The dramatic increased use of Botox® Cosmetic and Facial fillers has spread throughout the Medical and Spa environment as a quick-fix retail commodity.
When ever this has occurred (ex. Fen-Fen, Laser Resurfacing, Face lift mass marketing etc.) abuses, misuse and fraudulent activity surface soon there after.
Botox® Cosmetic and fillers are now found everywhere. Reliable providers Such as Facial Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, and General Plastic Surgeons are your best sources for advice on the proper treatment plans using Botox® Cosmetic and injectable fillers.
What consumers may not be aware of is that they might not be getting AUTHENIC Botox® Cosmetic when they receive an injection of Botox® Cosmetic. Be aware of prices that are too good to be true especially if they promise unrealistic results.
Many Medical practices and Med-spas are obtaining the injectable Botox® Cosmetic or Filler from illegal sources that promise discounted prices. A black market has developed where Botox® Cosmetic and Fillers are imported from unknown locations and foreign sources. The identity, purity, handling, source and risks of these products are unknown.
According to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, unauthorized drugs that are imported are considered unapproved, misbranded, and adulterated (21U.S.C. §331).
Do not become a victim of a poor result, complication or an unwanted side effect, ask and make sure the product that is injected into your face was received directly from the manufacturer and is FDA approved for use.
Richard W. Maloney MD F.A.C.S