The cost of Botox depends on two primary factors: how many units of Botox are used during the treatment and how much each unit costs.
The amount of Botox used is measured in terms of “units”. There are either 50 or 100 units per bottle of Botox depending on what size bottle is used. Botox comes from the manufacturer as a powder, and the injector must dilute the powder before injecting it. The amount of fluid used to dilute the powder can vary from one injector to another, so it is not accurate to measure the amount of Botox injected by milliliters. To compare apples to apples, you have to quantify the amount of Botox used in units.
The cost per unit of Botox varies by geographic location. For example, the price per unit of Botox in Los Angeles can range from about $9 to $15 per unit. The cost in New York is much higher.
The cost per unit also varies between injectors. Injectors can be physicians or nurses who inject Botox. Injectors catering to luxury clientele generally charge at the high end; whereas, less skilled injectors charge the least. Beware of cheap Botox, though! A skilled injector will likely be able to get better results using fewer units and with less complications than a poorly trained injector. In the end, the cost may be more with a less skilled injector even though the Botox seems cheaper initially.
In general, most skilled injectors will charge somewhere in the middle of the price range. In this range, you should be able to find a physician who understands your concerns and can skillfully address them using the right amount of Botox while minimizing risk. And in the end, that’s real value!