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Sculptra® by Galderma is a commercial injectable formulation of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). Sculptra® is a synthetic, biodegradable compound used to stimulate collagen production in the body.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

5 days








$900 - $2699


Before & After Images by Provider

Sculptra® Before, Female 35 - 2435Sculptra® After, Female 35 - 2435
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Sculptra® Before, Female 48 - 2032Sculptra® After, Female 48 - 2032
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The Specifics

What is Sculptra®?

Sculptra® Aesthetic by Galderma is a specially formulated injectable dermal filler used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve facial volume. Sculptra® is unique in that it is the only dermal filler approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) utilizing poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) to stimulate natural collagen production in the body.

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The results of biostimulatory Sculptra® injections are not immediately noticeable. Instead, they evolve over the course of one to two years. Sculptra® is FDA-approved to treat facial lines, folds, and wrinkles, including smile lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles. The active ingredient in Sculptra®, PLLA, is generally believed to provide a more lasting solution than fillers composed of hyaluronic acid like Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Bellafill® and Radiesse®, meanwhile, contain alternative primary ingredients and may provide results more comparable to Sculptra®.

What cosmetic concerns does Sculptra® treat?

  1. Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Sculptra® can be used to treat mild to severe facial fine lines, wrinkles, and folds and rejuvenate facial volume through stimulation of collagen production.

Who is the ideal candidate for Sculptra®?

The ideal candidate for a Sculptra® injection is over 18 years old and looking for a safe and effective semi-permanent solution for common facial cosmetic concerns. Sculptra® is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing, immunocompromised individuals, those susceptible to keloid scarring, and anyone with an allergy to the components of Sculptra®.

What is the average recovery associated with Sculptra®?

Most individuals experience short recovery from a Sculptra® injection with mild swelling, tenderness, and redness at the injection site. For some, swelling may persist for a few days. Many candidates resume most all activities directly after the injections.

What are the potential side effects of Sculptra®?

Common side effects of Sculptra® injections include redness, dryness, and flaking. Firmess, tenderness, itchiness, lumps, bumps, possible site infection, and/or bruising and discoloration may occur. A serious complication of a Sculptra® injection is intravascular injection (injection into a blood vessel) leading to skin necrosis. Severe allergic reactions can occur.

What can someone expect from the results of Sculptra®?

Sculptra® requires a series of initial injections. Typically patients undergo treatments once a month for three months. Results begin to become noticeable about six weeks following injections. Maintenance treatment sessions will be needed, however, some individuals experience significant results lasting up to two years.

What is the average cost of Sculptra®?

The average cost of Sculptra® is $900 to $2,700. The actual cost of the injection will vary by procedure, location, board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, and individual candidate needs. Learn more in our [complete guide to Sculptra® cost](


  • Stimulates Collagen
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Semi-permanent


  • Delayed Results
  • Possible Asymmetry
  • Reoccurring Expense

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Sculptra® injections are simple, outpatient procedures with minimal side effects and downtime. Here is a general guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Sculptra® injection:

The Takeaway

Sculptra® is a synthetic biodegradable formulation of poly-L-lactic acid specially formulated for cosmetic use. Sculptra® is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles of the face by stimulating natural collagen production. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, the results of Sculptra® are not immediately noticeable and will evolve over months and a series of initial treatment sessions. Sculptra® is, however, long lasting and typically creates noticeable results for up to two years.
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  1. Luthra, A. “Shaping Lips with Fillers.” J Cutan Aesthet Surg. v.8(3); Jul-Sep 2015.; 2015-07-01
  2. Sarit Cohen Forehead Lift Using Botulinum Toxin; 2018-02-15


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