Sculptra

Generic Name: Poly-L-Lactic Acid

  • What is Sculptra?

    Sculptra is a medicine used for restoration or correction of the signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection (AIDS). Sculptra will fill the area of fat loss with small particles of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) beads, which can be broken down by your body to produce new collagen where Sculptra is injected. This will help improve your appearance by increasing skin thickness in the treated area. Sculptra is injected below the surface of your skin.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Sculptra?

    After receiving Sculptra, you can develop redness, swelling, or bruising. Within the first 24 hours after the injection, apply an ice pack wrapped in cloth to reduce these side effects; do not apply ice directly on your skin. Also, a collection of blood can form under your skin (hematoma) or subcutaneous lumps or nodules can form in the treated area. Tell your doctor if you experience these symptoms, especially if symptoms worsen or are prolonged.

    Your risk for hematoma formation, bruising, or bleeding can increase if you have blood clotting defects or are taking blood thinners or medicines that may interfere with your blood clotting, such as aspirin.

  • Who should not take Sculptra?

    Your doctor will not administer Sculptra to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, including PLLA, carboxymethylcellulose, or non-pyrogenic mannitol, or if you had or have risk factors for excessive scarring or keloid formation.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Sculptra?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Sculptra. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you had or have risk factors for excessive scarring or keloid formation, or if you have active skin inflammation, infection, difficulty healing in or near the treatment area, bleeding disorders, active hepatitis, history of stroke or heart attack, cancer, if you are taking any anticancer medicines, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will inject the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

    Your doctor will decide with you the number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra you will need at each treatment session.

  • How should I take Sculptra?

    Your doctor will inject Sculptra below the surface of your facial skin. Massage the treated area for 5 minutes 5 times a day for 5 days after treatment.

  • What should I avoid while taking Sculptra?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

    Do not expose the treatment area on your skin to sun or ultraviolet lamps after treatment with Sculptra until swelling and redness have disappeared.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Sculptra?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Sculptra at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Sculptra?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, bleeding at the injection site, bruising, discomfort, inflammation, itchiness, lumps or nodules at the injection site, pain, redness, swelling

  • Can I receive Sculptra if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Sculptra during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Sculptra?

    Sculptra should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Sculptra?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.