Botox, which is also referred to as Wrinkle Relaxing Injections, is possibly the most well-known and popular medical aesthetic treatment around. Millions of people, regardless of gender or age, utilize this botulinum toxin to relax the muscles of their face to prevent and reduce the signs of aging.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons over 4.4 million people received botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport or Xeomin) in 2020. According to Allergan (the company that manufactures Botox) and Galderma (the company that manufactures Dysport), people on average require 20-30 units for desired results. This means, on average, a whopping 110 million units of Botox or similar products were used in 2020 alone!
This leads you to think, how much do people spend each year on Botox? As Botox is an incredibly complex medical product, it requires a great deal of knowledge and experience just to use it safely, let alone to achieve the best results possible. So while the price of Botox varies from place-to-place, and country-to-country, the cost of the unit actually tends to reflect the expertise of the person administering it, rather than just the cost of the product itself.
The question of what is a “good” or “fair” price for Botox isn’t a straightforward one, as a person’s definition of what a “good” price is subjective. A person may base a good price off of what is cheapest, or what provides the most value for their money. While these are fair ways to base a “good” price, it’s important to remember that Botox isn’t like buying a pair of shoes, or a trip to Bora Bora (which we’ve heard is lovely this time of year) – it’s about investing in yourself, and your self confidence.
When it comes to searching for pricing, as the demand for Botox treatments only continues to increase, new treatment providers are popping-up at dental practices, naturopaths, and spas; so costs tend to vary. The average price of Botox is $10 per unit, but the price typically reflects the experience and training of the provider. This is why it’s important to be wary when you see a bargain for Botox – the saying “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is” definitely applies here. Anything under $10 should invite additional research into who is administering the treatment, why it is under-average, and if Botox/medical aesthetics is their primary service, or is it just a side-hustle? You wouldn’t go to an aesthetics clinic for dental work or naturopathic remedies, so why would you do the reverse?
When the price is set higher than average, this price will likely be because you are receiving premium treatment from experts. Prices set around $12 per unit typically include cosmetic surgery practices, laser clinics, and aesthetic clinics, ideally led by a dual-board certified facial plastic surgeon. If you find yourself in a clinic such as this, you will likely be receiving treatment from the best injectors in the city (if not the country) who are experts in facial anatomy and injectables.
Dr. Thomas Buonassisi works alongside our advanced injector nurses and doctors, and leads our clinic as one of Canada’s top facial plastic surgeons, with dual-board certification. An expert injector knows how to tailor your Botox needs to your unique face shape and goals, and will place the injections in strategic areas to deliver the perfect results. Whereas under-priced Botox injectors may over-inject, or target the wrong areas, meaning you will have to go back and pay more for them to correct the treatment. At a premium clinic you will, at the very least, be leaving as a happy and satisfied customer, at the best your expectations will be thoroughly exceeded, and you may even end up saving you money in the long run.
There is something so special, and so wonderfully unique about being able to, as if by magic, relax wrinkles, ease fine lines, and subtly lift brows and eyes – this is the result of an expert Aesthetic Injector – not the Botox. The product on its own isn’t what does the magic, but only in the hands of a trained expert is when Botox shows it’s value.
So while it’s easy to simply look at the cost of Botox as the literal cost of the liquid by unit, there is much more that goes into it. For example, 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic’s Aesthetic Injectors are registered nurses or doctors with special interest in dermatology, and each have over 20 years experience with Botox, other botulinum toxin products, as well as Dermal Fillers. Our injectors were also hand-picked by a dual-board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi. It’s this extensive and unique training, education, experience and absolute mastery of facial anatomy and the product is what gives Botox it’s TRUE value.
This is why it is invaluable to put your trust, and your money, into someone who has had extensive training and experience. This is not only the safest option possible, but it will give you the best results for your money. There is a reason why many people refer to experienced injectors as “artists”, because your face is a piece of art and deserves to be treated as such. If you are looking for a Botox specialist, then don’t settle for amateur artists, and go and find yourself a Monet or a Da Vinci.
8 West Cosmetic & Skin Clinic offers complimentary consultations with our incredibly experienced artists (aka Registered Nurse Injectors) so you can get an understanding of how they work, and what the total cost will be to achieve your goals. If you are happy with the pricing, you can even book additional time for optional same-day treatment. To start the conversation, and book your free consultation, speak with one of our patient care managers by calling 604 733 1669 or complete this online form for a call back.