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Does Botox cost less than surgery?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Years of Botox actually costs less than muscle removal surgery. The major drawback of Botox is its short duration. Botox of the glabella (wrinkles between the eyebrows) costs about $500 and must be repeated three times a year; over seven years a patient would spend $10,500. Some might think that surgery would be cheaper. However, a brow-lift with excision of the corrugator muscles costs about the same as the seven years of Botox. But if invested at 5% interest, the amount spent on the surgery would yield $500 per year, extending the use of Botox by another two or so years. By the nine years of Botox that you could afford with your surgical fee, your muscles might have regenerated and wrinkles might well have returned. For this reason I believe Botox is better than surgery.
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