With Christmas savings in the air, many people are on the lookout for “cheap” injectable treatments. Properly budgeting your money is always a smart decision. However, when it comes to discounted BOTOX® and dermal fillers in Houston, you may get more than you bargained for.
While discounts can be expected from even the most experienced injectors, sometimes deals are too good to be true. In this blog post, we will answer several questions about injectables and explain what you should look for when searching out high-quality products.
How do injectables work?
To find trustworthy injectables, it is important to know how they work. Both BOTOX and dermal fillers improve the skin’s appearance, but they aren’t exactly the same. Using its active ingredient—botulinum type A—BOTOX relaxes overactive muscles that pull on the skin and create wrinkles. Fillers, on the other hand, hydrate the skin with hyaluronic acid to add plump, youthful volume to the face.
Each ingredient is specifically designed and carefully monitored by the makers of the injectables. While there is nothing to fear from legitimate injectable treatments, things start to change when the formula is altered.
Why are “bargain” injectables unsafe?
Products like BOTOX and fillers typically stay within a stable price range. However, untrustworthy injectors may use their own tactics to artificially lower treatment prices. The 2 most common issues are:
- Use of fake products
- Product tampering
Some discounted injectables are actually imitations filled with unknown substances, such as silicone or counterfeit active ingredients. To help save more on costs, other injectors will tamper with the product and use half-filled syringes from previous patients.
Each of these issues creates major problems when it comes to patient health and safety. Fake or tampered products aren’t worth the price of saving a few dollars on injectables.
How can I avoid unsafe BOTOX and fillers?
The good news is that you can take a few important steps to protect yourself from unsafe injectables.
- Do your research: Know the average cost of BOTOX and fillers in your area so you can tell when a “deal” is unusually low. Also, familiarize yourself with safety measures used with injectables. For instance, dermal fillers come prepackaged in sealed syringes.
- Ask where the product came from: Injectors may buy discounted products abroad to save on costs, but fillers from other countries may not have FDA-approval. Ask your provider where your injectable was sourced to make sure it meets American safety standards.
- Check your injector’s credentials: Choosing an experienced provider with a proven history is a good way to keep yourself safe. Find a med spa, clinic, or dermatology practice that is operated by certified professionals.
The majority of practices follow proper safety precautions and provide only the highest quality injectables. Knowing what to look out for, though, helps you avoid counterfeit products so you can find deals that don’t compromise your health or safety.
If you’re interested in BOTOX or dermal fillers here in Houston, please request a consultation with us online. You can also contact our practice by phone at (713) 791-9966.