If you’ve been having good results with dermal fillers, but wished the volume lasted longer between touch-up injections, or you’re starting to have concerns about loose skin or volume loss, including in areas such as your decollete, Sculptra might be an option to consider.

What is Sculptra?

Initially approved by the FDA in 2004, Sculptra is an injectable collagen stimulator that is used to add volume to the face, achieving a more youthful and healthier appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, the product does not physically fill in facial volume and wrinkles, but rather it harnesses the power of your own body to produce collagen, stimulating growth of your own tissue to add fullness and firmness to your face, and can be used off-label in areas such as your decollete to improve skin quality as well.

Sculptra is a powder form of poly-L-lactic acid, the same molecule that makes up commonly-used, dissolvable sutures that have been used in millions of procedures worldwide. It is reconstituted with sterile water or saline and then injected into the subcutaneous tissues of facial areas such as the temples, brows, cheeks, and jawline, or the deep skin layers of the decollete, where it creates a kind of scaffold that signals your body to increase collagen production.

What to Expect from Sculptra Injections

During your Sculptra treatment, your provider will begin by applying a numbing cream to your face. Dr. Capek, or one of her trained injectors, marks out the areas that need volume and sculpting, and the Sculptra solution, with added local anesthetic for comfort, is precisely injected. The treatment is typically completed in about 20 minutes.

Discomfort and downtime after Sculptra treatments are minimal. You may have a day or two of mild swelling, and less often bruising, around the injection site(s). Bruises can be covered by make-up 24 hours after injection. Note that the immediate volume you see on the day of treatment is just the water or saline solution, and this will disappear in the first day or two. Improvement with Sculptra occurs gradually over the next several months as your collagen is replenished.

At least 2-3 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart are required for most people to obtain an optimal improvement that is then expected to last at least 2 years if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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Dr. Lucie Capek offers advanced cosmetic plastic surgery from the unique perspective of a female plastic surgeon. Since 1996, she has been serving patients in the Capital District from Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Troy, NY. She is known for using the latest technology to perform body contouring, breast surgery, and facial cosmetic surgery. She personalizes every treatment to give each patient the most natural-looking results, enhancing their beauty and increasing their self-confidence. Above all, her practice is dedicated to your health and wellness. Dr. Capek understands that your beauty and confidence is about more than just your appearance. To schedule your first consultation, contact Lucie Capek, MD.


Results of Sculptra Aesthetic

Because the benefits are largely produced by your own skin tissue, Sculptra has the potential to be a long-lasting correction – some patients cite more than 2 years of enjoying a more youthful appearance. As always, individual results vary by patient and it patients who are older, it may not be effective due to poor collagen. Habits such as smoking will make Sculptra treatments ineffective because collagen growth will not occur.

Schedule Your Sculptra Appointment Today

Patients throughout the Capital District areas of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga trust New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lucie Capek to perform their Sculptra Aesthetic. Many of our patients also travel from New York City, Vermont, Massachusetts, and beyond to receive her skilled and compassionate care.

If you’re struggling with volume and collagen loss in your face or decollete, consider talking to us about Sculptra for a natural alternative or compliment to filler treatments.

Call or contact us online to find out if Sculptra can help you with minimal to no downtime.


For more information, schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Capek today!