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How Many Units of Botox is Normal

Botox has many cosmetic and medical uses. It is a protein made from “botulinum toxin” that the bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces. Botox, along with similar cosmetic procedures and Botox alternatives such as Dysport are injectable treatments that can helps treat fine lines and smooth out wrinkles on different areas of the face.

A common question for many people who are new to Botox treatments and are having Botox for the first time is how many units they will need during this cosmetic treatment. The truth is, each patient is very different and the answer to this varies greatly on how large your muscle is, how strong it is, the position of your muscle, and other factors. The strength of the muscles in your face, particularly the forehead muscles, plays a large part in how many units you will need.

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If you have stronger facial muscles, you will need more units, whereas weaker facial muscles require less. Also, this is one area where gender makes a significant difference. Men generally will have much stronger facial muscles than women, and as a result require more Botox units to get desired results.

When you start considering Botox cosmetic treatments, it can be a little daunting equating the cost per unit and trying to assess how much you will need. While the right amount of Botox injections can only be determined in a professional consultation with a dermatologist, here is a basic number of units of Botox that is FDA approved.

Here are what the average units of Botox for the different areas of the face are, so you have a baseline of what to expect when doing your first treatment.

  • Chin: 2-6 units
  • Corners of the mouth: 3-6 units
  • Crow’s feet: 5-15 units
  • Eyebrow lift: 2-5 units
  • Forehead lines / horizontal lines: 10-30 units
  • Frown lines / Glabellar lines (between the eyes): 10-25 units
  • Laugh lines (nasolabial folds) / Jaw area: 15-50 units per side
  • Lines around the nose: 5-10 units
  • Neck bands: 25-50 units

Treatments can also be combined with other procedures such as Juvederm, Kybella & Restylane, though each case is very different.  This is why we do not recommend walk-in Botox, medspas and “botox parties” as these do not have experience knowing the right amount of treatment that may be needed in each case.  We offer Botox and a wide range of dermal fillers in our offices, based in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Contact us online, or call us at 212-535-3088 today in order to book an appointment with skin care specialist, Dr. Michele Green.

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