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Short Biography for Botox Surgeon Dr. Calvin Lee

Intro:  I was asked to submit this to the Modesto Symphony when I got awarded an appearance with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

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Short Modesto Symphony Biography for Calvin Lee, MD

Calvin Lee was born in New York City, and went to school in the suburbs.  He graduated top of his class in high school and was accepted to all the universities he applied to including Harvard, Stanford, and Brown Universities.  He chose to go to Brown and there he met his wife, Dr. Tammy Wu – Plastic Surgeon.  We continued on to medical school at Brown University where Dr. Tammy Wu graded top of her Ivy League medical school class.  Turning down job offers in San Diego and Los Angeles, Dr. Calvin Lee found a wonderful career in Trauma/General surgery in Modesto, California instead.  We decided to call Modesto our home and eventually established Surgical Artistry in 2006.  Dr. Lee is also an acupuncturist.  Now, he spends 40% of his clinical time with acupuncture, and 50% of his time with cosmetic injections of Botox, Dermal-Fillers, Veins, and Kybella.  The rest of the time is reserved for assisting in Cosmetic Surgeries and pain related spinal surgical implants.  He and his wife are founders of the Gallo Center for the Arts, founding title sponsors for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Symphony Pops Series (2007-2009) / Surgical Artistry Modesto Symphony Fat Cat Classics (2006-2007), and founding title sponsors for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon (2010-current).

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Strings Magazine

Musically, Dr. Lee started violin at age 7.  He studied violin with Mary Canberg till he went to college.  He attended music theory classes at the Manhattan School of Music.  He studied violin with Charles Sherba while at Brown University.  He won the concerto competition at Brown University twice and was the concert master .  He finds it interesting and quite an honor to be listed as one of the 7 notable students listed on the webpage of his Brown University Orchestral Conductor, Paul Phillips.  In 2009 he won a spot in the YouTube Symphony.  A year after that, he was invited to Hong Kong to solo on the violin with a well-established medical orchestra.  This led to other violin solo performances with orchestras in Taipei and Macau.  This trip to Asia was a “tour” that took approximately two months.  After that trip, he was eager to return to his world as a doctor.  Another highlight is a write-up in Strings Magazine.  I still remember reading that magazine from cover to cover as a child, and now I get to be on the inside of the back cover!  He is now dabbling in piano.

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Laser preventative maintenance – passed

Every 6 months we have our Vein laser checked up.  Our laser is the Dornier Diode Laser.  It’s a great addition to our practice to be able to laser some of the small veins on the face which we see on Botox treatments.

Our Dornier Vein Laser (for facial veins and leg veins) passed it’s 6 month check-up. I don’t get to use it very much because my schedule is full with Acupuncture, Botox and Filler patients. But it’s a great laser and a great choice for facial veins, chest veins, and some leg veins.

Dornier Laser Calvin Lee Modesto, CA

 

For more info, please don’t hesitate to call us or find us on the web: Modesto Botox.  Happy Surfing!

Lowest cost BOTOX in MODESTO

What’s the lowest cost of Botox in Modesto?

I’ve been attempting to write blogs on common questions which we get in our Modesto Botox Injection Practice – where the Botox is injected by me (Calvin Lee, MD, Board Certified Surgeon)

I can’t be for sure, but I think it’s around $9/unit.  I have also commonly seen Botox at $10/unit in Modesto, California.  It may even be lower than this at private functions such as Botox parties in Modesto.

I guess my practice doesn’t offer the lowest price per unit cost for Botox.  But hopefully we offer one of the best values for Botox.

Modesto Botox with Dr. Lee – my new page – written January 2015.

We hope that Best Value wins over Best Price

It’s our hope that value is something that’s more important than lowest price for Botox.  But we definitely understand that a low price for Botox in Modesto is very important.  It’s probably very important anywhere in the world.

Our Botox Surgeons (mainly Calvin Lee, MD) value a high level of

  • results
  • safety
  • and comfort.

And the Office values a high level of

  • customer service
  • positive attitude
  • and communication

Botox price and Botox cost related links which I have written:

Note:  Botox prices fluctuate.  Please call your Modesto Botox sources for updated info.  Even our prices can change!

Here’s a list of about 40 places to get Botox in Modesto.

Calvin Lee, MD
Calvin Lee, MD

 

 

Botox and Microdermabrasion

My thoughts:

Can Botox and Microdermabrasion be done together?

Yes, I have performed both Botox and Microderm at the same office visit to our Modesto Botox Practice: Surgical Artistry.  Many patients feel that it would save them time.  Thus they wouldn’t have to visit the office twice.  Get things done.

Which should be done first: Botox or Microderm?

