How Many Units of Botox for Neck Cords?

By Pinch Med Spa Staff

October 10, 2023

Neck cords, also known as platysmal bands, are prominent vertical muscles that can become more visible with age. Botox is an effective treatment for softening these cords. In this post, we'll discuss the typical number of units needed for treating neck cords and provide an overview of the treatment process.

What Are Neck Cords?

Neck cords, or platysmal bands, are vertical muscle bands that run from the jawline down to the collarbone. These cords can become more pronounced due to aging and muscle activity. For more detailed information, read our guide to Botox for neck cords.

Neck Cords generally require 30 to 40 units of Tox.

How Botox for Neck Cords Works

Botox works by relaxing the platysma muscle, which reduces the appearance of neck cords and smooths the neck’s overall appearance. When injected, Botox inhibits the nerve signals to the muscle, leading to its temporary relaxation.

Recommended Units of Botox for Neck Cords

For treating neck cords, the recommended amount of Botox typically ranges from 30 to 40 units. The exact number of units needed can vary based on individual needs and the severity of the cords.

What About Xeomin Units for Neck Cords?

Both Botox® and Xeomin® can effectively treat neck cords, utilizing botulinum toxin type A. At Pinch, we often use Xeomin for its purity and effectiveness. The unit requirements for Botox and Xeomin are generally similar.

Factors Influencing the Number of Units

  • Muscle Activity: Higher muscle activity in the neck may require more units.
  • Severity of Neck Cords: More pronounced neck cords might need additional units for effective treatment.
  • Individual Response: Each person’s response to Botox or Xeomin can influence the required dosage.

What to Expect During Your Treatment


Your treatment will begin with a consultation with a skilled medical professional, such as a nurse practitioner, who will assess your neck cords and determine the appropriate number of units needed for your treatment.

The Injection Process

The injection process for neck cords is straightforward and involves minimal discomfort. A fine needle is used to inject Botox into the platysma muscle. The procedure typically takes only a few minutes.

Post-Treatment Care

After the treatment, you may experience mild side effects such as redness, swelling, or bruising around the injection sites. These effects are usually short-lived. Following the aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner is crucial for the best results.

Results and Longevity

When to Expect Results

You can expect to see results from your Botox treatment for neck cords within 1 to 2 weeks, with full effects visible after about 4 weeks. Your neck will appear smoother and the cords less prominent.

How Long Do Results Last?

The effects of Botox for neck cords typically last between 3 to 4 months. Regular follow-up treatments will help maintain the results.

Cost of Botox or Xeomin for Neck Cords

The cost of Botox or Xeomin for treating neck cords depends on the number of units and the provider’s rates. Generally, Botox and Xeomin cost between $12 to $15 per unit. Here’s a cost breakdown based on the recommended units:

  • Cost for 30 units: $360 to $450
  • Cost for 40 units: $480 to $600

Factors Affecting Cost

  • Provider's Expertise: Highly experienced practitioners may charge more.
  • Geographic Location: Treatment costs can vary based on the region.
  • Botox vs. Xeomin: Brand name recognition can influence the cost.

Is Botox for Neck Cords Right for You?

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment suitable for most individuals looking to reduce the appearance of neck cords. A detailed consultation with a qualified provider will help determine if it’s the right option for you, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are on certain medications.

Next Steps

If neck cords are a concern for you, Botox offers a quick and effective solution to smooth out these muscle bands and give you a more youthful neck. With the typical requirement of 30 to 40 units, the treatment is efficient with minimal downtime. For a convenient and professional at-home experience, consider booking with Pinch. Our nurse practitioners will visit your home, ensuring you receive the best care in a comfortable setting.

By clicking “Accept”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts. View our Privacy Policy for more information.