What is Sculptra?

Sculptra Aesthetic is a one-of-a-kind volumizer, designed to restore shape and volume in aging tissues. Made from poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA), Sculptra is a biodegradable, synthetic material, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe method for increasing fullness in the face.   Unlike traditional dermal fillers, Sculptra’s unique formulation stimulates collagen growth from deep within tissues. Other dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid found in Juvederm , push up the skin for a more immediate result but does not last as long as Sculptra. Gradually, over the weeks following treatments with Sculptra, the collagen strands are rebuilt, restoring deep structure and volume. These dramatic results are long-lasting, looking more youthful for up to two years. To reclaim a refreshed and youthful appearance, Dr. Ravi Somayazula and the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics brings men and women a unique, effective choice for long-lasting facial rejuvenation with Sculptra Aesthetic.

Sculptra Aesthetic Can:

  • Erase moderate to deep wrinkles and lines
  • Smooth Nasolabial Folds
  • Diminish Marionette Lines
  • Improve hollow areas under the eyes
  • Restore diminishing facial volume
  • Contour the chin and jawline
  • Create perkier, rounder buttocks
Some of the first signs of aging can include fine wrinkles and deeper creases that form around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and mouth. Unfortunately, once these lines appear, no amount of moisturizer or lotion can restore the youthful skin. The result of a natural depletion of collagen, sun damage, smoking, and genetics only further expedite the changes. Slowly, the features may also begin to lose their healthy shape and contour, looking tired and unhealthy.

The Ideal Candidate for Sculptra Aesthetic

Almost anyone, noticing the early signs of aging and volume loss, can benefit from noninvasive Sculptra Aesthetic. Potential patients should be in good health, understand the Sculptra treatment process, and hold realistic expectations for their results. While Sculptra is normally well-tolerated, the injectable is not for everyone.

Those with a known allergy to lidocaine, or suffering with certain auto-immune health conditions, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus, should not opt for Sculptra. Women who are pregnant or nursing, as well as those with a rash or skin infection, may be encouraged to postpone their injections.

Sculptra Aesthetic for Buttocks:

Sculptra Aesthetic not only corrects the early signs of aging, by plumping facial tissues and easing wrinkles, the injectable is also an excellent choice for lifting and shaping the buttocks. With time the buttock area can become flatter and start to sag, along with skin irregularities. Providing nonsurgical butt volume, Sculptra offers customized results without any downtime.

A series of Sculptra sessions can provide a subtly rounder, perkier bottom without the traditional Brazilian Butt Lift. Sculptra Aesthetics for the buttock can improve the skin’s texture as well as provide contouring.

These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

Your Sculptra Aesthetic Consultation

The consultation appointment with Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a vital part of the Sculptra treatment process. At this time, our professional staff will determine if the injectable is right for your situation. Dr. Ravi will begin the appointment by reviewing your medical history and current medications, followed by a detailed physical examination. He will explain the Sculptra Aesthetic treatment process, recovery requirements, and potential side-effects.

After carefully reviewing your individual aesthetic goals, Dr. Ravi will share before/after photographs of his recent Sculptra patients, helping to paint a picture of the potential results. If the injectable is the best option to achieve your desired results, Dr. Ravi will create a personalized Sculptra treatment plan. For optimal results, ensuring the face continues to look younger for years to come, Dr. Ravi may suggest pairing Sculptra Aesthetic with other soft tissue fillers (Juvederm, Botox Cosmetic, and a quality skin care regimen.

Treatment with Sculptra

All Sculptra injections are performed in one of Body by Ravi Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery’s well-appointed treatment rooms, maximizing comfort and privacy. Each Sculptra session takes about half an hour to one hour. It does require a series of treatments, usually spaced out 4 to 6 weeks. The injections are not considered painful, but to ensure patient comfortable, Sculptra is premixed with lidocaine, a local anesthetic.

For those patients who require additional pain relief, Dr. Ravi can also add a topical numbing cream. Depending on the individual, and the specific treatment area, most people will require between one and three Sculptra sessions, spaced three to four weeks apart.

These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

What is the Recovery from Sculptra?

No downtime is required after a Sculptra Aesthetic treatment. Most patients are back to their normal schedule the same afternoon. Side-effects of Sculptra are generally mild. Mild bruising, swelling, itching, and redness are common. More serious complications are rarely seen, but can include an allergic reaction, nodules, nerve damage, and facial asymmetry. Patients should only seek treatment from an experienced, well-trained plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Ravi, ensuring the safest and most satisfying Sculptra results.

Sculptra is ideal for restoring healthy facial contours, smoothing deep lines, and lifting tissues without creating an “overdone” appearance. While Sculptra Aesthetic does not provide immediate results, in just a few weeks, most patients will notice significant improvement in facial lines and volume. Slowly rejuvenating the body’s own collagen production, the benefits of each session will continue to improve over the next several months. For most people, more than one Sculptra treatment will be required to reach optimal results. The plumping, volumizing benefits of Sculptra can last for up to a full two years. After this time, a maintenance treatment will be needed to extend results.

Why choose Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for Sculptra?

Houston’s Dr. Ravi Somayazula brings patients extensive experience in both surgical and noninvasive techniques. Board certified, and Harvard trained, Dr. Ravi’s level of expertise and commitment to cutting-edge techniques ensures each patient will receive a safe, yet customized treatment. Using a patient-centered approach, Dr. Ravi will form a tailored Sculptra treatment plan, geared for the individual’s specific needs, meeting both short-term and long-term aesthetic goals.


If you are struggling with the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and creases, or have begun to notice a decrease in facial volume, Sculptra Aesthetic may be right for you. To get more information, or to schedule a confidential consultation appointment, contact Houston’s Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. Speak with a patient coordinator at 281.242.1061, or fill out our online consultation form to find out more about Sculptra Aesthetic.

Sculptra FAQ

  • What is Sculptra?

    A uniquely formulated dermal filler, Sculptra is made with poly-L-lactic Acid, with the ability to restore the body’s natural production of collagen to treat the early signs of aging. Sculptra can smooth tissues and add volume, but unlike other fillers, the results last up to two years.
  • How soon will I see the results from a Sculptra session at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics?

    The benefits of Sculptra are not immediate. Over the following four to six weeks, as the body’s collagen supply is rebuilt, the results will become more noticeable. Between one and three Sculptra sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
  • How long can I expect to see the results from Sculptra?

    Depending on the patient and the treatment area, the benefits of Sculptra can last for up to two full years. Once the benefits of treatment have started to fade, a repeat session can be used to further maintain the results.
  • Will my Sculptra injections be painful?

    Sculptra is premixed with a topical anesthetic, lidocaine, which gently numbs the treatment area during each injection. For additional patient comfort, Dr. Ravi can also apply a topical numbing cream, as well.
  • What can I expect from my Sculptra recovery?

    With Sculptra, no downtime is necessary. Patients are back to work and routine activities immediately. The treatment area may be mildly red, swollen, bruised, and tender for the first several days.
  • What are the risks or complications associated with Sculptra?

    Sculptra is a safe and effective treatment, approved by the FDA. Side-effects are generally mild. More serious complications are rare, but can include bleeding, infection, scarring, nodules, nerve damage, and allergic reaction. During your consultation, Dr. Ravi will have an in-depth discussion about the potential for risks during your Sculptra treatment.

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