Botulinum toxin Type A, commonly called by the brand name of Botox is used in cosmetic surgery. It is used mainly to relax the muscles of the face which reduces fine lines and wrinkles. The areas where Botox is commonly used are crow’s feet, forehead, and the area between the brows. In certain cases, Botox may be used to reduce profuse sweating, lessen a migraine and some other conditions.
Botox is a discretionary procedure just like Lasik. The cost of Botox treatment procedures can range from $300 to $800. An unusually low-cost Botox is surely an indicator of the questionable quality of either the cosmetic procedure or the professional abilities of the doctor.
The pricing of Botox is done in two different ways:
- When injected at the rate of per vial or unit ($12 to $15 per unit or vial). The number of vials or units needed depends on the discernment of the provider. Some providers may require a minimum purchase indicating a flat cost.
- When calculated by the area; generally the area of frown lines which is the area between the eyes is treated at the rate of $500 to $800.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average cost of Botox treatment throughout the US is in the range of $500.The pricing may vary vastly depending on the geographical area. The north-eastern US states have a higher average cost of Botox than the western states but again costs will be higher in Los Angeles than rural areas in Pennsylvania. The cost will also depend on other factors such as the specialization of the concerned physician, the time of the year and of course the area to be treated. Similar to other cosmetic procedures, Botox treatments are not covered by medical insurance. Financing options are available for many people who may not be able to make a one-time payment for the full cost of Botox treatment.
If you are interested in getting a Botox procedure then it is recommended that you seek treatment in the sterile environs of a medical office of a qualified doctor or visit a dermatologist who will be able to guide you about the kind and amount of treatment you need.