What is Sculptra Treatment?

Sculptra, or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), is an injectable medication that stimulates your body to produce collagen. As collagen production increases, it improves skin quality and smooths wrinkles, revealing a refreshed looking you. It reduces sagging of the skin and other signs of aging due to collagen loss by gradually restoring skin structure and volume. Sculptra provides a natural-looking, long-lasting effect for up to 2 years. 

It is most commonly administered in the face, hands, neck, and buttocks (“butt lift”). 

How does Sculptra work?

Aging, Collagen Loss, and Sculptra

After age 20, we lose about 1% of collagen per year, and by age 45, we have lost approximately 25% of our collagen. Sculptra, the first and original FDA-approved biostimulatory agent, promotes collagen production.

What is the difference between Sculptra and other dermal fillers?

The main difference between Sculptra and other dermal fillers is the production of collagen. While the hyaluronic acid of dermal filler gels can lift and volumize by attracting water, Sculptra elicits a natural response in your body to produce collagen- an important structural component of the skin.

While many of the effects of dermal fillers are immediately apparent, Sculptra’s effects are gradual, subtle, and sustainable, and depending on the number of treatments and each individual patient, can last for over 2 years. 

Common Sculptra Treatment Areas

Face (Including Cheeks, Jawline, and Temples)

Sculptra can restore natural collagen and improve skin quality in the face for firmer, glowing skin in the entire cheek, jaw, and lateral face region. For example, 86% of patients had an improved jawline contour 2 years after Sculptra treatment when injected into the cheek region.


Sculptra is an excellent solution to restore volume to aging hands and leave them looking plumper and more youthful. Sculptra helps stimulate collagen growth, restoring lost volume to the hands and dramatically reducing the appearance of wrinkles.


Sculptra treatment of the neck restores sagging skin and some neck lines by providing smoother and tighter skin.

Buttocks or “Butt Lift”

The Sculptra butt lift is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the curve and shape of your buttocks without surgery or a high risk of complications. Sculptra butt lift works by stimulating collagen production in the deeper layers of your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Sculptra Treatment take to work?

Sculptra is generally administered over a series of 2 or 3 treatment, over 2-4 months. Sculptra gradually stimulates one’s body to produce collagen, improvements in quality and tone of skin typically occur after 2 to 3 months.

How long does the Sculptra Treatment last?

One of the benefits of Sculptra is its long-lasting effects on skin quality. Patients often see the benefits of Sculptra for more than 2 years.

Are there any side effects?

he most common side effects after Sculptra treatment includes injection site swelling, tenderness, redness, and occasional bruising. Less common side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps have also been reported. 

Sculptra should not be used by people that are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. 

Dr. Krushel does not treat patients that are pregnant or breastfeeding with Sculptra.

Things To Know Before Your Sculptra Treatment

What to expect before treatment?

Dr. Krushel or his staff will be in communication with you prior to the appointment to help ensure that ensure that Sculptra is appropriate for you. Depending upon the number of vials of Sculptra used per treatment, each treatment will cost between $1,000 and $3,000. Typically, between 1 and 3 treatments are required. A detailed quote will be provided to you during your complimentary consultation.

Pre Treament Instructions

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Post Treament Instructions

Post treatment instructions will be provided at the time of the appointment, including the 5-5-5 rule: massage areas 5 times a day for 5 minutes each time, for the next 5 days. 

As Sculptra typically requires a series of 3 treatments over several months, Dr. Krushel’s office will schedule follow-up appointments and treatments to suit your schedule.

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Locations For Sculptra Treatment

Sculptra treatments are offered at the following locations.

Please contact each clinic directly for availability and booking.

Glow Medical Aesthetics

Lethbridge, AB

Lime Beauty

Lethbridge, AB