What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is a biostimulator, which is a gel-like substance that absorbs into your body and encourages cells to produce more collagen. Collagen is your skin’s foundation, it provides structure, support and strength. Stimulating collagen production helps restore facial volume and improves skin firmness. 

If you are interested in exploring what Scupltra can do for you, schedule a free consultation.

How does Sculptra work?

Sculptra works gradually, since it takes time for the body to build collagen. This means that Sculptra can take four to six weeks to see the full results. For optimal outcomes, most people undergo two to three treatment sessions spaced over several months. The result is a natural, long-lasting improvement that can last for up to two years.

Sculptra Before and After

Where is Sculptra injected?

Sculptra is most commonly injected into:

  • Cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Chin
  • Marionette lines
  • Temples
  • Buttocks

Sculptra is a versatile treatment ideal for enhancing any area where increased volume is desired. Notably, it offers a non-surgical option for a butt lift, effectively enhancing curves, volume, and tightness in the buttocks. This treatment is also excellent for reducing the appearance of cellulite. If you’re interested in these benefits, explore the Sculptra butt lift treatments available at Revive Med Spa in San Diego.

Who is a candidate for Sculptra?

You might be interested in Sculptra if you experience:

  • Deep wrinkles
  • Weight loss (lipoatrophy)
  • Gauntness that does not match your physique
  • Age-related volume loss


You are an ideal candidate for Sculptra treatments if you are in good health and free from significant medical conditions, with skin that is not inflamed or infected. Regular exercise can also be beneficial for the best results. The Sculptra butt lift is particularly suited for individuals with minimal body fat. However, Sculptra is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, people with a history of keloid scars, or smokers.

How to prepare for Sculptra

Before your Sculptra treatment, you’ll have a consultation at Revive Med Spa to discuss your goals and determine if this treatment is right for you. To prepare for the procedure, stay well-hydrated, avoid sunburn, and refrain from taking blood thinners or smoking for 24 hours before your appointment. On the day of your treatment, come with a clean face, free of makeup or lotion.

Sculptra Before and After

What to expect during Sculptra treatments

Sculptra is a safe, non-surgical cosmetic treatment performed in-office. The injection process involves several steps:

  1. Cleansing the injection site.
  2. Injecting Sculptra under the skin.
  3. Massaging the skin to ensure even distribution of the poly-L-lactic acid.


Side effects are typically minimal and may include bruising, swelling, redness, pain at the injection site, and non-visible bumps under the skin.

What should I do after treatment?

The makers of Sculptra recommend 5-5-5: Message the injected area for 5 minutes, 5 times a day, for 5 days in a row. Avoid exercise and strenuous activities for the first 24 hours, but you can resume your normal activities otherwise. At Revive Med Spa, we recommend resuming exercise the day after the procedure to enhance the product’s response. If you experience pain or swelling, you may take an over-the-counter NSAID as advised by your provider.


What is the difference between Sculptra and other dermal fillers?

Traditional dermal fillers, made of hyaluronic acid, provide instant volume restoration with results lasting 10 to 12 months. In contrast, Sculptra stimulates the body to produce collagen, leading to results that last twice as long, but take longer to have noticeable results.

How many Sculptra Treatments are needed?

Typically, people receive a series of three treatments spaced about one month apart. However, the number of treatments may vary depending on individual concerns and aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation to determine your own treatment plan. 

How do you know Sculptra is working?

Collagen rebuilding with Sculptra takes time. To monitor progress, take pictures before your treatment and two to four weeks after the last treatment. If you do not see results, contact your provider for a follow-up appointment.