Botox continues to be one of the most popular dermal fillers on the market, and consumers interested in achieving a wrinkle-free look have been taking matters into their own hands -- literally.
Recent reports suggest that many consumers are buying their own Botox injections from resellers and other providers through online auctions such as eBay and through classified ads on Craigslist.
Botox is designed to be administered by a licensed and certified physician, and only they can detemrine what concentration will be most suitable for the patient. Consumers who purchase Botox illegally are not only committing a crime with the purchase, but are also putting their health and safety at risk.
Since Botox is a prescription-only product, Botox advertisements that encourage people to purchase on the web have also been deemed illegal. eBay continues to be one of the most popular online venues to purchase Botox without showing proof of prescription, and some resellers have even taken steps to create their own Botox advertisements that are run across the network. These ads are designed to look like professional Botox ads and commercials; some even feature celebrities and before and after snapshots to persuade customers to make their purchase.
Consumer watchdog networks and websites have been tracking illegal Botox ads for several months and have finally managed to encourage sites like eBay to take down the ads. PlasticSurgeryPractice.com reports that, "eBay, under the guidance of the UK-based Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has now vowed down on these promotions in a bid to protect consumers."
Consumers who do purchase illegal Botox are subject to fines and penalties if they are caught distributing or reselling the product, and those who take the risk to use the injections on themselves may not be eligible for medical care in case of an emergency. The danger of overdosing on Botox includes temporary or complete paralysis of the muscles, severe allergic reactions, as well as skin rashes and bruises.