Why is Sculptra measured in mg rather than cc or ml?

Doctor Answers 4

Sculptra is measured in mg not cc, why?

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. 


Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Sculptra Treatment Los Angeles

Leah,
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.  
Warmest Regards,
Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Sculptra Measurements

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

Andre Berger, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Why is Sculptra measured in mg rather than cc or ml?

Sculptra comes as a powder that is reconstituted with sterile water.  Each vial has the same amount, measured in mg because it is a powder and not a liquid.  The treating physician can decide how much water to add to the vial, so the volume can vary.  Thus the volume can vary, but the mg amount is the same per vial.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.