Where Can I Legally Buy Juvederm to Inject my Own Skin?

I would like to purchase juvederm and botox for myself. I am not a physician however I heard that if I order it from a different country,such as New Zealand,it is legal.Is this true?

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Where Can I Legally Buy Juvederm to Inject my Own Skin?

Regarding: "Where Can I Legally Buy Juvederm to Inject my Own Skin?
I would like to purchase Juvederm and Botox for myself. I am not a physician however I heard that if I order it from a different country,such as New Zealand,it is legal.Is this true

By law, Botox, Juvederm and other medications are NOT sold to anyone who does not have a license to practice Medicine. If you do buy such items whoever is selling it to you is breaking the law by selling it to a non-physician or by selling you a fake medication. The purchase of Botox and other medications from "over seas" pharmacies is also illegal and any physician injecting a patient with such materials risks Federal penalties and potential loss of his medical license. Finally, injecting yourself with Botox is as intelligent as performing your own appendectomy.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

Do Not Do This Without a Proper and Intact Medical License

I would strongly recommend never doing this. As part of a group devoted to preventing fake and counterfeit products like this entering the US, we don't accept this – and it is against the law to obtain a medicine, which this is, without a proper and intact medical license. Don't do it.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Buying your own Botox and Juvederm

You can't legally buy these products in the US because you don't have a license to practice medicine, and any product you import from another country can't legally be injected since it hasn't been approved by the FDA. 

Dana Goldberg, MD
Jupiter Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Buying your own Botox & Juvederm

It is highly unsafe to even attempt to buy and inject your own Botox & Juvederm without a medical license.  It is not only against the law, it is extremely dangerous as the efficacy of the medication and injection technique can not be guaranteed.  See a licensed medical practitioner who is supervised by a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, no exceptions.

Thomas McFadden, MD
Greenville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Not legal

This is not a good idea because if you aren't a physician, Juvederm can't be legally sold to you. Anything you buy will be obtained illegally. Juvederm can only be sold to a licensed physician and administered by a medical professional. 

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 130 reviews

Should you inject fillers and Botox in your own face?

I am concerned for you.  Even if you could obtain the medications and equipment needed, and I have never heard of someone being able to do that, if you weren't using strictly clean or sterile technique you could get an infection that hides out in the deep tissues of the face and is very hard to eradicate with antibiotics.  You could hit an artery or nerve trunk and get in real trouble with necrosis (death) of skin or nerves, paralyzing a portion of your face, or even causing permanent blindness or stroke.

On a simpler level, no matter how intelligent or careful you are, there is really no possibility of you being happy with the results.  For example, I was in school, doing medical research, or in a training program for 27 years before I saw my first dermatology patients withiut supervision.  I then studied and was trained in aesthetic procedures for another 5 years, and only then began treating patients with cosmetic procedures.  Actually, the learning never stops.

I was trying to see if this question was submitted on April 1st, because I think you are just pulling our legs to make us a little crazy, right? You used to do this to your poor mother, too?

*******It is now May, 2016 and I am updating this answer because this post comes up on page 1 of a Google search for buying Juvederm, and I am hoping to dissuade anyone considering injecting themselves from doing something so dangerous and foolish. In just the last few days, I have learned of two individuals who injected themselves with filler and got into real and serious trouble. Please see the real self post below.*********

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Make your safety a priority

There are two reasons not to buy juvederm for your own skin

1) you will not be able to get it through an authorized channel in this country; if you are buying from an unverified source, how do you know that you are getting real juvederm?  how do you know that it has been stored in good condition and is sterile?

2) there are actually many potential pitfalls to injections.  An experienced injector is doing a lot more than thinking about how to make your lips more beautiful; she is also avoiding bad outcomes, such as skin necrosis, blindness, infection.

Melissa Chiang, MD, FAAD
Houston Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Fillers and toxins can only be purchased by a licensed physician

Please do not make the error of thinking that fillers and toxins are like makeup or clothing.  These are medical devices and drugs that should only be used in a medical setting.  In the United States, physicians purchase these products only from the official distributors.  Buying products from other countries or distributors risks getting counterfeit product.  Use of counterfeit product can lead to lumps, bumps, pain, infection, scarring and even death.  

I hope this answer was helpful. Best wishes.

Heidi A. Waldorf, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

At home Juvéderm and Botox

By law, these products can only be sold to a physician and delivered to a medical address. I cannot even have them delivered to my home. Any products coming in from overseas have a high likelihood of being counterfeit and not tested for safety. While it is tempting to want to inject yourself, it is definitely not as easy as it looks and really should be done by a well-trained physician or nurse injector. Be safe!

Emily Porter, MD
Georgetown Physician

Inject Juvederm Yourself

It is a bad idea to inject Juvederm or any filler in yourself for the following reasons:

-it is illegal to purchase filler without a physician license

-many products on Amazon and Ebay are counterfeit and/or may be expired. injecting these products may cause permanent damage to your face or body

-injections, even by experts, can lead to issues such as infections, biofilms as well as vascular occlusions.  there is a learning curve with any product, not to mention, knowledge of valuable anatomy and sterile technique to ensure a safe outcome

-areas for aesthetic enhancement- many times patients come to me without knowledge of just wanting to look younger or fuller lips, where the product is injected and the technique to achieve this is and key locations is critical

The main reason self injectors exist, as well as patients going to nonreputable injectors, is to save money.  However, it is better to spend a little more and achieve a reliable result than spend less and have an inconsistent or even dangerous outcome.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

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