Online Botox …Really?

The Internet is a vast marketplace these days. Few would argue that you can’t find anything you’re looking for if you look hard enough on the Internet. However, who would’ve ever thought you could get Botox online? Much less, who would’ve ever thought there’d be do it yourself Botox with instructions? The truth is there are” medical” websites that offer what they call  Botulinum toxin for sale over the Internet. While it of course is dangerous and potentially deadly there is a mass appeal for consumers who desperately want to look younger and have a perceived need to get the best deal to do so. Online marketers are cashing in on this desperation in what is an unregulated and illegal sale of Botox via the Internet. One of the supposedly medical sites allows consumers to purchase 100 IU vial of what they label is Botox complete with a set of instructions for $149. Of course Dr. Seify along with the rest of the legitimate medical community find this appalling and outrageous. This unscrupulous marketing of questionable at best grade of Botox to uneducated consumers is virtually unimaginable. One death has been reported so far as caused by the use of Botox purchased through the Internet. There are growing numbers of cases from people who through self injection of Botox ended up with muscles that were paralyzed or vocal cords that were paralyzed or even other serious results. Botox is approved by the US FDA to be used by cosmetic physicians for the removal of facial lines and wrinkles. Authentic medical grade Botox cannot be purchased without a prescription. Only a licensed medical physician is permitted to purchase authentic medical grade Botox and it is under the concept that the physician has the skill and knowledge and training for its proper use. Most doctors doubt that the Botox sold online is authentic or even that it has any Botox and it at all. What is most concerning is what it could contain as a substitute. Many wonder how this can even be allowed to happen. Due to the vast worldwide marketplace of the Internet the sale of illicit products is rampant. It is virtually impossible to regulate sense the FDA can only monitor and have jurisdiction over United States companies and businesses selling drugs. Dr. Seify warns patients about any products including Botox purchased through non-legitimate sources. Dr. Seify offers Botox and dermal fillers with occasional promotions throughout the year. Patients can save substantially and are encouraged to contact the office and make a reservation for our next Botox and filler special event for the best pricing.

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