What's the skinny on facial injection costs?
How Much Does Botulinum Toxin Cost in Canada?
This is probably the number one question that a person asks themselves when thinking about Botox. The short answer is, “it depends.” When a client calls a clinic and asks that pertinent question, this is the only real answer to give.
Botox dosing - the amount of the drug that is required for treatment - can vary greatly from person to person, and from skincare distributor to distributor. Everyone’s needs are very individual, from pain relief, migraine assistance, to fine line and wrinkle care, drugs like Botox “relax” the muscles in the chosen injection site(s), so pricing can be anywhere from $300 - $1000 or more for one clinical visit. You can even get “micro Botox” injected more superficially, to shrink the look of pores and acne scars.
The average price for Botox in Toronto is estimated at between $10 - $17 per unit. This price variance depends on a few different factors, including but not limited to who is going to be administering the treatment.
What Pricing Factors Affect the Cost of Botox Injection in Toronto?
The most important pricing variable is whether the procedure is priced based on the treatment area or by Botox units used. Most clinics in Toronto charge by the number of units needed in the affected area. The safest bet is to choose someone who prices Botox per unit, not per area. This way you know exactly how much Botox you are receiving and in turn paying for, with each treatment.
So the big question to ask here is “how much is this going to cost me?” not “how much is the botox per unit?” - that question is best suited for skincare wholesalers and distributors respectively. There are injectors out there who will quote a lower price per unit, but then when it comes time for your treatment, they will administer more units than required. Therefore it is actually going to cost you more. These ranges for dosing should be thoroughly explained to you so that you can make an appropriate decision.
Also keep in mind that Botox is not a permanent solution. A patient will typically be back to the clinic every 3-6 months for more injections.
How is a Botox Unit defined?
Botox is measured in units based on its strength. The term “unit” is unique to Botox and cannot be compared to the measurement for any product other than Botox. A unit, in this case, is defined as the required amount of Botox it will take to attain a specific level of nerve blockage, and in consequence create adequate muscle contraction.
The end goal for you and your provider is to come as close as possible to the right amount of Botox units without over-treating the area. Finding the right balance to diminish wrinkles while still being able to maintain normal facial expressions, is also pertinent.
So what should you do? Contact your healthcare provider and get a thorough consultation. Have them assess your goals, test your muscles, and then get them to write down a cost for you. That way you can enter the clinic as an informed patient. You will be better equipped to make decisions based on your desired outcome, and of course, your budget!