When considering facial injectables, do you shop around for the right doctor or the right price? Although saving money is always alluring, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the Physicians’ Coalition for Injectable Safety warn against “bargain botox.” Many medical providers offer discounts on facial injectables, but reputable medical providers do not offer them at “bargain” prices because they cannot buy the FDA approved, brand-name cosmetic injectables at “bargain” prices from legitimate manufacturers. Due to a rise in counterfeit injectables, patients who seek these extremely low prices risk compromising their health with potentially harmful ingredients and more under qualified providers are willing to buy the off-brand product.
Although BOTOX® Cosmetic is safe when it’s injected by an experienced, trained professional, off brand versions of botox can produce significant health risks. Besides that, an unqualified injector can produce less than satisfactory results. Have you heard about the dreaded droopy eyelid? If not, it’s not pretty and also not easy to fix. It’s best to receive injections from a qualified doctor or nurse injector to avoid complications. Finding the right physician is important, so be sure to do your research and voice any of your concerns during consultation.
Once you’ve found the right physician, it’s important to educate yourself on the cosmetic injectable products. The first thing to understand is that there are two classifications of injectables: those that relax underlying muscles that cause wrinkles and those that fill in wrinkles and other areas of lost volume. Derived from purified Botulinum, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are the only brand name FDA approved dermal injectables currently on the market. If you’re concerned that your provider is using an unapproved substitute, ask to see the packaging or something to provide proof that it’s the real thing. If they aren’t willing to provide proof, seek treatment elsewhere.
There are a few more than two FDA approved cosmetic injectables that fill in wrinkles and lost volume on the market, but we carry Restylane® and Radiesse® at Abraham Medical Cosmetics. The same rules for selecting a provider and product still apply for these products. Always be sure that you are seeing a highly skilled injector and that you are injected with only FDA approved injectables.
Abraham Medical Cosmetic offers brand name facial injectables performed by Dr. Ben Abraham himself. For more information on the procedures we provide from our cosmetic services to family medicine, visit our website. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!