What is

Sculptra ® is poly-L-lactic acid, which has been used safely in medicine and surgery for over 30 years. This treatment stimulates collagen, a natural protein, to correct the effects of facial lipoatrophy.


Sculptra® is biodegradable, meaning the body breaks down and eliminates it easily. It is a facial injectable treatment that works beneath the skin’s surface.


Sculptra Aesthetic can stimulate collagen production and reinforce its inner structure. As the body naturally absorbs Sculptra over time, it gradually increases facial volume and restores a youthful appearance.


By enhancing collagen production, Sculptra helps to address signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines and skin laxity. Its gradual absorption and collagen stimulation provide long-lasting results.

Benefits of Sculptra Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does Sculptra® work?

    Sculptra® is injected directly below the skin on your face with a blunt needle also known as a cannula or with a sharp needle. It has both an immediate and a delayed effect.

    After the initial treatment, there’s usually a one to six-week period where some of the volume gained may be lost.

    Do not worry, your collagen production will increase over time and your face wrinkles both deep and superficial decrease. This occurs 5-6 weeks after each treatment and may persist for up to 9 months.

  • What are the risks?

    • You may experience swelling, discomfort, bruising or redness around the injection site. These usually disappear within 2-6 days.
    • Occasionally SMALL LUMPS (8-10%) under the skin may appear and spontaneously disappear. If they do not spontaneously disappear they may need to be massaged or injected with steroids.
    • Allergic reactions are rare but can happen which can lead to prolonged redness, itching, swelling or hardening around the injection site. Please tell the person treating you if you have any allergies.
    • As with any injection, there is a risk of infection.
    • As with all skin injections when injecting certain areas of the face there is a rare (less than one in 100) risk of blindness or damage to sight. This risk will be thoroughly discussed with you by the person treating you.
    • If you are taking antiplatelet medicines (such as aspirin, clopidogrel, prasugrel or ticagrelor) or any anticoagulant medicines (such as warfarin, acenocoumarol, phenindione, rivaroxaban, dabigatran, apixaban or edoxaban) please tell the person treating you as there is an increased risk of bleeding at the injection site.
    • Whilst you are in the treatment phase you should avoid the use of any vitamin A creams or gels on your skin (e.g. Retin A, retinoids or retinol) to reduce the risk of sensitivity.
    • The safety of Sculptra® for use when pregnant or breastfeeding, or in patients aged under 18, has not been established. If you think you may be pregnant or you are breastfeeding, please tell the person who is treating you.

    Always tell the person treating you if you have any of the side effects listed. If these side effects are severe, do not wait, contact your GP or attend an Emergency Department immediately. Please contact a doctor if you have pain, redness or a fever that does not respond to antipyretics (a drug that reduces fever).

    At our healthcare facility, we prioritise involving our patients in decisions regarding their care and treatment. We value your input and aim to provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions about your health.

    If you decide to go ahead with a particular treatment, we will ask you to sign a consent form. This form confirms that you understand the treatment’s details and agree to proceed with it.

    We understand that you may have questions or concerns about our consent process. That’s why we encourage you to speak to any of our staff members caring for you. They will be happy to provide you with more information about the consent process or address any queries you may have.

  • Will it hurt?

    The level of discomfort experienced during injections can vary, ranging from momentary discomfort to a more significant level of pain. To reduce discomfort, a local anaesthetic with a numbing effect will be injected with Sculptra®. Ice packs or a local anaesthetic cream can also be applied to the face before the injection. For more information about the local anaesthetic, please read our leaflet Having an Anaesthetic.

  • How long will the effects of Sculptra® last?

    How long the effects of Sculptra® last depend on various factors including skin structure, degree of facial fat loss, lifestyle and the ageing process. Generally, the improvements from Sculptra® last between 12-24 months.

  • What happens after my treatment has finished?

    For optimal results, a typical treatment plan usually consists of four sessions that are spaced apart by around four to six weeks. This timeframe allows for the treatment to take effect and for any necessary adjustments to be made. The need for repeat treatments varies from person to person.

    However, when you feel that the result of the treatment has disappeared by approximately 50 per cent you should see us for follow-up and top-up if necessary. Please speak to your clinician before all of the Sculptra® effects have been lost.


When can you Expect Results?

You may see results 4-6 weeks following your initial treatment, depending on how quickly your body has built up collagen, but your true results will become apparent only after you’ve completed your treatment series. Our recommendation is 2-3 treatments, with an 8-week interval between each session.

Sculptra® Facts & Details

Key information

  • Injectable filler
  • Stimulates collagen
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Restores volume
  • Long lasting results


  • Volume Loss
  • Face Tightening
  • Improvement in Skin Quality
  • Collagen Stimulation

How Much Does Sculptra® Cost?

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