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Although Sculptra® Aesthetic is a long-lasting cosmetic injectable, the results are not permanent. Made up of poly-L-lactic acid in a base of sterile water, Sculptra Aesthetic works by stimulating collagen production, which helps restore the underlying structure of the skin. While this can take up to two months to occur, the increase in natural collagen lasts longer than most other injectable materials.

Depending on the number of treatment sessions performed, patients can typically enjoy their Sculptra Aesthetic results for up to two years. After this period, the new tissue may begin to break down and be absorbed, causing the rejuvenating results to fade. How fast this process occurs for each patient will depend on factors such as their genetics, sun exposure, tobacco use, and other lifestyle habits. Patients who would like to prolong the youthful results they’ve achieved with Sculptra Aesthetic can schedule touch-up treatments with Dr. Reinertson.

In general, permanent filler injections (typically composed of silicone) are not recommended for facial rejuvenation, since these materials will not evolve as the rest of the face ages over time. Opting for a temporary but long-lasting injectable, like Sculptra Aesthetic, can produce more natural-looking results with follow-up sessions to maintain the positive results.