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Non-Invasive Sculptra Butt Lift: Procedure Breakdown

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Aging, pregnancy, and weight loss – these are only some of the most common reasons why your buttocks lose their natural plumpness over time. If this is something you are concerned about, Sculptra Butt Lift can help you achieve promising results without undergoing surgery.

So how is Sculptra Butt Lift performed? A syringe containing the filler is injected into the treatment area to boost collagen production, resulting in a natural-looking butt lift. This treatment is completed in under 60 minutes at the doctor’s office.

What is Sculptra Butt Lift?

In a nutshell, Sculptra butt lift is a non-surgical treatment that utilizes a specific type of dermal filler formulated to add volume to your buttocks region.

Instead of the usual hyaluronic acid-based filler that restores facial volume, this non-invasive butt lift filler is created with poly-L-lactic acid to stimulate the production of collagen, a form of protein found in the tissues of your body. High collagen level results in an improved rate of cell growth and repair, keeping your skin firm, soft, and smooth.

Since Sculptra butt lift only utilizes injectables, performing surgery to transfer fats or install implants won’t be required.

Why Is It the Best Alternative to Surgical Treatment?

If you want to achieve excellent results without the risks that commonly accompany surgery procedures, Sculptra butt lift is the best alternative available in the cosmetic industry. Since it is non-invasive, the side effects that come with fat transfer and butt implants – such as scarring, deep infection, and fat embolism – are minimized.

 Sculptra Butt LiftBrazilian Butt Lift
Duration of Procedure30 minutes2-3 hours
Recovery Time1-2 days4-6 weeks
Cost$4,000 – $7,000$8,000+

What makes Sculptra butt lift the better choice when it comes to butt augmentation is its quick recovery time and duration of the procedure. Injecting the non-surgical butt fillers can only take around 30 minutes in a doctor’s office and you will only have to wait a day or two before returning to your usual routine. Aside from this, Sculptra butt lift is also significantly cheaper, starting at $4,000 compared to an $8,000 surgical butt lift.

Is This Procedure for Me?

Still undecided whether Sculptra is the right non-surgical butt lift treatment for you? We’ve highlighted some of its advantages you should also consider:

  • Anesthesia is not required, but you can request a local anesthesia from your doctor.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid is a safe substance that can boost collagen production.
  • There is no downtime after the procedure, but you might be advised to avoid strenuous activities for the first 24 hours.
  • The procedure only utilizes a sterilized syringe; no incisions are created during treatment.
  • The treatment provides natural results to women with different body types.
  • The results are temporary but can last up to 5 years.

Patient Qualifications

Compared to surgical butt lift, more patients are qualified for butt injections. You may opt for Sculptra butt lift if:

  • You want subtle lift or contour in the buttocks.
  • You’re searching for long-term but temporary results.
  • You’re not qualified for butt implants.
  • You lack excess fat for a Brazilian butt lift.
  • You are patient and willing to wait for gradual results.
  • You are in your 30s or 40s and suffering from saggy butt. 

Procedure Breakdown: What Should I Expect?

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Although the results of Sculptra Butt Lift are temporary, it’s still important to physically and mentally prepare yourself for the treatment. Here is everything you need to know about the procedure to help manage your expectations:

Preparations Before the Procedure

Depending on your lifestyle and general physical health, you may be asked to refrain from performing specific activities or ingesting medications before your scheduled treatment. Your doctor will ask you to:

  • Refrain from consuming alcoholic drinks at least 48 hours before the appointment
  • Avoid smoking
  • Discontinue your herbal supplement and blood-thinning medication intake for at least 2 weeks

You should also inform the doctor about your extensive medical history, including current health conditions and medications, if there is any. Disclosing this kind of information will not only minimize the risk of acquiring side effects; it will also help your doctor prescribe the right treatment.

What Happens During the Procedure?

After talking to your doctor about the kind of change you prefer, you will be asked to stand up so they can mark the treatment areas in your butt. The most popular type among patients is the C-shaped round buttocks, while others favor laterally fuller buttocks. Some doctors also offer combining both types.

