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Botox injections are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments that can be used to help reduce lines and wrinkles and give natural-looking results.
Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin. Other brands available in the UK include Bocouture, Azzalure, Letybo and Nuceiva
Botulinum toxin injections can also be used to treat medical conditions such as excessive sweating and migraines.
Botox is commonly administered by a medical practitioner in the form of small Botox injections into specific areas where lines, wrinkles and creases appear on your skin. Treatment takes only a few minutes and should be offered in a clinical setting. Botulinum toxin is generally regarded as a safe treatment.
Here is everything you need to know about the cost of botulinum toxin (Botox injections).
Before you decide to get Botox treatment or any other brand of botulinum toxin injected, it's important to understand that this treatment is not a permanent cure for wrinkles.
It is only a temporary solution.
Results generally last three to six months.
If you have severe wrinkles, your practitioner may recommend additional treatments such as dermal fillers, chemical peels, skin resurfacing or even cosmetic surgery.
When selecting a medical practitioner to inject your botulinum toxin, it's important to keep these things in mind:
Does your injector have a medical background?
Does your injector offer face-to-face consultations where you can discuss your medical history and treatment plan?
Is the practitioner properly trained in cosmetic procedures; specifically botulinum toxin injections?
Are they an experienced injector?
Do they have experience in complication management?
Does the injector belong to an organisation that has strict guidelines and standards of care for its members?
Have they got good recommendations for their aesthetic treatments?
For more information see our full guide on Who Should You Trust To Do Your Botox?
Botulinum toxin can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions for a variety of cosmetic reasons. Some of the most common cosmetic treatment uses include:
It can also be used to treat:
For more detailed information on the areas that it can treat please view our Botox treatment areas guide.
Botox treatment is measured in units delivered to the patient, however, most of the clinics in the UK charge by the area being treated and not by the number of Botox units administered. If multiple areas are being treated, they may offer these at a discounted cost.
A consultation can be free, but some clinics may charge a fee. In a cosmetic skin clinic, you would expect to pay around £50-£150.
If you want to know more about what it will cost you for the initial treatment, as well as any follow-up appointments, talk to your medical professional before booking a clinic appointment.
During your initial Botox consultation, you should discuss what Botox costs for top-ups.
Generally, Botox prices start at around £200 per area however, some medical practitioners may charge more depending on where they practice and other factors such as experience level or location (city). For example, the cost of Botox treatment in London will be more expensive and you should expect to pay more for Botox treatments in larger, more populated cities.
As botulinum toxin is classed as a prescription-only medicine, you generally won't see discounts advertised for it as practitioners are not allowed to promote prescription-only medicines.
You should also be wary of practitioners that advertise cheap 'Botox' procedures. The products they are using may not be Botox or other licensed brands of botulinum toxin at all.
They could be using unlicensed alternatives that have not gone through the same rigorous safety checks that Botox and other brands such as Bocouture, Azzalure, Letybo and Nuceiva have.
Always ask your healthcare professional to confirm exactly what brand they are using before undergoing treatment.
Bear in mind that Botox/botulinum toxin treatments are not one-offs! To maintain results, you will need to maintain your treatment results every three to six months. You should consider this when thinking about Botox costs.
If you are interested in Botox to treat excessive sweating, frown lines, crow's feet, bunny lines or lip lines, you may want to read more of our Botox FAQ such as:
As you will have learnt, botulinum toxin (Botox, Bocouture, Azzalure, Letybo and Nuceiva) is a great tool to help you look younger and fresher. It’s important that you get treated by an experienced, medically trained, and qualified practitioner who will inject you safely.
As always, if you have any questions you can use our Botox Q&A where you can ask for more advice direct from a trusted, experienced medical practitioner.