Every day Skinspirations receives questions from patients asking about the way Botox® Cosmetic is prepared and priced, and it is confusing until you understand the difference between dilution and units. Botox® Cosmetic & Dysport™ have to be mixed with a liquid in order for them to be injected. Depending on the intended use, specific amounts of saline solution are added to each vial to produce the desired concentration.
It is the total number of units delivered with each injection that determines the degree and duration rather than the volume of liquid injected. For example, it takes about 20 units to relax the average woman's frown muscles adequately for a full three months whether it's delivered in 1 cc or 4 cc of saline. The potential problem with using larger volumes is that the medication may spread farther than desired.
There's a lot of variation in how many units of Botox® or Dysport™ each person needs depending on the size and distribution of their muscles. In general, most women will need about 60 to 70 units of Botox to relax the three most commonly treated areas ( foreheads, frown lines, and crow’s feet). Men usually need up to 50% more units than women because of the larger size & strength of their corresponding facial muscles. Obviously people who are just starting to have moving lines need a much lower number of units per area.
The Difference Between Charging by the Unit or Charging by the Area
Some practitioners charge for Botox Cosmetic or Dysport™ with a specific price for each area, and others charge by the number of units used, so what's the better strategy for you? Charges by treatment areas are usually set at what the average price would be for the average number of units needed in each area. If as a patient, you have more than the average amount of muscle movement and need more than the average number of units, you'll pay less but probably be less satisfied with the results. A person who has less muscle contraction & needs less units than average to get relaxation, will end up spending more than if they paid only for the units they need.
There's nothing wrong with paying by the area & many practices price their Botox® this way because it’s more convenient than adding up each unit with each treatment but it’s a good idea to find out how many units are included in the price.
Beware of Cut-Rate Products
Beware of anyone offering either Botox® or Dysport™ regularly for less than what you usually see in your area. Many Botox providers offering highly discounted Botox import their product at a discount from outside the United States, but the product they're getting may be as real as a "designer" bag bought on the street, it may be another drug repackaged, or it may be real product that's expired.
To be sure you’re getting authentic Botox® Cosmetic, make sure your practitioner is listed on the Botox Cosmetic Physician's Network website. Doctors near the top of this website list earn that place because they've purchased so much Botox directly from Allergan here in the US, and they have the most experience using it. Be safe by going with expertise.
The price for Botox® at Skinspirations ranges from $9 to $12 a unit, and Dysport™ ranges from $3.20 to $4.80 a unit, depending on how many units are purchased. Dysport™ usually requires 2.5 times as many units as Botox®.
Come into our office soon for a free consultation or call us at 727-571-1923 to learn more about how you can use Botox® or Dysport™ treatments to smooth out those facial muscle lines.