What is Sculptra®?

Sculptra® can be used to enhance and contour specific features of the face, including the cheeks, temples, chin and jawline. Sculptra® you a fuller appearance in specific facial areas, with natural results that won’t give you away. Results emerge subtly over time and can last up to two years.

Sculptra® increases skin thickness over time to improve the appearance of sunken cheeks, hollowing around eyes, indentations and wrinkles. There is no need for allergy testing. The main ingredient in Sculptra® is a biocompatible simple lactic acid based sugar, called Poly-l-lactic acid. Unlike other fillers, Sculptra® stimulates the body to produce its own collagen. This production of collagen, termed neo-collagenesis, enables the skin to thicken up to three times its previous volume. Therefore the actual ‘filling material’ of Sculptra® is your own natural collagen.

In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration approved Sculptra® for cosmetic purposes, although the filler had been approved earlier (2004) to add volume to the cheeks of HIV-positive patients with facial fat loss (lipoatrophy). The filler has been used cosmetically in Europe since 1999, where it’s called New-Fill.

Sculptra® is injected in 3 sessions usually 6 weeks apart however this depends on the degree of volume correction needed. Very little bruising if any may occur and cosmetics may be applied after injection. We recommend gentle massage after injection to the areas treated 5 minutes 5 times a day for 5 days.

We are passionate about Sculptra® and it has become one of the most requested and performed dermal filler treatments at River Region Facial Plastics.


  • Do ice the treated area as much as possible until bedtime.
  • Do apply make up as desired, if the skin is not broken or irritated.
  • Do clean your face normally.
  • Do expect some red bumps at the injection sites.
  • Do take your cold sore medication (if prescribed).
  • Do call us with any questions or concerns.


  • Do not massage the area.
  • Do not exercise for 24 hours.
  • Do not get excessive sun or heat exposure for 24 hours.
  • Do not take aspirin or other blood thinners (such as Plavix) for one week unless directed otherwise by your 
doctor (consult with your personal physician!).
At River Region Facial Plastics our physicians frequently attend educational seminars in the field of facial rejuvenation and bring the safest and best techniques back to the River Region.
The injection of Sculptra® is both a science and an art, when choosing a physician for your Sculptra® treatment we suggest you consider the credentials of the injector as top priority. At River Region Facial Plastics we are board certified in the face, head and neck highly qualified to give you safe and beautifying results. At River Region Facial Plastics we combine years of experience in providing advanced Sculptra® treatments to our patients.

Dr. Cawthon performs all of our dermal filler injections. To schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss Sculptra® – or any other facial rejuvenation procedure, please call 334-834-7221 or fill out our contact form and someone will contact you. You should also read our Dermal Filler Info Sheet PDF (PDF).