Breaking Down the Average Cost and Cost Factors of Botox Treatment
Botox has, over the last century, been used for various medical and cosmetic treatments. Among the medical conditions for which Botox injections have proven effective include excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis,) neck spasms (cervical dystonia, ) difficulty moving the eyelids (blepharospasm,) lazy eye, and migraine.
Today, it’s popularly used in cosmetic procedures to treat or smooth wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other facial lines. Botox is the brand name for a neurotoxin that acts to prevent the contraction of a targeted muscle by blocking the signals from the nerves. By preventing the contraction of these facial muscles, there is less pull on the skin, which helps to prevent the formation of facial lines.
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How Much Does Botox Cost?
Knowing Botox injection cost upfront will help to determine whether it is the cosmetic treatment within your budget. Knowing the average cost will also help you gauge whether a service provider’s quote is too high or too low, or within the reasonable range.
Botox is measured in units, with the average cost per unit standing at $ 10-$ 25. Depending on the treatment area, you may need a dosage of at least 20 units. These 20 units may be sufficient for, say, the eye area. Going by the average highlighted, 20 units of Botox will cost you $200-$ 500. The forehead area, on the other hand, may require a dosage of more units, and you may end up using a dosage of at least 50 units for both the eyes and forehead. Doing the math, 50 units of Botox for your face, may cost $500-$ 1250.
Some practices go the other direction, and instead of charging the treatment per unit, they charge a flat rate per treatment, which also varies depending on the area treated. Flat rates usually range between $ 300-$ 1000.
Factors Influencing Botox Injection Cost
How much does Botox cost? In reality, there are several factors that come into play and which will ultimately influence the cost of your Botox treatment. It may cost you a few hundred dollars, or a few thousand dollars depending on several factors including the following:
1. Areas Being Treated
Some areas require more units of Botox than others. Even in clinics where they charge a flat rate, the cost varied depending on the area being treated. If you are looking to get multiple areas treated, then you will pay more.
2. Who You Choose for the Treatment
Botox injectors don’t necessarily require medical training to safely perform the treatments. You can also choose to go to a cosmetic specialist with medical training such as a cosmetic surgeon. The latter has an informed and working understanding of the anatomy of facial muscles and is, therefore, better equipped to handle any issues that may arise.
Similarly, the reputation and standing of the service provider you choose will also influence how much you pay for your Botox treatment. It should therefore come as no surprise that the most popular and experienced cosmetic service providers charge a little higher than the rest.
Gain, some clinics do offer specials and discounts. You can benefit from these specials and spend less on your Botox treatment.
3. Where You Get the Treatment
Botox injection costs will also vary depending on where you get the treatment. The cost-of-living index is a factor that cannot be ignored, which is why it’s no surprise that Botox treatment costs more in bigger cities compared to the cost in smaller, rural towns.
You can discuss these, and more factors that influence the cost of Botox injection during your initial consultation.
Don’t Go for the Cheapest Botox Treatment
It may be very tempting to do serious bargain shopping and simply go for the cheapest offer since it no doubt fits right into your budget. Don’t allow yourself to give in to the temptation.
You cannot afford to consider the cost in isolation when considering your options for booking Botox treatment. It’s easy to go for suspiciously low and discounted prices, but don’t be too surprised to get less-than-impressive discounted results.
Make a point of doing your research, with a keen focus on the expertise and experience of who will be administering the Botox injections. A certified dermatologist, and cosmetic surgeon, can deliver the best results which cannot compare to what you’d get from say, a Botox administrator with no medical background. You want your treatment administered by someone who understands all things facial structure, and how the treatment can complement your bone structure for the best results.
Instead of considering just the cost, the most important consideration should be the quality of the treatment you get. You may pay less, but end up with less-effective results that don’t even last long, and end up spending even more on recurrent visits.
Too low prices that seem to be good to be true are definitely a red flag. Cost notwithstanding, there are other red flags to watch out for when choosing who to administer your Botox injections, including
- No information on the professional qualifications and experience
- No Botox before and after pictures, and refusal to share details of previous clients for reference
- Blatant refusal to share product information, and show product labeling and packaging
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Caution on Botox “Parties”
Over the last few years, Botox “parties” have become increasingly popular. These events involve going over to a service provider’s home, or another location to get the Botox injections at a discounted rate. The only allure for such arrangements is the lower cost, but you have every reason to avoid these parties.
Stern warnings against such parties as issued by the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery should be taken seriously. Any cosmetic treatment, Botox injections included, should be performed in a sterile medical office. Even if the one administering the injections is qualified and experienced, they may not be able to provide a sterile and safe environment outside their clinic or office.
Does Insurance Cover Botox Treatment?
As a cosmetic treatment, Botox injections will not be covered by your medical insurance. Insurance cover for cosmetic Botox treatment while uncommon, is not unheard of, more so as an anti-aging treatment. Be sure to speak to your insurance provider about the same.
On the other hand, you can enjoy full cover by your medical insurance cover for medically-related Botox treatments. As already highlighted, this includes treatment for excessive sweating, eye twitching, migraines, and other conditions for which Botox injections may be recommended as a treatment course.
Paying for Your Botox Treatment
You have several payment methods from which to choose. Your Botox injections administrator can advise you on the ones applicable. You can pay for the treatment in cash, personal checks, or credit card. You can also make arrangements with a lending institution to pay for the treatment.
Some practices offer their very own financing plans. Talk over the same during your initial consultation.
Saving on Botox Injection Cost: The Right Way
That you should be very wary of low prices that are too good to be true is a fact that cannot be emphasized enough. That said, you can still explore several ways that will drive down your Botox injection cost and make it more affordable. This, without compromising on the quality of the treatment.
First, discuss the financing options that your trusted Botox injections administrator may offer their clients. These plans allow you to pay for the treatment in small chunks spread over a period of time, as opposed to making one lump payment upfront.
Secondly, take advantage of offers and discounts offered by your trusted Botox administrator. Your administrator may have promotions running that you can enjoy. You may also be able to enjoy discounts that come with packaging services, both surgical and non-surgical. For a qualified administrator, you should have no hesitation trusting them with some, or all of your surgical and non-surgical needs.
Lastly, you can also benefit from loyalty and rewards programs offered by some clinics. you may be eligible for such programs if you are a long-term, loyal customer who always comes back. You can also enjoy the same benefits if you refer others to the practice.
How Long Does Botox Treatment Last?
Botox treatment is popularly referred to as a lunchtime procedure since it will take no more than 10 minutes to get the injections. You may have to wait 24-48 hours before the results start to show. You should be able to notice some changes within a week’s time, although optimal results show in a couple of weeks, typically, a month.
Now that you know how much Botox costs, you no doubt, are wondering how long the treatment will last, and by extension, how long it will be before you have to spend money on repeat injections. This depends on two main factors; the type of filler used, and patient-specific characteristics and influences.
Unfortunately, Botox doesn’t last forever. In general, you can expect to continue enjoying the benefits of your Botox treatment for 3-4 months. For some people, it may last shorter, that is, within the 2-month range, and for others, it may last longer, that is, 4-6 months.
Again, it also depends on the patient. Genetic predisposition, exposure to the sun, and lifestyle habits such as drinking and smoking, will play a significant role in the longevity of your Botox treatment. It is common-place for the results not to last long among first-timers. Botox lasts longer after the second treatment.
With all that being said, how long Botox lasts comes down to a patient. Everyone is unique and their outcome and experience with Botox will vary accordingly.
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