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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

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Dexterity for Botox Injections – Chopin?

Dexterity for Surgery, Piano, and Botox Injections

Surgery depends a lot of dexterity.  So does playing the piano.  And so should Botox injections.


I have some unique ideas of developing and maintaining my Botox dexterity with Piano Practice.

  • As with piano playing, I like to keep my wrist supple and flexible when injecting Botox.
  • When injecting fillers, there are times where I have to do finger stretches to be able to maintain tension on the skin with my non-dominant hand, and then I also sometimes have to reach for the plunger which may be in slightly awkward positions for my dominant hand – it depends on the style of the plunger.  Radiesse Volume Advantage is one of the larger syringes due to it’s 1.5 cc volume which is more than some of the other syringes of dermal filler.
  • Timing is also key in Botox injections.  Timing is a big deal in music and performing piano.
  • Then there’s the grace in lifting off from the actual Botox injection.  It would be a shame to waste Botox with a heavy handed lift-off – in that case, the Botox isn’t injected into the muscle – it might even be injected into the air.  Thus a light lift-off is key.  It’s akin to musical phrasing with the tapering that occurs and the lifting off of each note too.

Chopin Etude Op. 25, No. 1 (Aeolian Harp) as Botox Dexterity Practice

Here’s a piano piece which is dedicated to finger dexterity building.  It is also one of the most beautiful melodies I have ever encountered in an finger dexterity etude.  This piece is also known as the Aeolian Harp Etude.

Yes, that’s me.  Recorded at my home in Modesto, California.  Yes, this is one of the great things you can do in Modesto – practice piano!  And record piano for YouTube!  And write this blog… ok, the list goes on and on regarding great things  in Modesto, CA.

Quoted from the wikipedia entry on this piece:

“Technically, the piece requires both dexterity and velocity, good balance and weighting of the arms coupled with flexible finger stretches”.

For me my dexterity and musical challenges are: evenness, flexibility in the wrist, and flexibility with finger stretches, light touch, and musical line phrasing. I hope to continue to work on this to make it even better.

Light touch?

And a light touch is very very important in lightening the sensation of any pain from Botox shots.

Consider getting Botox from us in Modesto, CA

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Cosmetic Fillers compared in terms of thickness

Each cosmetic dermal filler is like a paint-brush

There are all these terms to describe the different properties of fillers including G prime, lift, thickness, hardness, and much more.

I have some thoughts about the projecting capabilities of the fillers and I feel that it is related simply to thickness.  These are my own thoughts about these cosmetic fillers.  I have been doing Botox and Fillers since 2006.  Please consider looking at other sources if you are seriously needing to compare thicknesses of these fillers.

The empty boxes of the dermal fillers used today
The empty boxes of the dermal fillers used in one day at my office in Modesto, CA.

From thinnest to thickest:  Comparing Dermal Fillers

  • Belotero Balance (Merz product) – thinnest
  • Juvederm Ultra XC
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus XC
  • Radiesse diluted with some added liquid lidocaine
  • Juvederm Voluma XC
  • Radiesse – straight out of the box. – thickest

I know integral lidocaine is currently being considered in Belotero Balance and Radiesse, but at the time of writing this blog – they have not been available.

Radiesse, Juvederm Ultra XC, and Belotero Balance cosmetic syringes - complement Botox injections very well
Radiesse, Juvederm Ultra XC, and Belotero Balance cosmetic syringes – complement Botox injections very well


I hope you can visit us at our office in Modesto for Botox and Dermal Filler Appointments.

Botox Related Products at Surgical Artistry

We carry products from Allergan (makers of Botox), Merz, Valeant, and others

We don’t have any contracts with any one company to be exclusive.  Botox belongs to the Allergan family of products: Latisse, Botox, and Juvederm.  These are the products we carry at Surgical Artistry.  We also carry aesthetic products from Merz, Mentor and Valeant.

These are the Botox related products we carry:

Not necessarily made by the Botox company, Allergan.

  • Asclera, injected for vein sclerotherapy.
  • Botox – Botox is supplied to us directly from Allergan USA in the form of 100U vials
  • Juvederm Ultra (without lidocaine)
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus (without lidocaine)
  • Juvederm Ultra XC
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus XC
  • Juvederm Voluma XC
  • Belotero Balance (Merz product)
  • Radiesse Volume Advantage (Merz product, this is 1.5 cc’s)

This list changes from time to time.  Feel free to call us.  Our contact info is at our Botox Home Page.

belotoro balance shelf

Above is a picture of our Belotero Balance Shelf


Radiesse, Juvederm Ultra XC, and Belotero Balance cosmetic syringes - complement Botox injections very well
Radiesse, Juvederm Ultra XC, and Belotero Balance cosmetic syringes – complement Botox injections very well

Above picture was taken on our conference table which has that rough texture on top.

We do not currently carry:

  • Xeomin
  • Dysport

Please take time and visit us on the web and in person.

Botox, Veins, and Acupuncture: How my time is broken up in the office

Office time is divided up among three main procedures:  Botox, Veins, and Acupuncture

I had a chance to do some data analysis from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.  This is the first half of 2014.  I get the question from time to time regarding what part of practice involves Botox or Acupuncture or Veins?

I’m happy to report the results.  Basically it says that Botox is the biggest chunk of the office practice coming in at 47%, and Acupuncture is a close second at 45%.  Veins occupies 8% of the practice.

What about Surgeries?

That wasn’t included here.  It would be harder for me to figure out surgery vs. these office based procedures because the time required for surgery is usually much longer.  These numbers here (and percentages) are based on the total number of patients coming in for these procedures.  It is not based on time spent.  It is just based on “patient load.”

So here’s the graphic that shows the division of office based procedures:

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.

Radiesse is back at Surgical Artistry

Radiesse is available again at Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA

I took a brief break from Radiesse to become excellent with injecting Juvederm, but I’ve come to realize the unique niches filled by having Radiesse, a demal filler.  Radiesse acts as a scaffolding, providing structure for your own natural collagen to grow.  Radiesse is comprised of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA).

I know many of you have requested Radiesse by name and now I have it back in stock and ready to go.  I have both the 0.8cc and the 1.5cc syringes available to inject.

Feel free to call us to set up an appointment with me:  209-551-1888, Modesto, CA.

For more information about Radiesse, volumizing dermal filler, please visit

Visit our semi-personalized Radiesse website on

Of note, the makers of Radiesse also makes Belotero.

Radiesse Brochure says:

  • Get better results from your filler.
  • Clinical studies of Radiesse patients show that they were more staisfied with the results they received from treatment with RADIESSE than with other leading dermal fillers.
  • 33% more Juvederm injectable gel may be needed to achieve full correction compared to RADIESSE volumizing Filler.
  • RADIESSE Volume Advantage syringe contains 50% more product vs. Juvederm injectable gel syringes.


Modesto Radiesse Injections
Modesto Radiesse Injections
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