Doctors discourage discount Botox injections
December 16, 2010
At the recent grand opening of a gym in Tampa Bay, Florida, consumers were given the opportunity to receive Botox injections for as little as seven dollars. Although some may jump at the opportunity to look younger at such a little cost, experts warn that such promotions are dangerous and should be avoided, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
Botox injections were the most frequently requested cosmetic procedure in 2009, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, with more than 2.5 million injections performed that year. However, the popular treatment method has led some less-than-reputable purveyors to pop up, attracting customers with low prices. Although the effects of Botox are not permanent, incorrectly administering the neurotoxin or using illegal product from a foreign country can lead to serious complications.
A spokeswoman for Botox manufacturer, Allergan, stated: "Only a licensed and trained physician who specializes in aesthetic medicine — like a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon — should administer Botox Cosmetic as this is a technique-sensitive procedure and one that should only be administered in a proper medical setting, like a doctor's office."
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery agrees with this statement and advises patients to find a board-certified member of a core-society at www.injectablesafety.org.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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