The Ultimate Guide to the Sculptra Butt Lift

The Sculptra butt lift is a non-invasive alternative to traditional buttock augmentation procedures such as the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) or implants. It involves the use of Sculptra injections, a dermal filler made of poly-L-lactic acid, designed to trigger collagen production in the injection site. Best of all, it requires minimal downtime, allowing you to get back to your regular activities swiftly. 

So, let’s delve deeper to understand how a Sculptra butt lift can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

What is a Sculptra Butt Lift?

Sculptra is an FDA-approved dermal filler primarily used to stimulate collagen production. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic acid, a substance that helps rejuvenate your skin from within. Initially used for facial enhancement, Sculptra injections have now found their place in the realm of non-surgical butt lift treatments.

The Sculptra butt lift procedure entails injecting vials of Sculptra into the upper buttock area. The poly-L-lactic acid in Sculptra stimulates collagen production, which gradually increases volume, improves skin texture, and reduces the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. In multiple clinical studies, Sculptra has been shown to safely and effectively enhance the firmness, shape, proportions and size of the buttocks.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

If you are looking for subtle enhancement rather than a dramatic change, this procedure could be for you. Ideal candidates include individuals who:

  • Wish to improve the appearance of their buttocks
  • Don’t want to undergo plastic surgery
  • Don’t have enough fat for transfer
  • Have good skin elasticity

To know if you’re a good candidate, we recommend a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. There, you’ll be able to discuss your aesthetic goals and establish a treatment plan tailored to you.

Can a Sculptra Butt Lift Replace Plastic Surgery?

While this technique offers a convenient and less invasive alternative to traditional butt lift surgeries, it’s essential to note that the two are not entirely interchangeable. 

Sculptra is best for those seeking a modest enhancement and who prefer a non-surgical procedure with minimal downtime. On the other hand, plastic surgery options can offer more dramatic results and the ability to contour specific areas of your body more precisely. 

Therefore, your choice between Sculptra and plastic surgery will largely depend on your desired results, your body’s suitability for fat transfer or grafting, and your willingness to undergo a surgical procedure with a more extended recovery period.

Why Choose Sculptra Over Plastic Surgery?

Both a Sculptra butt lift and traditional buttock augmentation are effective, long-lasting solutions to enhance the appearance of your buttocks. However, they differ greatly in terms of overall experience and one can’t necessarily replace the other. Here are the biggest differences between Sculptra and implants or a BBL:

Minimal Downtime

One of the significant benefits of the Sculptra butt lift is the minimal recovery time. Unlike surgical butt augmentation, which involves incisions and an extensive recovery period, a Sculptra butt lift is a non-surgical procedure. This means less downtime, fewer side effects, and a quicker return to your daily activities.

No Need for Fat Transfer

Many people do not have enough fat for a traditional BBL, which involves transferring fat from one part of your body, such as the abdomen into the buttocks. Sculptra is an excellent option for those who are leaner but still wish for a fuller backside. 

Gradual Results

The treatment sessions for Sculptra are spaced several weeks apart to allow new collagen to form and provide optimal results. This means that your enhancement will appear more natural, as the final results aren’t immediate but rather develop over time.

What to Expect During and After the Procedure

A Sculptra butt lift is a non-surgical procedure that enhances the curve and shape of the buttocks using a dermal filler called Sculptra. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to expect during the process:


The first step is a consultation with your provider. During this meeting, your provider will discuss your goals, physiology, and recovery preferences. They will also explain the personalized treatment plan and ensure that Sculptra is the best fit for you.


Before your Sculptra butt lift appointment, your provider will give you instructions on how to prepare. You may be instructed to stop smoking and avoid taking blood-thinning medications. Eliminating nuts, seeds, fish, fish oil, NSAIDs, supplements, and anything that prolongs bleeding will significantly help minimize bruising, bleeding, and swelling after your injections. You may also start using bruise-fighting arnica gel several days before your appointment.


The procedure itself is relatively quick and straightforward. Your provider will use sterilized equipment to inject Sculptra into your buttocks. The number of injections will depend on your specific goals and the provider’s assessment. Typically, patients start with 10 vials at each visit, and 2–3 visits are usually recommended. Each session will last under an hour.

After the injections are completed, you may receive a bandage on the area where the shots were inserted. You can get dressed as usual and are clear to drive immediately afterward. 

Recovery and Results

Most patients report a 1-2 day recovery period, during which time you should avoid strenuous exercise and suntanning. You may experience some bruising, swelling, soreness, and asymmetry, which should subside within a few weeks. Ice the area as necessary to reduce pain and swelling, but don’t use firm pressure or heavy ice bags. You’ll also be instructed to massage the treated area for five minutes five times a day for five days after treatment. 

It’s important to be patient with Sculptra treatments as results are not instant. You will see an increase in volume due to water retention, but this usually subsides after a few days. It may take a few weeks to a few months for the product to start building collagen and be noticeable to you.

As results develop, your buttocks will appear smoother and rounder, with less visible cellulite and stretch marks.

How Long Do Results Last?

The longevity of Sculptra results can vary from person to person, but generally, the effects can last up to two years or even longer in some cases. Unlike other dermal fillers, Sculptra works by stimulating your body’s own collagen production, offering a more gradual and natural-looking enhancement. This stimulation of new collagen helps maintain the treatment’s effects over a more extended period, making it a long-lasting option for those looking to smooth out hip dips or add volume to the buttocks. To maintain optimal results, some individuals opt for touch-up sessions.

Sculptra Butt Lift Side Effects

The Sculptra butt lift is considered a low-risk procedure, but as with any cosmetic procedure, there are potential side effects and risks associated with it.

The most common side effects are related to the injection process. These include bruising or redness, swelling, and bleeding at the injection site. These effects are usually temporary and should subside within a few days.

Another potential side effect is the formation of nodules, lumps, or bumps under the skin, which may smooth out over time. Asymmetrical results are also a possibility, although this risk can be minimized by choosing an experienced provider.

In rare cases, patients may experience an allergic reaction to the Sculptra filler. This risk is minimal, but it’s important to discuss any allergies or sensitivities with your provider before the procedure.

Can Sculptra Fix Hip Dips?

In addition to augmenting the upper buttocks, Sculptra can be used to correct “hip dips,” the indentations on each side of the hip that appear in some people due to body composition and genetics. As with a butt lift, Sculptra hip dip injections are performed in a series of treatments and gradually fill out these indentations to create a rounder silhouette.


The Sculptra butt lift is a revolutionary non-surgical option for those looking to achieve a rounder, fuller butt without the hassles and risks of cosmetic surgery. By promoting natural collagen production, Sculptra offers a safer and more natural-looking enhancement with minimal downtime. To find out if this treatment is right for you, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your aesthetic goals and skincare needs.

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