How much would Botox for forehead wrinkles cost?

I would love to find out how much it costs, on average, for Botox injections to get rid of forehead wrinkles. I can't imagine it's done once and that's it so how many injections or treatments would I be looking at? And is it one cost for however many injections if more than one are needed or would I pay by the session?

lilian

F, 52, Tennessee

The price of Botox treatment generally depends on the number of Botox units used during the session.

Depending on the type and depth of your forehead wrinkles, the number of units required for Botox injections will vary.

The price per Botox Cosmetic unit varies depending on the clinic, the reputation of the injector, and your geographic location. On average, Botox costs anywhere from $10 to $20 per unit.

I can't give you any specific medical advice or offer you any exact prices without a personal consultation, but in general the average cost of a forehead Botox treatment will run anywhere from $250 to $500 and will take somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 units.

To answer your question about whether or not you can pay per session:

Yes. Some clinics will charge a fixed cost for a treatment session. The cost of the session would be based on the area requiring treatment. For example: A forehead treatment might carry a flat cost of $250 to $500 to treat frown or horizontal forehead lines.

Other types of treatment, like for crow’s feet or bunny lines, generally have a lower fixed cost for because they typically require fewer units of Botox and are often characterized by fine lines rather than deep wrinkles.

Dysport is an FDA-approved alternative to Botox which contains a different form of botulinum toxin. Dysport costs a little less than its better known cousin and has a few subtle differences in terms of performance. For the sake of comparison, the cost of Dysport treatment is typically around 10% less than Botox.

When it comes to the cost of Botox touch-ups, every doctor is a little different. In many cases, touch-ups are free if you paid a fixed cost for an area. If you were charged per vial for the original treatment, then the cost of the touch-up would likely also be charged by vial.

If you would like a more specific price estimate, I encourage you to come in for a personal Botox consultation.

Always remember to visit a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for best results.

When treating forehead wrinkles your dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon will inject Botox into the frontalis muscle and other muscles in the forehead.

The cost of the treatment varies widely depending on where you go. Many doctors will charge you per unit of Botox, while others will offer you a price-per-area of the face to be treated.

Keep in mind that the price is often reflective of experience and quality. Botox injections gone wrong can lead to a  "Botox face", a droopy eyelid, migraine headaches, and frozen facial expressions. Unskilled or inexperienced injectors may also cause excessive bruising and more asymmetric results. Experienced plastic surgeons and dermatologists who are good Botox injectors can be much more expensive than injectors with limited experience.

Prices also tend to be more expensive in big cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles than in smaller cities.

In my experience, forehead Botox treatments will cost anywhere from $200 to $600 -- depending on the factors explained above.

For a more precise estimate of costs, I encourage you to call a facial plastic surgeon or board-certified dermatologist for a Botox consultation.

When receiving Botox, it’s critical to know what you’re getting and to be sure that you get what you pay for. Usually, the cost of Botox is calculated on a per unit basis. This is the preferred option of many patients and surgeons as you only pay for the units of Botox used to treat any given area. This means that if you only require ten units to correct your forehead wrinkles, you simply pay for ten units at the specified price and that’s it.

The cost of Botox injections varies widely, with most clinics in the United States charging between $9 and $20 per unit. The variation in cost can be influenced by a number of factors, including the location of the clinic or medspa, and the reputation and expertise of the injector. For example, board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in administering Botox and dermal fillers are likely to charge more because they generally guarantee better results. That is not to say, however, that injectors charging $10 per unit aren’t capable of delivering excellent results as well, but there is far less risk of any complications arising when you choose an injector who has been board-certified. It is always the smartest, safest way to proceed with any cosmetic enhancement.

The other method of calculating the cost of Botox is to pay by the area being treated. Doctors will specify the total cost for a designated region of the face -- for example, in the United States it should cost between $250 and $500 to treat horizontal forehead lines. However, it’s important to note that the forehead is treated as two seperate areas--the forehead lines that run horizontally across the forehead, and the frown lines that appear at the glabella. If you were to pay per area treated you would need to pay for two different areas. This method of pricing can sometimes mean you pay for more than what you need, especially if you don’t have deeply-etched wrinkles. At the same time, there’s an advantage to knowing how much the treatment will cost before you undergo the procedure, leaving no room for any unwelcome surprises.

To treat horizontal forehead lines, patients generally need between 15 and 25 units of Botox. To correct the frown lines between the eyebrows, 20-30 units on average are needed. Areas such like crow's feet typically require fewer units because the muscles around the eye are much weaker and more delicate.

I recommend you book a consultation with a plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or board-certified dermatologist to get an idea of how many units of Botox you’ll require to achieve your goal, and how much you can expect to pay.

Lastly, a Botox treatment does not offer permanent results. Botox is most effective when treatments are carried out at regular intervals before the results fully wear off. On average, the results last for three to four months,  although Botox metabolizes at different rates in different individuals. The first ever Botox treatment you receive may not last as long as subsequent treatments, plus you may require touch-ups two weeks after the procedure as your injector determines the right dosage for you. Over time, however, many patients notice that they can wait longer intervals between treatments as their treated facial muscles weaken.

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment that is highly effective for correcting forehead lines and the frown lines between the eyebrows. However, understanding how Botox is priced can be confusing.

There’s a wide variety of factors that influence the total cost: the number of units required to effectively limit facial movement in the forehead, the areas in the upper face you wish to treat, the experience level of your injector, and finally, the location of the clinic where you undergo the procedure. Botox is usually charged per unit, with a unit priced from $10 to $20. The final price can also be determined per area treated, with the forehead and frown lines charged as two seperate areas.

With this in mind, the average cost for treating forehead lines varies from approximately $200 to $600. Patients with fine lines or smaller facial muscles won’t require as many units of Botox to achieve a successful outcome, whereas patients with stronger facial muscles (such as pronounced corrugator muscles which cause deeper frown lines) could require more.

Your plastic surgeon or dermatologist will look at your face as you talk and make expressions, see the depth of your existing wrinkles and from there determine the estimated dosage and resulting price it will be to achieve a beautiful result

Finding an experienced practitioner is particularly important if you’ve never had Botox treatments before as he or she will devise an optimal treatment plan to address your forehead wrinkles. Furthermore, with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon you’ll be far less likely to experience any side effects like pain, bruising around the injection site, droopy eyelids, or mistakenly be administered too much Botox, leaving your face looking frozen for the next several months.

Most patients require Botox treatments 3-4 times per year to maintain results. Botox is most effective when undergone on a regular basis, before the effects of the previous treatment entirely wear off.

Generally 20-30 units may be used. Depending on your zip code and the person injecting, you can expect to pay 10-15 dollars a unit. So 200-450 per treatment every 3-4 months is a good general guideline.

Botox cost varies according to area treated.  Expert injectors will get better results and are a better value than "bargain" Botox treatments.  Expect the effect of Botox to last 3 to 4 months and then you will need additional injections.  Payment is usually made each session.