The Science Behind Sculptra™

The Science Behind Sculptra™

Sculptra™ is an innovative new filler technology that is quickly gaining acclaim. Sculptra™ is designed to help stimulate collagen production in the skin. Collagen is a vital protein that provides structure and support to our skin, and as we age, our natural production of collagen declines. This can lead to sagging skin, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging. Sculptra™ is designed to help counteract this process by encouraging the body to produce more collagen, resulting in firmer, more youthful-looking skin. Let’s explore the science behind Sculptra™ and how this injectable works to rejuvenate the skin.

Why Does Sculptra™ Work?

Sculptra™ is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic material that has been used in medical applications for over 20 years. PLLA works by stimulating the body's natural production of collagen. When Sculptra™ is injected into the skin, it triggers a process known as collagenesis. Collagenesis is the formation of new collagen fibres in the skin, and it occurs as a result of the body's natural healing process.

The PLLA particles in Sculptra™ act as a scaffold, providing structure and support for the new collagen fibres to grow around. Over time, the body gradually breaks down the PLLA particles, leaving behind the new collagen fibres. This process can take several months to complete, but the results are long-lasting. Unlike other dermal fillers, which provide immediate results that fade over time, Sculptra™ works gradually and provides natural-looking results that can last up to two years.

What Is Treatment Like?
Sculptra™ is typically administered through a series of injections spaced out over several months. The number of injections required will depend on the patient's individual needs and the areas being treated. The injections are performed by a trained healthcare provider, such as a nurse, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon. Most patients experience little to no downtime following the injections, although some mild swelling, redness, or bruising may occur.

The Sculptra™ Advantage
One of the advantages of Sculptra™ is its versatility. It can be used to treat a wide range of concerns, including wrinkles, sagging skin, and hollow areas. It is commonly used to treat: 

  • Lost Facial Volume
  • Skin Depressions
  • Skin Creases
  • Temple Hollows
  • Marionette Lines
  • Chin Folds/Wrinkles

Sculptra™ can also be used to rejuvenate other areas of the body, such as the hands and décolletage.

Is Sculptra™ Right For Everyone?
A good candidate for Sculptra™ is someone who:

  1. Is in good overall health and has no medical conditions that could interfere with the treatment or its outcomes.
  2. Has realistic expectations about what Sculptra™ can and cannot achieve.
  3. Has experienced a loss of facial volume due to aging, weight loss, or other factors.
  4. Is looking to restore volume to areas such as the cheeks, temples, or chin.
  5. Is willing to undergo multiple treatment sessions over a period of several months to achieve the desired results.
  6. Is willing to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by their healthcare provider to ensure the best possible outcome.

Find Out If Sculptra™ Is Right For You At Glo Skin In Edmonton

Sculptra™ is an effective and versatile injectable treatment that works by stimulating the body's natural production of collagen. Its unique mechanism of action provides long-lasting, natural-looking results that can help reverse the signs of aging and rejuvenate the skin. If you're considering Sculptra™ or any other cosmetic treatment, it's important to do your research and choose a reputable provider who can answer your questions and help you achieve your desired results.

To find out if Sculptra™ is the right choice for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with the skin care professionals at Glo Skin And Medspa in Edmonton. Our highly experienced skin care specialists can determine which injectable treatments will help you achieve your desired results. To book your appointment, call Glo Skin And Medspa in Edmonton at 1-780-481-9772 or fill out the online contact form and discover our transformative beauty and skin care treatments today.


Q: How long does Sculptra™ last?
A: Sculptra is known for its long-lasting effects. While the exact duration of the results can vary from person to person, most patients can expect to see the effects of Sculptra last up to two years or more. The gradual process of collagen stimulation means that the results are natural-looking and can last longer than traditional hyaluronic acid fillers.

Q: Is Sculptra™ safe?
A: Yes, Sculptra is a safe and FDA-approved treatment for facial rejuvenation. The main active ingredient in Sculptra, poly-L-lactic acid, has been used in medical implants and dissolvable sutures for decades. It is also biocompatible, meaning it is easily absorbed by the body and does not pose any health risks. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to consult with a qualified medical professional to discuss any potential risks and ensure that Sculptra is a safe and appropriate treatment for you.

Q: Does Sculptra™ hurt?
A: Sculptra is typically not a painful procedure, as a local anesthetic can be used to numb the treatment area before the injections. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or soreness at the injection site, but this typically resolves within a few days. As with any injectable treatment, there may be some swelling, redness, or bruising at the injection site, but this is usually temporary and can be managed with ice and over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.


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