Botox, as the most popular noninvasive wrinkle treatment in the world, can become an easy target for counterfeits. Recently, a large quantity of imposter-Botox has turned up in the United States.
When Botox is purchased from an unauthorized foreign supplier, it can be hard to know the purity of the product, if it has been stored at a proper temperature during shipment, or if it was sealed in a sterile manner. With packaging almost identical to the real thing, fake Botox can wind up almost anywhere, even in some physician offices. Doctors, especially those who are not Board Certified plastic surgeons, may be unaware that counterfeit Botox exists, or they may be swayed by the too-good-to-be-true price.
The recent influx of imposter Botox is far from the first large wave to hit the U.S. market. Over the last decade, there have been multiple instances of fake Botox making its way to consumers. On some occasions, the pseudo-toxin has caused serious, permanent health problems, including paralysis. The FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations takes these issues very seriously, and when possible, prosecutes those involved. However, it is important consumers know how to protect themselves.
How can you make sure the Botox being used is the real deal? Only visit experienced, trained, professional Botox Cosmetic providers. A trusted, Board Certified cosmetic surgeon will guarantee that you receive high-quality Botox Cosmetic at every treatment – and that it is always properly stored and safely administered.
Never receive Botox, or any other injectable, at a house party or a ‘pop up shop’ type of facility. Not only do you not know if their treatment is appropriate for your needs, there is no way to tell if what is being injected is even Botox.
If you have any questions or concerns about the distribution of imitation Botox, do not hesitate to contact Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique at (281) 407-9549. Under the supervision of Dr. Paul Vitenas, a Board Certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience, our office only administers Botox Cosmetic provided by Allergan, the FDA-approved producer of the injectable in the United States.