Sculptra® is a dermal filler that works by stimulating the body’s natural collagen production to increase the thickness of the skin. It is used by providers to help patients reduce hollowness in the face induced by loss of fatty tissue, as well as to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The main ingredient in Sculptra® is PLLA (poly-L-lactic acid). The basis of this ingredient is lactic acid, which is the same chemical created by our muscles after we exercise. However, in Sculptra®, the molecules of lactic acid are linked together in strings.
When injected into the skin, Sculptra® affects the wrinkles and hollowness in two ways. Firstly, it provides some immediate volume under the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, the immediate improvement is not as dramatic as would be experienced with a hyaluronic acid filler.
Secondly, the PLLA molecules stimulate the body’s production of collagen over time, which helps increase the skin’s thickness. These medium-term effects are the primary benefits of this filler, as they increase your skin’s resiliency against gravity, repetitive facial movements, and loss of volume.
A Different Approach
It is important to note that the Sculptra® filler approach is quite different from hyaluronic acid fillers like Voluma® or Belotero® Balance. Whereas Sculptra® aims to build up the thickness of the skin to increase elasticity, hyaluronic acid fillers draw moisture to the treatment area to create the volume.
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