Sculptra comes in a powder form so it has to be measured in mg. It is not in a liquid form until is it reconstituted in the doctor's office. The mixture is not standardized and is done per the preference of the injecting physician. Most docs are using a 9 cc reconstitution now. It was originally recommended to be a 4 or 5 cc dilution but it was found that this lead to more nodules than the less concentrated solution. Regardless of the cc's used for reconstitution, when a vial is used, the patient gets the full contents.
Why is Sculptra measured in mg rather than cc or ml?
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Doctor Answers 4
Sculptra Treatment Los Angeles
Hello and thank you for the question. Sculptra is distinct from other injectables. It is a biostimulator, by definition, which means that its introduction into tissue incites neocollagenesis or the formation of new collagen. The product, unlike some of the mainstream fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, is packaged as a powder and not a liquid. It becomes liquid upon being reconstituted. Hence, its quantified measurement is described in mg rather than ml.
Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS
Sculptra comes in a powder form which is measured in milligrams. To liquefy the powder; it is diluted with bacteriostatic water. The amount of water put in will not determine what mg you are receiving it will only determine the volume of the injection. Please speak with an experienced cosmetic surgeon who specializes in Sculptra injections. Best regards, Dr. Berger