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What is Sculptra?

Unlike other dermal fillers, many of which are based on hyaluronic acid that attracts moisture and achieves a supple, plump effect, Sculptra is made from synthetic poly-L-lactic acid. Poly-L-lactic acid is a substance that is naturally produced by the body. 

When it is synthesized and formulated for use as a dermal filler, it dramatically increases collagen production and diminishes gauntness and wrinkles. Collagen is the body’s way of naturally building plump, firm, youthful skin. This building block adds structure and youthful volume to hollow areas and gaunt places or areas where deeper wrinkles have set in.

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The Benefits Of Sculptra Injections

Sculptra is a popular dermal filler for patients who want to restore volume, and smooth cellulite dimples, refresh the skin and resolve deep facial lines, plump the backside, and provide a refreshed, youthful appearance. Benefits of Sculptra include the following:

  • Dramatic facial rejuvenation without surgery 
  • Plumper lifted bottom
  • Smoothed skin where cellulite was
  • A more youthful-looking neck contour
  • Results last up to two years
  • Short, relatively painless treatment
  • Minimally invasive (no incisions, no scars) 
  • No downtime and a short recovery period
  • Results are natural-looking because they are achieved with natural collagen
  • Minimal side effects that resolve quickly

What Happens During A Sculptra Injection Treatment?

Dr. Courtney will conduct a consultation with you to examine your skin and determine the extent of volume loss, wrinkles, and creases. He will then map the injection sites where the Sculptra will be injected to achieve the full, plump look you want. 

Your treatment will take half an hour to forty-five minutes in total. Once the treatment begins, we will start by cleansing your face to remove toxins, dirt, or oils and achieve a sterile injection site. Do not touch your face once it has been cleaned.

If preferred, we will apply a topical numbing cream as the next step. Once this takes effect, Sculptra is injected deep into the skin structure carefully and precisely. This step is done with an artist’s eye to ensure hollows, wrinkles, and creases are effectively filled and plumped to achieve a youthful, fresh look.

What Areas Can Be Treated With Sculptra?

Sculptra is an effective treatment for a range of areas, including the following:


  • Marionette lines (folds between the nose and mouth)
  • Cheek hollows
  • Temple hollows
  • Jawline
  • Chin wrinkles and hollows
  • Deep nasolabial folds 


  • Neck
  • Butt (Sculptra can be used as an alternative to a Brazilian butt lift)


  • Anywhere on the body where cellulite dimples appear

Results After Sculptra Injections

Sculptra is a unique filler that works with your body to boost collagen production to firm and remodel your skin and restore volume from within. Because of this natural approach, results will take some time, up to one or two months. Once the results are achieved, you will be able to enjoy your plumper, more supple, and youthful appearance for up to two years before a touch-up visit is required. 

How Many Sculptra Treatments Do I Need To Achieve Results?

A complete Sculptra treatment is applied in a series of three injection sessions. With every injection session, Sculptra triggers collagen production more significantly and dramatically to restore the natural, supple volume of the area. 

Sculptra is an effective treatment for filling hollows and smoothing deep folds without the need for a surgical procedure.

Who Is A Candidate For Sculptra Treatments? 

Anyone who would like to reverse volume loss or other signs of age without a surgical procedure is a likely candidate for Sculptra injections. Ideal candidates for Sculptra treatments should meet the following physical qualifications:

  • Are in good health
  • Are 18 years old or older
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are not prone to keloids
  • Do not have a skin infection or outbreak of the skin in the injection site
  • Do not have an auto-immune disorder or are not immunocompromised

Recovery After Sculptra Treatments

Sculptra treatments require no downtime, but there is a short recovery period. Most patients can return to their usual activities immediately once their injections are complete. After Sculptra injections, you may experience mild effects such as swelling and bruising. These effects will subside within a few days. To help with the brief recovery period, apply cold packs and massage the treatment area. Stay out of the sun by limiting direct sun exposure and not using tanning beds until any side effects have resolved.

Why Choose Dr. Courtney For Sculptra Treatments?

Dr. Courtney is a Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who truly cares about your aesthetic goals and is dedicated to helping you achieve them, whether it is with a surgical procedure or a non-surgical treatment. 

Dr. Courtney’s goal is to help provide a better quality of life by boosting confidence with a more full, firm, and youthful, fresh look. If you’re ready to learn more about a filler treatment with Sculptra and what it can achieve for you, please call today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Courtney.


Will Sculptra injections hurt?

Sculptra injections are generally not considered to be particularly painful. Patients describe the feeling of a slight pinch, the same or similar feeling that you would have when you get a shot at a doctor’s office.

How should I prepare for Sculptra injections?

Generally, there is not much preparation required for Sculptra injections. Don’t tan in the sun or a tanning bed, and don’t drink alcohol for 24 hours before your appointment.

After treatment, how should I care for my skin?

Avoid direct contact with the sun, drinking, sauna or steam room treatments for a day after your injections. Most patients don’t require any special care after Sculptra and can typically care for their skin as they usually would.

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