Let’s discuss! We usually talk cost for treatment after we’ve had a chance to perform a complete assessment and explain how and where the treatment will work best to reach your goals. However, when you’re doing your research on a cosmetic treatment like Botox, the cost is likely to be a factor that you take into consideration before booking an appointment. Especially if it’s going to be a staple on your calendar as it is a repeat treatment. At the end of the day, we all just want to know “can I afford my tox?” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is one of the most popular alternatives to plastic surgery procedures that come with a much higher price tag. 

While it’s important to choose a provider and a treatment that fits into your budget, it’s even more important to choose your provider based on training and expertise required to carry out the procedure properly and carefully. Choosing wisely the first time can save you lots of money in the long run when it comes to aesthetic treatments. The cost of redoing or fixing an injectable treatment is not cheap.

Botox injections

The cost of Botox can vary depending on a range of factors. Knowing roughly how much you can expect to pay will help you decide whether this treatment makes sense for your budget and if the provider you’re seeking in in a respectable range for the treatment.

Let’s have a look at the costs of Botox below. 

What is Botox

Botox is an injectable product that is placed, using a syringe, into your muscles (typically in your face) to temporarily paralyze the muscles, softening expression and smoothing fine lines or wrinkles. Botox is an FDA approved treatment for both cosmetic and medical uses. 

So, how much do Botox injections cost? 

How much does Botox cost per unit? 

The amount of Botox injected into your body is measured in units. Botox pricing in Denver is usually between $11-$15 dollars per unit. To effectively treat three areas of your face: take your crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), forehead lines, and glabellar lines (aka 11s or frown lines), we’re seeing most of our patients need ~60 units of Botox. ~30 to 45 units may be needed to treat your forehead or eye area. So, for one Botox treatment in those specific areas, you can expect to pay around $330-$675.  

If you want to maintain the results of your Botox treatment, you will need to remember that costs will be recurring as the results last for ~3-4 months. 

The number of Botox units you will need will depend on your face, strength of your muscles, severity of wrinkles and your desired results. More units will provide a more dramatic smoothing effect but will also restrict the movement of the muscles in your face. Fewer units will provide a much more subtle softening effect but may also allow for possible expression to still be made. When you have your initial consultation with your provider, they will be able to advise on how many units you require and the cost. 

What does the cost of Botox include?

One question you might have is: what is included in the price of your Botox treatment? While it is the Botox that you’re paying for per unit, you’re also paying for who is injecting it. You’re paying for their talent, their education and experience. Remember good Botox isn’t cheap and cheap Botox is never good.

The amount of Botox you need will vary from person to person. For example, when you frown, the strength of the muscle contraction could be minimal so you will only need 5 to 15 units. However, someone else may have stronger muscles in the area and might need 20 to 30 units. Men also tend to have stronger muscles in the area so will need more units. 

There are a number of other factors that can influence how much you pay for the treatment, including: 

  • The expertise of your injector
  • The location of your treatment 
  • If your provider is offering any current Botox specials 
  • The strength of the muscles and depth of the lines and wrinkles on your face 

The amount of Botox you need will vary from person to person. For example, when you frown, the strength of the muscle contraction could be minimal so you will only need 15 to 20 units. However, someone else may have stronger muscles in the area and might need 25 to 35 units. Men also tend to have stronger muscles in the area so will need 40 to 50 units. 

How much does Botox cost for the forehead?

While it depends on what Botox is being charged per unit, for your forehead lines, treatment cost can range between $200 to $450.

Most adults need between 20 to 30 units of Botox in their forehead and many patients opt to have the same again for glabella lines (the areas between your eyes where ‘eleven’ wrinkles can form). 

botox around eyes
botox around eyes

How much does Botox cost for crow’s feet?

Again, the average cost of Botox for crow’s feet will depend on whether you’re paying by the area or per unit. If you’re paying for the area, you can expect to pay between $150-$400. A typical treatment requires 10 to 15 units on each side but less may be needed if you still want to keep a lot of movement around your eyes. 

The units needed for your face will depend on how many lines have formed on your face and how deep the wrinkles are. 

How many units of Botox do you need?

Here’s a rough estimate of the number of units you may need for each treatment area to give you an idea of what the costs could be: 

Procedure Area  Average number of units 
Forehead (horizontal lines)  20 to 30 units 
Glabellar Lines (frown lines)  10 to 25 units 
Crow’s feet  10 to 20 units per side 
Brow  20 to 40 units 
Bunny Lines  5 to 10 units 
Chin 5 to 10 units 
Lip Flip 5 units
Masseter Muscles (jawline)  25 to 50 units per side
Hyperhidrosis (excessive seating)  60 to 90 units per side

Don’t look for cheap Botox!

The actual price you pay for your Botox treatment is just one component of the total price you will pay. If you go to the right provider, you will also be paying for a trained, certified, and experienced professional to administer the treatment safely to help you achieve beautiful and natural looking results. 

It is not recommended that you go looking for cheap Botox. The risk of side effects or complications can increase if you don’t go to a professional. 

Red flags to look out for when choosing a Botox provider include: 

  • Prices that seem too low to be true 
  • A lack of information or before and after photos for sharing
  • Refusal to show you the product packaging or labelling 
  • A dirty, disorganized office or clinic

At Facial Aesthetics in Denver, we are recognized by Allergen, the creators of Botox, in the top 1% of Botox injectors in the country. Our Denver and Greenwood Village clinics are led by professionally trained, certified aesthetic nurses and physician assistants, overseen by Pamela Hill-Grossman, Facial Aesthetics Founder and master injector as well as Medical Director, John A. Grossman. 

To book a consultation at our Denver or Greenwood Village clinics, please contact us today.

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