by Dr. Barbara Hopkins
If you would like to get rid of facial wrinkles with Botox, then it’s important for you to understand the price of Botox treatments. Botox prices vary depending on the area where you live and the experience and prestige of your doctor.
Cosmetic surgeons normally price Botox based on the area of the face or neck they are treating. The average price for a Botox treatment session in the United States is approximately $400 per area.
It goes without saying that larger areas are going to cost more. For example, areas of the face that need more than one injection of Botox can cost between $500 and $1,000. Botox for the forehead can cost as much as $1,400.
Botox prices in Miami are going to be different from Botox prices in Las Vegas. The reason for this is that cosmetic surgeons in Miami can charge more for Botox. Plastic surgeons in New York City, Beverly Hills or Las Vegas can also command higher prices, due to the “Celebrity Botox” effect.
Given that most doctors pay the same amount for Botox, the difference in price will then be determined by the doctor’s reputation, prestige and office location. If you want discount Botox, then you should consider traveling to a smaller city where Botox prices are cheaper.
However, beware of trying to save a lot of money on Botox injections. At the end of the day, it is better to pay a little more for a reputable and experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your treatments so that you will be satisfied with the results.
Most doctors charge between $10 and $20 a unit for Botox. Botox comes in a vial with 100 units but your cosmetic surgeon can dilute the Botox with saline solution, depending on the type of treatment he wishes to administer. Usually, 20 units is sufficient to freeze the muscles.
Botox for the forehead takes around 20-25 units on average. The muscle size of an area determines how much Botox is needed to achieve a good result. It also depends on whether the vertical frown lines or the horizontal worry lines are being treated.
Years of squinting and frowning can create deep wrinkles around your eyes. These wrinkles are known as “crows feet.” Injections of Botox can help to reduce or even remove these wrinkles around your eyes.
After the muscles around your eyes have been relaxed with Botox, they no longer can move as they did before. Over time, the lines around the eyes disappear from lack of use, and new wrinkles are less likely to be formed. This can be seen in Botox before and after photos.
If you are interested in having Botox treatments, then the first step is to have a consultation with your local cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. He or she will examine your skin and determine the best course of treatment for you, based upon your unique circumstances.
Begin by putting together a list of doctors in your area that do Botox procedures. At the top of your list should be any doctor who comes personally recommended by friends, family or colleagues.
If the doctor has a web site, look it over to see what qualifications he or she has, what medical associations he or she belongs to, and how much experience he or she has with Botox.
Before scheduling a consultation, make a list of questions you have for the doctor. Through asking and receiving answers to these questions, you will be able to get a sense of whether you can trust the doctor.
Some good questions to ask are: “What is Botox?” “How does Botox work?” “Is Botox risky or dangerous?” “How long will the Botox procedure take?” “Do Botox injections hurt?” “How long will one injection last?” “How much is a single Botox procedure?” “How soon can I have an appointment?” “How long will it take to see the results?”
Telephone the names on the list and ask your questions to either the receptionist or the doctor. While talking on the phone with each doctor’s office, take detailed notes about the quality and completeness of the answers you receive.
Another good idea is to ask for references from other patients who have had Botox treatments. By talking to other patients, you can find out whether or not they are satisfied with the Botox treatments they received at a particular doctor’s office.
It’s vital that you find a physician whom you are comfortable with and who has experience and skill treating patients with Botox. Take your time and consult with several doctors until you find one who has the necessary experience and qualifications. Don’t cut corners when it comes to Botox doctors, because you won’t be happy with the results.
(published March 7, 2011)