Sculptra™ has been approved by the FDA for restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy.) The effects are long lasting: 2-3 years or more.
Sculptra is supplied as a vial of particles of poly-L-lactic acid. The vial is prepared in the skin center and may vary from office to office.
Instead of being a filler in the traditional sense of an instant fill and gradual decline of the result, Sculptra is best considered as a "stimulator" of new collagen to develop. In the weeks following initial injections, patients notice increased volume in treated areas via the body's response to the PLLA particles. Sculptra triggers the body to produce its own filler, giving a soft and natural appearance.