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Spotting Fake Botox: What to Know Before You Get Injected

Thinking about getting Botox? Great! It can be a wonderful way to smooth out wrinkles and achieve a more youthful look. But before you head out for that injection, be warned: there's a dangerous world of fake Botox out there.

Fake Botox, also known as counterfeit botulinum toxin, is exactly what it sounds like - a cheap imitation of the real thing.  Here's why you should steer clear:

  • Serious health risks:  Fake Botox is unregulated, meaning there's no telling what's actually in it.  This can lead to a scary range of side effects, including blurred vision, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, and even botulism poisoning - a life-threatening illness that attacks the nervous system.

  • Unnatural and uneven results:  Forget the subtle smoothing you expect from real Botox. Fake injections can leave you with lumps, bumps, and an overall unnatural appearance.

  • Wasted money:  You might think you're saving money with a cut-rate injection, but if you end up needing medical attention to fix the damage, it will cost you far more in the long run.

So how can you stay safe?

  • Go to a qualified Medical Professional:  Seek out a board-certified Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.

  • Ask questions: Don't be afraid to inquire about the product being used and the provider's experience.

  • Look for the right price:  While Botox isn't cheap, suspiciously low prices are a red flag for counterfeit products.

  • Trust your gut:  If something feels off about the provider or the procedure, walk away. Your health is not worth the risk.

Remember, taking care of yourself means making smart choices. By avoiding fake Botox, you can achieve the look you desire while safeguarding your well-being. Consulting qualified, highly trained medical practitioner with physician oversight who understands your concerns and medical history is key. At Revitalize SkinMD, our clients are our top priority, and we'll work with you directly to determine a treatment plan tailored to your goals and budget.

Hear more about the dangers of fake Botox from our local news segment with KXXV:


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