Explaining Sculptra (#1 of 4)

I get many questions about Sculptra, the relatively new filler. So here are the basics.

Sculptra is a filler that is very different from Juvederm or Restylane (HA or hyaluronic acid fillers). Juvederm and Restylane excel at filling lines and creases. So if you have a crease or line from your nose to your mouth or from your mouth to your chin, you can get an immediate improvement by injecting Juvederm or Restylane under it.

Sculptra, on the other hand, is an injectible made from lactic acid (like the lactic acid in your muscles), and the lactic acid is stuck together in chains. Sculptra excels at contouring larger areas by adding volume back to the temples, cheeks, and chin in particular. For those of us who are losing that soft pad of fat under the skin around our temples or cheekbone area, Sculptra gives us some volume and a softer, younger look there. Sculptra works very gradually over 3 months so you won’t see an immediate effect.

See Dr. Irwin’s Guide to Sculptra.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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