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woman-getting-eybrow-injectionDepending on where you look, it can feel like Botox® is everywhere these days. Neuromodulator injections like Botox® and Dysport® have become household names for their incredible ability to rejuvenate the face and provide a variety of cosmetic (and even medical) benefits. And while these treatments are proven and safe, a disturbing trend of providers purchasing and injecting counterfeit versions of these injectable products without their patient’s knowledge has emerged recently. Today, I wanted to provide information on how people can avoid this deceitful practice and safely enjoy their Botox® or Dysport® treatment without any reservations.

Here at Southern Plastic Surgery and our sister practice, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, our cosmetic providers have many years of experience providing safe and successful injectable treatments for our patients. Patient safety remains our highest priority during every treatment or procedure we perform, and this is reflected in the way our patients feel about our cosmetic services. Unfortunately, this can not be said for every provider and the risks for patients cannot be ignored.

The risks of using counterfeit Botox® injections can actually be fairly wide ranging. In addition to not providing the aesthetic benefits that patients have come to depend on like addressing wrinkles and frown lines in the upper portion of the face, counterfeit Botox® injections can actually pose serious health concerns. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), counterfeit Botox® has led to patients being hospitalized in 11 states, as well as symptoms like blurred vision, difficulty swallowing, breathing issues, and more.

The first step in promoting a safe, healthy, and successful Botox® treatment is finding a board-certified and trustworthy cosmetic provider to perform your injections. Properly performing injectable treatments like Botox® requires years of training, as well as specialized education, knowledge, and experience. Anyone performing your treatment should be able to display board-certifications, medical licenses, and other accreditations to instill a baseline of trust and confidence. Essentially, don’t just pick someone because you saw them on TikTok or Instagram. As an added precaution, patients can also ask their providers to see the packaging of their Botox®, to be on the lookout for certain indicators of falseness including writing not in English and 150-unit doses (not a unit that the true manufacturer makes).

No patient should have to worry about being lied to or deceived by their provider, regardless of the nature of their treatment or concern. Here at Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights, this is thankfully never a concern. For more information or to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation, contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, and Instagram for additional patient testimonials, news, and much more.