Bogus Botox… Again

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A recent case in Houston demonstrates how critical it is that you choose a qualified doctor and that you ask to see an injectable’s packaging and lot numbers.

Dr. Gayle Rothenberg of Houston (left), who is said to be trained in anesthesiology and phlebology, is accused of telling patients she was injecting them with Botox Cosmetic, having them sign consent forms identifying Botox, and then injecting them with an unapproved generic product that was advertised to the doctor at a medical seminar. She’s been charged with 14 different federal counts, including misbranding a drug for sale. The purported reason the doctor chose to use the unapproved injectable? It is roughly half the cost of real Botox, demonstrating one more critical point: there are no bargains when it comes to medically-based beauty treatments.

It cannot be stated enough: choose an appropriately trained doctor you trust, and make sure anything injected into you is specifically U.S. FDA-approved. Look for identifying marks like logos and holograms, and ask your doctor for serial or lot numbers from the vials or packaging. Recognize that only board-certified plastic surgeons, dermatologists, facial plastic surgeons and ophthalmic plastic surgeons are core trained in injectable beauty treatments.

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