According to recent reports, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) has issued a statement which warns against cosmetic treatment from non-physicians. Past president of ASDS, Dr. Rhoda Narins, has said, “Never have any injections done unless it’s in a reputable physician’s office, because it’s unsafe…. You wouldn’t entrust the care of your heart or kidneys to a non-physician, so why should your skin be any different?”
The most recent report comes from a Salinas, California hairstylist who could face charges of manslaughter for using “bogus Botox”, a counterfeit substance into her clients. The hairstylist was not medically trained or licensed with Botox, and the ingredients of her counterfeit substance are still unknown.
Many of the problems coming from these kinds of reports lies in the fact that many people will often choose an easier, cheaper alternative to professional procedures involved in cosmetic surgery because they do not regard them as “serious” procedures. Narins stated that, “People are drawn to non-physician offices because of price.” Yet the reality of the bogus BOTOX® is that it’s just not as medically advanced as the real BOTOX® and could lead to serious medical problems, including severe facial paralysis and deformity. Norins believes that “if something looks too cheap, it is too cheap…. Getting anything injected into the body is dangerous. It’s nice to look great, it’s important to look great, but you need to do it without the risk.”