Sculptra is a brand of injectable fillers used for anti-aging treatments on the skin.

What sets these injections apart from other cosmetic fillers is poly-L-lactic acid. This active ingredient helps stimulate collagen production in the skin, boosting previously lost volume from the inside out.

Sculptra injections are also approved for the use of fat loss in the face from lipoatrophy.

Unlike other cosmetic injections that last about a year, Sculptra treatments can last up to twice as long. Such results may be achieved within a few months when injections are spaced out every few weeks.

Overall, Sculptra is safe. You may experience redness and discomfort at the injection site. However, these injections are far safer (and less expensive) compared with surgical treatments, such as fat grafting or facelifts.

Before you book a Sculptra session, it’s important to understand all the anticipated costs of your treatment.

The average cost per treatment was $923 in 2016, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Your total amount will vary depending on how many vials are used, your provider, and even your location.

Inquire with a few different providers first to determine your anticipated costs.

Insurance typically doesn’t cover Sculptra injections. This is because insurance companies don’t regard cosmetic procedures as medically necessary. The only exceptions are when Sculptra is used to treat skin changes from HIV or lipoatrophy.

There are a few options to help offset Sculptra costs up front.

First, you may ask your provider about discounts that may be offered for regular members. They might also offer payment plans for their services.

The manufacturers of Sculptra offer an assistance program for those who need the injections to improve their quality of life but don’t have insurance. You can find more information about the Sculptra Patient Access Program and download an application here.

While fillers like Sculptra aren’t cheap, these procedures are far less expensive in the short term compared with surgeries like facelifts. Cosmetic injections also pose fewer side effects. That can also save you money overall.

Overall, the cost of Sculptra injections depends on how many vials are needed for the treatment area. Your provider will recommend a specific number of vials based on your age and overall treatment goals.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimates the average cost of Sculptra injections was $923 per treatment in 2016.

Juvéderm Voluma, like Sculptra, is primarily used around the eye and cheek area. It’s a type of dermal filler that contains hyaluronic acid. This active ingredient creates a plumping effect underneath the skin at the injection site almost instantly. Results can last up to one year.

The average cost of each Voluma syringe is around $1,475, according to consumer estimates. As with Sculptra injections, you’ll need to repeat your treatment to maintain your results.

Radiesse is a calcium hydroxylapatite-containing filler that’s primarily used to add volume to the areas of the face that are sagging due to aging.

It’s also sometimes injected into the hands, which requires more syringes and can end up costing more.

The average cost of each Radiesse syringe is $662, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is cheaper compared to Sculptra, but the results don’t last as long — about 10 to 12 months.

When shopping for a Sculptra provider, ask to see a portfolio of their work. This includes clients’ before and after pictures.

Share on Pinterest
Sculptra before and after. Image via

While Sculptra injections aren’t covered by medical insurance, you still need to see a medical professional for this procedure. Your options include dermatologic surgeons, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons.

The right provider is a professional who has both training and experience with Sculptra injections. Also ask to see their work portfolio.

If you’re not sure which professionals in your area perform Sculptra injections, try searching here.

Sculptra injections are just one of the many dermal filler options available.

While your bottom line is important, it’s also important to consider other factors before committing to Sculptra treatments.

Book a consultation with your provider to get a better idea of how many vials and treatments you may need, as well as whether other treatment options might be a better fit.