Figuring out the cost of Botox is not easy. Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. The ideal candidate for Botox is starting to see finer lines and wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. The three most common areas that are injected are the crow’s feet, forehead, and in between the brows. In my practice, I charge for Botox Cosmetic by the area I typically use approximately 33 units for those 3 areas and charge $450. So, in my practice I charge about $13.50/unit. Keep your eye open for specials, which we run during the holidays and other occasions. If you follow us on Facebook, you will get updates. I personally do all my own injections and have treated hundreds of patients last year with Botox.

It is not the total price that is important, but how many units are used. So, what initially looks like a great bargain, is in fact just a treatment with an inadequate amount of Botox. Always ask your injector how many units they are using, so you can determine what price/unit you are getting. Experienced injectors know that there is no such thing as a standard number of units, as everyone’s facial anatomy and muscular strengths are variable, even from one side of the face to the other.

Understand that when you go to a non-physician med-spa, there are more people you are paying for, diluting the price for your treatment. For example, in a med-spa that is owned by a non-physician, with a nurse injector, the patient is paying for the cost of the Botox; PLUS, the cost of the nurse to inject the product; PLUS, the fee for the medical director to sign off on the nurse doing the injections; AND the profit for the med-spa. By going to a physician, the patient can cut out the non-providers. The chances of getting more product for the same price is greater by going to a doctor’s office for your treatment.

Another factor to consider is that high volume practices have more patient incentives from Allergan and other manufacturers. My patients receive rebates from the company, instant savings at the checkout, and regular reminders about upcoming treatments and specials that are sponsored by Allergan. This program is only available to the nation’s busiest, most successful practices.

I always tell my patients that you get what you pay for. However, you need to understand what product and result you are getting for the cost.

• your injector is experienced and properly trained
• that you are getting FDA approved Botox Cosmetic from Allergan
• know how many units you receive.

A physician’s office should maintain a medical record of your treatments so you can optimize and customize your Botox to achieve the best effect and value.