Skin Deep

Could you be getting fake Botox?

 

drb@drbaumann.com

Botox injections are the No. 1 non-invasive cosmetic treatment performed year after year, so it’s no surprise that there are some unscrupulous people looking to capitalize from its popularity.

Sadly, it’s a fact that some “professionals” (and I use that term loosely) opt for counterfeit products either from the United States or abroad in order to pocket some cash. This can have disastrous consequences — even be a matter of life and death.

Recently, the FDA announced that more than 350 doctors and nurse practitioners may be injecting patients with an unapproved Botox-like product. This “drug” came from a Canadian supplier, and the FDA cannot ensure that the product is either safe or effective. Although no adverse reactions have been reported as of yet, this is reason enough to make sure you’re getting the real thing when you visit a professional for Botox treatment.

To be on the safe side, here are three pointers to consider when opting for this proven-effective treatment (as long as you get what you’re paying for):

1. Go to a reputable dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

2. Do your homework. Visit aad.org ensure your dermatologist is board-certified or visit botoxcosmetic.com and enter your zip code to see if your practitioner is getting Botox directly from Allergan, the manufacturer.

3. Ask to see the bottle. It should be clearly marked with the drug’s name.

After following this advice, if you’re still not 100 percent sure, feel free to email me at DrB@derm.net, and I can recommend a provider I trust in your area.

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