I have to confess– I really like Botox. While I get great satisfaction making my own green tea toner or a homemade vitamin C mask, nothing gives me a bigger, almost instant, boost than Botox. Buts its pricey and when I write about the benefits, I get emails complaining about the cost. I have also been asked about discounted Botox treatment purchased from Groupon, but I have been concerned about the quality of the provider and the Botox itself. Over diluted “tox” will produce limited or short lived results.
In June, a friend purchased a Groupon coupon for Botox for $159– less than the cost of a fancy, department store night cream.( Most Botox treatments run between $500-700/ injection). Natasha looked wonderful and told me the doctor worked with Dr Neil Sadick, one of New York’s top dermatologists. I decided to try out a Groupon myself.
It took me five weeks to make an appointment with the Natasha’s very popular doctor, Lawrence Miller, MD. Sitting in the examining room we discussed which areas I felt needed attention. I wanted to lift the brows a bit, and relax the lines at the corner of my eyes. That turned about the limit 25 units could handle. Dr Miller gave me an ice pack to numb the areas to be injected. The shots were barely a pin prick and I really enjoyed that wonderful sense of well being and relaxation that comes with a Botox injection . Within 24 hours I could see my eyes looked more awake and the crows feet at the corner of my eyes had vanished.
So what did I learn?
- My Groupon experiment reinforced my belief that one of the best ways to insure a great outcome is a referral from trusted friends and family. You can actually see the results and get first hand reviews from people you know and trust.
- Look for online deals from well known established doctors. For example Dr Sadick is a Park Avenue dermatologist who is popular with both celebrities and New Yorkers who just want to look good.
- Now I know what 25 Botox units will cover. If I want to deal with the frown lines between my eyes, lift my ends of my smile a bit and relax the vertical lines on my neck, I will need another 25 units.
Have you purchased an online coupon like Groupon for skin or hair care? Do you have tips or recommendations?