How Much Does Botox Cost?
Botox usually costs between $10-16 per unit. The average cost of Botox injections ultimately depends on a number of factors including in which area you get treated, your age, the health of your skin, whether you are a smoker and the extent of your wrinkles.
With anti-wrinkle injections you need to remember that the cost is an ongoing one. You don’t just pay for one session and that’s it you have ironed out gorgeous skin for the rest of your life. The truth is you need to keep reinjecting, which can get expensive so you need to budget for future treatments as well.
It is difficult to calculate the exact treatment cost as there are hundreds of cosmetic and plastic surgeons who offer these services and each person’s facial profile and extent of aging is different. The best way of getting an idea about how much you can expect to pay for your injections is by using a unit pricing guide. By multiplying the Botox per unit cost with the average recommended number of units for the treatment area, you can get a close enough price range for your procedure. The table below shows the recommended dosage rates for men and women for cosmetic Botox injections in the facial area.
How much should I pay?
On average, you can expect to pay around $10-$16 per unit for a cosmetic treatment using Botox. Of course, the actual amount of your outlay can vary depending on a variety of factors. For example the cost of botox for crow’s feet can be significantly less than getting your frown lines or forehead wrinkles treated. Sometimes you will need more than one area and the prices can be combined.
There are multiple ways to find out detailed information on actual Botox costs including contacting your local clinic for a quote, using online calculators and quote tools and browsing websites of your local clinics. Many of them provide unit pricing on their site, but unfortunately most won’t tell you exactly how much you’ll be up for in total until you have a consultation with them. At your appointment they will assess the degree of skin rhytids (wrinkles, folds, creases) and then tell you how many units will been required to get your skin smooth.
Getting an exact price upfront is much easier in the UK where Botox prices are based on a per area basis (for example between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, forehead etc). If you live in the US your only option of getting accurate costing is to go see the clinic. Otherwise you can only really estimate based on the dosage rates and unit pricing. Just note that Botox costs more for men because they usually require more units than women.
Is Botox worth it?
Reading up on Botox reviews should be a vital part of your research. By seeing what others have to say about their experiences, you can determine for yourself whether you’re willing to accept the risks and side effects. Once you’re ready to have the treatment, you should research prices and find a clinic near you.
Without a doubt, the final cost you pay will depend on where you go. If you’re in the city, be prepared to pay more. Due to sociological factors, the local Botox costs are cheaper in the outskirts. If you live in the heart of a city, you may want to consider travelling a little further to get your total doctor’s bill reduced. Just because a clinic is not located in a busy area doesn’t mean the service won’t be just as good. Before you decide to go ahead with a procedure, you should first see what other people are saying about the treatment and the doctor.
Including Botox in your budget early
Ever heard of preventative Botox treatments? Doctors have now started to inject younger patients with muscle relaxing injections in order to delay wrinkle formation. This makes sense because the more you move your face through facial expressions, the quicker you’ll get lines and creases develop. By paralyzing the necessary muscles, you won’t get the exaggerated movements in your face (but don’t worry, you won’t look like a plastic doll either). These pre-emptive treatments can be less expensive (only usually about 20-30% cheaper) since there’s not that much damage to the skin and hence a lower dosage can be used. This could potentially save you money in cosmetic wrinkle treatments in the future as well.
I’m a cheapskate, how can I get Botox?
So your wallet is a bit tight but you still want the looks of a high profile celebrity? Well, there are ways you can get treatments without paying an arm and a leg for it. The first place to try is to see whether your local doctors are offering discounts. You can get even bigger price discounts at Botox parties. So if you have a few friends who are keen to get treated, maybe you can organise one – or just attend someone else’s shindig. Whilst some clinics may reduce the price per unit, others may give you a credit towards your next purchase. Either way, you are getting more value for money if you buy at a discounted rate.
Whatever you do, never buy the product and try to inject it yourself. That just screams disaster. There are lots of scam sites which try to sell muscle relaxing formula and pass it off as genuine “Botox”. Not only can you inject the wrong area, but cheap Botox can be dangerous. How do you know what’s inside the vial? Are you really willing to sacrifice your looks to save a few bucks? No matter how unsatisfied you are with yourself at the moment, trust me you’ll be mortified if you end up with a crooked face or some allergic reaction that makes your skin look like volcanoes erupted on it. Even if you save over $100 by evading a doctor, you still risk paying the high cost of reversing nerve paralysis after Botox.
A UK documentary actually showed a reporter buying a vial of this formula from one of these websites. It was packaged and looked exactly like the real deal but guess what? It wasn’t. She had it tested by a doctor and the stuff was two years out-dated and didn’t even contain any Botulinum toxin. If you’re wondering how much doctors pay for the product the cost of a Botox vial is about $400 (100 units). So, if you find a deal on the net for $150 per vial, it’s most likely a sham.
More saving tips
Trying to keep up with the never-ending Botox treatments can have a huge impact on your bank balance. Paying around $400 (and that’s a conservative figure) every three to four months may not seem like a lot to some people, but others can struggle significantly. You can try Botox alternatives such as creams or looking after your skin naturally. But if you must have some form of muscle relaxing injections there are other brands around. When comparing the cost of Botox vs Dysport doctors have found Dysport to be cheaper and longer lasting.
