Replace lost volume due to aging, illness or weight loss

Restore Volume

What is Sculptra?

At Lanoi Cosmetic Dermatology in San Diego, Dr. Maria Bonilla believes in a comprehensive approach to cosmetic enhancement. We offer many different options when it comes to injectable fillers. Oftentimes, a combination of several different products and procedures will produce the best results. Sculptra is a very unique injectable filler, typically used to restore lost volume in large areas. Available through Lanoi Cosmetic Dermatology in San Diego, Sculptra is made from a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic substance called poly-L-lactic acid, which has been used for decades in the medical field. It does not require allergy testing before use. In fact, this is the same material used in dissolvable stitches.

Rather than actually filling the area, the material in Sculptra stimulates your body to produce its own collagen. Collagen is a key structural component in skin and is necessary to retain a youthful appearance. By stimulating collagen production, Sculptra causes the skin to thicken and soften in the areas injected, giving both increased volume and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. This creates a natural and long lasting cosmetic improvement. The process is gradual and not a quick fix, but it offers long term correction for areas of volume loss in the face, such as the cheeks and temples. We also use Sculptra to correct shallow to deep facial folds and wrinkles. Many patients report that their skin appears brighter with a youthful glow. The effect of Sculptra lasts from two to four years, depending on the individual.

Immediately after your San Diego Sculptra injections the area may look full, but this fullness is mostly due to the water component of Sculptra and will reduce over the next week. During the following four to six weeks, the area injected slowly builds up collagen and gains volume. After about six weeks you will require a follow-up session to build up further collagen and complete the process. For best results, Dr. Bonilla suggests one to two follow-up sessions, spaced about six weeks apart. With each follow-up session, less Sculptra may be necessary.

Pros and cons

Should you get the Sculptra Procedure?

Sculptra is a great option for those with mild to severe volume loss, looking for long term correction. It is perfect for patients that have developed a gaunt appearance in their face, due to illness or aging. Because it works by stimulating your own collagen over time, it is not for those who desire a quick fix. Although the material is temporary, it is not dissolvable and the results cannot be reversed.

Sculptra has great synergy with some of the laser treatments at Lanoi Cosmetic Dermatology, such as CO2 or ResurFX. By adding volume and tightening the skin, it is possible to take years off of an aging face. Sculptra also works nicely with other fillers. During your consultation, Dr. Maria Bonilla and her team will create a customized treatment plan based on your specific goals, lifestyle and budget. We have found that this personalized, comprehensive approach allows our patients to achieve the best possible results that are both long lasting and affordable.


Frequently asked questions

How many treatments are required?

On average, a series of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months may be needed. The number of injections at each session will vary, depending on the degree of correction needed and the treatment plan determined by you and your specialist.

How Soon Will I See Results?

Sculptra Aesthetic is designed to give you noticeable results that emerge gradually and can last more than two years. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see immediate results. A few days after treatment, you may look as you did before treatment. This is normal and temporary. The Sculptra Aesthetic regimen delivers its full effects with an average of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months. Because results happen gradually, you’ll see subtle, yet noticeable, results in the reduction of facial wrinkles and folds by comparing images before treatment and a couple months following treatment.

How soon after treatment can I wear makeup?

If there are no complications, you may apply makeup several hours after treatment. Be sure to consult your doctor after treatment.

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