Sculptra Aesthetic is known as the liquid face lift. Sculptra is an injectable solution that restores and corrects the signs of facial fat loss by replacing volume. Sculptra is a synthetic injectable material known as “poly-L-lactic acid.” Poly-L-lactic acid is biocompatible (a material that does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). It is not made from human or animal sources and does not require a skin test. For most people, it requires 3 sessions of injections done six weeks apart to see the full effect. During your first treatment, it may seem the Sculptra worked immediately because of the swelling from the injections and water used to dilute the product. In a few days the swelling goes down and you may look as you did before the treatment. Results last up to two years. No skin testing is needed.
With all of these products there is a risk of adverse effects, though fortunately they are uncommon. These include allergic reactions, bruising, bleeding, infection, swelling, inflammatory reactions resulting in nodule formation, cold sores, blisters, scar formation, numbness, and migration.