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How Much Does Sculptra Cost?
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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.
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
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Sculptra - rule of thumb - one vial per decade
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.
Sculptra cost in Denver
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).
How much does Sculptra cost?
Cost of Sculptra
How Much Does Sculptra Cost?
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.
Sculptra is priced by the vial
Sculptra is an FDA-approved facial "volumizer" that works by stimulating your own collagen production. Unlike fillers that treat discrete lines, Sculptra works to restore the volume of facial areas that have shrunken with age (e.g. cheeks). Sculptra treatments are done every 6 weeks or so until you are happy. Typically, younger people require fewer sessions (3-4 vials) while older folks require more (6-8 vials). From conversations with my colleagues around the country, Sculptra can cost as little as $650 or as much as $1000 per vial. In Baltimore, I charge $675.
The value of Sculptra lies in experienced hands
Sculptra performed by a board-certified physician (either dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or oculoplastics) in the San Diego varies between roughly $700 to $1000 per vial. It requires a series of treatments, but the results are FDA-approved for 2 years, with several clinical studies showing duration of at least 3 years. Thus, from a cost perspective over time, Sculptra may be a more economical choice for facial volume restoration in the long-term.
I cannot underscore enough the importance of having a trusted, trained physician inject the product. Only dermatologists and plastic surgeons are currently trained on use of the product (there are some non-specialists that are also qualified, as they were trained early on when Sculptra was used for HIV lipoatrophy). As a physician trainer myself (I train other dermatologists and plastic surgeons how to use Sculptra), it is critical that your injector is a well-trained, well-skilled physician. Ask for their training certificate! Using a non-specialist physician or a non-physician injector may compromise your results and are not the intended end-users of the product per current company training standards.
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.