Anti-Wrinkle Injections Pricing
The average cost of anti-wrinkle treatments in Australia is around $490, although prices can range up to $1,525. This higher-end pricing typically combines anti-wrinkle treatments with complementary services, such as dermal filler injections.
It's essential to understand that prices can vary based on location, with different states and metro areas offering different prices. Continue reading to discover how Medicare, insurance coverage, and provider location can impact the cost of these popular TGA-approved treatments.
How much are Anti-Wrinkle Injections per unit?
The cost per unit of anti-wrinkle injections in Australia typically falls between $10 and $15 but can go as high as $25 with certain providers. The total cost of your procedure will be determined by multiplying this unit cost by the number of units required for your treatment.
The cost per unit is influenced by several factors:
Your provider’s qualifications, experience, and reputation
Providers vary in their training and skills, and this often directly reflects in their pricing.
More experienced providers, such as board-certified dermatologists or plastic surgeons, tend to charge more per unit.
However, some nurse injectors who specialise in injectable treatments may charge similar rates due to their expertise and high demand (garnered through large social media followings).
Melon Hint: Don't just go for the cheapest option. Paying a bit more for an experienced provider can ensure better results and minimise side effects e.g. bruising or asymmetry.
Unfortunately, there is no immediate fix for a botched Botox treatment - you'll simply have to wait for the effects to dissipate over a period of 3 to 4 months. Therefore, it is crucial to find a trustworthy and experienced injector. Be sure to read patient reviews and examine their portfolio of before & after photos to ensure you are making the right choice.
The location of their clinic
Anti-wrinkle injection costs can fluctuate based on the location of a clinic. Higher costs are usually associated with practices located in major metro areas due to more expensive rent and overheads.
To save some money, consider getting quotes from providers in different suburbs.
How many units are required to achieve my desired result?
The number of units you'll need depends on:
- your treatment area's size
- the strength of your muscles, and the amount of neurotoxin required to relax them.
Anti-wrinkle injections function by utilizing neurotoxins, which temporarily inhibit signals from nerves to muscles, relaxing them and preventing skin creasing.
Thicker, stronger facial muscles that cause deeper wrinkles may require more units, while smaller, weaker muscles that cause lip lines and chin wrinkles may only need a few.
If you prefer to retain some facial movement, you have the option to request a lighter dose. However, keep in mind that the results may not last as long compared with a full dosage.
While an experienced practitioner can best determine the appropriate amount required for each treatment area, the following are the official dosage recommendations as provided by Allergan, a renowned anti-wrinkle injection manufacturer:
- Glabellar lines or “elevens” the frown lines between the eyebrows: 20 units, total cost around $200 to $300
- Forehead lines, the horizontal wrinkles across the forehead: 20 units, total cost between $200 to $300
- Lateral canthal lines, also known as crow’s feet: 24 units, with a total cost of around $240 to $360
- Lip flip: around 4 units
Remember, these are guidelines, and a consultation with an experienced provider will provide the most accurate quote.
Melon Hint: The effects of anti-wrinkle injections are not permanent. While there is no obligation to continue treatments once you begin, maintaining your results over time (and preventing the formation of new fine lines and wrinkles) will require regular upkeep every 3 to 6 months.
How to save money on Anti-Wrinkle Injections
Look out for seasonal deals or specials for first-time patients to find cheaper anti-wrinkle injections, sometimes discounted as low as $8 per unit. However, always research the injector, and if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Melon Hint: Some unethical practices may use knock-off products. If you're considering a low-cost deal, ensure the anti-wrinkle injections are genuine by checking for the holographic film and an intact seal on the packaging.
Can Medicare or Private Health Insurance pay for Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
While Medicare and private health insurance won't cover cosmetic treatments, it may cover anti-wrinkle injections used to treat a documented medical condition, including:
- Chronic Migraines
- Hyperhidrosis (constant sweating)
Financing Options for Anti-Wrinkle Injections
Many practices offer payment plans or accept financing options. For example, buy now pay later services Afterpay and Zippay are very popular.