Charging for Botox or Restylane by the Syringe. Is That Normal Pratice?

Is it normal practice to charge for Botox and restylane by te syringe. What is it does not take a full syringe?

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Charging for Botox or filler by the syringe

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One big misconception is that you are paying for a "syringe" of Botox or Dysport- if someone sell it to you as such, run. Both are dosed as "unit" based injections. Since a syringe may contain no active product or a full bottle of active product , buying a syringe (typically sold by low end injectors) is a bad way to do it.

Instead, ask how many units you are purchasing.

Fillers, in contrast, are sold in pre-filled syringes but there are different size syringes and some places offer discounted pricing but use syringes that are 1/2 the normal volume to get you in the door. So, as with everything, you are best served by doing some homework and sticking with someone that is reputable. Dont shop for a discount when you are getting medical care or cosmetic surgery.

Since the doctor's cost is related to what he or she injects, it is perfectly reasonable to discuss the amount of units of Botox or Dysport or quantity of filler that is being used

Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

Fees For Restylane and Botox

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The most common way of charging for Botox is by units injected.  This is the fairest way to the patient since the Botox can be diluted differently by different physicians.  Restylane, on the other hand, is charged by the syringe since the syringes cannot be shared among patients.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon

Botox and Restylane pricing

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Restylane comes in syringes and the costs will range generally from $400 to $700 (depending on the area). I charge $550/syringe for traditional restylane and slightly more for restylane lyft and restylane silk. 

Botox or Dysport is dosed in units, but a unit of Botox will treat more than a unit of Dysport. Typically, 40 units of Botox equates to 100 units of dysport. The cost of a unit of botox will range typically from $10/unit to $18/unit (depending on where you are in the country). We are on the lower end of that range due to our ability  to purchase more economically from Allergen as a top injector of Allergen products.

Some injectors will charge per area but these centers may mislead patients if they do not follow Allergen protocols.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Botox and Restylane charge

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Botox is usually charged per unit (not syringe) and Restylane is charged per full syringe. Some injectors also charge by the area treated.

Charge for botox and filler

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It is normal to charge for a syringe of filler, or vial of Sculpta. Left over product is not recommended to be saved by the manufacturer.  Botox is usually charged by the unit or the cosmetic area but if a physician typically uses the same amount of units per cosmetic area and they prefill a syirnge of botox, then maybe they're charging per area and not syringe.  Syringes of fillers are prepared in advance by the manufacturer but the physician draws up exactly what they wish in the numbers of units of Botox into each syringe.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Restylane, Botox - Charging for Botox or Restylane by the Syringe. Is That Normal Practice?

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Policies vary widely on this issue but here are some guidelines:

1)  Botox and Dysport typically come in vials that have enough for 1, 2 or 3 patients, depending on how much each patient requires.  If your physician does this procedure often enough so that there is always a relatively fresh vial of the material available, then it is typical to charge either by unit of Botox/Dysport (it takes about 2-2.5 units of Dysport to equal the effect of 1 unit of Botox) or areas being treated.

2)  However, some would argue that, over time, the material loses its effectiveness and, to that extent, one might benefit from knowing that the Botox is being prepared (both come as freeze-dried precipitates that are mixed into solution by adding some saline) is new and was made up for the individual patient.  In that case, it is relevant that Botox comes in vials of 50 or 100 units, and so some physicians only treat patients once they know that they have that amount accounted for.  That may require bunching patients together, or all on the same day, etc.  If you walk in and get get only a few units of Botox, you have to reasonably ask how the physician was able to have that available.

3)  Fillers, by contrast, come in pre-filled syringes, and the norm is to charge by syringe.  Some people can get the effect they want with one syringe, others require more.  The most commonly used fillers include Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra and Autologous Fat Injections.  You should talk to your physician about what you'd like to accomplish and exactly how much filler will be required.  That is no time to be surprised!

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

Common Pricing Practices for Botox and Restylane

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Most offices in our area charge by the unit for you are only charged for what is drawn up from the bottle and used on you in that visit. One bottle of Botox can be divided among multiple patients because a specific amount can be drawn up without risking contamination. Restylane, on the other hand is sold only by the syringe.  One syringe is only used for one person, they may not be shared.  If you don't use all of the Restylane in the area you ideally want treated, your injector can advise you on where else it may look best.

Good luck~

Dr. Grant Stevens    

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

It is common practice to charge for Restylane by the syringe

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It is common practice to charge for Restylane by the syringe.  BOTOX is charged by the unit since it doesn’t come in syringes.  Most of these treatments are based on the amount of product used.  Some doctors do charge differently depending on the area injected.

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Charges for Restylane and Botox

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There is no standard as to how offices charge for these products.  Restylane comes by the syringe and is charged as such since it cannot be used on anyone else.  If you do not need the full syringe, it is discarded.  Botox can be charged by area or by units.  It is important to ask the concentration and units per injection and how many injections will be performed.  That is because it can be diluted a number of different ways.

Albert Dabbah, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon


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Restylane is typically charged by the syringe or by cc as the syringes come in different sizes. I use the entire syringe for the same patient, so it is not shared.  Botox is charged by either the number of units or by area.  

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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