Facial fat loss, or lipoatrophy, is the loss of fat beneath the skin, which can result in sunken cheeks, indentations, and hollow eyes. Sculptra™ is a safe, synthetic, and biocompatible material that is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. It provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness, improving the appearance of folds and sunken areas.
Sculptra™ is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic material. Sculptra™ is not made from human or animal sources and does not require a skin test. Sculptra™ is a biocompatible (does not harm the body), biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body) material that has been widely used for many years in surgical products.
The effects of Sculptra™ are long-lasting. In a clinical study, effects lasted for up to two years after the first treatment session in most patients. The results from Sculptra™ are not immediate; Sculptra™ provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Dr. Clymer will usually suggest a follow-up visit a few weeks after the first session to decide if additional injections are needed. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.