Lines and wrinkles on your face can ruin an otherwise perfect smile. If you’re feeling self-conscious about moderate and harsh age lines, you might want to consider Sculptra. This injectable dermal filler has proven to be quite popular and effective.

What Is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an FDA-approved dermal filler that can fill in wrinkles by replacing collagen in the skin that was lost as a result of aging. It helps stimulate the production of new collagen in the tissues, restoring facial volume and fullness. Its main ingredient is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible synthetic collagen stimulator.

This injectable product helps fade the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, parentheses lines, and more. These lines tend to become deeper and more defined with age.

Sculptra gives patients a more radiant and youthful appearance. It offers natural-looking and long-lasting results that can last for up to almost two years.

What Is the Treatment Process Like?

During an appointment at our office, Sculptra is carefully injected into the skin in key points by a skilled medical professional. Topic or local anesthesia will be used before the procedure starts in order to numb the area, making the procedure comfortable for the patient. The treatment takes less than 30 minutes to perform.

Because collagen growth is a gradual process, it can take up to a few months to see the full results of this injectable product.

Dr. Richardson will determine the number of treatment sessions that you need to achieve the best results. Typical treatment sessions consist of three injections spread out over three to four months.

How Is Sculptra Different from Botox?

Both Sculptra and Botox are injectable products used to address facial wrinkles. Sculptra is composed of PLLA and is a dermal filler that helps fill in wrinkles by restoring volume. Botox, on the other hand, is composed of botulinum toxin type A and is a muscle relaxer. Relaxing contracted muscles allows the overlying skin to relax, causing wrinkles to fade.

The difference is that Botox works better on stiffer areas like the forehead and above and around the eyes. Sculptra works better on the looser skin on the face such as the sides of the nose and mouth. Typically, Botox is used for finer wrinkles and Sculptra works better on moderate and deep wrinkles.

How Is Sculptra Different from Other Dermal Fillers?

Sculptra is the only filler made of PLLA. Most other fillers are made of hyaluronic acid. They work differently; Sculptra provides gradual improvement that lasts longer, whereas other fillers provide instant improvement for a shorter amount of time.

Which Injectable Is Right for Me?

Because injectables work differently, it is best to consider your aesthetic needs and goals before deciding which type to choose. The ideal way to make this choice is by contacting the office of Dr. Matthew Richardson and setting up a consultation.

Dr. Richardson is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and has years of experience with aesthetic treatments. The two of you can discuss your injectable options in greater detail, and Dr. Richardson can answer any questions you may have.