Yes, you can bargain for Botox

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 19, 2010 - 5:14 PM

A Botox and filler anti-wrinkle treatment can easily run $800, but it is possible to shop around for a good price with good results -- if you ask a lot of questions.

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Pico_daveJan. 18, 10 5:52 PM

every Botox® injection comes with a price. Animals suffer and die in the potency testing of Botox. And while Botox has important medical applications, these animals die increasingly for nothing more serious than temporarily smoothing wrinklesThis test involves giving mice a single injection of the product into their abdomen and seeing if animals die within 3-4 days. The mice are first assigned to one of various dose groups; each group will receive a different concentration of the product in order to estimate which strength will kill half of the targeted group. That concentration (the LD50 value) is then considered a single "unit" of Botox; from there, Allergan packages a given number of units into a vial for human use. More Info On Botox® Facts About BOTOX® [PDF] Timeline of HSUS Efforts During LD50 testing of Botox, animals endure differing levels of muscular paralysis and suffer from impaired vision and dry mouth. Animals in the high dose groups die from suffocation, after their diaphragms become paralyzed and they can no longer breathe. Those who don't die immediately may languish with varying degrees of paralysis before being euthanized at the end of the three- to four-day test. One could hardly imagine a more distressful test. In an April, 2008 front-page story in the Washington Post, the HSUS vice president for animal research issues, Dr. Martin Stephens, characterized the LD50 Test as "the poster child for everything that wrong with animal testing."

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Pico_daveJan. 18, 10 5:53 PM

every Botox injection comes with a price. Animals suffer and die in the potency testing of Botox. And while Botox has important medical applications, these animals die increasingly for nothing more serious than temporarily smoothing wrinklesThis test involves giving mice a single injection of the product into their abdomen and seeing if animals die within 3-4 days. The mice are first assigned to one of various dose groups; each group will receive a different concentration of the product in order to estimate which strength will kill half of the targeted group. That concentration (the LD50 value) is then considered a single "unit" of Botox; from there, Allergan packages a given number of units into a vial for human use. More Info On Botox® Facts About BOTOX® [PDF] Timeline of HSUS Efforts During LD50 testing of Botox, animals endure differing levels of muscular paralysis and suffer from impaired vision and dry mouth. Animals in the high dose groups die from suffocation, after their diaphragms become paralyzed and they can no longer breathe. Those who don't die immediately may languish with varying degrees of paralysis before being euthanized at the end of the three- to four-day test. One could hardly imagine a more distressful test. In an April, 2008 front-page story in the Washington Post, the HSUS vice president for animal research issues, Dr. Martin Stephens, characterized the LD50 Test as "the poster child for everything that wrong with animal testing."

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pfbramJan. 18, 10 6:16 PM

...is a relevant topic? Tens of thousands of people dead in Haiti, tens of millions of Americans without access to health care -- and Ewoldt sees this as a topic worthwhile to write about?

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leg620Jan. 18, 10 6:34 PM

we'd be able to shop around for other non-cosmetic treatments, too.

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mousepotatoJan. 18, 10 6:55 PM

so we are all supposed to stop living and thinking of anything but Haiti? you may not need a dose of botox, but you surely could use a shot of reality.

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mousepotatoJan. 18, 10 7:01 PM

Mice are rodents. You may have noticed that many stores carry various apparatus and chemicals to help us kill these "animals" about which you seem to care so deeply. Perhaps we should make it a crime to take the lives of these creatures? Even if they are pooping in your cupboards, and chewing through all that you own? Give us your address please, so that in the future, we can capture these little fellows and bring them over to your house.

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friartuckJan. 18, 10 7:16 PM

Nothing like shooting small doses of botulinum toxin, known to the medical field as one of the world's most toxic substances, directly in your face. Seems like a great idea. And we wonder why we're a nation in such poor health.

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sunflowerJan. 18, 10 7:20 PM

If you don't think this is new and not interesting, then don't read it. Just because tragedies don't consume our every waking moment doesn't mean we don't care about others and their suffering. I doubt this story took anyone away from info about Haiti. Most likely the story was researched and written over at least a few days. Perhaps even before the earthquake. Besides, why do you think people want to read that you don't care and that the rest of the world doesn't live up to your standards?

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monica08Jan. 18, 10 7:37 PM

Unbelievable what people, mostly women, will do to their bodies to make themselves acceptable in this increasingly superficial society. Ladies, put down the syringes filled with poison, save your money, live your lives, be happy with what you have and how you look. Just like no one on their death bed wishes they spent more time at work, nobody wishes they had more work done on their face. Or do they?

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mattaudioJan. 18, 10 9:29 PM

Stop that ambulance, the heart attack can wait... we need to find the cheapest bypass surgery!

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