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Sculptra Warnings and Precautions

Before receiving Sculptra injections, tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Also, let him or her know if you are planning on undergoing magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) or a computer tomography (CT) scan. Other precautions and warnings with Sculptra apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to receiving Sculptra® (injectable poly-L lactic acid), tell your healthcare provider if you have:
  • Plans to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a computer tomography (CT) scan
  • A history of unusual, aggressive scarring (keloid scarring or hypertrophic scarring)
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to receiving Sculptra include the following:
  • Choose your healthcare provider carefully. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that your healthcare provider is well trained in administering Sculptra injections.
  • It is unknown if Sculptra will show up on an MRI or CT scan. If you need an MRI or CT scan, make sure to warn your healthcare provider that you have received Sculptra injections, in case it does show up on the scan.
  • If you have a rash, hives, pimples, or other inflammatory skin conditions in the area that will be treated, you will need to wait until the problem clears up before receiving Sculptra injections.
  • This product should not be injected into a blood vessel; doing so could cause a blood clot.
  • Sculptra can sometimes cause lumps or nodules under the skin. In some cases, these lumps or nodules are severe enough to require treatment with steroids or even surgery.
  • Sometimes, Sculptra can cause serious allergic reactions, occurring up to one week after receiving the injections. Serious reactions have also been reported.
  • If you develop any Sculptra side effects that seem severe or unusual, make sure to let your healthcare provider know right away.
  • It is unknown if Sculptra passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to receiving the injections (see Sculptra and Breastfeeding).
  • It is unknown if Sculptra is safe for use during pregnancy (see Sculptra and Pregnancy).

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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