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What is the average cost of Dysport®?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a Dysport® injection procedure in 2019 was $408. It is important to note that this is a general cost estimate based on the cost-per-unit of Dysport®, the provider, and the location of the facility. For those considering Dysport®, the total cost of the injection procedure will be largely determined by the number of Dysport® units used and the is specific to the area being treated.
- Average Cost of Dysport®: $400
- Price Range for Dysport®: $100 - $2,000
Everyone has heard of ‘Botox’. It has been a catch all term for cosmetic botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) injections since 2002 when it first gained United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the treatment of glabellar lines. In reality, Botox® (onabotulinumtoxina) by Allergan. Competitors include Dysport®, Jeaveau®, and Xeomin®.
Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) by Medicis Pharmaceuticals gained FDA approval for the treatment of frown lines in 2009 and also has medical indications for cervical dystonia and muscle spasticity. It has a lower molecular weight than Botox®, which means it diffuses more easily across larger surface areas (think: the forehead). Anecdotally, some patients and providers notice the wrinkle reducing effects of Dysport® kicks in sooner than the one to weeks common of Botox®. Dysport® contains human albumin and lactose (cow) milk proteins, so it is not suitable for those with certain allergies.
Factors to Consider in the Total Cost of a Dysport® Procedure
|Procedure Area||Fine lines & wrinkles, hyperhidrosis, calf reduction, etc.|
|Provider||Training, experience, specialty|
|Consultation Fee||May or may not be applied towards procedure cost|
|Cost per Unit||Dependent on provider and location|
|Location||Provider fees vary by region|
|Maintenance||Cadence of follow-up treatments|
What affects the cost of Dysport®?
We’ll preface the rest of this page by saying the cost of a Dysport® treatment will be affected by a lot of variables — including the actual cost of the Dysport® units, the time of the injector, the body area or concern being treated, the desired results, your geographic location, and whatever supplies are used during the injection procedure.
It is also important to remember that the results of Dysport® are temporary. Sometimes considered the most ‘temporary’ of the botulinum toxin injectables. Results, in some cases, may only be achieved through numerous initial sessions and all results need to be maintained with consistent treatments. For example, if your glabellar lines procedure costs $500 and maintenance is needed every three to four months, your cost per year will be $1,500 to $2,000.
Many cosmetic facilities and providers have discounts, special offers, and/or rewards programs for regular Dysport® patients to lessen the financial impact of maintenance sessions. Looking into these types of financial programs and incentives in your area may be useful in reducing costs.
The table below reviews the average price per session for areas typically treated with Dysport®.
Average Dysport® Cost by Treatment Area
|Treatment Area||Cost Range|
|Forehead (horizontal lines)||$200 to $675|
|Glabellar Lines (frown lines)||$150 to $650|
|Crow’s Feet||$225 to $675|
|Brow||$125 to $900|
|Nose||$125 to $900|
|Chin||$225 to $900|
|Jawline||$400 to $1,300|
What does the cost of Dysport® include?
You may be thinking: what does the cost range actually include? Dysport® is best understood by looking at the number of units needed to achieve the desired cosmetic result. In the United States, Dysport® units typically cost $4 to $8 each. This is less expensive than Botox®, which ranges from $10 to $20 per unit. Keep in mind though that you typically need more Dysport® to achieve the same results. For all BoNT-A procedures, numerous units will be required at each injection site and this will ultimately vary by individual.
Besides the actual cost of the Dysport®, there are additional costs for the injector’s time, the supplies used during the injection (gloves, needles, anesthetics), and, possibly, facility fees. Another important note: the prices reported above are per session costs and maintenance treatments are needed for results upkeep. But remember, there may be incentive programs to reduce costs for frequent Dysport® patients.
How much does Dysport® cost?
As we mentioned, the best way to think about the cost of Dysport® is by the number of units needed. While injectors receive guidelines from the manufacturer regarding the number of units needed to achieve optimal results in each treatment area, the actual number of units used varies due to factors like gender, muscularity, severity of issue, and desired results. The table below provides estimates of the general number of units of Dysport® used by area. Remember that Dysport® averages $4 to $8 per unit in the U.S.
Average Number of Units of Dysport® by Treatment Area
|Procedure Area||Average # of Units|
|Forehead (horizontal lines)||30 to 50 units|
|Glabellar Lines (frown lines)||40 to 60 units|
|Crow’s Feet||40 to 60 units|
|Brow||40 to 60 units|
|Nose||40 to 60 units|
|Chin||20 to 50 units|
|Jawline||40 to 60 units|
How much does Dysport® cost across the United States?
Another important factor in Dysport® cost: Location, location, location. The ASPS 2018 Statistics Report states 73 percent of all botulinum toxin type A procedures took place along the coasts. It’s probably not surprising to learn that cosmetic procedure costs typically tend to be higher on the east and west coasts.
The table below breaks down costs by state. The numbers in this table are from zip codes selected from the capital of each listed state.
Average Cost of Dysport® Treatments by State
*these states are presented as national averages as specific information is not available
How much does Dysport® cost around the world?
For those considering a Dysport® cosmetic procedure abroad, the following table looks at average Dysport® costs for a few countries around the world. Remember the additional travel costs, the reputation of the provider and facility, and expenses related to recovery when considering the cost difference. The table below reflects costs converted to U.S. dollars.
Average Cost of Dysport® Treatments by Country in USD
|Canada||$225 to $950|
|Mexico||$50 to $725|
|Colombia||$30 to $450|
|United Kingdom||$125 to $675|
|Australia||$125 to $850|
|Japan||$75 to $500|
|United Arab Emirates||$100 to $425|
Does insurance cover the cost of Dysport®?
When it comes to insurance, things may be confusing. When it comes to the union of health insurance and plastic surgery, it gets even trickier. We can help. It’s commonly known that cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, and while this is usually true, certain cosmetic procedures that provide medical benefits for documented medical conditions may be covered. Definitions from the American Medical Association (AMA) can help to further clarify:
- Cosmetic Surgery: Reshapes normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem.
- Reconstructive Surgery: Alterations to abnormal body structures caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease.
Dysport® is non-surgical, but it does have FDA approval for two medical conditions: muscle spasticity and cervical dystonia. In these instances, Dysport® would most likely be covered by insurance, assuming your medical provider has adequate documentation to demonstrate medical necessity. In all other cases (i.e. the cosmetic ones), Dysport® will not be covered by your insurance provider.
The pricing of Dysport® injections will ultimately depend on a myriad of factors, however, these injectable treatments cover larger areas of concern with few side effects and no downtime. Given the anti-aging miracles Dysport® often performs, the cost of Dysport® may not feel so significant after you look in the mirror.