On Facebook, I was posting about a Kybella live injection demonstration event at my office, Surgical Artistry in Modesto, and I got a few questions about Kybella and a few questions about Botox. I wanted to try to answer this Botox question here which was a question about how much Botox costs. I think this is a somewhat difficult question to answer because everyone wants something different. Sometimes extremely different. But this answer might be a good generalization
How much for Botox?
I approach all my procedures as surgical procedures including my Botox injections. Injected by me, I charge $12.75 per unit for Botox (2017 pricing, subject to change). To expand this further, Let’s say one was to inject the glabellar complex (the area between the eyes). On average I use 20 units for that area. That comes out to $255 (2017 pricing, subject to change). However that might not be the right amount based on your goals. We can definitely do less or do more. There are pros and cons to each decision and I would work hard to listen and create the right result for each unique patient. And I would work hard to make sure the Botox was used very efficiently without any wasting of the very very valuable product! Thanks for asking!
I wrote this little essay which might be of interest:
I’m going to answer the question regarding the procedure of getting Kybella rather than how much does Kybella cost Surgical Artistry to obtain from Allergan.
I treat each procedure that I do as a surgery. Thus the Kybella procedures require surgical planning and execution. I also would like to get the best results that I can get from each session. Most patients will need 2-4 sessions of Kybella.
I don’t entirely like the idea of charging by the vial of Kybella. Because by doing it that way, I think the patients and the injector have a tendency to short-change the amount of Kybella injected. I think it is natural to think about the possibility of just doing one vial of Kybella in order to save money. However, I feel that one vial of Kybella is usually not enough. Same goes for just two vials of Kybella. With my personal philosophy of doing the absolute best for my patients, I will want to use the maximum amount of Kybella that I can for maximal results each session, and thus I charge by the session. But I can definitely change my practice and charge by the vial and at this point, my patients would be paying more in that fashion. Thus for now, I’ll stick to charging for the whole procedure instead of vial by vial.
Starting in 2017, I charge $1450 for each session of Kybella, and most patients will need 3-4 sessions.
In the years 2015 and 2016, I charged $2000 for the first neck session with me and the $1500 for the second session with me, and $1000 for the subsequent sessions with me (3rd, 4th, and 5th sessions). Yes, some patients went to 5 sessions. Patients who started on this path will continue on this pricing structure for 2017 and beyond if needed. Sometimes the $1000 per session is below my own cost of doing Kybella – as I get beyond 3 vials of product.
My first Kybella webpage made in July 2015
I was one of the first physicians in the world to use Kybella. I am thankful for such a privilege. Since then, I’ve come to really appreciate the power of having a strong and beautiful neck profile. I am the first surgeon in Central Valley to inject Kybella into patients.