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What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) filler and collagen stimulator. Sculptra is an essential component of many of Dr. Emer’s patient-specific, combination sculpting protocols to subtly lift tissue, tighten the skin, fill facial hollows, replace lost volume, and slow the aging process.



A renowned authority in the techniques and complex science of facial and body sculpting, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer utilizes Sculptra as a foundation for many contouring procedures. Dr. Emer has offered Sculptra in Beverly Hills for over a decade and has a refined ability to pair this collagen-stimulating filler with other cosmetic treatments to achieve remarkable enhancements for his patients.

How Does Sculptra Work?

Decreased collagen production is a natural part of aging and the reason we start to see wrinkles, sagging, hollows, and other unwanted changes to our appearance. Sculptra works to gradually replace diminished collagen to slow the aging process on the inside and “turn back the clock” on the outside.

Made from an absorbable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), Sculptra acts a fertilizer deep beneath the skin, boosting collagen production and helping to restore your skin’s inner structure and volume. With a series of treatments, the remodeled collagen strands restore lost volume, provide fullness to smooth out wrinkles and folds, and gradually tighten the skin over the course of several months.


The Dr. Emer Difference

With his extensive cosmetic dermatological experience and his propensity for innovation, Dr. Emer has developed highly effective multi-faceted approaches to facial and body contouring with Sculptra. He is able to leverage Sculptra’s long-term collagen building effects to maximize your results with complementary treatments.

Facial Contouring With Sculptra

Facial volume loss tends to most significantly impact the temples, cheeks, jawline, chin, and nasolabial folds. To comprehensively rejuvenate, shape, and restore fullness in these areas, Dr. Emer may combine Sculptra with:


  • Dermal fillers
  • Thread lifting
  • Microneedling radiofrequency (RF) devices
  • Lasers
  • Facial fat grafting
  • Renuva synthetic fat grafting

Body Contouring With Sculptra

While Sculptra is primarily used for facial sculpting, Dr. Emer has developed several innovative body contouring treatments that utilize this cosmetic injectable. As an experienced body sculptor and expert in injectable fillers, Dr. Emer can use Sculptra to provide non-surgical enhancement of the arms, chest, thighs, knees, and buttocks.

Dr. Emer often employs RF treatments, such as Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra, Thermage, and/or InMode Forma/Contoura, to activate Sculptra body contouring treatments. RF therapies provide further stimulation of collagen production for maximum improvements in the texture and tone of the skin as well.

Dr. Emer also combines Sculptra with injectable treatments like Renuva synthetic fat grafting, Radiesse, and/or Bellafill. These advanced combinations of fillers work to provide more definition and softening as well as more significant improvements in size and shape.

Dr. Emer’s “BellaLift” treatment, which pairs Sculptra and Bellafill, has proven to be a highly effective non-surgical body contouring solution. Bellafill is a semi-permanent dermal filler that increases volume and promotes collagen production, making it an exceptional complement to Sculptra. BellaLift builds out the treated area over time, creating fuller, firmer contours that last.

Dr. Emer’s most sought-after Sculptra body shaping treatments involve the lower body and include:

Non-surgical Butt Lift

For male and female patients looking for a fuller, rounder butt, Sculptra is a no-downtime, minimally invasive solution. Sculptra can be used in lieu of (or in addition to) a fat transfer to the buttocks, or Brazilian butt lift (BBL). With the proper dilution and Dr. Emer’s meticulous technique, Sculptra does not cause any lumps or bumps and is safe for injection in the buttocks.

Dr. Emer frequently performs a BellaLift butt lift using a combination of Sculptra and Bellafill. Patients enjoy faster noticeable results and longer-term enhancement with this advanced treatment. In some cases, Renuva and/or Radiesse may also be used as part of a Sculptra butt lift.

Hip Dip Filler

Hip dips are inward-curving contours on the side body, between the hip bones and upper thighs. These indentations are associated with certain genetic characteristics of the pelvic skeletal structure. Although hip dips, or violin hips, pose no medical risk, many patients prefer more rounded hip contours. BellaLift can help to fill out hip dents and achieve a fuller, softer look.

Cellulite Improvement

Dr. Emer frequently incorporates Sculptra into cellulite reduction treatments. The gold standard for cellulite improvement is Cellfina. This minimally invasive device uses a small, motorized needle to target the fibrous bands beneath the surface of the skin that cause cellulite dimples.

