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Botox Cost

Botox costs are generally not covered by health insurance because this appearance-enhancing procedure is considered elective, or not necessary to preserve physical health. For a manufacturer the cost of making a vial of Botox costs about forty dollars. This price is usually significantly increased when sold to doctors. For medical professionals, a vial of Botox costs about four hundred dollars or more. Botox costs are then increased again when the actual procedure is performed on a patient.

There is a range of consumer level Botox costs that depend on the doctor who is providing this non-invasive cosmetic procedure. In 2001 the average Botox costs were a little below four hundred dollars per injection. A doctor will normally use one vial of Botox to treat three or four patients. Botox costs in our nation from two hundred dollars an injection all the way up to close to one thousand dollars per injection.

When considering Botox costs, it is important to take into consideration that a doctor may recommend that a patient would best benefit from Botox injections in more than one area of the face or neck. This may significantly increase Botox costs.

Botox is an injection of botulinum toxin A, which acts to paralyze the affected muscle group in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by repeated muscle contraction. The types of wrinkles that respond best to Botox treatment are the vertical grooves between the eyebrows, the horizontal lines of the forehead, crow's feet, and other lines on the face and neck.

The results of Botox are generally seen one to two days after the procedure and can last anywhere from two to six months. After this time another serious of Botox injections might be recommended, which should be taken into consideration when estimating Botox costs.

One of the side effects of repeated Botox injections is that the body responds to the presence of this drug by creating antibodies. These antibodies build up a person's resistance to Botox. When this occurs, the muscles can begin to atrophy and less frequent Botox injections are necessary. This can ultimately reduce long term Botox costs.

The FDA approved the use of Botox for cosmetic enhancement in April of 2002. Almost three million people underwent a Botox procedure in 2003 alone. The popularity of this effective appearance enhancing procedure owes its success to relatively lost Botox costs, almost instantaneous results, and very minimal side effects.

If you are interested in learning more about Botox costs and procedure details, you may wish to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon. Most doctors offer payment options to make Botox costs affordable to their patients. Some doctors have financing plans, or payment plans available to help a patient cover Botox costs. Please contact us to confer with a qualified cosmetic surgeon in your area.