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How Much Is Botox?
●July 27, 2021●4 minute read
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While botox is known for keeping people looking young, youthful, and wrinkle-free, botox is also commonly used for treating serious medical conditions.
Are you looking into getting botox, but not sure how much it costs? Below, we break down the costs of botox, what it’s used for, and the lasting implications of getting the needle.
What is botox?
Botox, the colloquial term for botulinum toxin, is described as a purified neurotoxin complex that targets the nervous system. In doing so, it stops nerve signals from reaching certain muscles.
Though often used for cosmetic purposes, it can also be used to treat medical conditions, such as motor neurone disease (MND) and cerebral palsy (CP). Additionally, it can be used to help with excessive sweating, teeth grinding, and migraines.
Did you know?
The cosmetic industry in Australia is one of the highest-ranked in the world, coming in at over $1 billion.
It’s important to understand that botox is toxic to our nervous system. As a result, you must be over 18 years old to receive cosmetic botox injections, and it is available by prescription only.
Why do people get botox?
Typically, cosmetic botox is used as an anti-wrinkle agent for the face. Most commonly, people get botox to target their laugh lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.
In addition to cosmetic use, there are a number of health issues botox can be used to treat. According to Health Direct, botox can be used for treatment of:
- Overactive bladder;
- Chronic migraines;
- Cervical dystonia;
- Focal spasticity of the upper and lower limbs;
- Severe primary hyperhidrosis.
While cosmetic botox can only be administered to adults, medical botox is a different story. When botox is being used to treat medical conditions, it can be used in children as young as two years old.
How much does botox cost?
Most botox providers charge by the unit. This cost can vary from $8 to $25 per unit, and the number of units required can depend on the individual circumstances. For cosmetic reasons, units required can depend on the person’s face and their desired aesthetics.
As a rough estimate, a single botox treatment can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $700. Despite the expensive cost, Australians are spending approximately $350 million each year on botox injections.
In general, the effects of botox will last from three to four months. So, some people will receive botox treatments three to four times per year. That’s up to $2,800 each year on botox.
Is botox covered by Medicare?
As it is expensive, you might be wondering whether botox is subsidised by Medicare. In general, if it’s going to be used for cosmetic purposes, you won’t be eligible for any financial assistance. Meaning, it won’t be covered by Medicare, and it most likely won’t be covered by private health insurance either. So, if you’re considering botox for an enhanced appearance, you’ll need to cover the costs yourself.
However, in some cases, you might be eligible for government assistance or health insurance coverage. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme covers botox injections when it’s being used for medical reasons. For example, if you’re using botox to treat chronic migraines, you could be covered by Medicare.
In addition, some private health insurance plans can include botox injections. For example, for migraine treatment, botox injections would fall under the Brain and Nervous System category, which is covered in extras policies from the Bronze tier and upwards. Sometimes, botox can even be covered in Basic Plus health insurance policies. If you’re not sure if botox injections are covered by your health insurance plan, make sure to check your policy or ask your health insurance provider.
What are the possible side effects of botox?
Botox is generally considered to be safe when administered correctly. However, even when being administered by an experienced professional, things can go wrong when getting botox injections (just like most medical procedures — there are always risks).
So that you can get an idea of the possible side effects you might experience, some could include:
- Drooping eyelids;
- Face pain (if injected in the face);
In some rare cases, the side effects of botox could spread away from the injection side and cause issues with swallowing, speaking, or even breathing. However, in most cases, the side effects of botox are temporary and remain around the injection area.
With consideration of the dangers of botox, it is no surprise that getting botox requires some medical consultation first. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), you must have a medical consultation with a doctor prior to commencing botox injections. In addition, it must be administered by a qualified health practitioner (a doctor), or done so under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
So, should I get botox?
Botox can be an incredibly helpful treatment for people with medical conditions, such as MND and CP, and can help with issues like teeth grinding, drooling, and migraines. In these situations, you might feel that the outcome will outweigh the possible side effects.
In cosmetic situations, you might want to consider whether the possible side effects will be mitigated by the desired outcome. If you’re not sure, it’s always best to consult with your GP and ask them any questions that you have.
For more, you can read our latest article about popular cosmetic surgeries in Australia. If you’re looking for tips to avoid an expensive medical bill, we’ve got you covered.
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Written by Rachel Horan
Rachel Horan is a Content Writer for Jacaranda Finance. Rachel has previously produced content for Brisbane City Council, Black & White Cabs, and Clubs Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Mass Communication with Distinction from the Queensland University of Technology.