Watch Out for Botox Discount Scams this Christmas

The holidays are busy enough without having to search for the absolute perfect gift for your significant other. Out of sheer exhaustion, many of us just end up purchasing the first good deal to float across our computer screen.

While this isn’t necessarily a bad shopping tactic, these days you’ve got to be careful when purchasing deals online. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean better – especially when it comes to Botox.

Popular discount sites like Groupon and Living Social are known to offer Botox discounts this time of year, and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is speaking up.  The FDA is asking consumers to avoid these online deals because so many unapproved Botox products from Europe and Canada have surfaced in med spas across the U.S.

According to the FDA, many of these non-approved products come diluted and often do not work well as the description might claim. Many patients who undergo injections with these unapproved products require a follow-up with a qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to fix their results.

How to Avoid Botox Discount Scams

Botox Cosmetic and its competitor Dysport are both FDA-approved for wrinkle reduction in the U.S. A good way to make sure you’re actually getting one of these products is to ask to see the box. Remember that with Botox, the word “Cosmetic” should always be included.

Not all Botox discounts are a bad idea. Another way to ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for is to always seek out a reputable cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist who operates in a licensed medical facility.

It’s also important to note that not everyone is a good candidate for these Botox discounts. Prior to any cosmetic injection, your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist should give you a thorough consultation to make sure treatment is the right option for you.

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