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.