Why does pricing for Botox® and Dysport® vary so much from provider to provider?

Botox® and Dysport® have become wildly popular wrinkle treatments for patients wishing to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and wrinkles between the eyes.  The active ingredient within these dermal injectables is a purified form of botulinum toxin A– a substance that works to temporarily relax the wrinkle causing muscles into which it’s injected.  Most Botox® and Dysport® patients report noticeable reduction of their wrinkles for two to four months following the cosmetic skin treatment.

Why does pricing for Botox® and Dysport® vary so much from provider to provider?Given the temporary nature of the treatment, facial rejuvenation patients regularly search for the best Botox® and Dysport® discounts to try and minimize the size of their ongoing investment.  Although, it’s important to understand that, just as the case with the cost of plastic surgery, there are many components involved in Botox® and Dysport® pricing.  Injectable providers purchase their products from manufacturer representatives in various quantities and varying solution dilution percentages (based on patient demand, practice budget, relationship with representative, etc.)   The providers (i.e.- board certified plastic surgeon or certified nurse injector) then charges for the product by the number of areas being treated, the number of units being used, or the number of syringes.

The best deal on Botox® and Dysport® treatment depends on the patient’s individual needs.  If a patient has deep set lines and extensive wrinkles, they may want to explore a provider who offers injectables priced per area as pricing by the unit will be higher (more wrinkle relaxing product is required for more expansive wrinkles).  If you’re looking to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles in numerous areas, price per area would not be the best option.  At Southern Plastic Surgery, our Atlanta Botox® and Dysport® pricing is simple: we charge a flat fee for unlimited treatment areas with one injectable.  With all of the media attention surrounding the treatment, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the different offers.  One thing to always remember before pursuing facial injectables or any facial plastic surgery procedure is to thoroughly research your plastic surgeon.  A wonderful price cannot replace medical training and procedure experience.

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Botox Babies: The Rise in Facial Rejuvenation Procedures and Decrease in Average Patient Age

The early 30’s usually bring many positive life changes to individuals:  growing into a career, earning a decent income from an enjoyable job, establishing a family, etc.  One life change that many people in their 30’s aren’t so crazy about is the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.  Decreased skin cell turnover and acquired sun damage can leave the skin of 30-somethings looking a little less dewy than it appeared during their 20’s.  Many of these people are pursuing minimally invasive cosmetic treatments like facial rejuvenation with cosmetic injectables and laser skin treatments to zap their problem areas before they become too pronounced.

Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs many of these surgeries at his Southern Plastic Surgery center in Duluth, GA.  The rise in these types of procedures has given way to the creative term “Botox® babies”- used to refer to the youthful adults pursuing versions of facial cosmetic surgery that only their parents and grandparents sought 15 years ago.   Botox® babies contribute a large portion of the cosmetic surgery industry’s profits.  In fact, according to the annual survey conducted by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), minimally invasive procedures like Botox®, Dysport®, Juvederm®, and Restylane®  were the only category of cosmetic surgery to enjoy increased profitability for cosmetic surgeons during the economic slump of recent years.

Dr. Whiteman’s facial cosmetic surgery results speak for themselves, but he also likes to remind patients that much of what their skin (and face) looks in their 30’s depends on how they take care of it in their teens and 20’s.  Focused on full-body health and wellness, Dr. Whiteman urges patients to regularly wear an SPF 30 sunscreen to prevent further sun damage, use an exfoliating cleanser to increase skin cell production, and eat a healthy diet (along with drinking plenty of water) to keep their faces looking younger longer.

To learn more about the cosmetic surgery procedures of the face, breast, and body that Dr. Whiteman performs visit his website and continue to read his blog.