Spotlight on Sculptra – would it work for you?

Sculptra may be an aesthetic treatment, but it has a first-class medical pedigree.

Originally developed to treat facial hollowing caused by illness, it’s now widely used for its rejuvenating effects – to bring about plumper, more youthful skin.

If you’re thinking about rejuvenating treatment without surgery, Sculptra could be right for you. Let’s take a closer look.

What is Sculptra?

Aurora Skin Clinics: Photo showing Sculptra

Where traditional facial fillers are usually hyaluronic acid based, Sculptra is different. It’s composed of tiny beads of poly-L-lactic acid dissolved in a saline solution (essentially salt water mixed with local anaesthetic).

How does it work?

The solution is injected throughout the area/s to be treated. After an hour or so the saline disappears, leaving the poly-L-lactic acid granules finely distributed underneath the skin.

These tiny beads stimulate your natural fibroblasts to make more collagen, so over the next few weeks, the skin gradually starts to look plumper and more youthful.

How is Sculptra different from facial fillers?

Fillers are volumising gels that are injected directly underneath folds in the skin – the nasolabial folds, marionette lines etc.

This has an immediate plumping effect, so you’ll notice your lines appear much softer straight after treatment.

With Sculptra, the effects take time to show. The poly-L-lactic acid granules take longer to work their magic, stimulating collagen production behind the scenes.

You may not notice any effects at all in the first couple of weeks. But good things come to those who wait…

By the third week you may start to notice a thickening of your skin, and after 6 weeks the effects will really start to kick in.

You can achieve dramatic, yet natural, results with Sculptra. There are lots of photos on the web of Sculptra transformations which are well worth a look.

When to use Sculptra and when to use fillers?

Fillers are best for treating small depressed furrows (e.g. the nose-mouth folds, marionette lines at the corners of the mouth), or pitted areas (e.g. chicken pox or acne scars).

For larger areas like the cheeks, which often develop lots of very fine folds, Sculptra is best for plumping out the entire area gradually over time.

Is Sculptra safe?

Absolutely. The active ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid, is widely used in absorbable sutures, so the treatment is very safe.

How long do results last?

It’s usually recommended to have 3 treatments over 3 months, when the final results can be seen. Results can last anywhere up to 2 years.

How much does Sculptra treatment cost?

From £475 per vial of Sculptra. How many you’ll need will depend on your individual skin profile, and can be decided at your consultation.

Find out more

Watch our Clinical Lead Mel Recchia give a quick overview of Sculptra below:

Aurora Skin Clinics offer expert Sculptra treatment at clinics in Bucks, Northampton, Essex and London. For more information about treatment, or to book a free consultation with one of our experienced aesthetic nurses, please call us on 01844 318825 or email