Question: I’ve heard great things about Sculptra. What is it made of and what is it best used for?
Answer: Sculptra initially came onto the market for HIV AIDS patients who suffered from severe facial hollowness known as lipoatrophy. Cosmetic surgeons started to use Sculptra for augmentation of non AIDS patients and substituted Sculptra for other fillers such as Radiesse or Perlane or Juvederm. I am not a fan of Sculptra because the substance plugs the needle frequently during injections and it can cause lumps and bumps to form. The cost is also high. Results are also not immediate and multiple injection sessions are needed and the sculptra results go away in about 2 years. I prefer fat injections or Perlane, Radiesse and Juvderm Ultra Plus to Sculptra. I think the best patients for Sculptra are ones who need a lot of volume to their face, but are thin and do not have a good fat source for harvest on their body.