Who's Using Botox and Why?
Survey's Results: Reasons, Feedback
When asked why they started using Botox, the top three reasons were:
- To look more relaxed, less stressed (30%)
- To look less angry or stern (17%)
- To look more attractive (13%)
Asked about their emotions after a Botox treatment, 47% said they felt more attractive, 33% said they felt more confident, and 29% said they felt less stressed and more relaxed.
In terms of satisfaction, 79% said they were "definitely" satisfied with Botox. Regarding side effects, 75% said they had not had any side effects or complications. Botox was considered "safe" by 74% of people taking the survey.
Survey's Results: Cost
Most people said they paid several hundred dollars per treatment. The majority (64%) said a Botox treatment cost them $250-$500. Fifteen percent reported paying $501-$750 per treatment, and 17% said they paid less than $250.
Allergan's web site says any authorized health care provider can administer Botox, but it suggests finding a doctor with experience in the procedure. Patients should tell their doctor about any medications they're taking, the drug company adds.
Botox Side Effects
Side effects can include headache, respiratory infection, flu-like symptoms, droopy eyelids, and nausea. A few patients (less than 3%) may have more severe reactions, such as facial pain, redness at the injection site, and muscle weakness. Symptoms are usually brief but could last several months.
Botox should not be used by patients with allergies to Botox's ingredients or infections in the targeted areas, says Allergan.