What is Sculptra body treatment?

It is a treatment based on Polylactic Acid that works deep in the skin to help stimulate collagen production.

Unlike facial Sculptra, body treatments require different amounts depending on the application area. The most efficient protocol is 3 sessions with an interval of 6 weeks between each one. This procedure does not require any special post-treatment care.

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Photographs courtesy of Dr. Daniel Dal’Asta Coimbra.

1. What is Sculptra exactly?

Sculptra is an injectable liquid made of Poly-L-Lactic Acid. It’s the synthetic form of lactic acid, which your body produces naturally following exercise. It is perfectly safe, FDA-approved, and contains absolutely no animal by-products or human DNA.

2. How Does Sculptra Work?

Sculptra acts as a bio-activator and extremely powerful collagen stimulator. It stimulates your own collagen, allowing tissue to volumize gradually. Over time, the Poly-L-Lactic Acid dissipates as your own tissue takes its place. Since the product triggers your body to build its own collagen, results are not immediate and can take anywhere from 4-6 months.

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3. What areas can be treated?

The abdomen, arms, knees and buttocks are the most popular areas due to the good results obtained.
Furthermore, many women are choosing to reverse the signs of aging by injecting Sculptra into their legs.

4. Who is a good candidate for treatment?

If you are concerned about volume loss and sagging in certain areas due to aging, weight loss, etc., you are most likely a candidate for Sculptra.

While the majority of Sculptra patients are middle-aged, men and women as young as 25 and as old as 75 have also experienced treatment success. A prior consultation is required to ensure that Sculptra is the most suitable treatment for you.

5. When will I see the results?

The results are not immediate, they are seen gradually but steadily over the next 12 months but are generally already visible after 6 months.
Sculptra is not for patients who need instant gratification, but rather steady daily improvement that can last up to 2-3 years!

Photographs courtesy of Dr. Daniel Dal’Asta Coimbra.

Photographs courtesy of Dr. Daniel Dal’Asta Coimbra.

6. How Long Does Sculptra Last?

Sculptra will last 2-3 years once the series of treatments are completed. So while it is a bit more costly than H.A. fillers, patients often justify spending a little more for the time in which they can enjoy results. Most fillers only last about a year so Sculptra is considered a great investment.

7. What is the Downtime?

Technically, there’s no actual “downtime.” It’s an out-patient treatment that won’t take much more than an hour to perform. When finished, most patients feel that they can go on about their normal day activities. Like H.A. fillers, you can experience some swelling at the injection sites that will generally subside in less than a week. Mild to moderate bruising is also common. Tenderness, itching, and redness are other common side-effects.

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