What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is poly-l-lactic acid. It’s been around for a very long time. Initially, it was used for volumization of patients with a facial atrophy. And it was discovered that by injecting small particles of poly-l-lactic acid, in a little infusion of saline line and local anaesthetic – will help increase the volume gradually. This became noticed by the aesthetic world and sculptra is used for very natural volumization of the face.
It consists of tiny particles of poly-l-lactic acid which are suspended in water saline and then injected via a cannula from several points on the face. In the temples where the temples are hollowing as we get older, it’s the best to use a needle, but very deep so it is safe.
It takes a while to work, so immediately after the injections or cannulas facial sculpting with sculptra you get after 24 hours an idea how the volume is going to be.. All the saline gets absorbed and the little particles of poly-l-lactic acid they have to seed the area and biostimulate you own collagen to grow.
Around about 8 weeks after you start to very gradually increase the volume in a very natural looking way. And because it’s been injected with the saline, it’s defused very nicely and looks incredibly natural. Sometimes when patients have had a hyaluronic acid gel, it’s very obvious that they’ve had those two apple cheeks. But with Sculptra it is a lovely natural appearance.
After you’ve had a couple of vials, you then come and have another couple of vials. The amount you have depends on the amount of volume loss you have and your age. These two aspects go very much together. For instance a lady or a man in his 50s may need 5 vials over 2-3 visits. Someone in their 40s may need 3 or 4 vials over possibly 2 visits. Then the volumization will be achieved by about 6 months and will continue for 2-3 years before needing to be repeated.
More about Jane Olver
Ms Jane Olver is the founder of Clinica London and a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon. Her special expertise is in oculoplastic and cosmetic eye surgery including eyelids and lacrimal surgery. She is specialised in endoscopic lacrimal surgery for watering eyes in adults and children. She has over 20 years’ experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and has published extensively in scientific journals about Ophthalmology and Lacrimal Surgery and is the author of the books “Ophthalmology at a Glance” and “Colour Atlas of Lacrimal Surgery”. At Clinica London, she is responsible for the Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery part, as well as patients with eye, eyelid and tear duct problems, and acute eye problems.