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Neurotoxin- Treatment Areas and Average Units Needed

Exploring Neurotoxin Treatments at Givens MD | Faces Medspa

Neurotoxin treatments such as Botox™, Dysport™, and Daxxify™ are used to decrease lines in the face by relaxing muscles.  A common question about neurotoxin treatments is how many units are needed. The answer varies based on the facial regions treated, whether the treatment is initial or subsequent, and the desired level of effect from the neurotoxin. Patients’ responses to neurotoxins can vary significantly as well; some may require fewer units, while others might need twice the amount for similar effects. Additionally, men often require more units than women do. Finally, the units of each medication differ, and those listed below are in Botox units.  Let's explore common areas we can treat with neurotoxin and the typical number of units needed for each.


Forehead Lines

The forehead is one of the most common areas for neurotoxin treatment. Forehead lines, or horizontal lines that appear when you raise your eyebrows, can be effectively smoothed out with neurotoxin. Typical Units: 8-18 units of toxin.


Frown Lines (Glabellar Lines)

Often referred to as the '11' lines, these appear between the eyebrows due to frowning or concentrating. Treating these lines not only gives a more relaxed look but can also prevent them from deepening further. Typical Units: 12-20 units of toxin.


Crow’s Feet

Located at the outer corners of the eyes, crow’s feet develop from smiling, squinting, or laughing. Neurotoxin can help soften these lines, maintaining your eyes' natural expressiveness without the wrinkles. Typical Units: 4-14 units of toxin per side.


Bunny Lines

These are the diagonal wrinkles that appear on either side of your nose when you scrunch it. They are less commonly treated but can be addressed with neurotoxin for a smoother appearance. Typical Units: 4 units of toxin.


Lip Flip

For those who want to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile or want the upper lip to appear more full. Typical Units: 4-8 units of Toxin.



An area that might surprise some is the chin, which can be treated with neurotoxin to reduce dimpling or an 'orange peel' appearance. This treatment results in a smoother and more youthful-looking chin. Typical Units: 4-6 units of toxin.


DAO (aka downturned mouth)

Our mouths can start to pull down at the corners as we age. Neurotoxin can stop the DAO muscle from pulling down the corners of the mouth (downturned mouth) to be slightly lifted. Typical Units: 3 units of toxin per side.



To reduce the effects of clenching and improve facial slimming, the masseter muscle can be injected with neurotoxin. Typical Units: 10-20 units of toxin per side.


Jawline and Neck

For a more defined jawline and a reduction in the appearance of neck bands, neurotoxin can be strategically placed to relax specific muscles , offering a non-surgical lift. This treatment is called the “Nefertiti neck lift” after the bust of the Egyptian queen with a beautiful neck and jawline.  Additionally, “platysmal bands” on the front of the neck can be reduced with neurotoxin treatments.  Typical Units: 24-48 units for the jawline, 12-24 units for platysmal bands. 


Why Choose Givens MD | Faces Medspa?

At Givens MD | Faces Medspa, our team is dedicated to providing personalized care that ensures optimal results and patient satisfaction. We use only the highest quality products and the latest techniques to ensure your safety. Our Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Daniel Givens, is on-site, oversees treatments, and provides ongoing education to our team.  Whether you’re looking to refresh your appearance or explore new treatments, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us. Contact us at (563) 239-9039 to learn more or schedule online!



*Note: Each patient is different and may require more or fewer units of neurotoxin than listed above. Results may vary. This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new skin care regimen or treatment.


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