Sculptra, the injectible PLA filler, received official FDA approval today for cosmetic use. It had initially approved several years ago for the treatment of lipo-atrophy, (most commonly seen in HIV patients) and was used on an “off-label” basis for cosmetic purposes. It’s a very useful product.Sculptra can be very helpful to restore volume loss in the face and other body areas with a non-surgical method. Usually several treatments are required over the course of several months, but I’ve been very pleased with the results of these treatments. It also represents a nice alternative to fat grafting techniques, avoiding donor site issues.
One key with the use of Sculptra is to use it in a highly diluted form; this helps to avoid the formation of small lumps, known as granulomas. I also do not recommend it for use in the lips.