Sculptra Uses

Sculptra is designed to help stimulate the body to make new collagen. Specifically, this product is used as a facial filler to help correct facial fat loss, wrinkles, lines, and facial folds. It is only approved for use in people age 18 and older. Using Sculptra on any other area of the body other than the face is one possible off-label use of this product.

What Is Sculptra Used For?

Sculptra® (injectable poly-L lactic acid) is a facial filler. It is used for the following two purposes:
  • To correct facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in people with HIV
  • To correct wrinkles, lines, and facial folds (for cosmetic purposes).
There are actually two different Sculptra products. Regular Sculptra, which is approved for the HIV-related facial fat loss, and Sculptra Aesthetic, which is approved for the cosmetic purposes. There are no important differences between the two products, other than the conditions they are approved to treat.

Sculptra for Lipoatrophy

Lipoatrophy (fat loss) is a common side effect of many of the medications used to treat HIV. This side effect can be very distressing. It is distinctive enough to arouse suspicion about a person's HIV status and often gives a person a general appearance of being "unwell" or sick. For some people, facial lipoatrophy is so distressing that they may consider stopping their HIV medications.
Although switching HIV medications often corrects facial lipoatrophy, it does take time. Additionally, in some cases the lipoatrophy may be permanent. Therefore, treatment is sometimes desirable. Sculptra helps to plump the sunken areas and reduce the folds that have developed. This product is typically used to fill in areas of the cheek and temples.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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