29 Mar AVOIDING BOTOX® SHENANIGANS
AVOIDING BOTOX® SHENANIGANS
How to be a Good Botox® Consumer
It is hard to drive any distance without seeing billboards advertising Botox®, administered by a variety of “injectors”, including dentists, nurses and others. Intelligent consumers should wonder why the prices for Botox vary so wildly. I suspect some Botox® injectors will be unhappy with me for revealing their “secrets” to Botox® profits, especially those who are less than forthright. Botox® is made and sold by the Allergan Corporation. The price we pay for a vial of Botox® is $601 for a vial of 100 units, or about $6 per unit. When the vial of Botox® arrives it contains a small amount of a dried powder of Botox® which amounts to 100 units. This must be diluted with saline for use. The key to higher and perhaps dishonest profits for Botox® is to dilute it to a low concentration. For example, effective treatments to common areas like the glabella (area between the eyebrows), or each side of the forehead require 18 to 20 units of Botox® per area. The forehead requires 30 to 40 units for optimal duration and results. To get that concentration of Botox we add a little less than 6 cc of saline to each vial so that each cc for injection contains 18 to 20 units. That is where the trickery can begin. To increase profits some “injectors” dilute the concentration to 10 units or less per syringe or cc. The unsuspecting patient has no way to know that they are being shortchanged. The volume of injection is the same; however, the results are much more short-acting. Not only are the victims getting a poor result, they may have to return after only a couple of months for more Botox®. However the profits are dramatically increased for the unscrupulous “injector.” To be a good Botox® consumer and not be deceived:
- Always ask how many units are being injected per area and what the price is per unit. The dishonest injector will not be forthcoming about how many units are being injected or what the price per unit is.
- Be leery if your results are short-acting.
- Always remember that old saying, “a fool and his money are soon parted”.