According to data from the American Surgery of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Botox is the top cosmetic procedure in the US today. Botox initially received FDA-approval for the cosmetic reduction of frown lines in 2002.
After this, in 2013, Botox was also approved by the FDA for the cosmetic reduction of crow’s feet radiating from the outer corners of the eyes.
At the time of the pre-treatment consultation, the injection provider will explain various aspects of the Botox procedure to the patient and discuss its estimated costs.
The Patient’s Decision
During the consultation, the primary concern of the provider will be to enable the patient to make an enlightened decision.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, receives patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for Botox injections.
Comparison of Costs
Botox may be more cost-effective compared to cosmetic surgery and other types of non-surgical anti-aging facial procedures. The patient can undergo Botox injections in-office with no need for anesthesia or sedation. They can instantly return to their routine activities or their workplace right after their Botox procedure.
In comparison to Botox, anti-aging techniques involving the use of lasers, RF, ultrasound, or deep chemical peels may be more expensive. Other skin care treatments may involve numerous sessions while the patient can undergo the complete Botox treatment in a single session.
Botox does not involve aspects such as multiple consultations, anesthesia, and post-operative expenses which make it more cost effective compared to other facial skin rejuvenation procedures.
The cost of Botox injections may vary slightly between two patients depending on the scope of the treatment necessary. Some patients may only need minimal treatment to treat the frown line between the brows or reduce the effect of crow’s feet.
But some patients may require Botox for off-label applications such as reducing the lines around the mouth and nose as well as addressing wrinkles in other areas of the face. The treatment provider may charge based on the number of areas involved or according to the volume of Botox units required for a particular patient.
Caution on Pricing
In recent times, there has been an alarming rise in the trend of Botox parties and off-site Botox treatments. The very low prices on offer typically attract patients. However, it is important to remember that Botox is a powerful treatment.
The FDA cautions that Botox should only be injected by a trained provider to avoid the risks related to botulinum toxin. It is important for patients to understand and assess the credentials and qualifications of the Botox provider before going ahead with the procedure.
Medical insurance does not usually offer coverage for Botox procedures. But patients may contact their insurer prior to seeking Botox treatment. Botox manufacturer, Allergen Inc. offers free information on Botox insurance over the phone.
If the patient is considering undergoing Botox with other procedures, they may seek financing from a professional medical care finance firm.