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Collagen Is Key

This FDA-approved injectable gradually helps replace lost collagen—the most common protein in the body that is used to form a framework to support cells and tissue—for results that can last up to two years.3

As a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator, Sculptra gradually helps restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin to diminish facial wrinkles. Working deep within the dermis revitalizes collagen production and helps restore your skin’s inner structure and volume for youthful-looking skin without the appearance of having work done.1, 2, 3

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What areas can we treat with Sculptra®?

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How does Sculptra® work?

Collagen production in the body decreases as you get older and with sun exposure. Wrinkles are one of the first visible signs of this, followed by loss of fullness and volume.

Sculptra is made with a biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body and helps to rebuild lost collagen through a series of treatments. First, Sculptra is injected into the deep layer of the skin where collagen naturally exists and is made. Next, tiny PLLA beads initially fill the wrinkles. Over time, the body reproduces lost collagen as the beads biodegrade and are gradually absorbed.

The number of injections and injections per appointment varies from person to person, depending on collagen loss.

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Why choose LuminaSkin for your Sculptra Aesthetic Treatment?

As a premier boutique med spa located in downtown San Mateo, LuminaSkin is proud to offer the FDA-approved poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) injectable; Sculptra. This powerful, collagen-rejuvenating treatment is available to customers in San Mateo, Bay Area communities in a relaxed, spa-like setting. We pride ourselves on building personal relationships with our clientele to ensure the treatments provided will lead to the results you will love!

We offer the most up-to-date technology to deliver premium treatments to all of our clients.

Our team is licensed and extensively trained to perform Sculptra Aesthetic Treatments.

Every treatment plan, including number of treatments and areas treated, will be personalized to you and your needs.

What to expect

The first step is your free consultation.

The first thing we’ll do in the consultation is talk about your skincare goals and ongoing regimen to understand if a Sculptra Aesthetic Treatment is right for you.

Before Treatment

To reduce the risk of bruising before treatment, avoid using Aspirin, NSAIDS, Ginko Biloba, Garlic Supplements, Green Tea, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamins A and E, and essential fatty acids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before or after treatment or use irritating skin treatment for 2-3 days before and after.

During Treatment

Sculptra is given through a cannula to localized areas on the face allowing for better precision and control, less swelling and bruising, and fewer injections. If desired, any pain or discomfort can be controlled with a topical anesthetic or numbing injection. For best results, we recommend 2-3 injections over a few months (1-2 vials every 4-6 weeks).

After Treatment

Immediately following your treatment, some mild swelling and redness at the injection site may occur. This should subside within a few hours. Avoid exercise for 24 hours after your procedure. Results typically can be seen in 8-12 weeks as your body builds up collagen and restores volume, which can last up to two years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect after having a Sculptra treatment?

As with any injectable wrinkle filler, you can expect injection-related side effects, such as bleeding, tenderness or pain/discomfort, redness, bruising, or swelling. These side effects generally resolve within a few hours to a few days but could last for 14 days or longer.

What can I do to help with downtime after treatment?
  • Massage the treated area for 5 minutes 5 times per day for 5 days after your treatment.
  • Within the first 24 hours after your treatment, apply ice or an ice pack wrapped in cloth (avoid putting ice directly on your skin) to the treatment area to help reduce swelling.
  • Avoid or minimize hard (strenuous) exercise and exposure to extensive sun, UV lamps, indoor tanning beds/booths, or extreme temperatures within the first 24 hours after treatment. 
  • Report any worsening or longer-lasting signs of symptoms. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms such as unusual pain, vision changes, a white appearance of skin near the injection site, or any signs of a stroke (including sudden difficulty speaking, numbness or weakness in your face, arms, or legs, difficulty walking, face drooping, severe headache, dizziness, or confusion) during or shortly after the procedure.
Why choose Sculptra over Botox?

Sculptra is the only filler that produces long-term gradual results. Injectable fillers help decrease wrinkles by adding volume to specific facial structures, creating a smooth result on the skin’s surface. Botox®, which temporarily freezes the underlying muscles, may offer a similar result, but the approach is different. At LuminaSkin, one of our skilled practitioners will be able to determine which treatment will achieve the best results to meet your needs.

How safe is a Sculptra treatment?

Sculptra is approved by the FDA and has had a long history of safety worldwide since 1999. Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which the human body naturally produces. In fact, PLLA has been used for general sutures for many years. Some reported side effects include subtle pain, bruising, swelling or redness, bruising, and a few others. Bumps have sometimes occurred as noticeable when applying pressure to the injected area.

How many Sculptra treatments are necessary?

Most patients see great results in our recommendation of three to five injections over the course of three to four months, which will last up to 2 years. After 24 months, we recommend yearly injections to maintain results. Individual results and treatment sessions may vary.

What is the downtime after having a Sculptra treatment?

Most patients can get back to their activities immediately following treatment. Exercise should be avoided for 2-3 hours.

What is the best age to get Sculptra?

The most common age to receive Sculptra injections is between ages 30-55; however, it is also common for patients who are younger and older than this range to receive injections.

Who should not get Sculptra?

You should not get Sculptra if you: 

  • Have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions (anaphylaxis) or multiple severe allergies. Use of Sculptra may result in an allergic reaction.
  • Are allergic to any ingredient of Sculptra: “poly-L-lactic acid” (PLLA), carboxymethylcellulose (USP), or non-pyrogenic mannitol (USP).
  • Previously had or have risk factors for hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation. 
Are the results from Sculptra immediate?

No. Unlike other wrinkle fillers, Sculptra gradually improves the depressed area over several weeks as the treatment effects occur. During the initial treatment session with Sculptra, a contour defect should be under-corrected, not fully-corrected or over-corrected. Your treatment may seem to work immediately because of swelling caused by the injection and the water used to dilute Sculptra. This usually resolves in several hours to a few days and may cause the original wrinkle to reappear: you may look as you did before your treatment. Visible wrinkle correction results appear slowly. A follow-up is recommended three to four weeks after your initial appointment to discuss the need for additional injections.

After a Sculptra treatment, when can makeup be applied?

Makeup may be applied a few hours after treatment if there are no complications, such as open wounds or bleeding. 


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  3. Sculptra injectable poly-L-lactic acid. Instructions for Use. Galderma Laboratories. 2021.