Botox Should Be Born in the USA

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It's good to buy locally. From the kale at your neighborhood farmer's market to the all-American Chevrolet, supporting the local economy keeps innovation and jobs in our own backyard. And while in the beauty industry we often lust over Parisian perfumes or rich body oils from Africa, some products are better and safer when born in the USA. 

The FDA has recently warned hundreds of medical practices in the United States that they may have received non-approved Botox and filler products from Europe and Canada. This poses a problem because unlicensed foreign Botox might be counterfeit, contaminated, improperly transported, ineffective and basically unsafe. If anything is going to be injected into your face, you want the real thing. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) says the risks related to unlicensed filler are anything from dangerous reactions to outdated products.

While it is the job of a doctor to make sure that your syringe is full of a legitimate and safe product, it's up to you to find a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to administer good product. Don't fall for injectables offered at discount prices (Groupon and Living Social ring a bell?) and never be afraid to ask your doctor to see the box. 

Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, says that legitimate containers always contain the word "cosmetic" on them. Products missing this word may be real Botox, but are not approved for cosmetic use in the United States, says the ASAPS. 

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