that will be injected. Nevertheless, half an hour to one hour before the procedure begins, local anesthetic cream is used to reduce any discomfort from the injections. There is also time required after the treatment, so the patient can rest in another treatment room where we can apply ice packs or give specific facial massage.
You should notice improved volume by 3-4 months.
The result should last for 18 – 24 months.