Sculptra Side Effects

Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop potentially serious problems while using Sculptra, such as difficulty breathing, severe swelling, or an unexplained rash. In most cases, however, people tolerate this product quite well; any problems that occur are typically easy to treat. Common side effects of Sculptra include swelling, tenderness, and bruising.

Are Side Effects Possible With Sculptra?

As with most facial fillers, Sculptra® (injectable poly-L lactic acid) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the product will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Sculptra. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Possible Sculptra Side Effects

Sculptra has been studied extensively in clinical trials in which people were randomly treated with either Sculptra or a different facial filler. As a result, researchers were able to compare the side effects between the two treatments.
The most common side effects of Sculptra included:
  • Swelling -- in up to 81 percent of people
  • Tenderness -- up to 81 percent
  • Redness -- up to 77.6 percent
  • Pain after the injection -- up to 70.7 percent
  • Bruising -- up to 64.7 percent
  • Bleeding -- up to 33.6 percent
  • Itching -- up to 19.8 percent
  • Lumps or nodules -- up to 17.2 percent.

Serious Side Effects

There are a few potential side effects of Sculptra that may be serious. Make sure to report any of the following problems to your healthcare provider:
  • Signs of an infection, such as pain, redness, and warmth
  • Severe swelling or lumps
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash or hives
    • Severe itching
    • Widespread swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing.

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