A Botox addiction costs around $1,200 to $3,000 per year – and that’s not even for those who like a little more than the standard. Yes, there are plenty of Botox and filler freaks out there and they would pay through the roof for their looks, but sadly to their detriment. More injections don’t equate to better looks. If you overdo the treatments, you can end up looking odd so why pay extra to look worse? Always follow your doctor’s recommendations of how much Botox you should have and don’t try to seek out dodgy providers who will give you a little more.
There are plenty of other options to preserve your looks if you can’t afford Botox (using natural remedies instead of botox injections) injections. The fact is, once you start Botox injections it’s hard to stop. So if you’re going to start, be prepared that you may be in it for the long haul. After having the treatments done for a few years, some patients even find it weird or abnormal for their eyebrows to lift up and to notice creases. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging and our society is continually being confronted with aging skin as being hideous and uncharacteristic. If you really want to save on paying for Botox treatments, just go natural and accept aging gracefully.
Another way of lowering the price is to become a star. You’d be surprised how much politicians pay and celebrities undoubtedly get some favoritism in the pricing department. That’s probably not a great suggestion, by the time you become famous, you won’t need to hunt around for cheaper prices.
Getting a complete makeover
When we talk about getting rid of wrinkles, Botox can only do so much. You must remember that it relaxes muscles it doesn’t fill or add volume. This means if you can see the wrinkle without any movement whatsoever, you’ll need a filler to get rid of it.
Often, to have your whole face rejuvenated, cosmetic surgeons will recommend that you combine Botox injections with dermal fillers. When you sum up the cost of Botox and fillers, your total quote will most likely end up being $500 to $1,000 higher than if you’d just used anti-wrinkle injections alone.
For example, your doctor may recommend Botox for the crow’s feet and between your eyebrows together with filler like Juvederm or Radiesse for the horizontal forehead lines and the nose-to-mouth lines. In this situation the total cost of Radiesse and Botox can range anywhere between $1,200 to $2,000 depending on which clinic you see and the depth of wrinkles. Just beware also that Botox cannot plump out the lips. Some doctors use a tiny amount of the product around the perioral area to make the lips look nicer, but it definitely won’t make your upper or lower lip bigger.
Paying for Botox isn’t just about good looks
Before Botox was first discovered for eliminating wrinkles, it was actually used by doctors to help patients with medical conditions. For example, Botox has long been used for treating spasms and dystonias such as blepharospasm (eye twitching) and upper motor neuron syndrome. Some doctors even use it to help reduce patient’s snoring.
More commonly, chronic migraine sufferers now have another treatment option up their sleeve. Yes, Botox has been shown and is approved for treating chronic migraines but it can be expensive if your insurance doesn’t cover it. Before you decide on ditching your usual medication, you should research how much Botox costs for migraines. It’s more expensive than getting your eye wrinkles stiffened.
Another very common use for Botox injections is reducing sweating. There are lots of people out there who suffer from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), whether it is in the armpits, hands, feet or anywhere on the body really. Botox has only been approved for the underarms. Having a sweat problem can be very uncomfortable and socially embarrassing. For these reasons many patients are happy pay the relatively more expensive price for treating Hyperhidrosis to dry up the pits.
Getting Botox to stop more wrinkles
My doctor did a facial profiling on me and found out that with my facial expressions, one eyebrow moves higher than the other. When I talk, laugh or do anything with my face, this is creating unnecessary wrinkles between my eyebrows. So he told me to get injections to relax part of the muscle just above the eyebrow. I was scared it was going to lift the whole area & make me look ridiculous. After I had the injections, I've noticed I even look different when I talk (I talk to myself in the mirror sometimes) and I look a lot better. Hopefully it will stop my wrinkles too!
Waste of money
I must admit, Botox cosmetic did improve my wrinkles and furrows. However, at 23 I just think the hype is overrated. I have a mortgage and family now so I had to give up the injectables. I believe there are more important things young people should be using their money for other than the never-ending cycle of cosmetic procedures. I found it really hard to give up the injections but it's the best decision i've made. I know others who are struggling financially but keep paying for Botox & I think that's sad.
Injection pain but worth it
The first time I had my face done was for my wedding, which was a year ago. I LOVE what it does for my looks but I can't stand the injections. Each time i need to go back, I just dread sitting in the doc's chair and having my face poked at. He swabs some anesthetic on the area beforehand but it doesn't help that much. Other than that, Botox has done wonders in my life.
Botox is my best friend
I get my treatment done every four weeks. I must admit I started a little young - I was seventeen. I only started to get injections because my friends were getting them done. They are older than me and I just thought, hey, I don't want to end up looking old and wrinkly when I get old. Because I've been using the injections for five years now, they last a lot longer than they used to. At first it was only 2-3 months and now I usually get 4 to 6 months from one treatment. My doctor is very nice and supportive and I'm thankful there's something out there to keep me looking young.