BOTOX® is a nonsurgical treatment that has become extremely popular for its cosmetic benefits. It’s also gained recognition and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as a treatment for medical treatments ranging from sweating to migraines. Typically, one of the top BOTOX®-related questions we receive here at Family Medical Clinic in Soldotna asked is “what is the price of BOTOX® injections?”
How Much Does BOTOX Cost?
BOTOX rates vary widely in price, like most things, depending on many factors. The cost of BOTOX is either on a "per area" basis or a "per unit" basis, and the total cost to you depends on the area to be treated, it’s severity, and the efficacy and duration of your treatment, among other factors.
You should also know that cosmetic BOTOX® is a cash-based service and BOTOX® for migraines and other medical conditions can be billed to your insurance with pre-certification required for that service. For FDA-approved medical conditions, you may receive insurance reimbursement, though you may be required to cover certain copayment and/or out-of-pocket or expenses.
Factors that Could Affect BOTOX Rates
There are a number of factors that could affect the total cost of your BOTOX® treatment. These include:
Size of Treated Area
Multiple areas require more treatment; therefore, you can expect to pay more. The more areas you’re having treated, the more your total cost will increase. You can inquire about discounts if you’re having multiple areas treated.
Area Being Treated
Some areas being treated with BOTOX® may require more units. For instance, laugh lines will typically cost less overall than armpits. Certain areas of your neck and face would require multiple units to achieve the results you are looking for, so, you can expect that your BOTOX price will be more in these areas.
Severity of Area Being Treated
If the extent of your wrinkles is severe, you may require more units of BOTOX®, which will increase the total price of BOTOX injections.
Physical Location of Treatment Clinic
Generally speaking, you can expect to pay more if you’re having your treatment done in major cities, such as Los Angeles and New York, than you would to get BOTOX® treatments in Soldotna, AK.
Who Administers Treatment
A certified physician, for example, may charge more to administer your injections than BOTOX® technician.
Frequency of Treatment
Your total cost of your BOTOX® treatment depends on the efficacy of your treatment and your desired duration of treatment.
It’s important to note that the exact number of BOTOX® units for full treatment is customized for you. Other factors, like the strength of your own facial muscles, in addition to those listed above, may influence the total amount of BOTOX® you’ll require, and therefore your total cost.
Cosmetic BOTOX Costs
On average, and according to information from CostHelper.com, Botox injection rates per treatment session run between $300 to $1,200 depending on who administers it, how much you need, and the area to be treated. You may need to receive several treatments, depending on the area and the extent of the condition needed to be treated, which will increase your costs.
The per unit cost of BOTOX® ranges widely from $9 up to $17 per unit, and depends upon the medical facility and whether a physician, plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or technician administers it, among other factors.
The cost of BOTOX® per unit at Family Medical Clinic in Soldotna is $11 per unit.
BOTOX® costs by Treatment Area
As mentioned above, the overall BOTOX® treatment cost varies per area being treated. Below are some typical areas that are treated cosmetically with BOTOX® and their respective general costs.
- Frown Lines (Glabellar). A typical session for the removal of frown lines, depending on how deep the wrinkles are and how many units are required, is between $500 and $800. Frown lines usually require treatments every three of four months.
- Around the Eyes (Crows Feet). Commonly, 10 units are needed to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes (five units per eye). If it costs you $11 per unit, you would pay $110 for this treatment session. To keep your crows feet from getting worse, you’ll need three to four treatments per year.
- Lips. Normally only a few units are needed for your lips. Each unit can cost anywhere from $10 to $20. If your lips required five units of BOTOX®, it would cost you around $55 for your treatment at $11 per unit price.
Remember, each professional who treats you will have their own rates. If you’re offered significantly low (or high) BOTOX® injection rates, it could indicate a questionable treatment.
Migraine and Medical BOTOX® Costs
As with Cosmetic BOTOX®, Botox-A injection therapy used for migraines varies in cost depending on medical practice and location as well. The non-adjusted cost for BOTOX® for migraines may be more than $3,000, according to the American Headache Society.
When getting treatment for migraines, the FDA recommended dose is 155 units spread over seven areas of the head and neck. You’ll typically need two treatment sessions for relief. Results from each treatment session last for three to four months.
BOTOX® Insurance Coverage
Fortunately, BOTOX® treatments are covered by insurance provided they are for the medical treatment of migraines, you’re suffering from 15 or more days each month of headaches, and if you have already tried two or three preventive medicines that either didn't help or caused side effects. You would be responsible for any copay (and possibly out-of-pocket expenses) in this case.
However, most insurance companies won't cover the costs of BOTOX® for tension-type headaches or an episodic migraine that have no clinical proof. If you have fewer than 15 headache days a month or you refuse to take preventive medication daily because of possible side effects, the entire cost of the treatment would be your responsibility.
Like most cosmetic procedures, the price of BOTOX® injections is normally not covered by medical insurance. If you can't afford to pay the full cost of your cosmetic treatment in one full payment, there are usually financing options available to give you more flexibility in making payments over time.
As you can see, your cost of BOTOX® is influenced by many factors, which you need to take into consideration. This treatment is highly effective both cosmetically and medically.
Are you interested in getting BOTOX® either for cosmetic or migraine headache reasons? Come in to see us or call us at (907) 262-7566 to talk to us about our BOTOX® treatments in Soldotna, Alaska today!