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Sculptra Non-Invasive Butt Lift

Posted October 16, 2017

Annie Chiu, MD

Redondo Beach, CA

Sculptra Non-Invasive Butt Lift

Sculptra is FDA-approved dermal filler, made with poly-L-lactic acid, and is normally used to rejuvenate the face by stimulating the body’s own collagen to lift and contour. Doctors have discovered a use for Sculptra beyond the face and they use it to rejuvenate a major part of the lower half of the body with a non-invasive butt lift. During a treatment period of a few sessions spaced over several months, Sculptra is injected into the buttocks. Thanks to the collagen stimulation, Sculptra adds volume and plumpness to the buttocks without the patient having to undergo an invasive surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sculptra Non-Invasive Butt Lift?

When doctors are considering GOOD CANDIDATES for Sculptra non-invasive butt lift, some of the qualities they look for include:

  • Patients looking to increase the volume or shape of the buttocks without the need for surgery
  • People who are good candidates for buttock enhancement but do not have enough excess fat for fat transfer
  • Patients who want long lasting results that are not permanent
  • People who desire a subtle lift to the buttocks

Patients who are NOT GOOD CANDIDATES for the procedure include:

  • People who have allergic reactions to fillers
  • Patients who want a dramatic change to their backside
  • A person who is not in overall good health
  • People who want the type of permanent results provided by surgery

Overall, an ideal patient for Sculptra non-invasive butt lift is a woman in her late 30s or 40s that is happy with her buttock size but suffers from a little bit of sagging. This technique was developed for patients who do not want surgery. If a person has already had a butt lift, but their skin is starting to sag, they might not want another invasive surgery. This is a good choice for slight butt enhancement, improvement in loss of elasticity, smoothing of mild cellulite dimpling and some increased lift and volume in that area.

How is Sculptra Non-Invasive Butt Lift Performed?

A Sculptra non-invasive butt lift is performed as a series of treatments over several months. The buttocks are numbed in order to prevent the patient from feeling any pain or discomfort from the needle. The Sculptra is directly injected into the treated area and it usually takes 2-4 treatments (one hour or less) to get the desired results. The treatments take place 3-4 weeks apart.

While patients will notice an almost immediate difference in their appearance, the results build as the number of treatments continues. After each treatment, the buttocks will appear more augmented and fuller than before while enhancing the natural curves of the patient.

Sculptra non-invasive butt lift utilizes the patient’s own collagen to provide more lift as well as increased elasticity, and better contour. The skin quality improves as does the firmness of the area. It can also help reduce the appearance of some cellulite in the area because of the collagen production.

BBL

One of the most popular alternative methods of buttock augmentation is a Brazilian butt lift. The biggest difference between Sculptra non-invasive butt lift and a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is the fact that Sculptra is not a surgical procedure. While the Sculptra technique only requires injections to achieve the desired results, BBL requires liposuction to remove fat from another part of the body. The fat is then injected into the buttocks. It should be noted that the results from a BBL are longer lasting and likely more dramatic than Sculptra results.

Most Common Sculptra Use

The most common use for Sculptra is facial skin rejuvenation. In both the United States and overseas, it is used to rejuvenate the triceps area where there is a bit of laxity that develops over time. It is also used in the décolletage area (the low-cut neckline of a dress) for wrinkles that develop there over time. It can be used anywhere that really needs textural rejuvenation.

What is the Cost of Sculptra Non-Invasive Butt Lift?

Since Sculptra non-invasive butt lift typically requires multiple treatments, the final cost is determined by the number of injections performed on the patient. The amount of change and improvement desired by the patient determines the amount of Sculptra necessary for the treatment plan.

The cost is typically $4000 or above (with the cost of individual vials being anywhere from $800-$1000). The price can vary depending on any additional fees charged by the doctor or the facility as well as the area of the country where the procedure is performed.

Recovery and Downtime

During the RECOVERY period, bruising is quite common and it can take 1-2 weeks for it to resolve on its own. A bit of soreness is common for a few days after the injections but any typical daily activities are usually not impacted. Sculptra non-invasive butt lift is almost a pain-free procedure and there is minimal discomfort for the patient following the treatment.

Results

The final results take between six weeks to three months to appear after the final treatment is performed. In general, the results last between 2-5 years. Patients might need a touch-up every few years to deal with gravitational changes in the body as well as changes that occur with aging in collagen.

Limitations and Risks of Sculptra Non-Invasive Butt Lift

Some LIMITATIONS of Sculptra non-invasive butt lift include:

  • The treatment provides lift and shaping rather than an extreme augmentation
  • The results are not permanent so patients need to have an alternative procedure if they want the longest lasting results possible
  • While some changes are immediately visible, this technique is limited in the immediacy of the results as it takes several treatments to achieve the desired results

Some common RISKS associated with the procedure are:

  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness
  • Allergic reaction

Discuss the Desired Results with a Doctor

Sculptra non-invasive butt lift is a good option for patients who would like some lift in their buttocks area without having a surgical procedure. The injections should be administered by a doctor experienced in performing the treatment. Patients should have a consultation with a skilled doctor regarding the amount of change and/or improvement they expect from the procedure. Once the doctor knows the results desired by the patient, he (or she) can determine if a non-invasive butt lift is the correct option for the patient.

 

Written by Cosmetic Town Editorial Team- MA

Based on an exclusive interview with Dr. Chiu in Redondo Beach, CA

Article Last Updated on October 16, 2017