Sculptra® Aesthetic

Injectable dermal fillers are a popular option when it comes to reducing signs of aging like wrinkles, folds, or volume loss. Most dermal fillers work using hyaluronic acid, but other options are available. Sculptra Aesthetic is a unique injectable that stimulates natural collagen production for long-lasting results. Dr. Liz Damstetter and the Reserve Dermatology team offer Sculptra injections so Glenview, Illinois patients can enjoy a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

What is Sculptra Aesthetic?

Sculptra is a unique injectable that works using poly-L-lactic acid particles. This ingredient stimulates natural collagen production, making long-lasting and natural-looking results. The dermal filler was originally developed to treat patients suffering from a sunken or hollow appearance due to facial fat loss as a symptom of HIV. In the years since, it has shown to be an incredibly popular, effective, and safe option for patients treating age-related facial volume loss, deep wrinkles, or skin crepiness.

Uses for Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra is typically used to treat signs of aging in the face including volume loss from fat and bone leading to sagging, deeper folds, facial wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of skin turgor. It can be used off-label to enhance the skin of the neck and décolletage, arms, thighs, and buttocks. Just as it does in the face, Sculptra builds collagen when injected into these areas for smoother skin and subtle augmentation. Acne scarring can benefit from serial Sculptra injections, as can cellulite or stretch marks.

Liz Damstetter, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist

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The Sculptra Aesthetic Procedure

Before your injections begin, Dr. Damstetter will briefly review your medical history to ensure that Sculptra is a safe and suitable choice for you. She will then plan where injections should be made and thoroughly cleanse the treatment area. Topical or injected anesthetic can be used to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Once these steps are complete, the Sculptra injections can be performed using a needle.

Sculptra requires no downtime, so you can immediately return to your normal routine after your appointment. However, it is best to avoid direct sun exposure, exercise or other strenuous activities, drinking alcohol, or applying makeup or other products to the injection sites. Following these steps will help you avoid unnecessary complications like bruising, bleeding, or infection. Some swelling and redness are both normal and temporary side effects of Sculptra injections. You may also feel some temporary soreness or tenderness at the injection site.


“Dr. Liz is truly the best dermatologist I’ve ever been to. She is attentive, kind, and genuinely cares about her patients and their overall skin health. I can not recommend her enough!!!”

“Wonderful experience here! The doctor took the time to educate me on a variety of cosmetic options and gave her candid opinion resulting in just the right amount of cosmetic adjustments! Her staff was delightful and attentive! I would highly recommend for general derm needs and cosmetic adjustments.”

“Dr. Damstetter was the first dermatologist I trusted to do my Botox. She is both knowledgeable and professional and did a fantastic job. I will be using her for any and all of my future needs.”

Sculptra Aesthetic Results

Unlike other injectables, Sculptra results will gradually take effect over the course of several weeks as the product works to stimulate collagen production and restore facial volume and fullness. Based on your aesthetic goals you may be scheduled for a follow-up round of injections after 4-8 weeks. You may notice some swelling, which should subside within a few days.

Sculptra results typically last up to two years. Routine touch-up treatment sessions are recommended for optimal outcomes. Dr. Damstetter will help you determine an appropriate treatment plan to keep up your results.

Does Sculptra stimulate collagen?

Sculptra is known as a stimulatory filler, meaning the material poly-L-lactic acid or PLLA stimulates new collagen production after injection into the deep dermis.

How do I prepare for Sculptra?

If possible, avoid any medications like aspirin or ibuprofen for at least a week prior to injection to minimize bruising. Vitamin E, fish oil and other supplements can enhance bruising as well so discontinue these if you can safely do so. Bruising is common with Sculptra so plan to limit social events in the week after injection if you prefer to avoid being seen with bruising. Avoid dental cleaning and exams for 2 weeks before and after all fillers.

How long does it take to see results with Sculptra?

Results can be seen in as little as 3 to 4 weeks, but usually full effects take 6 weeks. Multiple injection sessions may be needed to achieve the full desired correction.

Does Sculptra tighten skin?

As an injectable treatment, Sculptra is one of the few non-surgical ways to stimulate collagen production over time. However, it does not tighten skin as much as other, more significant treatments might.

How long does Sculptra last?

Patients have reported seeing natural-looking results from Sculptra for up to two years following their injection sessions.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about Sculptra Aesthetic, schedule an appointment with Dr. Liz Damstetter. Call Reserve Dermatology in Glenview, Illinois or contact us online.

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