What Makes Sculptra Different?

Sculptra is different from other cosmetic treatments because it works with the body’s natural processes to provide long-lasting skin improvement results. The active ingredient in Sculptra, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), is a biocompatible material that has been used safely for decades in various medical applications. By stimulating the body’s own collagen production, Sculptra can restore lost facial volume and enhance contours to give you a naturally plumper, lifted, younger-looking face.

Sculptra also offers other benefits that set it apart from other cosmetic treatments. When you’re ready for your Sculptra injection appointment, contact our office to reach the scheduling coordinator for Dr Grant Hamlet at The Hamlet Clinic. Dr Hamlet specializes in facial aesthetic treatments, including Sculptra treatments. Call our London office at 0207 127 4377, or fill out this form to make an appointment.

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler that volumizes sunken cheeks, replenishes lost facial fat, and corrects deep folds and indentations. It has been around since 1999 and was first approved by the FDA in 2004 to treat lipoatrophy in HIV patients. [1] Lipoatrophy often results in fat loss on the face, which causes sunken cheeks and deep folds and indentations. The FDA approved Sculptra Aesthetic in 2014 to treat wrinkles and folds on the face, giving patients an easy injection to create a more youthful appearance.

Where Can I Use Sculptra?

Sculptra can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds on your face and has been clinically approved to treat:

  • Smile lines
  • Wrinkles around the nose and mouth
  • Chin wrinkles
  • And more!

It is not recommended for use around the eyes or on the lips. Dr Hamlet recommends Juvéderm Volbella XC for lip augmentation.

There are some patients that can see improvements in other areas of the body after receiving a complete medical workup and consultation with Dr Hamlet. For example, the nonsurgical butt lift, also known as buttock augmentation, may be achieved with Sculptra injections. Sculptra can also be used to correct cellulite and wrinkles on your chest, elbows, and knees. Talk with Dr Hamlet about how Sculptra can also be used to create the appearance of muscle definition!

Sculptra is Long-Lasting

The first benefit of using Sculptra is its long-lasting results. Unlike other facial fillers that need to be repeated every few months, Sculptra can provide results for up to two years with just one treatment. This means you won’t need to worry about constant maintenance or scheduling repeat appointments.

Sculptra lasts longer because it works with the body’s natural processes to stimulate collagen production. [2] The active ingredient in Sculptra, poly-L-lactic acid, is broken down slowly by the body, allowing gradual and natural-looking results as the collagen continues to improve your face!

What is Poly-L-lactic Acid?

Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a synthetic polymer that has been used for over two decades in medical and aesthetic treatments. Polylactic acid (PLA) polymer is biocompatible, biodegradable, and non-toxic. [3] Not only is it FDA-approved, but it also doesn’t elicit an immunologic response. [1]

PLLA works by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen; this increases volume and plumps up the area where it is injected.

  • Treat wrinkles and other signs of facial aging
  • Reduce scarring
  • Improve the appearance of depressed areas on the face and body, such as those caused by lipoatrophy or acne.

PLLA is a great option for those looking for natural-looking results that can turn your aging face into a youthful, collagen-boosted complexion. It is also used to augment other treatments like laser skin resurfacing, which helps erase wrinkles, and discoloration and improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. PLLA can be a great solution for those with mild to moderate facial aging signs.

The Popularity of PLLA

PLLA has become increasingly popular among plastic surgeons and patients because it is safe, non-surgical, and affordable. Unlike other cosmetic procedures, it does not require anesthesia or a lengthy recovery period. The results can be seen within a few weeks and last up to two years.

Sculptra vs Facelift

Sculptra is an excellent option for people looking for alternatives to invasive surgeries like a facelift. It is also a good option for those who don’t want to use injectables like Botox or Juvederm. The effects of Sculptra are more subtle and natural-looking compared to more traditional treatments, which can often look artificial or overdone. In addition, the results of Sculptra can last up to two years.

