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BOTOX Cosmetic

Your skin develops the most telling signs of aging. Over time, you may notice unwanted wrinkles and creases that weren’t there before. 

BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes specific facial muscles, making lines and wrinkles much less prominent. Treatment usually takes only 10 minutes.

What makes BOTOX Cosmetic such a popular treatment? 

Woman's face before and after BOTOX

Satisfying Results In a Very Short Amount of Time


Fast Treatment

Although the actual length of your procedure will vary depending on your desired outcomes, most BOTOX Cosmetic treatments are completed in a 10-minute session.

Fast Recovery

Your doctor will use a small needle to inject BOTOX Cosmetic with minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic is available upon request. You can return to all non-strenuous activity immediately after treatment. 

Fast Results

The rejuvenating effects of BOTOX Cosmetic are noticeable within a few days, and most patients achieve their desired results within two weeks. You can expect the results to last three to six months before requiring re-treatment. 

"Botulinum Toxin Injection" Sounds Scary But Treatment Is Very Safe

Does BOTOX Cosmetic Hurt?

While any injection can hurt, BOTOX Cosmetic treatment uses very small needles, resulting in minimal discomfort. The treatment area can be numbed with a topical anesthetic or a cold pack for further comfort.

After treatment, it is possible to experience some redness, minor pain, and light bruising. However, side effects typically subside within days of treatment.

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What to Expect

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Preparing for Your Appointment

In order to ensure the best possible outcomes, you should avoid using alcohol, tobacco, and anti-inflammatory medications prior to treatment. These can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. 

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Consultation with Your Doctor

During your consultation, you should point out your areas of concern to help your doctor determine the best placement of your injections. 

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Day of Treatment

Although most patients do not require anesthesia, your doctor can apply a topical numbing cream to your skin. Next, he or she will use a small needle to inject BOTOX Cosmetic.

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After Your Appointment

You can return to your normal activities immediately after treatment. However, be careful to avoid applying pressure to the treatment areas. You should also avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours. 

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Enjoy Your Results

Results should be visible within three days, with maximum effects visible within two weeks.

BOTOX Cosmetic Costs

The average cost of a unit of BOTOX Cosmetic ranges from $10 to $20. However, you will likely need 20 to 30 units to achieve the desired results.

The nationwide average cost of this treatment is $550.

Your Goals Play a Major Role in the Cost of Treatment

How Much BOTOX Cosmetic Is Needed

Different areas of the face will require more units. For example, a larger area, such as the forehead, may take up to 30 units. Treating a small area, such as the outer corners of your eyes, will be less expensive.

How Many Areas You Want to Treat

If you want to eliminate lines and wrinkles in multiple areas of your face, your overall cost will be higher.

Treatment Provider

Visiting a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for BOTOX Cosmetic treatment may cost more than less experienced providers. However, due to their skill and experience, they can help you achieve the best results.

Knowing What You Want to Achieve Can Help You Estimate Your Costs

Average Regional Cost Per Unit: $13
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Rough Average Cost per Unit for Region: $12
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Rough Average Cost per Unit for Region: $13
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Rough Average Cost per Unit for Region: $12
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Likely Cost Range
Rough Average Cost per Unit for Region: $15
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Deciding What's Right for You

BOTOX Cosmetic injections are extremely popular, but there are other ways to turn back the clock. For example, deeper folds and wrinkles may be better treated with dermal fillers. Surgical procedures such as fat grafting may be more appropriate for patients with allergies. Alternatively, a facelift can provide more comprehensive and long-lasting outcomes for patients with pronounced signs of aging that BOTOX Cosmetic cannot address. Your doctor can help you decide which procedure is right for you during your consultation. 

As a less invasive and less expensive alternative to cosmetic surgery, BOTOX Cosmetic can improve your self-confidence without incisions, sutures, or downtime. Schedule a consultation to find out if BOTOX Cosmetic is right for you.

SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

Dr. Stephanie Peng is a board-certified plastic surgeon who closely partners with every patient to achieve their aesthetic goals. She is affiliated with various national organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Together with Dr. Jennifer Harrington, she provides patients with life-changing surgical care and transformative results. To request a consultation with our doctors, contact our Plymouth office online or call us at (763) 999-4170.

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