How is Sculptra Rated in Terms of Cost Effectiveness Compared to Similar Procedures?

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Sculptra and Cost Effectiveness

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Sculptra is different from all other facial injections.  Fillers like Juvederm or Restylane fill immediately.  These treatments last six to nine months depending on the amount and location injected.  Sculptra will be more expensive since you will need multiple treatments scheduled at least one month a part.  The benefit of Sculptra is that you can use it in areas that you can not use the other fillers.  Sculptra also gradually has the effect of producing your own body's collagen.  The cosmetic effects of Sculptra can last up to two years and can be used to correct facial hollows and add volume that look beautiful and natural.

Sculptra Cost-Effectiveness

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It's hard to know exactly what you're asking in this question. There aren't many similar products in terms of MECHANISM of action (that is, stimulating the body to GRADUALLY produce it's own collagen). In terms of accomplishing volume filling, there are many other options such as Radiesse, Juvederm, or Restylane, and they are comparable financially, but fill using a substance rather than causing the body to respond. They also only take one session, while Sculptra can take a series of sessions. So really, it all depends on what exactly you're looking for. I recommend talking to a local physician who offers ALL the facial volume filling substances so that you can get an honest opinion on what is best for you (not just what they have to offer). Best of luck! 

Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

How is Sculptra Rated in Terms of Cost Effectiveness Compared to Similar Procedures?

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Very interesting question. Terms need to be defined. If you mean quickest "bang for your buck" than Sculptra is not rated well. The faster acting fillers like Restylane and Juvederm achieve this. On the other hand if you want longer term correction in multiple visits than the Sculptra or Radeisse would be the logical choice. BUT, always a but. I would think fat grafts offer both and cost per cc is much lower. BTW, Sculptra is more a "stimulator" than a filler. 

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Cost effectiveness of Sculptra

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True facial rejuvenation often begins with volume replacement with deeper fillers such as Sculptra and/or Radiesse. Sculptra causes an increase in volume that is correspondingly gradual, starting 3 months after the injection and achieving a maximum at approximately 5 to 6 months post injection.  I usually recommend a minimum of three treatments, each four to six weeks apart. After your treatment series, the final result takes many months to appear but should last for years. When looking at cost effectiveness you have to compare similar types of fillers as well as the length of time they are expected to last.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Is Sculptra cost effective

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The question you ask is a very common one as the cost per session of Sculptra is commonly higher and the results take time to see. Understanding that new material is being created with Sculptra where the other commonly used fillers just hide the problem makes the answer difficult. I feel that since Sculptra created new tissue, and that once it has stopped growing, you will then start aging in that area from a more youthful point, that it is more cost effective than other fillers, but Sculptra and the other fillers are really not interchangeable. Sculptra cannot be used interchangeably with the HA fillers, so it is hard to equate the two to give you a valid answer..

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

There really isn't anything to compare with sculptra

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Sculptra works entirely by stimulating new collagen. It is layered in over two or three easy treatments, separated by about 6 weeks. Initially it may seem slightly more expensive than traditional fillers; but the results are so much more natural and long lasting.

In the long run it is probably less costly, and once you get where you want to be, there is much less "maintenance."

Christopher J. Peers, MD
South Bend Facial Plastic Surgeon

Since it lasts longer it can be more cost-effective in the long run

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Since Sculptra lasts much longer than other fillers, although it has a higher up-front cost it is actually much more cost-effective than other fillers in the long run.

However, you ask about 'similar procedures' - did you mean other fillers?

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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