Botox has earned a reputation for being a miracle… and it is. But is real or fake?
The FDA just released a statement warning patients that unlicensed Botox is being shipped by suppliers owned by a pharmacy called Canada Drugs. Some practices save money on the real deal wrinkle fighter by shipping in Canadian botox. Since there are issues with Botox regulation the FDA is alerting doctors about “unapproved medications, including unapproved version of Botox.” The agency even listed the doctors’ names and locations of those practices who may have purchased unlicensed Botox.
According to the ASPS, over 5.5 million people were injected with Botox last year, making it the most popular cosmetic treatment in America. At an average cost ranging from $200 to $600 per treatment, Botox is now making cosmetic surgery more and more affordable. However, some people try to make a further profit on botox by using products which are not authenticate.
Well then what is REAL Botox?
There are several companies which distribute botulinum toxin for injections for the face. Allergan is the company that distributes the most Botox Cosmetic in the United States. Botox Cosmetic is also known under chemical name OnabotulinumtoxinA and is produced from the botulinum toxin which will freeze or paralyze facial muscles to reduce wrinkles. All Botox produced by Allergan is distributed in secure packaging and all the bottles have a 3D hologram on the label. However, sophisticated knock offs have been produced that mimic the packaging so closely that a normal person would not be able to tell the difference just by viewing the labels.
You should find your doctor or practice on the official website for Botox: www.botoxcosmetic.com. For example, Dr. Shah purchases his Botox straight from Allergan and has a premiere partnership with them. If your physician who injects you with botulinum toxin is not on the website, ask them why they are not listed and where they purchase it from. You may not like the answer–
While there are other botulinum toxin products that are on the market that are somewhat similar to Botox, they are not generally the source of stories about “fake Botox” that appear in the news. These alternatives are Dysport and Xeomin. Both of these Chicago injectables are produced by reputable pharmaceutical companies. Highly regarded physicians often use these products in their office to reduce wrinkles and will advertise them under the correct name brand and not misrepresent them as Botox.
How to avoid getting “fake” Botox?
As a general rule, it is always good to see the bottle or the container from which someone is injecting you. However, selecting a physician who is shown on a company’s website is another way to help determine this.
Botox is an excellent product to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and even help prevent wrinkles while the drug is active. The results will often last for 4 to 6 months at a time to provide a younger look and when injected with authenticate botox, may provide a highly favorable safety profile.