Vegas Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Knock-Off Botox

CSL2028With the economy in a slump, many patients are looking for deals and discounts on cosmetic and plastic surgery.

Some doctors are able to extend discounts or offer attractive patient financing plans that help to manage the costs of surgery, while others are discounting packages of somewhat affordable procedures such as Botox. Unfortunately, some of the sales on surgery really are too good to be true.

A Las Vegas doctor was recently sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for dispensing a Botox knock-off to patients in is Nevada clinic. Dr. Stephen Lee Seldon, a 54 year-old plastic surgeon from Las Vegas, Nevada and his wife were fined over $140,000 for convictions in November related to criminal mail fraud and adulterating drugs used at their clinic. The prosecutors found that the doctor had been using a cheap substitute of Botox called TRltox to treat patients – and charging them a high price to profit from the swap. The substitute compounds are not suitable for human use, and were originally designed for research purposes only.

The doctor is now facing years in prison and heavy fines for the switch; it’s not clear whether the doctor was charging slightly less than standard market prices to lure more patients to the practice, or if he was charging regular Botox fees to turn a profit. However, prospective patients in this competitive economy are warned to do their research when it comes to finding a doctor for their procedure, and to avoid dramatic discounts on procedures such as Botox, liposuction and other in-demand surgery.

Most professional surgeons cannot reduce their fees significantly, but may offer free gifts or attractive financing plans to offset the costs. Still, patients need to verify the doctor’s track record, review before and after photos, and make sure the doctor is licensed and certified before heading off to the clinic.

Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

  • Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.