Sculptra

Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen — an underlying cause of facial aging — for results that can last more than two years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen — an underlying cause of facial aging — for results that can last more than two years.


Sculptra is used to correct shallow to deep wrinkles and folds on the face. Administered with the appropriate injection technique from a trained specialist, Sculptra is clinically approved for:

  • Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called “smile lines”
  • Lines framing the mouth (marionette lines)
  • Chin wrinkles

For even more specific product information about Sculptra, please see What Is Sculptra?

On average, a series of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months may be needed. The number of injections at each session will vary, depending on the degree of correction needed and the treatment plan determined by you and your specialist.

Learn more about how Sculptra works here.

Sculptra is designed to give you noticeable results that emerge gradually and can last up to two years.* Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see immediate results. A few days after treatment, you may look as you did before treatment. This is normal and temporary. The Sculptra regimen delivers its full effects with an average of three treatment sessions over the course of a few months. Because results happen gradually, you’ll see subtle, yet noticeable, results in the reduction of facial wrinkles and folds by comparing images before treatment and a couple months following treatment.†

See What to expect after treatment for more information.

*Individual results and treatment sessions may vary. Clinical trial ended at 96 weeks (2 years).
†Safety and effectiveness of Sculptra have not been evaluated in areas other than nasolabial wrinkles and folds.

If there are no complications, you may apply makeup several hours after treatment. Be sure to consult your doctor after treatment.

For further aftercare instructions, please visit our aftercare information section.

Sculptra injections are very tolerable. The injections cause mild, very temporary discomfort, and feel similar to a slight pinching sensation. A “pushing and pulling” sensation with some pressure is typically felt. Sculptra is pre-mixed with lidocaine; However, A topical numbing agent can be applied prior to injections, to ease any discomfort. Ice is applied to the treated area to aid swelling and ease discomfort.

There is no downtime required after being treated Sculptra, and you are not required to schedule any time off of work. However, exercise is not recommended for 24-hours after injections.

Like any medical procedure, Sculptra does have potential risk factors. During your consultation your provider will determine if Sculptra is the right treatment for you. If you have any concerns, please call your practitioner immediately.

Sculptra is not safe for those who are those with bleeding disorders or other health problems. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not a candidate for Sculptra injections.

The exact time depends on the area being treated, but generally injections for Sculptra takes half an hour to forty-five minutes to complete.