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Interested in Botox treatment but are still determining the cost? This article will discuss Botulinum toxin treatment, how it works, the cost, benefits, and frequently asked questions on botulinum toxin injection. 

Botulinum toxin treatment is increasingly becoming popular, with different clients getting the injection for cosmetic and medical purposes. According to a 2016 American Society of Plastic Surgeons report, about 7 million people have received botulinum toxin injections. Botox is widely known as a cosmetic treatment for severe facial wrinkles like forehead lines, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines. It temporarily weakens facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There is no standard price for botulinum toxin injections. The cost is heir to factors such as the injection area, the injector’s skills and experience, the number of anti-wrinkle units used for treatment, and the geographical location. 

What Is Botox, and How Does It Work? 

Botox is a trading name for botulinum toxin type A, derived from the bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum). According to Carr (2021), Botulinum toxin is available in different serotypes, A-G, and serotypes A and B are utilized for therapeutic applications. 

Botulinum toxin injection works on the nervous system by disrupting the nerve signaling processes, especially those stimulating, dynamic muscle movements and contractions. When botulinum toxin injection is administered into the muscle tissues, it blocks the release of a neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine (Satriyasa, 2019). The brain sends nerve signals that release acetylcholine, which binds to the receptors at the neuromuscular terminals. The binding causes surrounding muscles to contract and make dynamic movements. Repetitive muscle contraction creates permanent depressions on the skin, causing wrinkles and facial creases. 

By blocking the release of acetylcholine, the injection causes temporal muscle relaxation resulting in reduced facial wrinkles. The goal is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin look smooth and refreshed. Botulinum toxins do not manifest immediately; they need time to attach to receptors around the neuromuscular system to inhibit the release of acetylcholine. Generally, its results begin to show 3 to 5 days after treatment. However, full results are experienced within 5 days post-treatment. 

The Cost of Botox

The cost of botulinum toxin injection varies from one client to the other; clients require different amounts of the injectable and are treated in different areas. It could range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. For instance, the units required to smooth out deep forehead lines may differ from the amount needed for a subtle lip flip. For instance, the pricing of forehead wrinkles will differ from that of deep nasolabial folds. Botulinum toxin injectors charge differently; the pricing would depend on the skills and experience of the injector. Injectors with more expertise would charge more for their services than those with less experience. 

The botulinum treatment price varies with the location of where the injection is conducted. For example, high-end areas charge more than low-income neighborhoods. The injection is purchased in vials containing 50 to 100 units; a single injection may contain 3 to 5. The injector will determine the number of units needed to achieve your desired results depending on the severity of your wrinkles. For example, a unit ranges from $10 to $30; if a client needs 20 units of the toxin to eliminate forehead wrinkles, the cost of the treatment range between $200 and $ 600. There may also be other charges, like consultation fees, depending on the facility you are getting your treatment from. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of botulinum toxin injections is $466.   

Before you take the injection, consider the following:

  • The treatment should be performed by a practitioner who fully understands your facial structure.
  • The practitioner should be certified. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Botox

What Should I Avoid after Botox?

  • Touching or massaging the injected area.
  • Lying on the side where you had your injection.
  • Strenuous activities and workouts.
  • Drinking alcohol 24 hours before and after treatment.
  • Overexposure to sunlight and intense heat, such as saunas, tanning beds, and hot showers. 
  • Applying ice directly on the injected area. 

How Long Does Botox Last?  

The effects of botulinum toxin may be long-lasting compared to makeup, but they do not last forever. Patients can enjoy their results for 3 to 4 months depending on factors such as the severity of wrinkles, the number of anti-wrinkles units used, gender, age, and individual metabolism, among other factors. Patients who wish to extend the longevity of their botulinum toxin injections can sign up for top-up treatments every 3 to 6 months. 

Conclusion

Botulinum toxin is among the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures used to address facial wrinkles and other signs of aging. The cost of botulinum toxin injections varies based on the location and type of the filler. Botulinum toxin first-timers should know the cost, risks associated with the treatments, and other vital considerations. While botulinum toxin treatment is considered safe and tolerable, it is wise to get the procedure done by a board-certified practitioner; this reduces the risks of side effects and complications. Clients should also adhere to the aftercare instructions for optimal results. 

References

Arora, G. (2021). Botulinum toxin–Know the product before injecting. Cosmoderma, 1.

Eldin, R. M. S., Nassar, A. A., &Awad, H. Updated Management of Forehead Wrinkles: An Overview. European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 8(03), 2021.

Carr, W. W., Jain, N., & Sublett, J. (2021). Immunogenicity of botulinum toxin formulations: potential therapeutic implications. Advances in Therapy, 38(10), 5046-5064.

Satriyasa, B. K. (2019). Botulinum toxin (Botox) A for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles: a literature review of clinical use and pharmacological aspect. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 12, 223.

Nataly Komova
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