Avoid at all cost (no matter how cheap): do-it-yourself Botox
October 4, 2011
For years, women slavishly made monthly visits to the hair salon to get their roots touched up, a haircut and blow out. Then the recession came, women re-discovered L’Oreal and now everyone dyes their roots in the bathroom.
Now that do-it-yourself Botox treatments are on the scene, you may be thinking, “Hmm, times are tough; if diabetics self-inject insulin, why can’t I inject Botox?” The answer is “forget it!” Just because you could do this yourself does not mean you should. Experts say those Botox kits could cost you your life.
A prominent dermatologist, reporting to MSNBC, September 2011, says, "For a patient to buy a kit like that and just think that if there's an instruction sheet that they can use it to inject the muscles of the face for facial expression, it's a catastrophe waiting to happen."
Many of these kits are made in India, China and other third world countries. Some originating in Arizona in a bootleg Botox lab was reported to have “horrible results, almost killing people."
Risks of a do-it-yourself Botox kit include paralysis of one side of the face, making it droop; ptosis (drooping) of the eye, a common complication; an abscess and a bad infection that may morph into a staph infection.
Get Botox injections in the office of a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. To make sure you're getting the real thing, even in a doctor's office, don’t be afraid to ask questions. No doctor should hesitate to prove to you that he’s using an FDA-approved injectable. So far, only Botox and Dysport have FDA approval for use on humans.
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