Experts Encourage Consumers to 'Just Say No' to Bargain BOTOX

warninglabelDuring a tough economy, finding discounts and snagging the latest bargain are a top priority on many consumers' minds.  However, experts say to forgo that strategy when it comes to BOTOX and other cosmetic enhancements because many 'sales' on cosmetic injections and surgery treatments are either counterfeit, illegal, or performed by an inexperienced surgeon.

The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety has recently issued a warning about the latest 'Bargain BOTOX' trends.  Since many surgeons and medical spas are offering discounted packages and specials to lure patients into their offices, it can be difficult to detect which treatments are safe enough to pursue - and which ones are just a scam.

The Coalition explains that:

"Bargain prices, deep discounts or purported sales on cosmetic injections are warning signs of potential counterfeit or illegally imported cosmetic injectables, or an injector who is inexperienced or does not specialize in the procedure." (Source: Medical News Today)

Since branded cosmetic injectables are FDA approved and sold at set prices, it is almost impossible for most physicians and dermatologists to offer deep discounts on these products.  When medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers are offering huge sales on these items, there is a strong chance that they are not really selling the branded injectable, but a counterfeit equivalent instead.

The Coalition reports that the most common bargain injectable scams consist of:

- Counterfeit products that can lead to serious health problems and pose a high risk of adverse side effects

-Diluted products that do not deliver adequate results

- Illegal products, or spinoffs of brands that can result in injury and adverse side effects

Some of today's most sought-after injectables include Botox Cosmetic, Cosmoderm, Evolence, Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane.  Other top contenders in this market include Reloxin, Sculptra, Elevess and Artefill.

The average price range of each of these runs between $400 - $850+ per injection, so anything lower than that may be an indication of a counterfeit or illegal product.

Further Reading

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.

  • Khloe Kardashian made headlines recently after the paparazzi caught her with the infamous “trout pout” – the result of too many injectable fillers in the lips. Kim Kardashian’s younger sister appeared to have some very swollen and lumpy lips after leaving a Beverly Hills salon last week and many are suspecting that that star had cosmetic surgery. Celebrity plastic surgery doctor Dr. Anthony Youn did not treat Khloe Kardashian but believes that the star did have some type of injectable filler. He tells, “Khloe has a trout pout! The excessively plump appearance of her lips could be due to injections of a filler like Juvederm. Her upper lip is larger than her lower lip, causing her mouth to resemble a trout’s. Most injectable fillers last about 6 months in the lips, so given enough time we may see her lips shrink to a smaller and more typical size.” Another plastic surgery doctor, Dr. Michael Fiorellio who is based in New York City, made a similar conclusion. He suspects that Khloe had some type of filler treatment because, “Her lips look swollen and bruised. The product looks lumpy as well”. Dr. Fiorellio is suggesting that this Kardashian sister had either Juvederm or Restylane injections to make her lips appear larger and fuller. Injectable fillers are among the most popular types of non-invasive cosmetic enhancements around the country, and are an attractive option for women who want to add volume to their lips, fill out hollows in their cheeks, and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines. They’re also more affordable than having surgery and can be a convenient option for those who don’t want to deal with the long downtime and recovery process associate with a surgical procedure like lip implants or a facelift.

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?