If you’ve been searching for an answer to your question, “How much does BOTOX cost?” you’ve probably discovered that comparing costs for cosmetic treatments can be complicated. That’s true whether you’re considering plastic surgery or BOTOX Cosmetic injections. The cost of BOTOX (or Dysport®, a similar anti-wrinkle treatment) depends on the treatment area and several other factors.
At our Dallas dermatology practice, we provide detailed, transparent procedure costs at consultations to ensure there are no surprises. When comparing treatment costs, you must compare apples to apples because different practices use different methods when tallying BOTOX and Dysport costs. Most practices charge for BOTOX and Dysport per unit, while some charge based on the treatment area.
How Much Does BOTOX Cost vs. Dysport?
Here’s where cost comparisons get tricky. Comparing how much BOTOX costs per unit to the price per unit of Dysport can lead you to think BOTOX is much more expensive. But it typically takes 2 to 3 units of Dysport to produce the same results as 1 unit of BOTOX. For most treatment areas, the price difference turns out to be minimal. Factors such as the treatment area, your specific needs, and whether you combine BOTOX or Dysport with dermal filler injections or other treatments will affect your total treatment cost. You can learn more about the differences between BOTOX and Dysport in our previous blog post.
How Many Units of BOTOX Do You Need?
As you can see, how much you pay for BOTOX and Dysport treatments depends on the number of units needed to achieve the desired results. We use BOTOX and Dysport to minimize expression lines in different areas of the face, such as forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, and worry lines between the eyes. BOTOX can also reduce the appearance of a gummy smile and create a slimmer jawline.
We believe charging by the treatment area is the best option for patients. Why? There are 2 reasons:
- The dermatologist focuses specifically on the cosmetic outcome the patient desires—without worrying about the number of units needed to produce those results.
- It allows injectors to tailor their approach to each patient’s specific needs and create distinct results.
The frequency of treatments also influences BOTOX pricing. Those who want to maintain their results indefinitely may want to pay for multiple treatments at once, which often leads to a lower cost per treatment. BOTOX results usually last about 4 months.
BOTOX Before & After Photos
BOTOX Units by Treatment Area
Even though the specific number of units needed varies from patient to patient, here is a look at the typical range for different treatment areas:
- Horizontal forehead lines: 10 to 20 units
- Frown lines: 20 to 30 units
- Crow’s feet: 5 to 15 units (per side)
- Masseter reduction (jawline slimming): 20 to 30 units per side
- Gummy smile: 2 to 4 units per side
- Lip lines: 4 to 8 units
- Chin dimpling: 4 to 8 units
- Neck bands: 10 to 20 units
What Should I Know Before Getting BOTOX?
Cost is virtually always a factor for BOTOX patients, but bargain shopping for the least expensive provider isn’t a good idea. Even though BOTOX is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world, getting safe and effective injections requires a level of experience and skill that all providers do not share. The injector’s level of expertise will play a role in not only the pricing but also the quality of the results. You should keep in mind the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” when assessing BOTOX prices. Our Dallas practice offers financing to help treatments fit most budgets.
You can learn more about BOTOX treatments on the American Academy of Dermatology website.
Because most patients get multiple BOTOX treatments, it’s important to find a dermatologist like those at Dallas Center for Dermatology, where you’ll feel comfortable and have providers who develop customized treatment plans for your cosmetic goals. To learn more about your BOTOX options, you can contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call us at (214) 631-7546 to schedule an appointment.