Dr. Bonnie Marting
I advise all clients to shop around when they’re trying to choose a provider to do their beauty procedures. Though you’re not exactly car-shopping, many of the same techniques to help you decide should be used. You are looking for comfort, safety, performance and price.
One big exception to that analogy is that we are talking about your face here, so when asking about products, realize that you’re also paying for the security of knowing the medical provider is skilled, the product will be able to provide you with what result you’re looking for, and that the price is something you can accept.
So, with that said- what are some average prices for the most commonly used beauty enhancements? Unfortunately this is a tough question because it varies so much. Lets deal with the most popular treatment first, Botox. In some cases, Botox can vary between $150 dollars to $1,200. This is an extreme difference! Why would one office charge $200 for Botox while another bills you $1200? That’s the type of question that will arise when you do internet searches or even call around in your area for price points. They rarely give you any details, just “special prices.” So what are you to do?
First look at the unit cost. If you ask the office for a unit price, they should be able to tell you. And if you know the unit price and have had the procedure before, you can estimate the total by multiplying that unit cost (say 15 dollars a unit) by the number of units used previously. But that wont help if they charge by the area. Some offices charge by facial areas. Many will say “3 areas covered” in the total price. So if you have a frown line between your eyes, that would be one area, and your crow’s feet (naturally one on each side) would be two more, for a total of 3 areas treated.
Here is a little quick advice: NEVER shop for the cheapest price point then show up for your appointment prepared to only pay that much. Remember, many times if something sounds too good to be true- as in $150 dollars for a Botox treatment, it probably isnt. Many times when you get in the office, the rate changes or suddenly there was a “misunderstanding”. Don’t be so intimidated you just stay. Leave and leave fast.
The new kid on the block in muscle relaxers is Dysport. And it’s an excellent product. Unfortunately Dysport is measured in a different manner, so the advice above regarding units only pertains to the Botox product line. The “by area” price with still hold true with either of them though.
Now lets look at some popular filler guidelines for you to use in your search-
Restylane and Juvederm
You may have seen advertised specials for Restylane and Juvederm ranging between 300 dollars to 700 dollars. Both of these hyaluronic acids will be great fillers for you, but beware if the price touted drops below 300 dollars. Many times a special in this price point has hidden in fine print it is only for a half-syringe. That amount won’t do much unless your needs are for very, very subtle changes. With that said the average price you should expect to see for these products are between $500 and $600 dollars. (It could be a bit more if you’re receiving Perlane or Juvederm Plus because they are larger molecule products).
As I’ve said many times, dont be taken in by the highest prices, but be even warier of the lowest…many times these offices are desperate. An office producing great results with qualified medical providers will never be at a loss for customers!
Sculptra, produced by Sanofi-Aventis, has been around since 2004. Though the cost has decreased slightly in the last 7 years, it is still pricey. Sculptra is sold by the vial (or occasionally by the cc) and the average price is $750 to $900, but I’ve seen it hit the $1500 range as well. The most important thing to remember with this procedure is the competence of the practitioner. Make sure they are experienced and an expert at these injections. In the right hands, this treatment is absolutely phenomenal. The results are not immediate, but they are impressive as they begin to take effect and transform your face making you look younger and more refreshed.
Radiesse is another product released in 2004. Back then, you really didn’t see it for less than $900, but now this robust calcium-based product is sometimes advertised for as little as $500. If you want immediate-effect sculpting, this is a super option. By comparison, a syringe of Radiesse contains 1.55 cc in contrast with the 1 cc you’ll receive in Restylane and .8cc of Juvederm amounts. Though the top of the line Radiesse can still demand $900 dollars, you’ll be amazed at the difference in your appearance. I think you’ll find it is well worth the expense.
In conclusion, whatever you do, don’t shop simply for price. Research the practitioner and their experience; the office and its volume of clients; product turnover (you don’t want anything that’s expired, do you?) and the reputation of the facility itself. In this, as in almost every purchase you make, you ususally get what you pay for. And a good reputation is worth a few extra bucks!