I personally have a preference to do the patient’s Microdermabrasion first at our Modesto Botox Practice.  Why?  I worry a bit about moving the Botox around if it were done first.  Microderm has a suction and involves a rubbing action on the skin.  This might theoretically manipulate the placement of Botox.  I would be especially worried about this in the Glabella region, where a drifting of the Botox could cause a eyelid droop.  Thus in my opinion, it is better to do the Microdermabrasion first, followed by Botox second.

What downsides are there to doing Botox and Microderm together?

Assuming that we did the Microdermabrasion first, the Botox injections sometimes is slightly more sensitive.  But we use very small Botox needles and most patients report a negligible difference in pain sensation.  But I’ve heard this issue brought up by a few patients who thought the Botox injections became slightly more uncomfortable.  But almost all of them said they would do it this way again.  Visit this link for more information about the minimal discomfort with Botox:  Does Botox hurt?

What are the benefits of doing Botox and Microderm together?

  • saves time without having to visit our Modesto Plastic Surgery office twice.
  • Microderm is another modality that helps us look younger and is relatively non-invasive.
Disclaimers
  • Please visit our Modesto Botox office in person for more information.
  • If you can’t visit us in person, or that you don’t live in the Modesto area, please visit your own doctor for more information.
  • There is no medical advice here, just a discussion about Microdermabrasion, Botox, Modesto, and the sequence of Microdermabrasion and Botox.

 

 

BOTOX purchased in 2014 by our Modesto Surgical Practice

Allergan products purchased by our Modesto Botox Practice in 2014.

Allergan has a robust reporting system which can track your purchases throughout the year.  The graphic below represents the amount of Botox, Juvederm Latisse, Voluma and breast implants purchased from Allergan over the 2014 year.  However, not all these products were delivered in 2014.   It is possible that some of these products have a “scheduled” shipment in 2015.  Natrelles listed here are breast implants.  There are other companies which sell breast implants, such as Mentor.  Mentor is the maker of the memory shape implant and is a competitor to Allergan.  In our Modesto Plastic Surgery practice, we carry a whole array of Mentor breast implants and have at our use many Natrelle implants.

Botox Bottles purchased in 2014, along with Juvederm, Latisse and Voluma
Botox Bottles purchased in 2014, along with Juvederm, Latisse and Voluma

In 2014, 365 bottles of Botox were purchased.

As for the Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus and the Juvederm Voluma – those are boxes of the product.  There is more than one syringe in a box.  More on this topic another day.  As for the Latisse, it is in cases – many many Latisse boxes in a case.

Please feel free to visit us in Modesto.

www.InjectionArtistry.com

Calvin Lee, MD
Calvin Lee, MD

 

Allergan considers a 3% increase in the price of Botox starting in 2015

Botox, Juvederm, Latisse to possibly get a 3% rise in cost for those Botox practices purchasing from Allergan USA

I don’t have this 100% verified.  But I heard a whisper about this as I am a regular Modesto purchaser of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma and Latisse.  I heard that across the board all these three products are going up in price in January except the 5 ML Latisse.  I do recall that last January, Botox had a sudden increase in price which wasn’t announced ahead of time.  I think Botox practices deserve to know ahead of time for planning purposes.

However Allergan is about to merge with Actavis, and many of these practices and policies of price increases are probably going to change

A history of price increases

I remember when we started purchasing Botox in 2006 that every year, the price would go up.  To our humble Modesto practice, it felt like a bit of a struggle to keep up.   When the recession became more of an accepted ambiance, Botox prices stayed the same for a few years.  But starting in 2014, the prices started increasing.  I had a strong feeling that many practices in Modesto, including ours had greater temptation to migrate over to Xeomin and Dysport from Botox.    However, I think as with inflation, there tends to be an increase in just about everything all the time.

How much would Botox Cost at our Modesto Practice?

I think we would consider following the trend of price increases.  If our Botox source goes up 3%, we would probably consider following.  However last year when Botox price increased for us, I elected not to increase our Botox price for patients, yet.  Please call our office for the latest information.  Our phone number is on our Modesto Website.

Such is life in Modesto and life in general

Hopefully Botox’s prices doesn’t skyrocket to the point where we have constantly diminishing returns.   Diminishing returns?  There is pressure, naturally, to lower the price of Botox for patients – there’s competition from other injectors, there’s fake Botox, there’s Botox from other countries, and their’s other products that do similar things to Botox such as Xeomin and Dypsort.

Enter Xeomin and Dysport into the Modesto market?  Belotero and Radiesse?

In general, it’s good to keep an open mind about the possibilities of other products that work in the same areas as Botox, namely, Xeomin and Dysport.  I already like a lot of Non-Allergan products – meaning non-Juvederm.  My personal exploration with these other products were brought about in the early 2014 price increase that was suddenly dropped on me in January 2014.  So good things come out of things that appear bad at first.  I think  I wouldn’t have been such a supporter of Belotero – Belotero Balance – if I didn’t have a kick from the sudden jolt that I received from Allergan in January 2014.

