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Below are answers to common questions about Sculptra.
For any questions you don’t see here, please talk to your doctor.


  • What are the visible effects of facial aging?

    The visible effects of facial aging are the progressive changes you see when you look in the mirror, including a loss of elasticity, wrinkles and thinning skin.

  • When does facial aging begin?

    Facial aging usually begins as early as your late teens. Wrinkles and changes in pigmentation may also start to appear, becoming more pronounced with age. Of course, changes vary from person to person.

  • What factors contribute to facial aging?

    Facial aging is caused by both internal and external factors. Internal (or chronological) factors happen over time and are caused by genetics. External (or environmental) factors are things in the world around you, including sun exposure, smoking, facial expressions and sleep position. All of these factors can contribute to changes in the skin, as well as changes in facial bones.

  • What is the role of collagen loss in facial aging?

    Collagen is a key structural component under the skin that provides volume and helps keep skin looking youthful. Over time, our bodies make less collagen and our skin loses its elasticity and volume. This, along with environmental factors like sun exposure, leads to the appearance of wrinkles, lines and folds.

  • The 3 major types of facial rejuvenation can be classified as resurfacing, facial injectables, and surgery.

    • 1. Facial resurfacing
      • Modifies the surface of the skin to correct visible signs of sun damage, such as fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and blemishes. Examples include: chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing.
    • 2. Facial injectables
      • Include a broad range of substances administered by injection to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and restore facial contours. Examples include: toxins, traditional fillers, and collagen replacers; each works differently.
    • 3. Facial plastic surgery
      • Typically, the most invasive type of rejuvenation and includes a wide range of procedures. Most are used to lift sagging skin, remove excess fat, or fill hollows. Examples include: liposuction, face-lift, and fat transfer.

    Talk to your doctor to learn more.

  • Facial injectables are minimally invasive medical anti-aging treatments. These can be used to minimize wrinkles, fill lines and folds, and restore facial contours. These include toxins, traditional fillers, and collagen replacers.

    • 1. Toxins
      • Smooth lines and grooves, typically in the upper face, by temporarily weakening or paralyzing muscles. Results appear 3-7 days after treatment.
    • 2. Traditional fillers
      • Temporarily replace lost fat in the mid to lower face. Each injection literally fills the space below wrinkles, so results are immediate.
    • 3. Collagen replacers
      • Rebuild the underlying collagen structure to reduce appearance of wrinkles.
  • Different facial injectables are appropriate for different areas of the face. Talk to your doctor to ensure you get the results you want.

  • Facial injectables are injected beneath the skin and must be administered by, and in the office of, a trained doctor.


  • What is Sculptra?

    Sculptra is an aesthetic treatment suitable for increasing the volume of depressed areas, particularly to help correct skin depressions, such as in skin creases, wrinkles, folds and scars, and helps combat skin aging. Sculptra is also suitable for large volume corrections of the signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy).

  • How does Sculptra work?

    Sculptra targets one of the underlying causes of the signs of aging: collagen loss. During the course of your Sculptra treatments, collagen is gradually replaced and volume is restored. Over time, you may notice that your wrinkles, creases and folds are smoothed. Click here to see how Sculptra works.

  • What is Sculptra made of?

    Sculptra is made of a synthetic polymer called poly-L-lactic acid, which works to replace lost collagen. It is biocompatible and biodegradable (absorbed naturally by the body).

  • What parts of the face does Sculptra treat?

    Sculptra helps to correct skin depressions, such as in skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars, and helps combat skin aging. Click here to see the areas Sculptra can treat.

  • Are the results from Sculptra immediate?

    No. Because Sculptra targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging, it can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly. Because results happen gradually, you may notice subtle reductions in the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds.

  • How do I know if Sculptra is right for me?

    Sculptra may be right for you if you want:

    Sculptra is injected beneath the skin and works to gradually replace lost collagen, targeting the underlying cause of the signs of facial aging. Learn more about Sculptra.

    Ask your doctor if Sculptra is right for you. Contact your doctor for more information or let us help you find a Sculptra clinic.


  • What are the possible side effects of treatment with Sculptra?

