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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Graham

Let's Talk Counterfeit Botox

In the pursuit of beauty and youthfulness, many of us turn to cosmetic procedures like Botox for prevention and treatment of those pesky wrinkles. For the most part, this procedure is fairly painless and with little complications.

Until recently...

Over the last few weeks there are emerging highlighting a concerning trend of counterfeit Botox products. These fake injections, often produced in unregulated facilities, pose serious health risks to unsuspecting consumers. From adverse reactions to severe infections, the consequences of receiving counterfeit Botox have been resulting in multiple hospitalizations across the country.

Patients who undergo injections with counterfeit products may experience adverse reactions such as nerve damage and paralysis. In some cases, individuals have been hospitalized with life-threatening infections caused by contaminated injections.

Say what you will about the FDA (I have my own soap boxes about this organization at times), the rigorous testing that medications such as Botox go through, are necessary to ensure quality and safety of the product.

So, what can you do to protect yourself from the dangers of counterfeit Botox?

  1. Research the credentials of the injector and ensure they are properly trained and licensed. This includes verifying their qualifications and certifications. Unfortunately, Idaho has some gray areas when it comes to who can and can't inject (another soapbox of mine).

  2. Confirm that they use authentic, FDA-approved products.

  3. Be wary of unusually low prices or suspiciously convenient offers. If the "promo" or deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  4. Ask questions about the origin of the product being used and to request proof of authenticity if necessary.

  5. Ask to see the box the product comes in. In my practice, I always draw up my Botox (or other neurotoxins) right in front of the patient. You will never see me bring a tray of pre-filled syringes to your chair. Yes, it may take more time in your appointment, but for me, it's important that you see what product I'm using and the quality of my safety practices around cleanliness.

This is your body, your health, and your hard earned money, the risks of adverse reactions and possible hospitalization, is not worth it!

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