Getting Botox has never been a right, like free speech

Getting Botox injected into one’s glabellar complex or crows feet has always been a choice, not a right.  Thus we can simply choose to avoid this price increase by avoiding Botox altogether.  That could be a choice for the consumer, or it could be a choice for the Botox injector.  For a cosmetic surgeon, there’s a choice to focus more on surgeries.  We can’t complain, as a team, my wife and I have had the opportunity to do many cosmetic surgeries.  In fact in 2014, we were voted Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Stanislaus County (which includes Modesto) from Contentment Health Magazine.

But I’d like to think that I’m trying to keep the prices reasonable for our patients in Modesto, CA.

How much does Botox cost in Modesto?

When asking this question or answering it, I usually have to remind myself that when I go listen to a violinist, I’m more interested in the artist than the instrument.  And when I’m thinking about surgery, I’m more interested in the surgeon rather than the scalpel.  But when thinking about getting Botox injections…

Anyway, I digress slightly, let me answer the question:

Botox is usually charged per unit – we charged $11.70 per unit in 2014

update: There is probably going to be a price increase in 2015 for Botox.  Please call our Modesto office for the new pricing.

As of the initial writing of this Modesto Botox Blog, we charge for cosmetic Botox $11.70 per unit.  We used to charge $13 per unit, but then decided that our Modesto Botox practice wasn’t too keen on having specials which caused people to buy Botox on impulse – thus we decided to put it “on sale” all the time instead of having fluctuating/time limited specials.  Thus the “on sale” all the time pricing was 10% off the $13 per unit.  Last year, Allergan (the makers of Botox), raised the price of Botox, but we kept the price the same.  We had some discussion of increasing our price, but as of this date we haven’t done that.  Please contact us via phone to find out if our prices have changed.

Regarding Botox Coupons?  We do consistently take Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions.  This is run by the Allergan company.  If they want to give you coupons to use – by all means use them!

We have a slightly different charge for Medical Botox, as opposed to Cosmetic Botox.  Our office in Modesto does not take medical insurances.

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update: Starting April 2015, we raised the price of our Botox injections by Dr. Calvin lee to $12.00/unit.  This is the first time we’ve increased our price of Botox since 2006.  Please check with our office.  It’s my believe that the cost of Botox will increase slightly every year.

What is the average number of units received in our Modesto Botox practice?

According to my 2014 Modesto Botox statistics, the average number of Botox units used by my Modesto patients is about 34 units of Botox.

How much would 34 units of Botox cost in our Modesto office?

Let me reach for my calculator.  I would multiply 34 units by $11.70/unit of Botox.  The answer is:  $397.80.  There is no added Modesto sales tax or federal sales tax.  As Modesto car sales people would say: “it’s $397.80 out the door.”

What is the rest of the United States and other areas of Modesto charging?

I’m not exactly sure.  But I think it would range anywhere from $9 per unit to $15 per unit of Botox.  Feel free to visit this link where I list about 40 places to get Botox in Modesto, California.

How does Botox compare to the prices of Xeomin or Dysport?

Usually Xeomin and Dysport is about 10%-20% lower in cost.

Sometimes Botox is charged by the area.

There are two areas on the face as of the initial writing of this blog where Botox is FDA approved for cosmetic use.  The Glabellar Complex (area between the eye brows) and the Crows Feet.  We don’t currently charge that way in our Modesto Botox office.  We feel that it is easier to customize the Botox dose for the patients if we charged by the unit.  We would say that the most common charge for the Glabellar Complex (area between the eye brows) is $234.  And a very common charge for the crows feet is also $234.  That translates to about 20U for each of these cosmetic facial areas for Botox injections.

Summary of How much does Botox cost?

  • Botox costs $11.70 per unit (please call our Modesto office to check with us to see if prices have changed).  Update, the price has increased to $12.00 per unit (the first increase since 2006).
  • Most of our Modesto patients get 34 units of Botox for cosmetic uses (on the face).
  • Doing the multiplication, 34 units of Botox costs $397.80.
  • But many people just get one area done for Botox and that could 10-20 units.  Which would be $117 to $234 – if using our Modesto office pricing (Surgical Artistry).  I think my front desk may often mention this – as a starting point for someone new to Botox.

So if we get a question about, on average how much would a treatment of Botox cost?  The answer would be $397.80

Please see your own Botox Surgeon, Botox Physician or Botox Injector regarding your personalized pricing.  Feel free to visit our Modesto Botox practice.

I also wrote another page about the cost of Botox about 1 year ago.  Not much has changed.  Check it out if you’re interested.  There is no specific medical info here, please see your physician in person.

