How much Botox do you really need?

If you have ever considered getting injectables, the number one question you probably have is how much will it cost? We all see the offers and coupons for injectables to fix forehead lines, crows feet and the other dreaded signs of aging. But how do you know how much product (and money) it will take to get the results you desire? We spoke with Dr. Richard Swift, a board certified plastic surgeon in New York City to get an inside look at the world of injectables.

 Dr. Richard Swift is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in private practice in New York City. Image courtesy of Dr. Richard Swift

Dr. Richard Swift is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in private practice in New York City.
Image courtesy of Dr. Richard Swift

The key with any injectable is to first get guidance from a board certified plastic surgeon. These doctors have expertise when it comes to knowledge of facial anatomy and experience administering the product. It is hard to give a patient a quote for services without first seeing their face.

“There is both a science and artistry to administering Botox in order to obtain the most natural looking results. When done correctly, you will not notice that you have had anything done, your lines and wrinkles will just be less noticeable,” says Dr. Swift. The main goal to look rested and refreshed.

Through a consultation, your doctor will be able to determine which product fits your goals. For instance, Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are all neurotoxins. Botox is the gold standard of treatment for reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and frown lines between the brows. Xeomin is the “naked” version of all the neurotoxins because it lacks the binding proteins while Botox and Dysport have more similar molecules.

As far as price goes, it can vary greatly depending where you live and where you are seeking treatment. If you live in a city with a higher economy, it might be worth your while to look into medical tourism. Again, make sure you are getting the service from a board certified plastic surgeon. Many doctors will offer specials on an initial treatment and deals for repeat clients. Keep in mind you will end up paying full price for most repeat visits so it is a good idea to pick a doctor based on skill and compatibility instead of price. You can also check the drug manufacturer websites for occasional rebates and coupons good towards services.

After you get the treatments, don’t be disappointed if you don’t see results right away. Dr. Swift says it takes a week to see the full results of your treatment.

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