As people age, they lose volume in their cheeks, creating a hollow, flat, or sagging appearance. Sculptra dermal filler restores that volume, giving the face a healthier and more youthful look.
This filler has come a long way since its introduction in 2004. The FDA approved it to treat a condition called lipoatrophy, the loss of localized adipose (fat) tissue, in HIV patients. It countered the gaunt look associated with advanced forms of the disease.
Over decades, however, Sculptra has been successfully used on healthy people seeking to revitalize their appearance and restore lost facial volume.
How Does Sculptra Work?
Many dermal fillers use substances like hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) to give facial skin volume, suppleness, and smoothness. Sculptra activates the body’s own natural collagen production using a safe polymer solution called PLLA.
PLLA microparticles penetrate deep within dermal layers and are eventually absorbed into the body. As this occurs, the polymer stimulates the production of collagen, a protein integral to facial tissue and skin elasticity. This unique mechanism makes Sculptra’s effects last up to two years.
Is Sculptra Safe for Black Skin?
While Black skin shows signs of aging later than Caucasian skin, lost volume and facial balancing are concerns shared by women of color. Sculptra can be used to add definition, balance out a small chin, achieve facial symmetry, fill shadow areas, and disguise scarring. It is safe for skin of all colors.
What is a Sculptra Treatment Regimen Like?
Sculptra requires several injections for maximum impact. For the best results, Dr. McCullom recommends two to three treatments spread out over several months. The filler is pre-mixed with a local anesthetic for greater comfort.
Like most facial injections and dermal fillers, Sculptra’s side-effects are minimal. Patients should expect tenderness around the injection site, as well as temporary swelling and redness. This resolves quickly for most people.
Sculptra takes slightly longer than other injectables to achieve its full effect, requiring two or more weeks to take complete effect. Keep in mind, however, that it can last up to two years. That is several times longer than other injectable fillers.
If you want to learn more about the long-lasting benefits of Sculptra, contact our office in Chicago, IL and schedule an appointment with Dr. McCullom.