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What is Sculptra Aesthetic?

Meet the newest injectable treatment at Skin Chic, Sculptra® Aesthetic.

Sculptra Aesthetic is the only FDA-approved facial injectable treatment on the market that helps boost the skin’s own natural collagen production to help treat the underlying cause of aging – the loss of collagen. In doing so, it subtly and gradually adds volume that lifts the soft tissues and plumps the skin from within.

1. What is Sculptra for?

Sculptra filler is an FDA-approved injectable that is designed to fill wrinkles and reduce hollow, sunken cheeks. "Sculptra stimulates the patient’s body to make its own collagen,” explains Dr. Papri Sarkar, a board-certified dermatologist in Boston. Because your body is tasked with making the protein instead of just receiving it, like with hyaluronic acid fillers, it takes longer to see results, but the effects last much longer.”

Dr. Sarkar loves offering Sculptra filler for her patients who have deep lines or volume wasting in areas like the temples and the lateral cheeks. “Because your body does part of the work, I find that it is less expensive overall for patients who need a lot of volume than classic hyaluronic acid [HA] fillers,” she says. “Even more important, perhaps, done right, [Sculptra] looks incredibly natural—your own mom wouldn’t be able to tell that you had Sculptra injected, since it’s a slow and steady building of support for your skin.” This slower process means that qualified candidates must be patient because the results are not immediate. For the same reason, many patients prefer the slow, gradual results from Sculptra because the change appears more natural as the volumizing effect occurs over a longer period of time.

2. Is there required downtime after Sculptra?

You’ll be able to continue with your regular day-to-day activities right after the procedure. You might want to adjust your schedule, to allow some time for the swelling and bruising to go down. There is also the possibility of slight social downtime, due to mild swelling, bruising, and soreness.

3. What are the side effects and risks of Sculptra?

Along with potential bruising and swelling, you might experience the formation of noticeable lumps at the injection sites. “Sometimes after the injections, patients may develop nodules, but with proper dilution, the incidence of this has decreased significantly,” explains Dr. Sarkar. Frequent massaging of the treated areas afterwards as specified by your provider also helps to reduce the formation of nodules.

4. Is Sculptra worth getting?

Considering RealSelf members give Sculptra a Worth It Rating of 79%, based on more than 100 recent reviews, we think it’s safe to say that in the hands of an experienced provider, a Sculptra treatment is worth getting and tends to produce results.

Although the treatment seems to be worth getting, it’s definitely a commitment—for the best results, you might need to undergo multiple treatments and will also need to keep up with follow-up treatments.

Whether it is the right choice for you depends on your desires and expectations. Going over your goals and the benefits of Sculptra treatment with your provider before you receive any treatment is a great way to align your expectations and end up with a result that you feel good about.


Skin Chic is a provider of Sculptra in Missoula, Montana. Our experienced medical team specializes in injectable treatments, including Botox, Dysport, fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, and our new injectable treatment, Sculptra Aesthetic.


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