Once the treatment regions are identified and marked, you will be asked to lie down as the doctor injects the Sculptra butt lift to your buttocks. Since the procedure is performed around the sensitive groin area, it’s crucial that all equipment must be sterilized.

The entire treatment is usually completed in under 60 minutes, depending on the number of syringes and targeted areas.

Things to Expect After the Procedure

Right after the procedure, you might notice a slight volume increase in your butt. However, this is not because of the Sculptra butt lift taking immediate effect. This is only caused by the water suspending the Sculptra particles. After a day or two, it will be naturally absorbed by your body.

Unlike surgical butt lift that produces instant results, non-surgical butt lift injections need ample time to take effect. The plumpness of your butt will gradually develop over time. You can also opt for more injections or follow-up treatments for improved outcomes.

Your body starts to naturally absorb the poly-L-lactic acid after several months, so Sculptra butt lift injections can only remain effective for an average of two to five years. If you want to prolong its effects, you can talk to your doctor about touch-up injections.

Learn more: Can I Exercise After Sculptra Butt Lift?

Tips and Aftercare

Since it is a non-invasive treatment, there are no strict aftercare exercises you are required to follow. However, you might be advised to refrain from drinking alcohol or hitting the gym for at least 24 hours after the treatment.

Although it is not a mandatory exercise, most experts and satisfied patients recommend following the 5/5/5 rule. This rule helps regulate the blood flow and prevent bruising in the treated area by asking you to “massage the area for 5 minutes, 5 times a day, for 5 days.”

How Much Does It Cost?

Like many aesthetic treatments, Sculptra butt lift is not covered by most insurance plans because it is classified as an elective cosmetic procedure. If you decide to undergo this treatment, you will have to pay for the entire procedure out of your pocket.

Since you are shouldering the full cost of the treatment, you might want to reduce the prices as much as possible. You can lessen the cost by looking into the two factors affecting the rates of Sculptra butt lift: the experience of your provider and the number of vials you need.

Professional Fee

Licensed medical professionals like registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, can perform the procedure. They will also charge a lower professional fee. On the other hand, a board-certified aesthetician might charge you a more expensive professional fee, but you can be sure that they are experienced in handling similar treatments.

Price of Sculptra Butt Lift

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average price of poly-L-lactic acid injections such as Sculptra butt lift is $878 per vial. For a simple butt lift, you will need to purchase four vials. If you are hoping for dramatic results, you can buy more vials and inject it into your butt, with professional help of course. This brings the price range of the treatment up to around $4,000 – $7,000.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Although it is a non-surgical butt lift procedure, introducing a foreign substance into the body can create negative reactions post-treatment. On the bright side, injectables are non-surgical so they pose less risks than other procedures. Here are some of the minor side effects that patients commonly experience after undergoing non-surgical butt lift:

  • Asymmetrical buttocks
  • Small lumps
  • Bleeding near the site
  • Rash and itching
  • Bruising and redness
  • Acne breakouts near treated region

In some cases, infection may develop at the treated site. Watch out for these symptoms:

  • Rise in the body temperature
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Yellow or green discharge at the injected site

If you feel extreme discomfort after the treatment, contact your doctor immediately to avoid worsening complications. These symptoms can be prevented if you are sure that the doctor performing the treatment is experienced when it comes to injecting cosmetic fillers.

Achieve Your Body Goals with Ethos Spa

Restore the natural volume of your butt with Sculptra Butt Lift here at Ethos Spa. We specialize in providing you with the right treatment needed to achieve your body goals. Our board-certified doctors are experienced in subtly lifting and contouring the buttocks region while maximizing patient comfort.

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Whether it’s your first-time resorting to a non-surgical butt lift or you’re looking for a clinic to assist with follow up treatment, our experts at Ethos Spa will offer you the care you need. Visit our clinic today or reach out to us at (908) 628-1916 for a consultation.

Learn more: What is the Difference Between Brazilian Butt Lift and Sculptra Butt Lift?

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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