    Immediately following a Sculptra injection, redness, swelling and/or bruising may occur at the injection site. Injection-related swelling typically resolves within several hours to a few days. Patients treated with anticoagulants may run the risk of hematoma (blood spot under the skin) or localized bleeding at the injection site.

    Small papules (solid bumps) in the treatment area may occur. These subcutaneous (beneath the skin) papules are typically not visible and may be noticed only upon pressing on the treatment area. Visible nodules (small rounded lumps) or areas of induration have been noted in the injection area and are occasionally associated with inflammation or discolouration.

    Other reported adverse reactions include: injection site abscess, injection site infection including cellulitis (facial), staphylococcal infection, local infection, granuloma formation, allergic reaction, injection site urticaria, injection site swelling, skin hypertrophy and injection site atrophy, hypersensitivity, angioedema, telangiectasias, skin sarcoidosis. Scarring and skin discolouration have also been reported.

    This is only a partial list of possible side effects. For a complete list, please click here.

  • How long may side effects last?

    The type and duration of side effects may vary. Discuss with your doctor all potential risks prior to treatment. Report any issues to your doctor.

  • Who should not use Sculptra?

    You should not use Sculptra if you are allergic and/or have hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients. You should not be treated when you have an active skin infection or inflammation in or near the treatment area, or if you have a known history or susceptibility to keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring.


  • What questions should I ask my doctor about Sculptra?

    Choosing an aesthetic treatment can be overwhelming. To start, it’s a good idea to know what you would like to get out of your treatment. A clear and open conversation with your doctor is important prior to treatment. Make sure you get all the information you need to make the decision that is right for you. Talk to your doctor about treatment expectations. Consider whether the following are important to you:

    Being prepared can help get you the information you need to make the right decision for you. Here are some questions to ask a Sculptra-trained doctor so you can make the most of your visit:

    • How does Sculptra work?
    • Will it make me look like I’ve had work done?
    • Is there any other treatment that works like Sculptra?
    • I know that more than one treatment session may be required. How many do you think I would need?
    • How long might the treatment effects last?
    • What are the possible side effects of treatment with Sculptra?
    • When can I expect to see results?
    • How soon after treatment can I resume my normal activity?
    • Is there any ingredient in Sculptra that I may be allergic to?

    Prior to treatment, tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, even over-the-counter products or treatments.

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  • How many treatments are required?

    Your doctor will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra you need.

  • How many injections are there per treatment session?

    The number of injections will vary depending on your needs and the results expected. Talk to your doctor to determine the right treatment plan for you.

  • Who can administer Sculptra?

    Sculptra should only be used by healthcare practitioners who have appropriate training and experience.

  • Is treatment with Sculptra painful?

    With any injection, some pain is possible. Consult your doctor about what to expect prior to treatment.

  • When should I see my doctor for my next treatment?

    It is recommended that you see your doctor no sooner than 4 weeks after the initial injection session to determine if additional treatment is needed. Keep in mind that the original skin depression may initially reappear, but the depression should gradually improve within several weeks as the treatment effect of Sculptra occurs. At the first consultation, your doctor will advise you of the potential need for additional injection sessions.


  • What should I do after each Sculptra treatment?

    To help ensure safe use and obtain optimal results, it is important that you comply with the aftercare instructions provided by your doctor. Here are 4 simple things to do after each session:


      • Apply an ice pack (wrapped in a clean cloth) to the treated area every once in a while after treatment to minimize swelling and/or bruising. Avoid direct contact of the ice with the skin.

      • Thoroughly massage the treated area in a circular fashion for 5 minutes, 5x/day for 5 days after each treatment.
      • This helps to evenly distribute Sculptra and promote a natural-looking correction.

      • Minimize exposure of the treated area to excessive sun and avoid ultraviolet lamp exposure until any initial swelling and redness have disappeared.

      • If you have laser treatment, chemical peeling or any other skin procedure based on active dermal response after treatment, there is a possible risk of eliciting an inflammatory reaction at the implant site.
      • This also applies if Sculptra is administered before the skin has healed completely after these procedures.


Sculptra treatments should only be administered by trained healthcare
practitioners. Contact a qualified clinician to be assured that the
treatment will be performed correctly.



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* Clinical trial ended at 25 months.