On yesterday’s Dr.Oz show, he investigated bad Botox. The following article is very interesting. Be an educated patient when deciding where to get your Botox. If the price is too good to be true … it probably is! Read the following article to find out what to look for when getting Botox.
Article taken from (Best Syndication News)
On Tuesday’s ‘Dr. Oz’ TV show, there was an investigation into bad Botox treatments using counterfeit medication. Allergan, Inc., the marketers of Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA), is safe when used by the appropriate medical professionals. However, Dr. Oz had shown that discussed how some doctors and others are selling and using counterfeit onabotulinumtoxinA that can lead to devastating results.
Dr. Oz explained that Botox treatments have become popular at home Botox parties, kiosks in malls, and even by mail order. He said that it is against the law to administer the toxin without having the proper medical license.
What made the ‘Dr. Oz’ show even scarier is that you have to be careful when going to a medical doctor to get Botox treatments. Medical doctors can gain certification within 24 hours to administer Botox treatments. The problem is they may not be specialized in dermatology or plastic surgery. This may lead to unwanted results. In addition, there are counterfeit Botox on the market that can end with serious complications.
Dr. Oz had a couple on the show that had gone to their doctor so the wife could get a Botox treatment just before the holidays to look younger. The doctor convinced the husband to get some Botox treatment too. Later on that day, they both developed flu like symptoms. The following day they both had even more serious symptoms and went to the hospital. The couple both ended up on life support. They got off the ventilators after three months. On their path to recovering, they did rehabilitation to learn how to walk and talk again. The husband and wife who survived the bad toxin poisoning, 200 doctors had the wrong botulism toxin.
Botox treatment sessions typically run between $300 – $500 and this is one way consumers can be on the lookout for a safe treatment. An expert from SafeMedicines.org was on ‘Dr. Oz’ TV show to warn of the counterfeit Botox medicine that could be unsafe. There was a 20 percent increase in the counterfeit Botox on the market. Also the expert said that you should check the bottle that the Botox comes in and look for a holographic label saying Allergan and also confirm that it is sealed and has not been used before. If there is a hole on the top, the Botox can become ineffective 24 hours after it is open. Dr. Oz also said that if the price is too good to be true, it probably is, and a person should seek references from the doctor that they are planning to use for the treatment. He also said not to get Botox treatments at home or at a spa.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost for Botox (Botulinum toxin type A) was $405 per session in 2009. Even they caution to select a plastic surgeon carefully when undergoing botulinum toxin treatment for wrinkles. The surgeon’s experience may be worth the extra cost. The ASPS also said that most insurance plans do not cover the Botox treatments for cosmetic purposes and it may not cover the complications that can occur.
BY: N Wilson
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