Bargain Botox - Corners NOT to Cut When Shopping Online
K. Mathews on 16 Mar 2012 at 12:00pm
As more and more people turn to non-invasive cosmetic procedures to boost their appearance, the number of those who look to obtain these products without a doctor is increasing in an effort to cut costs.
It doesn’t take much searching to find what sellers claim are fillers and prescription drugs available online. Unfortunately, that same attitude that led your dad to think he could build a porch by himself is also inspiring people to take cosmetic procedures into their own hands… and the results can end up just as disastrous.
Even here on RealSelf, readers frequently ask our board-certified doctors whether it’s okay to buy medi-beauty products online, including:
“No!” is the resounding answer to all of these questions.
One of the main reasons the doctors give is that online items are often counterfeit.
"When you order from a third party online vendor, you really have no idea what product you are even getting. It could be an imitation product with different characteristics, or an entirely different substance altogether,” says Dr. Anita Patel.
"Any reputable doctor buys  directly (not through third party deals online), and the doctor's price for the product is standard. If you are getting it at a cost lower than your doctor can get it for, you should be suspicious."
But even if you were to find the real thing, that still wouldn’t make it safe. Without proper precision, not only will it not look as good, you can actually cause a lot of damage. Although you are skipping a trip to the doctor's initially, "you may wind up in a physician's office anyway," cautions Dr. Harold Kaplan.
Saving a few bucks might be beneficial for your wallet, it could be detrimental to your health. Licensed doctors are not just middle men there to rip you off -- they are trained professionals with the expertise required to successfully perform cosmetic procedures.
If you’re looking for a cosmetic procedure deal from board-certified doctors, check out the “Deals Nearby” section on the right side of our Find a Doctor page. And if you buy a coupon from daily deals site, make sure to adequately research whoever will perform the procedure.