Q&A: How Much Is 20 Units Of Botox And What Can You Do With It?
Are you looking to go for a Botox procedure and want some information in terms of quantity?
Do you have a doctor appointment due for Botox and want to know some terms before you visit?
Are you looking for answers about specific units of Botox and what it can help you achieve?
If yes, this article may help you find out answers to some of the specific questions you have in mind related to Botox and its units. To start off with, we will talk about why Botox is always sold in a unit form and how these units are measured. We also talk about what all 20 units of Botox can achieve and how much it could generally cost you. In addition, we also talk about safely storing Botox and whether or not you can use any leftover amount of Botox once you have opened the pack. If these are some of the questions that you have in mind, do read on.
Why is Botox sold in units and how are the units measured?
Botox is generally sold in units because it gives an account of the amount of biological activity and the number of botulinum toxin molecules that it contains. The most standard amount of Botox that you can find is the 100 unit vials.
The units are measures very similar to the measuring scale of ml in terms of liquid and mg in terms of medicines.
How much does 20 units of Botox cost, on average?
The cost of Botox can vary depending on the practitioner, the place where you are getting it done and so on.
Is it a good idea to buy in this quantity or will you be able to save more if you buy a larger or smaller dose?
The amount of Botox that you buy and use will also have a result on the kind of results that you see. While it may initially seem like a good idea to buy more and keep it for the next use, especially if you are getting a good deal on it, it may not always be the best decision.
How far can 20 units of Botox go? Is this enough for an entire treatment?
Before you come to any conclusion, do remember that the right amount of Botox that you require for your particular treatment can only be assessed by your doctor, after doing a physical examination of the area and other related factors.
Here is a brief breakup of roughly the amount or unit of Botox that may be required for a person in the two most requested areas:
Once a vial of Botox is opened, does it need to be used up immediately? Can the leftover be safely stored and used later?
It is usually recommended that Botox should be used up within five hours of opening it, failing which it should be discarded. However, to test whether or not this is really required, or whether any leftover Botox can be safely used later if it is stored properly, a study was conducted.
For this particular study, 94 volunteers were divided up into five different groups. After the study, the researchers concluded that while the Botox that was left over for 4 weeks in refrigeration from a previous use may not have gone bad, there was a definite question regarding its sterility. As a result, it was also not a good idea to use it, because this could have effects on its safety too. The biggest reason for this would be that using the syringe needles in the same vial for more than once could result in potential bacterial contamination, which could affect the health and safety of the person who would be receiving the Botox dose.
Also, it was doubtful whether or not this would still give the same effect in terms of results as compared to a fresh vial of Botox that was being opened and used for the treatment.