Sculptra Aesthetic

Collagen production in the body decreases as you get older and/or are exposed to the sun. Wrinkles are one of the first visible signs of this. SCULPTRA Aesthetic is injected into the deep layer of the skin where collagen naturally exists and is made. SCULPTRA Aesthetic works by initially filling a wrinkle with small PLLA (poly-L-lactic acid) beads. As the beads biodegrade the body may produce new collagen where SCULPTRA Aesthetic is injected. SCULPTRA Aesthetic is injected with multiple small injections using a fine needle in a grid pattern to correct a wrinkle at the nasolabial fold or other facial wrinkles where this injection technique is appropriate.


Sculptra® Aesthetic works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Sculptra Aesthetic helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume that has been lost to aging.Sculptra Aesthetic is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as a one-time treatment regimen of up to four injection sessions that are scheduled about three to six weeks apart.


Before the Procedure & What to Expect to Happen During the Procedure

Prior to the procedure, Dr. Kim will discuss with the patient the goals for facial improvement. To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to procedure.


To prepare for an injection session, all make-up should be removed. An injection grid will be decided for each facial wrinkle that is candidate for this treatment and the area to be injected will be cleaned with an antiseptic. SCULPTRA Aesthetic will be injected in multiple small amounts into the skin using a fine needle in grid pattern. After injection, the treated area should be massaged to distribute the product evenly. An ice pack should be applied to the treatment area to help reduce swelling unless otherwise directed by Dr. Kim or a surgical assistant.

49 Year Old Before Sculptra
 25 Months After Sculptra
before and after image of a woman face 
before and after image of a woman face 
 42 Year Old Before Sculptra
 25 Months After Sculptra
 before and after image of a woman face
 before and after image of a woman face

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do injections of Sculptra Aesthetic hurt? As with any injection, to decrease pain during injection, a topical or a local anesthetic may be applied to the injection area skin before injecting SCULPTRA Aesthetic.

How quickly can I get back to my daily activities? Most patients are able to get back to their activities immediately following treatment.

Do I need someone to drive me home and stay with me the day of the procedure? No, you will be fine to drive yourself and be by yourself after the procedure.

What should I expect after the treatment? Immediately following a treatment session with SCULPTRA Aesthetic, redness, swelling, pain, bruising or all of these conditions can happen in the treatment area. These signs usually go away in a few hours to a few days. On occasion some of the conditions have been known to last more than 14 days.

Report any worsening or longer-lasting signs of symptoms to our office.

When will I be able to apply make-up after treatment? Make-up may be applied a few hours after treatment if there are no complications such as open wounds or bleeding.

Can I smoke the same day as the treatment? While it is not absolutely mandatory, Dr. Kim recommends to stop smoking for two weeks before the procedure and two weeks following the procedure to allow circulation to be optimal.  Of course, stopping smoking for good would be best, we realize it is easier said than done.   Smoking cessation for any amount of time allows Sculptra product to work better, as the circulation is improved.

Are the results from Sculptra Aesthetic immediate? No. Unlike other wrinkle fillers, SCULPTRA Aesthetic provides a gradual improvement of the depressed area over several weeks as the treatment effects occur. During the initial treatment session with SCULPTRA Aesthetic, a contour defect should be under-corrected, not fully-corrected or over-corrected. It may seem that your treatment worked immediately because of swelling caused by injection and the water used to dilute SCULPTRA Aesthetic. This usually resolves in several hours to a few days and may cause the original wrinkle to reappear: you may look as you did before your treatment. Visible wrinkle correction results appear slowly. Dr. Kim should see you again in six weeks to decide if you need additional injections.

How often ar Sculptra Aesthetic treatments given and how many treatments are required? Dr. Kim should see you at approximately six weeks after each treatment session to assess whether you need additional treatment. You may need more than one treatment to achieve the desired results.

How long do Sculptra Aesthetic treatment effects last? The improvement depended on the severity of the nasolabial fold wrinkles before treatment. In a U.S. clinical study, treatment results for some subjects lasted over 25 months after the last treatment session.

What can I do to promote the best results and least complications? Some specific instructions you should follow after treatment are:

Massage the treated area for 5 minutes 5 times per day for 5 days after your treatment. Within the first 24 hours after your treatment, apply ice or an ice pack wrapped in cloth (avoid putting ice directly on your skin) to the treatment area to help reduce swelling.

Avoid sun and UV sun lamp exposure until swelling and redness have disappeared.

Report any worsening or longer-lasting signs of symptoms to New Image Maxillofacial.

As with any injectable wrinkle filler, you can expect injection-related side effects, such as bleeding, tenderness or pain/discomfort, redness, bruising, or swelling. These side effects generally resolve within few days.

I am at risk for hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation am I a good candidate for Sculptra?

No, you should consider fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane . Dr. Kim can consult with you about your best options.