Sculptra — Long Live the Filler

Some things last a long time. Others not so much. This is true of dermal fillers. Some last just a few months before the body absorbs them. But one lasts up to two years, which, in Austin is longer than the lifespan of some tech startups!

This filler is Sculptra® Aesthetic and we like to use it for areas of the face that have lost significant volume due to aging, and for filling deep folds and wrinkles.

Sculptra, unlike other fillers

With most fillers, where your results are instant, as the filler pushes up the skin from beneath, effectively “filling” the depression. Sculptra® is different. After your Sculptra® session with Dr. Michelle Carlotti or Dr. Albert Carlotti, you’ll see improvement, but this is primarily the water-based gel from the diluted product. This, to your dismay, will be absorbed over the next day or so. Your real improvement will come over time. This filler is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works in the dermis layer of the skin to replace lost collagen. Because it slowly rebuilds collagen, Sculptra® is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that keeps improving, not an instant change as with other fillers. You won’t return to work and look markedly different the next day. We inject Sculptra® in three to four injection sessions over a few months for the best results. These results can then last for over two years.

While Sculptra’s duration is impressive, it also illustrates the need to use experienced injectors such as the Drs. Carlotti. After all, you want to be happy with your results for the coming two years!

How does it work?

Sculptra® is injected more deeply than most fillers, into the deep dermal layer of the skin. Microparticles of PLLA work within the deep dermis to rebuild lost collagen and provide structural skin support. As the PLLA is absorbed a collagen framework is created. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness to shallow to deep wrinkles and folds.

What aging effects are best for Sculptra?

Sculptra® is effective for:


  • Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called smile lines
  • The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
  • Chin wrinkles
  • Adding volume to hollow cheeks and temples

Interested in addressing your smile and marionette lines for up to two years? Call the team at Austin Cosmetic Surgery in our Lakeway office, (512) 688-8000, or our Scottsdale office, (480) 947-7700, and schedule your first Sculptra® session.

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