Sculptra Aesthetic is administered in a series of treatment sessions by a Sculptra Aesthetic trained physician. On average, three treatment sessions are needed over a few months, but your doctor will tailor the sessions to best suit your skin and your desired outcome. It is important to return for all treatment sessions as instructed by your doctor in order to get the maximum effect from the gradual process of collagen replacement offered by Sculptra Aesthetic.

The injection process

Sculptra Aesthetic is injected into the skin. The number of injections per treatment session will vary depending on the degree of correction you and your physician decide is right for you. Your physician may use a topical anesthetic and you may experience injection site discomfort in the treatment process, however this varies from person to person. You should not receive treatment if you have an active infection or skin inflammation near the planned injection site.

Immediately after each treatment session you may experience swelling, which can give you a preview of how you may look once your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds* have been smoothed. The swelling on average subsides within a few days and the wrinkles will temporarily reappear as the gradual process of collagen replacement continues. You may begin to see progressive visible results within the first few weeks after each treatment session. Remember, in order to get the most out of Sculptra Aesthetic, you should complete the full course of treatment sessions as recommended by your doctor.

Following an average of three treatment sessions over a few months, or as your doctor recommends, can produce a natural, younger looking appearance that can last more than two years.** During the course of treatment, your physician may adjust your treatment plan to help you reveal a natural-looking appearance that's uniquely yours.

Side effects

Side effects may include injection site discomfort, pain, redness, bruising, swelling, and/or tenderness. Small bumps and larger lumps under the skin in the treated area may also appear. You should talk to your doctor if you experience any side effects or have questions after treatment. In a clinical trial for Sculptra Aesthetic, participants most commonly reported the following side effects:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Injection site pain
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Itching at the injection site
*Safety and effectiveness of Sculptra Aesthetic have not been evaluated in areas other than nasolabial wrinkles and folds in clinical trials.
**Individual results and treatment sessions may vary. Clinical trial ended at 25 months.

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