Sculptra injection is a pharmaceutical grade injectable product that is also used to create a youthful appearance, as well as sculpt most body areas, and/or correct deviations. Sculptra injection works by stimulating the patient’s own collagen production, as the injected Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) microparticles are broken down. Unlike HA fillers, Sculptra injection results are not immediate because it takes time for the patient’s own collagen to grow in the targeted areas – once stimulated by the product.
Sculptra, is a proprietary formulation of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) that is an FDA-approved dermal filler manufactured by Dermik Laboratories, which conducts the North American business of Aventis Dermatology, the global dermatology unit of Aventis (of Sanofi-Aventis). The Master Injector, Bernice Cohen RN, BSN, PHN, CANS is the USA’s top Sculptra trainer.
Having trained more MDs, PAs and MAs in America on injecting Sculptra, The Master Injector has some helpful tips to share with aesthetic injectors who offer, or want to offer, Sculptra injection treatments.
Once the Sculptra is reconstituted, place the vials in a baby bottle warmer or a ceramic cup with very hot water. If you are using the cup method to heat the Sculptra vials, the water level should reach up to the neck of the vials.
Warming the Sculptra vials hypersaturates the Sculptra seedlings, which helps prevent the needle from clogging during injections.
Once the reconstituted Sculptra injection is transferred to the needle, it will cool to body temperature.
The Master Injector recommends keeping the vials in the bottle warmer, or ceramic cup with hot water during the entire treatment.
When injecting deeply, The Master Injector recommends that the mixture can be more dense. When injecting superficially the mixture needs to be diluted.
When bolusing or depoting deeply, Bernice recommends mixing 6 ccs of sterile water with one vial of reconstituted Sculptra. While a dense mixture can create little collagenomas, this is not a concern when the injections are deep and under thicker tissue. The Master Injector goes on to explain, “The more superficial the injections, the higher the dilution should be.” For superficial injections, she recommends adding 8ccs – 14ccs of saline (in addition) to the initial 6ccs of sterile water, with the goal of keeping the mixture isotonic.
Why isotonic? Pure water stings when it is injected. By keeping the mixture isotonic, the patient will not experience added pain and burning sensations during injection.