Consumers Turn to eBay for Illegal Botox

ebay-logoBotox 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.

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.

  • 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?

  • With only about a month of summer left, you may be considering going under the knife to maintain that bikini body or be in better shape for next season.  While demand for plastic surgery runs high during the winter months so that patients have time to heal before summer, there is still a significant demand for certain procedures over the warm weather months. According to the results of a recent report by RealSelf.com, patients are still flocking to the plastic surgeon’s office to look “red-carpet ready” or undergo a mini-makeover.

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