While a facelift is a more permanent solution and ideal for many patients, it also comes with:

  • A longer recovery time
  • Higher cost
  • More potential for complications
  • Potential scarring

For those looking for a natural, subtle, and affordable option, Sculptra is an excellent choice.

Natural-Looking Beauty

Many people are hesitant to undergo cosmetic treatments because they don’t want the results to look unnatural. Sculptra can provide natural-looking facial contours and volume because Sculptra stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. By restoring volume to areas that have lost fat and bone, Sculptra can restore a youthful look without looking overly enhanced.

Collagen and The Face

You know the word collagen, but do you know what it does? Collagen is a protein in the body that provides structure and support to various tissues, including the skin. With age, your body’s collagen production produces less collagen, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of facial volume.

Consulting with Dr Hamlet

It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr Hamlet because he has extensive experience with Sculptra and other facial treatments. He can evaluate your needs and determine if Sculptra is the right option for you. 

Dr Hamlet has spent decades studying the anatomy of the face, which means he understands the complexities and nuances of facial treatments. He will work with you to ensure your treatment is tailored to your individual needs, so you can feel confident in the results.

During your consultation, Dr Hamlet will answer any questions you may have and develop a tailored plan to help you reach your aesthetic goals. He will also give you an idea of how long the results will last in your case and what to expect in the weeks following your appointment. Dr Hamlet is committed to helping you achieve a natural, beautiful look that enhances your unique features.

With Dr Hamlet’s expertise and guidance, you can look and feel your best with Sculptra. Contact his office today to start your journey to a more youthful appearance. Call 0207 127 4377 to get in touch.

Is Sculptra Safe?

Sculptra has been proven to be safe and effective in clinical studies. [1] The active ingredient in Sculptra, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), is a biocompatible material, which means that there is a very small chance that it will be rejected by the body. In addition, Sculptra does not contain animal-based ingredients or allergens, making it a great choice for those with allergies or sensitivities. Still, please disclose all allergies to Dr Hamlet so he can ensure your safety.

How Does the Body Metabolize Sculptra?

Once the Sculptra product is injected, it immediately absorbs into the soft tissue and the particles begin to stimulate collagen production. Over time, the product is gradually metabolized, leaving behind natural-looking results. When a product such as Sculptra is metabolized, it means that it breaks down and is absorbed into the body; this process occurs over time, so patients notice subtle results as the product is metabolized.

How is Sculptra Administered?

Sculptra is administered through injections into the area that needs to be treated. It is administered in two or three injection sessions over the course of several months, with each session spaced out from the previous one. The depth of the injections depends on the patient’s needs and will vary from person to person. A numbing agent may be applied to the skin before injections to reduce discomfort. The process takes about an hour or less, depending on the treated area.

Once you have received Sculptra injections, you can get on with your day. That’s right, there is no downtime, so you can immediately return to your regular activities, making this a great option for busy professionals. Ready to take the next step? Call The Hamlet Clinic at 0207 127 4377 or use this form to get in touch.

What are the Results of Sculptra?

The results of Sculptra are gradual, but the stunning results can last up to two years. Patients who receive Sculptra injections can look forward to:

  • Improved volume and contour in the face
  • A more youthful appearance
  • Reduced wrinkles and other skin creases
  • Diminished signs of scarring
  • Boosted self-esteem and confidence

Results may be visible after one treatment, but it may take more than one; it will usually take a few weeks to show full improvement. It is important to note that results may vary from person to person.

Further Improved Results

Sculptra injections can be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as Botox or dermal fillers. When used in combination, the results of your cosmetic treatment are often improved. Furthermore, Dr Hamlet is a VASER lipo specialist, so if you are considering liposuction, he can combine it with your Sculptra treatments for even more dramatic overall results.

What are the Side Effects?

Side effects are uncommon but can include redness, swelling, or bruising. If you are looking for a safe and effective way to treat wrinkles, scars, and other signs of aging, PLLA may be a great option for you.

Book Your Appointment Today

Now that you know more about this exciting new cosmetic enhancement, you may be ready to dive in. If so, call The Hamlet Clinic today at 0207 127 4377 to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!


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