Sculptra is not a new filler, though it is relatively new for cosmetic use. It was originally developed for AIDS patients who, due to their treatment, often lose volume in the cheeks resulting in a hollowed appearance. Sculptra was later approved for cosmetic use in August of this year.
Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid and works differently from other fillers. It is injected deeper, requires more time investment, both for treatment and results, but it lasts longer. Fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane work very quickly, and on specific areas. Sculptra's effect is more wide spread, making it ideal for restoring fullness in larger areas such as the cheeks rather than only the lines around the mouth or nasolabial folds.
Dr. Drew Ordon and his associate Dr. Ritu Chopra performed the procedure together. They injected Sculptra in a perpendicular manner for a more uniform result.
Multiple treatments are necessary to achieve the full effect. Sculptra is injected into the skin and stimulates your own collagen to grow. Three treatments are generally recommended, at a few weeks apart each. The effect is gradual which is preferred by many patients who enjoy the slower, more subtle improvement over a faster, more obvious change. It also carries a little more of a cost burden at about $700 per treatment. The results have been shown to last as long as 2 years and side effects reported were minimal.