Buyer Beware! The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself “Botox Kits”

NBC 4 LA is reporting on a frightening new trend that consumers need to watch out for: at-home Botox kits.  These do-it-yourself injectables claim to save you money, but can actually cost you something much more valuable—your health.  According to the report, a number of websites are selling products claiming to be Botox and other cosmetic products.  Apparently, several YouTube clips are even offering instructions on how to self inject.  In response to this terrifying news, NBC spoke with a Dr. Richard Glogau, quoting him as saying “Bad Botox can give you bad cosmetic effect, all the way up to paralysis, inability to breathe and death.”

ABC News also reported on the dangers of DIY cosmetic procedures a while back.  This report sought the opinion of dermatologist, Dr. Joel Cohen.  According to ABC, Cohen believes that, “DIY cosmetic procedures are a terrible way to save money, and only skilled professionals can administer the injections safely.”  It seems appropriate to quote an old adage here—if something seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Botox Treatment from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Although frightening, this recent trend emphasizes the importance of seeking out a qualified professional, such as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  Botox—which is still the most common cosmetic procedure in the US—is a powerful treatment and should be treated as such.So, why do countless women and men seek out Botox Treatments every year?  The answer is simple: it works!  Botox is essentially a muscle relaxer that works to prevent creases in the skin, with the most common Botox sites being the forehead, frown lines and crow’s feet.  The effects of Botox can be seen within 24 hours following the treatment, and results become more apparent in the days following.  While individual results can vary, the effects of Botox typically last up to four months.

Seek Certified Care—Schedule Your Consultation

To explore Botox or any of the other cosmetic treatments we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us today.  Our Long Island Plastic Surgery Office is located in Huntington Station, serving the surrounding areas.  Schedule your consultation today at (631) 424-6707.  We look forward to working with you.

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