Bargain basement Botox offered on the Internet

April 26, 2011

Bargain basement Botox offered on the Internet
Bargain basement Botox offered on the Internet

Oops! It’s 11:00 AM, you haven’t done a bit of work and you’re starving. Too bad, but you won’t have time to catch up with the news today. There is one more link you can’t resist: for $165, you can get a single Botox treatment at a local medispa. The last time you got Botox, you paid $400. So you think, “Now that I’ve finally grown out my bangs, I’m starting to look like a Shar Pei.”

So, have you found an incredible deal? A Santa Monica plastic surgeon tells Allure magazine, April 2011, “Plastic surgeons get new patients by word of mouth from previous satisfied patients. How wise do you think it is to select a doctor who has to offer dramatic discounts to attract patients?” Further, not all doctors are created equal. “Would you want your diabetes managed by a plastic surgeon?” Botox injectors should be plastic surgeons or dermatologists. Your forehead is a large playing field; you have to know where to inject the Botox. A misdirected injection can yield a droopy eyelid; too much of a good thing can yield “bunny lines” around the nose.

If you go to a medispa, ask who will be performing the treatment. Just because spas have medical directors, it doesn’t mean a doctor will treat you. State regulations vary; some states do not even require doctors to be on site. A New York City dermatologist and director of a well-respected medispa, advises, “The only procedures to consider without a physician present are mild peels (no more than 20 percent glycolic acid, or 10 to 15 percent trichloroacetic acid) and microdermabrasion.”

Further, you are not the best judge of which cosmetic treatment will give you the most mileage. A board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist will know if you will benefit most from Botox, Juvederm, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, laser treatment or fat injections. Contact the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area.   


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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