In light of the Botox and Dysport event at the end of the month, SkinSpaMED has received quite a few questions from clients asking about the way Botox and Dysport are prepared and priced.
It can be confusing without understand the difference between dilution and units.
Both Botox and Dysport have to be mixed with a saline 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 takes about 20 units of Botox 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, and about 50 units of Dysport. The potential problem with using larger volumes is that the medication may spread farther than desired.
The variation of how many units of Botox or Dysport varies from person to person, 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, forehead, between the eyes, and crow’s feet. Men will usually need up to 50 percent more units than women because of the larger size and strength of the corresponding facial muscles. People who are just starting to have moving lines will need a lower number of units per area.
Charging by the Unit or Charging by the Area
Some medical spas, including SkinSpaMED price Botox or Dysport by the area, while others charge by the number of units used.
Pricing by area is set at what the average cost would be for the number of units needed in each area; i.e., the cost per unit in the average 20 units needed per area.
A question often asked when breaking down the price this way is: “what if I need more, or less in my areas?”
In those specific cases we will adjust the price accordingly, and fairly. The main goal is to for you, as a client, to leave satisfied with the results.
If a client needs more than the average number of units, you'll pay less but probably be less satisfied with the results.
If you think you’re getting a deal, be careful!
Beware of anyone offering either Botox or Dysport regularly for less than what you usually see in the Dallas or Fort Worth areas. If it seems too good to be true – it is.
Many providers offering Botox or Dysport highly discounted import their product at a discount from outside the United States, making the product being used just 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.
Remember, you’re injecting a substance into your body. It is not something in which to bargain hunt.