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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What is the difference between Restylane and Botox/Dysport Cosmetic injectables?

For those who are unfamiliar with the world of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, one of their most common questions is “What is the difference between Restylane® and Botox®/Dysport®?.” The answer is: everything! Many people are under the misconception that the wrinkle removing injectables on the market are brand name variations of the same product; however this is far from the truth.

Restylane®, along with similar popular products Juvederm® and Perlane®, are what we call “injectable fillers”. These products consist of collagen, either natural collagen from animals, or Hyaluronic Acid (HA), the same component found naturally in human collagen.

Once injected into the problem areas, the collagen or HA “fills in” wrinkles, lines, and furrows in the face to give the face a smoother and more youthful overall look. Injectable fillers vary depending on the whether they are an HA filler or depending on the type of collagen used, however the average injectable filler lasts around 6 months. Unlike Botox® and Dysport®, most injectable fillers can also be used on the lips, for a fuller, plumper look.

Botox®, and newer variation Dysport®, are cosmetic injectables made up a purified form of the toxin botulinum. Unlike injectable fillers that use a substance to “fill in” wrinkles, the substance found Botox® and Dysport® works to relax facial muscles. By blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical which transmits nerve signals to contract the muscles, these injectables inactivate or weaken the facial muscles that produce the lines on your face – resulting in a smoother, younger look. Because the muscles in the face are relaxed, Botox® and Dysport® injections prevent new wrinkles from forming or deepening further. Botox® and Dysport® last about 3-4 months on average. And although these products would be useless for the lips, Botox® is also FDA approved for excessive sweating and treatment of neck and muscle spasms.

In short, fillers like Restylane® and Juvederm® use collagen or a collagen-like substance to fill-in and smooth out wrinkles. Botox® and Dysport® relax facial muscles, that ultimately smooth out wrinkles and prevent wrinkles from deepening further. Dr. Whiteman performs both types of injections and can tell you which product will be the best treatment for you. Schedule a consultation or call our office to find out more information.