Botox on Sale: Dangers of Fake Injectables

Botox on Sale: Dangers of Fake Injectables

Botox is the most popular of all dermal injectables available today. Its fame only increases with every passing year because it is safe, very cost-effective, and has been proven to produce results every time. Unfortunately, to mirror its success, many fraudulent drug companies have attempted to replicate the Botox injection. However, since these deceitful injectables have not been tested to ensure their safety, they pose a high threat to patients who are being injected by them.

The dangers of fake injectables are destructive enough on their own, but this is especially true in cases where the person administering the injection is using unverified or counterfeit substances. Improper treatment can result in an unnatural and grotesque look rather than producing the desired smooth and symmetrical appearance.

In addition to the abovementioned dangers, some other negative side effects of bogus Botox are:

  • Bruising
  • Lumps
  • Droopiness
  • Botulism Poisoning
  • Partial Paralysis

Ironically, Botox’s popularity also works against it. How so? Since Botox is in such a high demand, at times, the availability is limited and this leads many plastic surgeons to source the Botox injections from unverified companies overseas. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to investigate both the procedure as well as the medical practitioner prior to going for a Botox treatment. At Facial Plastic Surgery OC, Dr. Furze orders Botox straight from Allergan. You can rest assured that we provide the best quality products at our Newport Beach practice.

It is important to check their experience to make certain they are board-certified plastic surgeons as well as scroll through some before and after pictures of their previous patients who had Botox injections performed. This will help ensure if the results are what you desire.

“With Non-surgical procedures such as injectables, it is important to only used original products,” says Dr. Sunanda Chugh, who runs a New York medical spa.

It is equally important to inspect the Botox product itself. Always remember that the original and FDA-approved Botox is produced by the company called Allergan and its ingredients consist of onabotulinumtoxinA. If your doctor is administering anything other than Allergan Botox, please ask him/her about the product beforehand as it may be unsafe for use.

Below is an example of real Botox packaging to give you an idea of what it looks like.


Here are few things to examine:

  • Look for the word “OnabotulinumtoxinA.” Counterfeit Botox might be labeled as “Botulinum Toxin” or other similar names.
  • Furthermore, the original Botox bottle should have the hologram (see image to the left) which says “Allergan” on it to prove that it is genuine.
  • The packaging should also sport the branded logo of Botox as shown in images present on this page.




Written by Dr. Furze
Last updated: Fri 1 March, 2019
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