As you age, you may notice that your skin no longer looks as smooth and fine as it did several years ago. You see creases around the mouth, your cheeks and jawline are sagging, and even the skin on your body is beginning to change its appearance. This happens as your skin is starting to lose its ability to produce collagen.

Dermal fillers are a great way to reverse these signs, but a particularly popular filler option is Sculptra® Aesthetic. Injected in the right areas, Sculptra® Aesthetic can provide long-lasting benefits. But how does Sculptra® Aesthetic work, and where should you inject it for the best effect? Dr. Ariel Ostad has just the right answers for you, so let’s find out!

What Is Sculptra® Aesthetic?

Sculptra® Aesthetic is a dermal filler that has been approved by the FDA since 2004 but has been around since 1999. It was originally used to treat lipoatrophy in HIV patients who developed deep folds and sunken cheeks due to medication side effects. Later, it started being used by patients who wanted to keep aging signs at bay. 

The main ingredient in Sculptra® Aesthetic is a collagen stimulator called poly-L-lactic acid. This stimulates your own collagen production rather than acting as a filler, which ultimately leads to longer-lasting results of up to two years.

Where Is Sculptra® Aesthetic Injected Normally?

Sculptra® Aesthetic is added to the “framework” of your face, boosting collagen production for a natural sculpting effect. So, it can be used: 

  • Along the border of your face, from the chin to your temples
  • In the nasolabial folds, along with the folds between the chin and mouth
  • In the cheeks, to correct cheek atrophy and hollow points under the eyes
  • In the chin area (as long as it is not administered in the lip area)

Sculptra® Aesthetic can be used to treat the lines and volume loss caused by age, allowing you to look much younger with just one injection.

Other Areas for Sculptra® Aesthetic Treatments

Sculptra® Aesthetic is most frequently used to diminish folds and wrinkles on the face, but that is not where the benefits stop. Aside from the wrinkle reduction effect, poly-L-lactic acid is also highly effective in buttocks augmentation and cellulite. For that reason, some of the Sculptra® Aesthetic off-label uses are for buttock augmentation or a butt lift. Dr. Ariel Ostad may also use Sculptra® Aesthetic injections to improve the appearance of cellulite or wrinkles on your thighs, knees, elbows, or chest.

For Sculptra® Aesthetic to be effective, it must be skillfully injected in the correct area on the body. This way, it can enhance and create a definition for the muscle mass on your thighs or glutes.

Where Should You Not Use Sculptra® Aesthetic?

If injected in the wrong places, Sculptra® Aesthetic can cause lumpiness in areas that get a lot of facial movement. This is why you should avoid getting this dermal filler in the following areas:

  • Your forehead muscles, such as the ones responsible for raising your eyebrows
  • The “bunny lines” on the bridge of your nose
  • Around the lips or eyes, where you may get a significant amount of muscle contraction
  • The frown lines located between the eyebrows

The areas mentioned above may be better suited for a neuromodulator like BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles. An initial consultation with Dr. Ostad is recommended to determine whether Sculptra® Aesthetic is suitable for your problem area and concerns.

Is Sculptra® Aesthetic Right for You or Not?

Sculptra® Aesthetic is a highly versatile injectable that can be used to treat various areas. No matter if you want to use it as a facial enhancement treatment or a Sculptra® butt lift, this dermal filler can provide long-lasting results. Call us now to set up an appointment for a Sculptra® Aesthetic treatment and regain your youthful look.

For more information about Sculptra® Aesthetic, you can contact Dr. Ariel Ostad at 212-517-7900. As New York’s premier dermatologist, he can answer all your questions. You may also use our online contact form to set up an appointment.

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