Calvin Lee, MD
Calvin Lee, MD, Surgeon

 

My personal Modesto Botox injection statistics 2014

34,234 units of Botox injected & 443 syringes of dermal fillers implanted in 2014.

2014 collection of empty Botox bottles
2014 collection of empty Botox bottles

Much of the data here comes from my own recording of each day’s usage of Botox.  I have Jessica to thank for entering this data every day at our Modesto plastic surgery office, Surgical Artistry.

Every patient is unique

Patients are not statistics.

By using these statistics, I am hoping that other Botox injectors will find them useful, and I will also use them to find ways to improve.  Every Botox patient is unique and special to me – the statistics here is a look at my practice, not a look at an individual patient.

“Measure it to Improve it”

But for me, to be an excellent surgeon, it is my belief that my best surgical outcomes come from consistent practice, a good volume of injections, along with diligent purposeful thoughts of improvement.  Thus I keep track of many things in my practice of medicine.  These statistics are just one of them.  There’s a saying which I put to practice from my surgery residency days: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”  Although the phrase was first presented to me as “If you can measure it, you can improve it.”  I prefer thinking the second iteration.  It just sounds more positive to me.

2014 Year End Botox Statistics

  • Number of Botox visits to us in Modesto, CA for the year:  1009.  This is up from last year where I had a total of 724 visits.  (there were still 2 more days left in the year when this was written and compiled), so these numbers will be even higher.
  • 503 different patients were seen for Botox in 2014.  This is up from 374 last year.
  • Average number of patients per month: 84 patients per month.
  • Total number of Botox units used per year: 34,234 Units.
  • Dermal syringes injected over the year: 443 syringes of filler!  I had no data on this last year.  I do not have data on which type of syringe was used (ie. Belotero, Voluma, Radiesse, or Juvederm).
  • As before, about half of my time is reserved for Acupuncture.

    Botox Pie Chart
    2014 data for how my Veins, Acupuncture, and Botox division of office based procedures. Surgery isn’t included here since it isn’t done in the office. This chart is just the division of my patient load in the office.

Average number of Botox units used per session.

Average number of Botox units used by patients per visit is 33.9 U.

Background in general for Calvin Lee, MD

Calvin Lee, MD
Calvin Lee, MD

Written by Calvin Lee, MD

Botox Statistic Links

Collection of empty Botox Bottles

In one of our private waiting rooms at Surgical Artistry, I have displayed a bowl of empty Botox bottles used up in 2014. I’m happy to report that 503 patients helped me use up these bottles of genuine Botox over the course of the year. However, I have two more days of the year to go! My wife, Dr. Tammy Wu – Modesto Plastic Surgeon, says I am a hoarder (hopefully not compulsive).

I am very thankful for all those who have trusted me with their cosmetic injections.

2014 collection of empty Botox bottles
2014 collection of empty Botox bottles

The framed print in the back is from the Modesto Symphony Orchestra where we had sponsored a season.  The tray is from the Bombay Company.  This link shows the tray which can be purchased online.

I will probably need new ideas on where to store these Botox bottles in the future.  Perhaps it will soon be time to throw them out.

Related link: How is Botox supplled?





How is Botox Supplied in the USA?

Botox for USA

Botox is supplied differently in each country.  I am only familiar with how it is supplied in the USA.  Specifically, I’m familiar with how I receive it in my Botox Practice in Modesto, California, USA.

Botox is available as either 50U or 100U vials
Botox Vials

I receive Botox as either a 50U or 100U vial.  It is sold by Allergan (who also supplies Juvederm), but can also be purchased by several other medical distributors such as McKesson or Moore Medical.

Botox Catalog
Botox purchased from a Moore Medical Catalog in 2014.  It says $690 for a 100U vial and $497 for a 50U vial.

From my experience, the 50U Botox vial costs more than half of the Botox 100U vial.  That makes some sense because of excess packaging costs and requirements.

It is shipped in Styrofoam containers on dry ice, and usually I receive it the next day after I’ve ordered the product.  And I order directly from Allergan, USA.

Botox Delivery.  No, it's not Pizza Delivery.  It's better than Pizza!
Botox Delivery. No, it’s not Pizza Delivery. It’s better than Pizza!

Botox Powder

The Botox arrives as dry powder vacuum sealed within the vial.  The Botox powder is very fine and it almost looks like a completely empty vial except for some fine Botox dust lining the bottom of the vial.

50U Botox vial, Modesto, CA
Picture of 50U Botox vial, picture by Calvin Lee, MD Modesto Botox Surgeon

Once obtained in the office, we immediately place it in our specially designated Botox refridgerator which is temperature monitored.

Side Notes:

Please consult your own physician about any of the topics above.   Here’s a listing of about 40 places to get Botox in Modesto.  The general public cannot purchase Botox for any of the suppliers mentioned above.

Calvin Lee, MD
Calvin Lee, MD