How Much Does Sculptra Cost?

what's the average price/cost

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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.

Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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.

How Much Does Sculptra Cost?

Hi Dj,

The cost of Sculptra varies depending upon the skill, experience, artistic ability, and the geographic location of the injecting physician.  It may range anywhere from $600 to $1200 per vial.  Most practices give a discount when multiple vials are purchased.  Please the video reference below for further information.  Most importantly, choose your treating physician most carefully.  Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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 15 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Sculptra, Is it worth the cost?

In my practice we charge $1000 per vial of Sculptra which doesn't tell you much unless you know how much you need. It does, however, give you a benchmark to work from.

In real practice we use it to add volume to the face in many areas and it is a very helpful alternative. It is a valid procedure that works well for loss of facial volume.

If I am planning an operative procedure, like a facelift or fractional CO2 laser I often use micro-structural fat grafting for this same application since I can obtain more volume and some of the fat (50%) should be permanent.

In general I use an 8 ml dilution for Sculptra. With fat grafting I may graft 20 to 30 ml in the face during a facial rejuvenation for the same price. Often fat grating may be combined with a mini-lift or facelift and fractional laser. When these are combined, truly excellent, dramatic yet natural looking results can be obtained.

If a patient is not interested in a surgical procedure, but still wants to add volume to the face sculptra is my first choice. Most patients will require at least 2 injections. If you are being asked to spend several thousand dollars on sculptra alone and have discussed possible surgical alternatives, I would advise this as it may give you a better result for about the same or only slightly more cost.

Remember, some doctors injecting sculptra are not trained to do the more complex facial procedures so their bias is to offer up sculptra and dermal fillers as the panacea for all facial aging. Don't fall into this trap as it can be a very costly mistake since Sculptra is not permanent.

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
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Sculptra cost in Denver

In Denver, I have seen Sculptra priced between $700 and $800 per vial.  You will sometimes see specials such as "buy 3 vials, get 1 free".  As other docs have posted, it is more cost upfront than hyaluronic acid fillers but saves money in the long-run.  Specifically, it works to build up the underlying structural scaffolding that enables more efficient use of hyaluronic acid fillers. 

The results that can be achieved with Sculptra are highly dependent on the skill and expertise of your provider.  There is no "eraser" for Sculptra as with the hyaluronic acid products.  Proper injection techniques that minimize potential side effects take a lot of experience to master - so it is best not to price-shop. 

If possible in your area, find a board-certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon, especially those who work as clinical trainers for Galderma, the company that manufactures Sculptra - these are members of the Galderma Injection Training Network (GAIN). 

Michael Contreras, MD
Greenwood Village Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

How much does Sculptra cost?

Costs for a Sculptra injections will certainly vary depending on your location. Things to factor in for the injection standpoint will be the facility fee, anesthesia fee, and who is injecting it.  A range in price ~$800-1500/syrnge is not unreasonable. Cost also depends on the complexity of your case and how much work would need to be done to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing result for you. Good luck!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Cost of Sculptra

Sculptra is initially more expensive than traditional fillers that provide immediate results.  The benefit of Sculptra is that the results will last up to two years after correction is achieved.  One vial of Sculptra is $1,000 and that one vial can be used on different areas of the face on the same treatment.  After 4 weeks all patients return for follow-up treatment.  It generally takes two or three treatments scheduled a month apart.  The number of vials depends on both the age of the patient and the amount of volume that needs to be replaced. 

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