I had a call from a woman not long ago. She was looking for cheap Botox. This was one of those days when I happened to pick up the phone. I had a discussion with her on the actual cost of the product. This is one area where you do not want to use a counterfeit or sub-par product. The FDA has come out with information on counterfeit Botox which has been making inroads into the American marketplace. This is not surprising. Over the last several years I have had many phone calls and faxes from companies trying to sell me Botox at a lower rate. Often, this represents a savings of over $100 per vial. Many of you know me, and know that I love a sale as much as the next person. Yet, I have never purchased Botox from any company other than the manufacturer, Allergan.
You deserve to know why I will never offer you these discounted products. Botox must be kept refrigerated. It must be shipped in special containers to keep the product cold. If the product is not stored properly, or is shipped inappropriately, the Botox will be worthless. Furthermore, certain disreputable companies have now started making counterfeit Botox. The vials look just like the real thing. In short, if I cannot determine that a discounted product is safe, reliable, and effective I will not offer it to my patients.
I strongly urge all patients to be smart consumers. Know where your Botox is from. Are you buying cheap Botox or are you buying expensive water? Know where your Botox is from. Are you buying cheap Botox or are you buying expensive water? Contact us to find out!