Sculptra

Sculptra Skin Care In Philadelphia


Sculptra is a synthetic injectable that is injected below the surface of the skin. It has been used throughout Europe since 1999 to improve the appearance of aging skin folds, indented chin surfaces, hollowed cheeks, and sunken eyes.   Sculptra is climbing in popularity in the United States.  Initially approved for facial wasting, or lipodystrophy, in people with HIV, this filler now has approval from the FDA for the treatment of deep nasolabial folds (smile lines) and other facial wrinkles.

What Is Sculptra & How Does It Work?

Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid material. But unless you’re a dermatologist, that shouldn’t mean much at first! Let’s review some basic facial science:

Over time, the body’s natural supply of collagen begins to decrease. When we begin our lives, collagen makes up around 70% of total skin mass. In the form of flexible fibers, collagen lends structure to the face’s contours, and provides much of the “elastic” quality synonymous with natural beauty. But factors like the sun (learn how to protect yourself here), stress, and every-day aging mean we lose about 1% of our natural collagen every year! 

Essentially, losing collagen over time means that the face loses its ability to “snap back” into shape after wear and expression. And when our faces cannot adequately recover from manipulation, wrinkles and fine lines deepen. Eventually, these imperfections become permanent. You can learn more about collagen, and the important role it plays in beauty, here.

In numerous clinical studies, Poly-L-lactic acid has been found to stimulate collagen production effectively, refining facial contours and drastically reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The material has been commonly used in dissolvable stitches and soft tissue implants.  A natural form of poly-L-lactic acid is produced in our muscles during exercise. The material is biocompatible (does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body).

How Long Will It Take?

The procedure can take from 15-45 minutes.  You may experience slight discomfort from the needle injections, but you can return home within minutes after the procedure. As with all injection procedures, Sculptra may result in light bruising, swelling, and redness. In most cases, these side effects disappear within hours of treatment.

Does It Really Work?


Sculptra provides up to 80 percent improvement in the treated areas. Results gradually become evident over the course of a few weeks and become fully evident in three to six treatment sessions. Sculptra provides long-lasting results that appear gradually, rather than a short-term fix that fades quickly. In fact, Sculptra can last up to two years. Treatments should be repeated in future years to maintain the benefit. Find more Before & After results here.

Contact Rossi Wellness Center To Learn More!

Does Sculptra sound like the right aesthetic solution for you? Contact our skin care professionals here to learn more!