Who isn’t looking for a good deal? When buying anything from groceries to shoes, we are always intrigued by a sale. And with the country’s recent economic recession, Americans are becoming extremely conscious of every dollar they spend. High priced, personal luxuries – such as beauty and spa services – may only become budget friendly with a coupon from an Internet site such as Groupon or Living Social. Some deals are not as good as they first appear, though; Bargain Botox Cosmetic is one that often ends up more of a scam than a steal.
When you cash in your Botox Groupon at your new physician’s office, because of the extremely low price that is being offered, the doctor does not actually make much profit. Don’t forget he still has to pay off Groupon for their services, as well. So, to recoup his costs and make the procedures worth the effort, your doctor may be forced to make some tricky decisions. Some physicians will push for unnecessary follow-up procedures, while others completely overlook the health and physical well-being of their patients by resorting to over-diluting the Botox toxin, to shave costs. When this happens, the results are poor and extremely risky.
Dr. Matthew Schulman, a New York City based plastic surgeon, once offered his services through a discount program, but since has stopped because of the potential consumer health issues. He explains that not only are the facial rejuvenation products often watered down, they are also of a much lower quality. “Doctors may acquire the product from a cheaper source such as overseas or off the so-called ‘grey market,’ which sets up the potential for inferior, harmful products,” Dr. Schulman tells the December issue of Shape magazine. Potential side effects reported from poor quality Botox Cosmetic, and facial fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, include facial swelling and infection. Some risks can also be life-threatening, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, and problems breathing.
The bottom line – you cannot afford to take risks with your appearance or your health. Staying safe is always more important than saving money. With a little effort and checking around, you can find a board certified, experienced, and trusted, cosmetic surgeon in your area that will offer discounts for multiple-visits or combined procedures.