Question: Can you explain what Sculptra is, what it’s used to treat, and how long the results last?
Answer: Sculptra is Poly-L-Lactic-Acid which is a substance that stimulates collagen production. It is different from typical fillers in that it does not “fill” the face itself but rather it is injected into the face in a series of injections and over time it plumps up the face by stimulating and creating collagen. The initial indication for Sculptra use was in HIV patients with facial lipo-atrophy or fat loss. Cosmetic surgeons started using it in non HIV patients with success. But the issue is that since it does not precisely fill but rather stimulates your own body to create collagen, there is a high risk of lumps and bumps from certain areas of your face producing large clumps of collagen like scar tissue. The cost is also fairly high therefore most patients choose other FDA approved fillers.