I love coupons. I grew up in a house where we only bought the breakfast cereals my mother had coupons for, and I swore I would never be like that – but I guess we all become our mother sometime. However, a coupon for your favorite Kellogg’s cereal is completely different than a group discount site (think Groupon) offering deals on Botox and other injectables. Recently, a group discount site (who shall remain nameless) had an offer for "20 Units of Botox.” For $165.00, they were offering 20 units of Botox (about enough for one site). Our office charges $300 a site – sounds like a pretty good deal, right?
Wrong…According to Dr. Robert Louton, “Plastic surgeons most often bring in new patients by word of mouth from previously happy patients. Would you feel comfortable being injected by a doctor who has to advertise with a group discount site and offer such low price in order to bring patients in?
If you ever see an advertisement for this, and are starting to consider it, think about these two things:
1. Will a doctor be in the facility? Just because a spa has a medical director doesn't mean he or she will be administering the treatment. State regulations vary, and some states don't even require a doctor to be on site, much less in the room. A doctor should always be in the vicinity in case of an emergency.
2. If a doctor is present, is he or she a dermatologist or plastic surgeon? If not, then you may want to reconsider. Would you want your hair and nails styles managed by a plastic surgeon? Then why would you want your injected Botox to be done by your hair stylist or the women who does your facials? Plastic surgeons are specialists who understand the full range of cosmetic procedures available. They know if your issues are best solved with a syringe of Botox or Juvaderm—or if you'd be better served by a peel or some other procedure.
Bottom line – when it comes to your health and injectables, cheaper is not better. Blair Plastic Surgery participates in Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions Program, as well as offering an in-house special. When a patient purchases 3 sites of Botox within one year, he/she will receive one site for free. The special applies to Juvaderm as well.