Posted on May 2, 2015 in Articles of Interest
If you are a BOTOX patient, then undoubtedly you have wondered or even asked about price, units, effectiveness and more.
We would like to break it down for you so that you understand the facts and why some practices may make their BOTOX experience sound more appealing. Here is what you should know.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX COSMETIC, produced by ALLERGAN Corporation is a prescription medication that should be administered in a health care facility by a properly trained practioner. Small customized doses of this medicine can easily be injected into certain small facial muscles to temporarily improve the appearance of the scowl/frown area between the eyebrows, squint lines at the outer corners of the eyes, and horizontal forehead lines.
How long does it last?
The results of BOTOX, properly done, are very natural looking and last approximately 3 months.
Who should be performing the treatment?
At the Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, our first concern is patient safety.
Although, the State of Ohio State Medical Board allows certain technicians such as nurses to inject this material under the supervision of a licensed physician, Dr. Wojtanowski personally does all of his own injections. Dr. Wojtanowski has many years of training and experience, extensive knowledge of anatomy and expertise in preventing and treating unlikely complications.
What is a unit?
BOTOX is injected by certain numbers of units. Manufactures guidelines dictate required number of units to correct an area. Some offices charge by the unit and patients may elect to buy fewer units than recommended to spend less money. Subsequently, patients may often see inadequate improvement. Patients are enticed to believe the BOTOX didn't work for them, which is not the case. Patients will then need to come back for a touch up and incur additional cost.
How does Ohio Clinic charge for BOTOX?
Our charges are based on your specific facial anatomy. We charge a flat fee per region or area.
This covers the manufacturers recommend minimum dose (24 units) for each area. If the doctor feels it takes more than the minimum dosage to correct your anatomy, there is no extra charge.
At Ohio Clinic charging by the area as opposed to by the unit provides the patient the best possible chance for a successful result. In the unlikely event a patient doesn’t receive adequate improvement and they need additional material injected, they will not incur an additional cost.
I have heard that some offices dilute their BOTOX to allow a bottle of BOTOX to go further. How do I know?
This is a very good question. If you have concerns, ask the practioner if they use the standard manufacturer’s dilution scale. Also, be sure the doctor is using BOTOX produced by ALLERGAN.