How Many Units Are There in One Syringe for Botox and at What Price for One Unit?

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Botox is normally charged by injection area or by unit

Thanks for your question. The number of units of Botox per syringe will vary according to the dilution of the Botox and the size of the syringe. Botox is packaged as a dry powder that is then mixed with a saline solution (so the more saline solution added, the lower the concentration). The doctor should tell you how many units are being injected. Botox costs vary from one service provider to another, ranging from $8 to $16 per unit, with $10 to $12 being the average. Hope this is helpful!

Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Cost

Botox is sold to Physicians in a 100 unit vial, not by syringe; Botox is reconstituted with saline by the Physician  with 2-2.5 mL depending on preference. The cost to the Physician for this US FDA approved vial is around $550.  Although Botox can be priced per area, my preference is to sell it by the unit.  The reason is that Botox is a medication, with some patients requiring more and some less.  Cost per unit will depend on where you live, but in my practice it is $13/u. Because Botox is used heavily for therapeutic reasons in the United States, Botox cosmetic must be sold to the Physician at the same price as Botox intended for insurance/ Medicare purposes.  Therefore, there is no volume discounting of product for the Physician, as there is with competitors such as Dysport or Xeomin.  Therefore, if you see heavily discounted Botox, Botox offered by the "syringe", I would be suspicious of the origin, quality, dilution, and integrity of the product.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Units of Botox per syringe

Botox is priced typically either per unit or per area.

The fees of injectors varies greatly, as does the skill level and the understanding of the product, and the honesty of how much you are actually getting.  

Most patients have no idea if their Botox is watered down or not, and there is no control in place to monitor who is and who is not 'watering down the drinks'.  Some patients leave from the Medi-Spa with their droopy or asymmetric brows and plastic looks, pleased as pie about the great deal they got...

It's best to get botulinum toxin at a reputable office by a reputable individual with great credentials.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 177 reviews

Botox is charged generally by unit

When your injector receives Botox from the manufacturer, it comes in a vial. The contents of the vial must then be reconstituted and then administered by syringe. Therefore, generally, clinics provide a per unit price, and you simply multiply that amount with the number of units administered during treatment. The exact dosing for you can be determined in consultation with your cosmetic physician with an in-person evaluation, as this will allow for a better assessment of your concern. In Toronto, Ontario, the price ranges from $10-$15 per unit.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

How Many Units Are There in One Syringe for Botox and at What Price for One Unit?

Depends on the Physician dilution can you determine how many units are in a syringe. The average cost per unit can range from different locations, anywhere from $10-$18 per unit. 

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Botox per syringe

It depends on how the Botox is diluted or mixed.   The number of units per 1 cc syringe can vary.  Please ask your Botox provider.

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Units of Botox

   The units in a syringe have to do with the degree of dilution. We charge by the area not the is a much better deal....I suggest you find a surgeon who charges by the area and make sure you get the response promised for each area done.

Richard Galitz, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

How Many Units Are There in One Syringe for Botox and at What Price for One Unit?

 Botox comes freeze dried and has to be mixed into a liquid.  The dilution ranges so a 1cc syringe at one office may not have the same amount of Botox units.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Botox price

One syringe of Botox price in our office is $550 and it will vary depending on the practice. The way we dilute in our practice will give you about 45cc's per syringe.

Jhonny Salomon, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Pricing for Botox

Botox is most commonly priced by the unit or by the area treated, not by the syringe.  Both are acceptable, but I favor charging by the area, for several reasons.  My goal is to get the optimal result, and I find my patients are happy knowing ahead of time what it will cost them.  No two patients are the same, and I always individualize the treatment. I price each area fairly, even though my profit is less for the people with stronger glabellar muscles.  I'd really rather not risk compromising the result by having the patient worry about how to get by with less.  I have seen many patients under treated elsewhere because they were told it would only need X number of units, and the benefits lasted only a month or two, or they didn't get full relaxation of the targeted muscle groups.  I will adjust my price if I feel you need less than the average amount.

Having said that, I think the most important factor is receive your Botox from an expert, experienced injector, who will know how many units you will need.  It is not worth it to save a few bucks if you don't get a good result!

James Bartels, MD
Manchester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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