Poly-L-Lactic Acid

What is Sculptra®?

Sculptra® is a FDA approved injectable collagen biostimulator made
from microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA).

Sculptra® is a gel like substance that is injected into the dermis of the skin to encourage and aid the production of collagen. The effects results in increased volume and skin tightening.

Sculptra® has been clinically proven to improve the skin’s firmness, quality and volume.

Multiple treatments are needed to achieve a complete result. It is recommended that patients have a course of at least two treatments in the pre defined treatment area.

How does it work?

Sculptra® is used to treat loss of volume and skin laxity. As the Poly-L-lactic molecules are absorbed, they stimulate your body to produce more  collagen, which over time increases texture, strength and support.

Collagen is a key component for healthy and youthful skin. It is one of the most abundant proteins in your body, making up around 75% of your skin.

You make collagen in the skin up until around the age of 25 and then you start to lose 1% collagen per year from then. By the age of 45 you have lost up to 25% of your skin’s collagen concentration.

The benefits

Sculptra® is good for treating volume loss and reduced firmness in the following areas of the face:

  • Temples
  • Cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds and
  • Jowels

The treatment is relatively straight forward with minimal downtime. A cannula is used to inject the product into the treatment area.

Results are visible from a few weeks post treatment and can last for many months. Patients may require maintenance treatment annually.

More information about Sculptra®

Where it works best

  • Volume loss: cheeks
    • Cheeks
    • Temples
    • Nasolabial folds
  • Sculptra® can also be used on the body although this use of off licence

Works well with

  • Sculptra® can be used in combination with other injectable products such as dermal fillers but ideally after the course of Sculptra® has been completed.
  • Skin treatments such as microneedling and HIFU can be part of a treatment packahge to optimise skin tightening.

What are the complications of treatment

  • Sculptra® is administered by injection using a cannula
  • Complications are usually immediate and short lived
  • They are typically related to injection
    • Bleeding
    • Bruising
    • Pain and discomfort
    • Redness
    • Swelling

Is Sculptra® safe?

  • Yes. When made up and administered according to manufacturers guidelines, it has been found to be very safe.
  • The majority of complications are short lived and resolved within two weeks
  • There is a risk of papules and nodule formation which can be significantly reduced if the patient adheres to the post treatment massage protocol

How should I prepare for Sculptra® treatment?

  • No specific preparation is needed.
  • Arrive in clinic with a bare face

How will I look immediately after treatment?

  • There may be swelling and potentially bruising.

Is there any important aftercare?

  • Yes: you will need to massage the treatment area 5 times a day. for 5 minutes for 5 days after treatment
  • You can return to work and normal daily activities immediately after treatment
  • Avoid excessive exercise

How soon after the treatment will I notice an improvement?

  • Sculptra® takes a few weeks to successfully upregulate collagen production so results may take up to 6 weeks to show
  • After that you will notice the lines and wrinkles fading in the areas that have been treated as skin tightening improves.

Who should not have Sculptra® treatment?

  • Women who are pregnant or breast feeding
  • If you have an autoimmune disease
  • If you are immunocompromised
  • If you are taking immunosuppressive medication
Dr Catherine Fairris is warm and welcoming with expertise and compassion, and will talk you through your needs with  professionalism and honesty.
If you are looking for somewhere where you will be treated like a friend with a personal, caring service and be introduced to products and services tailored to you, then look no further.
I would thoroughly recommend.

Why Choose Wessex Skin?

Thorough consultations

Prior to treatment you will have a thorough consultation to devise a treatment plan.

Natural-looking results

Your treatment will be carried out by Dr Catherine Fairris who has extensive experience using anti-wrinkle injections

Combination treatment

You may require a combination of ainti wrinkle injections and dermal filler to achieve your desired outcome.

Experienced Doctor

All treatments are delivered by a highly qualified and experienced aesthetic doctor

Discretion assured

We have a discrete reception area with private entrance.

Convenient access

On-site parking and close to J10 of the M3.

Are you interested?

Why not contact us to book your complimentary appointment with Dr Catherine Fairris for a personalized treatment plan?

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