Dr. Emer complements Cellfina with Sculptra injections to fill visible indentations and kickstart collagen production. Fat grafting, energy-based devices (Exilis Ultra and Venus Legacy), and/or shockwave therapy (Cellutone, eVIVE, or ZWave), may also be recommended to further optimize collagen production and encourage smoother skin texture and long-term skin tightening.



Dr. Emer can determine your candidacy for Sculptra in a consultation. He will assess the areas you want to improve and learn about your medical history and desired treatment outcomes. He can then develop a customized sculpting protocol to best achieve your goals.

In general, candidates for Sculptra are healthy individuals who want to add volume and improve definition in the face or body. Sculptra is made from a biocompatible, biodegradable material that is safe for all skin types. It is particularly effective for patients with darker skin tones, who are known to be more active collagen producers genetically.

Good candidates for Sculptra are often patients who use dermal fillers, as Sculptra is an optimal method of enhancing results by building a long-term, collagen-rich foundation beneath the skin. The treatment is ideal for those who metabolize fillers more quickly than others and for active patients who follow high-protein diets and rigorous exercise regimens.


I flew to LA for my consultation. Dr Emer’s staff is unbelievably down to earth and caring. They made me feel very special and welcome. When Dr Emer walked in with a huge smile, immediately his wonderful energy filled the entire room! I was smitten right away. Of course I wanted it all, but decided to start with 3 recommendations….filler, sculptra and ultherapy.. I am blown away… The sculptra is now kicking in and my face is smoother, juicer looking and is fuller instead of long. I am so impressed!!!!! I think it took at least 8 years off. Anyway, I LOVE Dr E and his staff!!! I can’t wait to go back for additional treatments. I like what I see in the mirror. At this very moment, I am REALLY ecstatic about the result! Most DEF an artist and magic maker….see you soon Dr E!!

– SP

“Dr. Emer’s expertly injected 2 syringes of sculptra. I was extremely afraid and Dr. Emer eased my worries with his sweet face and gentle words. His team Jonathan (patient coordinator) and ReVay (nurse) were amazing and they were there for me during the entire process. Dr. Emer and his team were extremely kind and assuring. Now I look like my old beautiful self. I can see a huge improvement. Dr. Emer improved my worse scars and got rid of so many other scars. I will be back to see Dr. Emer. I am so grateful I have found the best dermatological surgeon! I am so grateful for him. Thank you Dr. Emer!”

– Olivia G

“I am thrilled with the results!!! Over the last few years, I’ve become concerned and bothered by facial atrophy, along with loss of adipose tissue/resilience and volume. I was seeking a more invasive procedure such as the ‘mid-face’ lift but Dr. Emer offered a much more suitable alternative for me — injectable fillers. Dr. Emer’s technique-using Radiesse and Sculptra have yielded incredible results. I am so happy with the results! I now have volume, along with a significant ‘lift’. Dr. Emer is extremely down to earth, genuine and kind. Thank you, Dr. Emer!”

– Christina L

Sculptra Procedure


Dr. Emer will first cleanse the treatment area and apply a topical anesthetic. In addition to topical numbing cream, Dr. Emer incorporates lidocaine into the diluted Sculptra solution, so there is typically very little discomfort during the procedure.


Next, Dr. Emer will inject small aliquots of Sculptra in a thread-like pattern, “seeding” the area to create a framework beneath the skin. He then lightly massages the area to ensure aesthetic results.


Depending on your treatment plan, he may follow the Sculptra injections with laser treatments, microneedling, and/or microneedling radiofrequency (RF) devices to help “activate” the Sculptra and kickstart collagen production.

What to Expect

After Sculptra

Since Sculptra is a minimally invasive procedure, patients can return to work and normal activities the same day as the treatment. Tenderness, redness, or bruising can occur in the treated area but will diminish within a week or two. Dr. Emer will provide personalized aftercare instructions based on your specific treatment or combination of treatments.

Sculptra functions to stimulate your body’s natural collagen production, so results appear gradually over several months. You can expect to enjoy your Sculptra enhancements for up to two years.

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How Much Does Sculptra Cost?

The price of Sculptra for facial or body contouring depends on the number of injections needed and whether it is paired with another procedure. Dr. Emer will explain all costs associated with your treatment plan prior to scheduling any procedures.

Contact Our Office to Schedule a Consultation

With his superior ability to craft effective sculpting approaches for all skin and body types, Dr. Emer is the best choice for Sculptra in Beverly Hills. Contact our office today to reserve your consultation with Dr. Emer and experience the benefits of cutting-edge, safety-oriented, and personalized care.

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