If you love her, don’t gift her with discount Injections

December 18, 2012

The FDA advises caution when it comes to discount injectables
The FDA advises caution when it comes to discount injectables

During the holidays everything converges at once – shopping, cleaning, cooking and parties. Few of us have the leisure to sort through shelves and racks of clothes for the perfect gift. Thanks to our e-world, we don’t have to. We simply hunker down over the computer, credit card in hand, searching for the latest, greatest and most original.

But, don’t make your gifts too original. Websites like Living Social and Groupon offer buyers discounts on products and services, including Botox for 50 percent off. For example, a Groupon offer for 20 to 40 units of Botox at a “Botox and Beauty Boutique” in Mission Viejo attracted 300 customers.

Fox 10 news reports that the FDA has issued a warning about purchasing Botox from these websites because unapproved Botox and filler products from Europe and Canada have surfaced in med spas in the United States. Most commonly the products are diluted, so the effect is less than optimal, which is not what you’re paying for.

A long time Scottsdale and Paradise Valley plastic surgeon says these watered-down Botox products might not work as well and claims he does a lot of work fixing Botox problems. He recommends looking for two brands that are approved by the FDA: Botox cosmetic and Dysport. With Botox, make sure the word “cosmetic” is included.

If it’s being injected into your body, don’t be ashamed to ask to see the box. Botox cosmetic and Dysport are FDA approved. These FDA- approved products are more cost effective in the long run because they produce better and longer lasting results. To get the very best results from Botox and fillers find a board-certified practitioner in an appropriate specialty operating in a licensed medical facility. Have a consultation beforehand to determine if this is a good option for you and make sure your doctor is available for post treatment issues.


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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