What are the common Sculptra Side Effects?

I am on my 4th Sculptra treatment and I love how I look. What types of side effects should I watch out for as I continue to get treatment? I would guess that long-term usage of this procedure has some negative possibilities. Are there any case studies that I can read through? Maybe some that have been run by a 3rd party and not a doctor?


F, 44, Tennessee

We have been performing Sculptra injections for many years now, and the chances of any serious side effects are extremely low. Other than the expected side effects of mild swelling and redness around the treatment area, the primary risk of Sculptra injections is the formation of granuloma. Granuloma are small nodules beneath the surface of the skin which can form in response to a foreign substance.

In most cases, the appearance of granuloma is the result of poor injection techniques -- but some patients are more likely to develop granulomas than others. Other possible side effects and negative results include skin infections and hypertrophic scarring.

While I can't say for sure what your chances of a bad experience are, negative outcomes are generally very rare. Considering that your upcoming treatment session is going to be your fifth, I think the chances of an allergic reaction or negative outcome are probably extremely low.

Sculptra is an FDA approved dermal filler for replacing volume-loss in the face due to facial fat loss. It's an excellent product and can produce long-lasting, extremely natural looking results. 
Unlike traditional hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, Sculptra's mechanism of action is to stimulate your body's own collagen production. While Sculptra is an excellent filler and can produce extremely natural-looking results, it does carry some of its own potential issues.

Like other fillers, it's common to experience some redness and bruising following Sculptra injections. But unlike other fillers, Sculptra injections can lead to the formation of small bumps or “nodules”. These bumps are the result of too much natural collagen being produced in specific areas. Nodules are very rare, but in the event they do appear after your treatment, keep in mind that they typically fade away on their own over time. It's also possible to remove these nodules with a needle.

Today, the formation of nodules following Sculptra injections is increasingly rare due to better, more specialized injection techniques. By spreading the product out over the treatment area and using a more diluted concentration of the product, experienced injectors can minimize the chances that these nodules will form in the first place.

Other possible, although rare side effects include allergic reactions and hypertrophic scarring. These are extremely rare results, and if your prior injection sessions have gone well, it's unlikely that you would encounter a serious negative side effect in an upcoming session.

My advice is to visit a skilled facial plastic surgeon with an excellent history of satisfied Sculptra patients for best results.

The main risk of Scullptra injections is nodule formation.  But as you are on your 4th injection, I think the risk of that happening is pretty low.  I am not aware of any long term issues or risks with Sculptra.  The product gets broken down by your body over a period of time until it goes away completely.  I think it is a very safe product.