Does a Vial of Botox Come Pre-mixed?

I have heard Botox has to be mixed each time it is used. Is this true, or does it come pre-mixed? Thanks.

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Does a Vial of Botox Come Pre-mixed?

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Botox does not come premixed and must be constituted with bacteriostatic saline preservative-free to be used on frown lines.  Different physicians use different dilutions to inject the compound into your wrinkles.  At our clinic, we use 4.25cc of saline so that 0.1 cc has 2.5 units of Botox solution.  This works for most applications to treat the various areas of the face.

Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon

Botox has to be reconstituted

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Botox comes in a sealed hologram vial (bottle) in poweded form.  The nurse or doctor usually has to reconstitute it before it can be used for injecting. Proper reconstitution is very important successful results.

David A. F. Ellis, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon

Botox bottles do not come premixed

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Botox is a powerful and effective medication used to relax muscles and alleviate the wrinkles caused by them. Botox comes to the doctor's office as a frozen powder in an empty bottle. Your doctor will then add a small amount of saline water to the Botox to help resuspend it. This mixture is what the doctor will inject into your treatment areas.

Botox does not come pre-mixed

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Botox does not come pre-mixed. Botox comes in a powder form and is shipped in a small glass vial. It is then mixed with Saline before use. It does not have to be mixed each time it is used, but 100 Botox units are mixed at a time.

Our patients normally have between 20 units and 60 units injected so in many cases a portion of the vial remains for the subsequent patients.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox does not come pre-mixed

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As answered by my colleagues before me, Botox comes as dried powder that must be kept refrigerated. The vial contains either 50 or 100 units. It is reconstituted in normal saline prior to your treatment. There is no set volume of saline that is used. It is up to the individual provider. It ranges from 1-6 milliliters(cc). I personally use 2 mls based on my own personal experience, and after talking with many of the experts here in the US and in other countries.

With that being said, it is important to realize that it is the number of units used and not the volume or concentration that determines the cosmetic effect. So, when looking for a physician, look for a physician who charges by the unit and not by the area or by the cc. If they are charging by either of the last two, you are probably not getting your money's worth.

Steven E. Rasmussen, MD, FAAD
Austin Dermatologist

Botox does not come pre mixed

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Botox is stored in a cold environment and has no liquid in it when the manufacturer delivers it.

We generally use a minimal dilution as I think more concentrated Botox allows us to use fewer needle sticks.  Others dilute it more, but my concern is that higher dilutions may not last as long.

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Botox is mixed the first time it is opened

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It is mixed every time it is first opened. The same bottle has enough units of Botox to treat two to three cosmetic units. This rarely is all done on the same patient, and more commonly provides doses for two or three patients.

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

Each bottle needs to be mixed by the doctor's office

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Botox comes from the manufacturer as a dry powder in a small vial. It needs to be reconstituted to its active form by the office using it. The concentration can vary depending on how much saline is added to the 100 unit vial.

Botox--Injector Picks Dilution

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Botox does not come premixed. It comes freeze dried (kinda like astronaut food). The injector will help pick the dilution of botox depending on the intended application. Once botox is mixed it should ideally be used within 4 hours of reconstitution but this number is controversial. Botox can be made more dilute but can never be made more concentrated (Add saline to product but do not add actually botox to reconstitution).

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox does not come pre-mixed.

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Botox does not come pre-mixed and needs to be reconstituted with normal saline prior to injection. Once mixed, the effectiveness of Botox can last for a certain period of time. Everyone dilutes their Botox with different amounts of normal saline, thus you should know how many 'units' of Botox that you are receiving and not how many 'cc's'. Good luck.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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