Sculptra® Injections in Atlanta at The Spa at NAPS

Sculptra® is an FDA-approved product that helps your body stimulate collagen growth, which restores facial volume and fullness over time.  The results appear gradually over the treatment area, typically requiring three injections over the course of three to four months. The results can last for up to two years.

What is Sculptra®?

Sculptra® is Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLLA), which is a bioactive filler. It stimulates the formation of collagen in the skin. What could be better than stimulating your tissue for natural rejuvenation?

Dr. Joiner mixes a custom vial of Sculptra® for you and applies it to facial contours that need structural support and volume.  Once the Sculptra® molecules distribute into the soft tissue under your skin, your body gets inspired to make a collagen matrix.  The Sculptra® eventually gets broken down by the body.  Your collagen matrix should last two years.

Why Choose Sculptra®?

Replacement and restoration of the collagen framework help create a subtle, refined correction of wrinkles as well as lift and support.   As we age, we lose soft tissue volume in our cheeks, temples, and the middle part of the face.  This volume loss usually begins in our 40s.  Sculptra® can help reverse that process by stimulating the natural production of our collagen, which adds subtle volume to the treatment areas.  A youthful appearance is one where the temples, midface, and cheeks have a nice, natural fullness.

Optimal areas include:

  • Pre-Auricular Wrinkles (the wrinkles that appear in front of the ear)
  • Nasolabial Folds (the lines from our nose to our mouth)
  • Marionette Lines (the lines from our mouth to our chin)
  • Chin Wrinkles
  • Submalar Wrinkle (below the cheeks)
  • Cheeks
  • Temples
  • Buttocks

Sculptra® works with your body within the deep dermis, rather than topically, to help revitalize collagen production and help restore your skin’s inner structure and volume.  Traditional collagen creams claim to deliver collagen that is absorbed by the skin.  However, collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin.  As the Sculptra® micro-particles are consumed, they help restore your skin’s inner structure and volume.

How Many Injections Do I Need?

Dr. Joiner will help you with a custom plan.  Most treatments start at two vials per treatment with a minimum of two treatments per area of concern.  We let your body build upon the Sculptra® for four weeks before retreating.  The buttock area requires significantly more Sculptra®, usually four vials per side.

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If you’re in the Atlanta area and have any questions about Sculptra® or wish to schedule a consultation on Sculptra® with Dr. Alderman, please contact our office.

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Sculptra® vs. Dermal Fillers and Radiesse®


Most fillers are gel-like substances made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in our body. Fillers soften lines by pushing up the dermis space beneath wrinkles and creases. Hyaluronic acid has the benefit of immediate correction of volume and wrinkle reduction and can be reversed at any time if desired. However, the product only lasts for nine to 12 months. 


Radiesse® is another type of bio-active filler used to soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.  Radiesse® is made from Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres that are suspended in an aqueous gel carrier. Radiesse® is injected through a small needle placed under the skin.  Immediately, this filler works to add volume under the skin.  Over time, the benefits continue by stimulating your body’s natural collagen. 

It is often called a semi-permanent filler because the results last nine to 18 months, but the product can remain in the body for up to seven years.  The benefits are a longer lasting result. However, there is no way to remove the product and, therefore, the effects cannot be reversed. 


Sculptra® can provide a long-lasting result, like Radiesse®. However, immediate correction, as is possible with hyaluronic acid or Radiesse®, is not available with Radiesse®.  Multiple treatments are required to obtain the desired effect.  With Sculptra®, the product is absorbed by the body, and only your natural collagen production remains. Collagen stimulators, such as Sculptra®, are used to diminish facial lines by helping to restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin.  Results appear gradually over the treatment period and last for up to two years.

How Do I Choose the Right Injections?

Dr. Alderman or Dr. Joiner will spend time formulating a short and long-term plan for you, discussing the pros and cons of each treatment option.  Often, a combination approach can fulfill both short and long-term goals.

How Much Does Sculptra® Cost?

It depends on the amount of Sculptra® your body utilizes to build your collagen matrix.  Collagen that is built lasts for two years.  Vials are priced at $850 each, and package pricing is available.

Is Sculptra® safe?

Yes, Sculptra® is FDA-approved, has been used since 1999, and the particles are biocompatible and biodegradable, which are naturally absorbed by the body.  Tell Dr. Joiner if you have any sensitivity to the components of Sculptra®, are pregnant, have any autoimmune disorders or have a history of keloid formation.  Let us know if you take any daily products that thin the blood. 

Learn more about Sculptra® injections today by scheduling a consultation at The Spa at NAPS. Our team offers a variety of cosmetic skin fillers to help you look youthful and rejuvenation. For the best Sculptra® treatment in Atlanta, trust our aesthetic professionals.

Dr. Alderman’s National Efforts on this Topic:

Chairperson for Aesthetica, a national aesthetic surgery meeting

American Society of Plastic Surgery Patient Safety Committee

Vice Chairperson, ASPS Education Aesthetic Council

Alderman, AK, Chung, KC.  Discussion: A Systematic Review of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures after Facial Cosmetic Surgery and/or Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2009, 123:1828-9.

Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC.  Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery.  In Plastic Surgery  1st Edition

Alderman, AK, Chung, KC.  Outcomes for Surgical Guidance in Plastic Surgery: Measuring Outcomes in Aesthetic Surgery.  Clinics in of Plastic Surgery, 2013:297-304.

Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC.  Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery.  In Plastic Surgery 4th Edition