How Much Does Botox Cost:
Average Charges for Various Areas

How much does Botox cost? Botox is a neurotoxic bacteria, and so what you are actually paying for is the amount of Botox protein your are getting, and this is measured in units. Practitioners reconstitute the freeze-dried Botox protein material with differing amounts of saline solution, therefore the number of Botox units you receive per cc can differ.

Anna headshot 2011 PF Kerry

Always choose a practitioner who prices Botox by the unit and find out the number of Botox units you are getting in each area of your face, rather than how many cc’s of liquid. Then you can assess how effective that amount of Botox was in each area of your face, and whether you need more or less next time.

Botox Pricing

To work out how much does Botox cost, you need to know the number of units used and price per unit.

An average cost of Botox units is between $12 and $16 per unit. I paid $15 per unit last time I had Botox done.

The average number of units needed for various areas is as follows:

• crow's feet - 12.5 units around each eye (25 units total)

• frown lines between eyebrows – 25-50 units

• forehead lines – 25-35 units

How Much Does Botox Cost?

To give an average price of how much does botox cost, based on an average number of units each area and at $15 per unit (Australian), the prices would be:

• crow’s feet - $375

• frown lines - $600

• Forehead lines $450*

* you may need to add 10% or so for government tax

Botox Competitor Prices

Botox has a rising competitor in toxin-based injectables in the product DYSPORT (which has been sold for years in Europe as Reloxin).

Dysport typically works out 10% cheaper than Botox and is considered to be an equivalent product. There are 3-5 other neurotoxins in the FDA approval pipeline, so the pressure on Botox to lower prices to compete is likely to escalate.

You may like to check out the value of the competitor product, before settling on Botox.

Is Botox Value for Money?

When considering how much does botox cost, we also need to look at the other side of the equation which is “How much value do we get?”

Here's a picture of Sophie, 45, just after having Botox. Her forehead and eyes look good for a woman her age, especially given that she has spent many years outdoors training horses in the Australian sun.

The effect of Botox lasts between 3 and 10 months, however after each injection the wrinkles return less severely as the muscles are trained to relax. So you may find that if you start with Botox before too much damage is done, your wrinkles will not progress to the deep furrows they would otherwise have been. This is the reason we have been using face creams for years – precisely to prevent deep, furrowed lines.

However, now that I’m 60, and have been a devotee of expensive face creams since I was 15, I have to confess that I think the combination of Botox and cheaper face creams is much more effective.

When I consider that I used to use about 4 or 5 jars of face cream a year costing $180-$250 per jar and those creams simply could not arrest or reverse crows’ feet or forehead wrinkles, I arrive at the conclusion that Botox is a much, much better remedy for wrinkles than any face cream can ever be.

In terms of value for money in smoothing wrinkles, Botox, or Dysport runs rings around face creams. Pure and simple. It’s much better value.

Some Eye Wrinkles Eventually Need an Eye Lift

Botox is not very useful for under eye wrinkles. Bagging and pouching of the under-eyes and eyelids eventually calls for a blepharoplasty. Usually this is done around age 50. It is minor surgery, done under local anaesthetic and results in the smoothing and tightening of the skin around the eyes.

The recovery time is around 5 days and the discomfort is relatively minor. The effect is fantastic, and well worth the trouble!

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