Restore Collagen with Sculptra: What is it, who is it good for, and when is the right time to get it?

An in-depth discussion about Sculptra, an injectable available at our Downtown Toronto Centre for Medical Aesthetics.

With the aesthetic market flooded with various injectables (over 150+ at last count!), it can get confusing to distinguish one from another. However, Sculptra firmly holds its niche within the emerging “no filler” trend, appealing to those who desire subtle, natural-looking enhancements rather than immediate, dramatic, high-volume changes. Sculptra is gaining traction among all ages, those in their 30s to those stepping into their 40s and beyond, offering a versatile solution to address the signs of aging.

What Is Sculptra?

Sculptra is not a filler, it is a unique product referred to as a biostimulator that functions by getting the body to produce its own collagen. Unlike traditional fillers that immediately plump up the skin, Sculptra works by gradually enhancing your skin’s natural collagen production. Made from poly-L-lactic acid, it rebuilds lost collagen and restores facial volume over time, leading to a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance – naturally.

What is poly-L-lactic acid?

Poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA, is a kind of biodegradable polymer that’s used in some cosmetic treatments like Sculptra. It’s remarkable because instead of filling in lines or adding volume right away, like most fillers, the microscopic PLLA beads each promote growth of new collagen around them. That means over a few months, you see a more youthful look naturally unfolding. Compared to traditional fillers, the effects of Sculptra are more long-lasting!

How fast does Sculptra work?

Sculptra works by stimulating your body’s natural collagen production process – and that doesn’t happen overnight. Typically, patients begin to see noticeable improvements within the first few weeks after treatment, but the full effects of collagen rebuilding can take about 4 to 6 months. This timeline can vary based on individual factors, including age, skin condition, and lifestyle. The gradual nature of the result is part of what makes Sculptra a sought-after option for those looking for natural-looking rejuvenation.

When should you get Sculptra?

Whether you’re starting to see the first hints of aging or want to restore the volume that has slowly been lost through aging or weight changes, Sculptra is a product that brings back the radiant, supple skin, no matter your age. Patients often begin in their 30s and depending on your skin quality, benefits are seen in patients in their 70s.

Can Sculptra be combined with other injectables and aesthetic treatments?

Yes! One of the great things about Sculptra is its ability to complement other aesthetic treatments. Whether you’re considering wrinkle injections, chemical peels, or microneedling, Sculptra can enhance the results of those treatments. The only caveat is that depending on the types of treatment you wish to combine with Sculptra, it may be necessary to adjust the order. Our aesthetics team will help to recommend a suitable plan. 

I’m in my 20s and 30s. Can Sculptra do anything for me?

As the saying goes, prevention is key. Starting Sculptra in your 20s or early 30s can help maintain your skin’s youthful bounce and prevent the formation of deep lines and wrinkles. By starting Sculptra early, you will be laying a strong foundation for your skin that will pay off as you age, keeping your complexion plump, fresh, and radiant.

In your 40s, 50s and beyond

As we step into our 40s and beyond, our skin’s natural collagen production significantly decreases, leading to blurring of our features, visible volume loss and more pronounced wrinkles. By stimulating collagen production, Sculptra restores facial volume, smooths out wrinkles, and brings back that youthful contour that time has diminished.

How much Sculptra will I need?

A golden rule often suggested is using one syringe of Sculptra for each decade of life. So, a patient in their 30s might start with three syringes, while someone in their 50s might consider five. This guideline helps ensure natural-looking, gradual results, but remember, personalization is key. Our aesthetic injectors will tailor the dosage to meet your specific needs and desired outcomes.

Is Sculptra safe?

Yes, Sculptra is safe and should be administered by a qualified and experienced professional. It is FDA and Health Canada approved for treating wrinkles and facial volume loss. Like any medical treatment, there can be side effects, such as swelling, bruising, or tenderness at the injection site, but these are typically mild and temporary. Sculptra is not injected like traditional fillers so it is important that treatments be provided by an injector who has experience specifically with Sculptra.

Ready to see if Sculptra is right for you? Schedule a complimentary consultation with our aesthetic experts today and take the first step towards a smoother and more youthful complexion.