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Buyer Beware: The Risks of Cheap Botox

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Buyer Beware: The Risks of Cheap Botox

The cost of popular cosmetic treatments such as Botox® and dermal fillers is something that many people consider before scheduling an appointment. However, the old adage “you get what you pay for” is a huge concern for medical professionals like us.

Despite the enormous and ever-increasing popularity of Botox® and other brand names, the cosmetic injectables industry still has many unknowns and inconsistencies. While it's important to choose a provider and treatment that suits your budget, when considering your options there are crucial factors to consider that could potentially endanger your health and safety. As such, it's always a good idea to do your research before going under the needle. 


What’s behind the cost of Botox® and injectable fillers?

When you pay for injectables, you're paying for two things: the injectable (such as Botox® or Juvéderm®) and the skill, training, and education of the practitioner administering the treatment. Neither are inexpensive. It’s important to remember that Botox is a medical procedure and requires both an advanced education and training, and a safe and effective product. 


Botox® vs “cheap Botox”: what’s the difference?

Getting a "big discount" on Botox®—whether from Groupon or a local medical spa—is worrisome since very few, if any, practitioners are prepared to lose money on a treatment. If someone is offering an inexpensive treatment, they're either diluting it down or using less. Diluting it may cause the material to migrate to other areas after the injections, resulting in drooping eyebrows or lids, among other unsightly ramifications.

The FDA has also issued cautions about clinicians purchasing unapproved versions of Botox® that may be fraudulent. Doctors might buy FDA non-approved injectables because they’re less expensive, however, they could cause infections or not work at all. The savings from product cost are (typically) passed onto the client, but so are all of the potential health issues resulting from contaminated, unsafe “Botox”. Treating these health problems is both life-threatening and expensive. So what have you really saved?

Even other FDA-approved brands that are accessible to nurses and non-board-certified doctors are more diluted than Botox®, and can therefore migrate from the injection site. This can apply to all injectables including fillers. Genuine Botox® is always the safest choice and produces the best, and longest-lasting, results.


Where to find a reputable provider.

Medical treatments require medical doctors. Full-stop.

When practitioners cut corners with price, there’s a good chance they’re going to cut corners with technique too. Botox® Cosmetic injections can only legally be administered by a qualified health care provider who has undergone special training. That being said, just because they’ve been trained doesn’t mean that the provider is fully knowledgeable about the anatomy of the facial structures (for example nerves, blood vessels, and muscle locations). Many providers have not spent time perfecting their techniques before they begin “practicing” on patients. This can mean lots of botched jobs, injections in the wrong places, and poor artistry. In the event of a botched treatment, providers who are not medical doctors are also not capable of rectifying any damage they may have caused.

Euphoria Wellness Spa is the only full-service spa in the Kawarthas with MD Code trained medical doctors on staff to perform Botox®, Juvéderm® and Soft Lift™ treatments. These medical spa treatments are always consulted prior to/and administered by local doctors. It is important to be aware that, while a board-certified doctor may be advertised through other providers, they may not be the one to administer your treatment. Ask for your practitioner’s credentials and to see the box and bottle before your treatment. 

You can visit manufacturers' websites to find board-certified providers in your area. Find a board-certified Botox® practitioner near you.


The Health Hazards 

In the best-case scenario, inexpensive "Botox" leaves you looking frozen, paralyzed, or otherwise unnatural. Worst-case scenario? For starters, there is death. Lumps, bumps, and droopy eyelids are all unappealing. Facial muscles that have been damaged can be disfiguring. But complications like infections and vein damage in the worst cases can be fatal.

Botox® Cosmetic injections are a safe and simple procedure when using the real FDA-approved product and performed by an experienced board-certified doctor.


Join Euphoria Wellness Spa’s Satisfied Clients

We proudly guarantee that every injectable treatment is consulted prior to/and administered by board-certified local doctors. As one of Canada’s Top 50 Spas, we apply the highest industry standards as well as use only Health Canada and FDA-approved Botox® for every treatment that we provide.

In order to help you make an informed decision on whether a Botox® Cosmetic Injection treatment is right for you, contact us for a consultation with the doctor.



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