How Much Does Sculptra Cost?

what's the average price/cost

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Sculptra - rule of thumb - one vial per decade

A good rule of thumb is that you will need one vial for each decade of life.

So, a woman in her forties will need four vials; a woman in her sixties will need six vials.

Sculptra is typically performed over several sessions.  In a typical session, two vials are injected. However, if a patient is very volume depleted, I may choose to do three vials; if a patient doesn't need as much, I may only do 1 vial.

This is a rough guide.  And some percentage of patients will require more total vials to get the desired effect and others less. 

In our practice, Sculptra is ~$800/vial, and a typical session is ~$1600.  So, a series of three sessions will run about $4800.  This is a big investment, but Sculptra does provide the most "bang for the bunk," in terms of the amount of volume that it provides and the length of time the volume lasts.  Their initial study showed that patients were just as satisfied at 2 years with their wrinkle reduction. 

I do recommend maintenance of 1-2 vials annually or bi-annually.

Cost of Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra Aesthetic works much differently than other fillers. It helps your body create and regenerate its own, natural collagen, thereby giving a longer lasting result. Sculptra Aesthetic is proven to last up to 2 years, and can be injected to create global volume, rather than just filling in deep wrinkles. We price Sculptra by the syringe and by the vial - $100 per syringe or $700 per vial (8 syringes). Sculptra needs to be injected every 4 weeks for 12 weeks to get the optimal result.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Sculptra cost

Prior to receiving FDA approval for lipoatrophy (loss of facial fat) due to aging, we charged $1200/bottle. We generally dilute a bottle with 6-7cc of sterile water and add 2cc of local anesthetic prior to dosing, so a bottle can generate almost 9-10cc of product, which can be used to fill cheeks and temples.

Since Sculptra was approved in 8/09, the price has been reduced by its manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, to promote its launch. We anticipate that the charge will be on the order of $750-800/bottle.

Important considerations include: a) nodularity can occur with all dermal fillers; b) Sculptra produces a gradual correction, and lasts at least 2 years; c) Sculptra has some "no go" zones, including lips, eyelids, marionette's lines and lower jaw; d) older individuals will experience slower correction as their biosynthetic capacity is generally slower; e) after 2 years, retreatment doesn't require the full course initially undertaken.

Cost issues aside, please consider your options carefully. There are many options and you should get full disclosure before undertaking any. Good luck.

Lavinia K. Chong, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Scuptra cost is slightly greater upfront cost, save thousands in the long run!

After a complete assessment, a determination is made as to how many vials (bottles) and how many treatment sessions will be required. I have patients bring in photos of themselves from each decade which helps illustrate the progression and location of volume loss.

Most patients in their 30's and 40's need 1 vial per treatment and require on average 3 treatments, which are spaced 8 weeks apart. Older patients will require two vials per treatment session and sometimes require more more than 3 treatment sessions. A single vial is usually all that is needed every two years for a boost to maintain your results.

The cost for one vial is 1100 and if a second vial is needed, it is discounted to 800. On average, patients will spend $3300 to $4900 on their 3 treatments over a 4 to 6 month period. The upfront investment is higher than with other fillers but the results speak for themselves. Most patients are looking for value these days. Over the course of 5 years, you will save thousands of dollars by avoiding repeated injections of other shorter lasting fillers.

A word of caution. Do not base your selection of your Sculptra injector on price alone. Unlike injection errors with shorter lasting products, an error in placement with Sculptra can have negative aesthetic results for a few years due to its long duration of effect. Make sure your physician is among the "core specialists" i.e. a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. In addition, they should have extensive experience with the product. It helps if they are also clinical trainers for Sanofi Aventis, the makers of Sculptra.

Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 153 reviews

Cost of Sculptra

Sculptra in the South Bay runs $750 per vial.  A rule of thumb for Sculptra needs is plan on one vial per every decade of life.  In other words, if you are 40 years old and in need, it will be about 4 vials.  I usually place two vials on the first visit and after 6-8 weeks plan on a reassessment and placement of additional Sculptra as needed.  The focus in each visit is to achieve symmetry and a natural looking fill.  

Steven Swengel, MD
Los Gatos Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Sculptra Costs

Sculptra prices vary. Each is sold per vial to physicians.I personally charge $600 a vial. I use alot of the product so the cost to me is significantly less than other who may not use as much.  I charge per vial I use. A general rule is one vial per decade over 30. It really depends on the area treating, individual needs and desired results. The more often you do , the more stimulation you get. For example, using 2 vials twice may produce similar results as one vial three times. Expereince is the key to getting optimal results.

The Cost of Sculptra

The cost of Sculptra varies but averages $750 to $1000 per vial depending on how many vials you need. In essence you are not purchasing a “vial” but rather the skilled

administration of properly mixed product based on the depth and concentration where it is placed. It is important to understand most clients are really interested in a
"result" or an "aesthetic appearance" that is safely administered with state of the art technology. This is achieved by placing specific product in an area and depth that makes it not only look good, but also lasting as long as possible. As an example, 5 syringes injected by one provider may achieve a differing result than one or two vials injected by another practitioner. Before any procedure, I would highly recommend asking about the experience and education of your aesthetic injector and establish a good rapport with your doctor.

Anil Rajani, MD
Portland Physician
4.7 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Cost of Sculptra Aesthetic

The average cost per vial of Sculptra is $850.  However, it can’t be emphasized enough that of all the injectables available in the market, this one requires the most skill and experience. The results last for approximately 2 years, so it doesn’t wear off like Botox & Dysport, and can’t be dissolved whereas Restylane and Juvederm fillers can.  Therefore, don’t let price sway you as much as skill and experience! 

Hope you found this answer helpful.  All the best!

Burke Robinson, MD, FACS
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

The Cost of Sculptra

Sculptra is a poly L lactic acid it helps your body regenerate its own natural collagen. Sculptra can last up to two years. It costs $800 per vial.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Sculptra Costs

We charge $699 a vial and currently have a buy 3 vials get 1 free promotion. Most clients get 2 vials per treatment and 3 treatments total for best results. We recommend getting 1 treatment of 2 vials, then getting your second treatment 6 weeks later. If your doctor participates in Galderma's Aspire Rewards (the rewards program by the manufacturer of Sculptra) you also get additional savings.

Justin Harper, MD
Columbus Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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