1. For an Experienced Injector
This may seem obvious, but due to misleading marketing, the term ‘experienced’ has since become muddy. The truth is, that to get certified in Botox injections is unfortunately very easy. A nurse can become certified in Botox injections in a day or so, and then they are allowed to inject. If someone were to be a nurse for 15 years, and just got certified in Botox, that means they have one day of experience with Botox. Therefore, It is important to choose a practitioner that has been performing injections for numerous years. There is always a risk of obtaining a drooping eyelid or not having a beautiful aesthetic to the look of your Botox injections. However, with an experienced injector, this is typically not an issue at all. Learn more about why your injector and facility matter Here.
2. Price Matters
The price of Botox in Springfield, MO is going to range substantially. Neuromodulators (Dysport, Botox, Xeomin, Jeaveu/NewTox) should all be priced per unit because that’s how providers purchase them. There is often a bit of marketing that goes into the price per unit because people don’t know the ‘behind-the-scenes aspects of Botox. When a practice purchases a neuromodulator you have to ‘draw it up into a syringe and mix it with NaCl (Sodium Chloride) in order to dilute it for safe delivery. It is up to the individual injector how much dilution gets used. If you over-dilute your neuromodulator as a practice, you make your units go further and your price as a provider is better. However, for the client, the Botox usually doesn’t last the full 3-4 months. Be cautious about Botox at $10/unit or cheaper for a couple of reasons:
- The cost of real Botox for most practices to purchase (needles, syringes, sodium chloride, medical grade cleaning supplies, pay the injector, etc) and put into use is about $9/unit. So if you see it for this price, it should be a yellow flag.
- You may end up getting more units than you actually need. Since Botox is priced per unit, it is up to the injector to choose how many units are needed for your result. The more units you use, the more it costs you. If the price of the neuromodulator is low, it is likely that you may overdose which usually brings the cost to even with ‘higher priced’ practices.
- The injector could be new to injecting and trying to drum up business. There is nothing inherently wrong with this business model. It should just let you know that the injector is not all that experienced, and if something were to go wrong with your results, it would not be the Botox/Neuromodulator, but the injector. Your results are consistently 90% injector and 10% product, no matter where you go.
3. There are several different types of Neuromodulators
We refer to Botox as Neuromodulators because there are several different types, Botox is mostly just a household name. Most of the time practice will only carry one or two different brands. This is mostly done because every product needs to be drawn up a little bit differently and places get comfortable with their individual protocol. All of the products are good, in our opinion, the top 3 are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. The differences between these are kind of like the difference between Pepsi and Coke, or Nike and Adidas. They are priced nearly the same and have the same results when injected correctly. However, we aren’t the biggest fan of Javea, as in our experience, it doesn’t last as long as its competitors.
4. Good Aftercare is Important
Once Botox has been injected into the muscle, it will need a little bit of time to settle. To allow for the best results, follow these rules for 24 hours after your injections:
- Do not participate in strenuous exercise or lift heavy weights
- Do not lay face-down on a pillow or a bed
- Do not get a facial or facial massage
- Do not touch it; it’s best to leave it alone and let it do its job
5. Botox for Prevention
Most people begin getting Botox in their mid-thirties and up. However, the signs of aging often begin in the mid-late twenties. In the Aesthetic Industry, it is known that you ‘need’ Botox when you have standing lines. This means that when your face/muscles are naturally at rest you can still see a line formed. The Botox usually will pull this out and make for a smooth and creamy result. The sooner you begin Neuromodulators, the fewer units you will use over the course of time. Some practices will market “Baby Botox” which really just means a “few units” of Botox. At any age you start, you should be able to achieve great results with just one treatment.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
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