BOTOX Cosmetic treatment is one of the most popular cosmetic dermatology treatments on the market. BOTOX is considered a safe and effective treatment for facial lines and wrinkles. However, like other cosmetic dermatology treatments, BOTOX therapy is not cheap. Most people think they can’t afford the cost of BOTOX treatment, but the fact is, BOTOX is becoming increasingly affordable and there are a variety of financing options that can help cover the cost of treatment.
Unfortunately, BOTOX treatment is not covered by insurance. Most insurance companies will not cover procedures that are deemed purely cosmetic. Let’s break down the cost of BOTOX along the chain of commerce. BOTOX was created and is produced by Allergan pharmaceuticals. It costs Allergan roughly $40 to produce a vial of BOTOX Cosmetic. Allergan sells that vial of BOTOX to dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and other health professionals for roughly $400. These health professionals charge patients anywhere from $200 to $1,000 per injection.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is an injectable treatment that is derived from botulinum toxin. In large doses, botulinum toxin is poisonous and can even be deadly. Only a small amount of the toxin is present in BOTOX Cosmetic formulations. That small amount of toxin, when injected into muscles in the face, works to block nerve transmissions to those muscles, reducing their activity. This means that the facial muscles used to smile, laugh, frown, and scowl are temporarily paralyzed. This causes the wrinkles and lines that form during facial movements like laughing, frowning, and smiling to smooth out.
BOTOX Cosmetic also has other uses, most of which are for non-cosmetic concerns. BOTOX can help reduce excessive sweating caused by a condition known as hyperhidrosis. BOTOX can also relieve some of the pain associated with migraine headaches. Finally, BOTOX can be used to stop painful muscle spasms.