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Sculptra Uses

Sculptra for Wrinkles and Folds

Sculptra Aesthetic is approved to treat "nasolabial folds," as well as other facial wrinkles. Nasolabial folds, also known as laugh lines or smile lines, are the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Other areas where Sculptra Aesthetic is usually suitable include "marionette" wrinkles (the lines that frame the mouth) and chin wrinkles.
One of the main causes of facial folds and wrinkles is the natural loss of collagen that occurs as people age. Collagen provides structure to the skin, helps to promote skin elasticity, and helps the skin to retain moisture.

How Does Sculptra Work?

Sculptra works differently than more traditional fillers. Instead of just "filling in" the lines or sunken areas, Sculptra actually stimulates the body to make new collagen. Sculptra contains tiny poly-L lactic acid (PLLA) beads. Over time, the PLLA beads break down and stimulate the body to make new collagen, which also improves the look of wrinkles and lines.
Although an immediate "filling" result is seen, this diminishes over the first 24 hours as the liquid portion of the injection is absorbed into the body. The more long-lasting results are seen much more gradually (over weeks or months).

Can Children Use Sculptra?

This medication is not approved for use in people younger than 18 years old, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.

Off-Label Uses for Sculptra

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Sculptra for something other than the uses discussed in this article (this is known as an "off-label" use). Using regular Sculptra (instead of Sculptra Aesthetic) for treating lines and wrinkles is considered an off-label use. Also, using either product on any area of the body other than the face would be an off-label use.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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