Where is Botox Available?

Where is Botox Available?

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Where is Botox Available?

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In the US, Botox is only available (legally) at a physician's office.  Because it is approved and controlled by the FDA only medical personnel are allowed to inject it, store it and administer it.

Botox is not available for personal consumption without the oversight of a physician.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox may be available in many questionable locations

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Dear Vijay,

Botox is the brand name of a product that is used in the treatment of many conditions including wrinkles in certain areas of the face. The generic name of the product is Botulinum Toxin.

The product itself can be obtained from many sources. However, it is important to obtain the product that is FDA approved for the treatment you are seeking. Currently only Allergan is legally allowed to sell "Botox" for cosmetic use.

Botox is supplied freeze-dried in a vial and has to be refrigerated at all times. In order to prepare it for injection, it must first be diluted with saline solution (a special mixture of salt water).

Be skeptical of facilities offering Botox at a discounted price. The truth of the matter is that the cost of acquiring the FDA approved product from Allergan is esentially the same for all facilities that offer Botox injections.Generally speaking, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is!

An offer to provide Botox at a very low price indicates that the Botox is either watered down, not the genuine FDA approved product, or the person administering the Botox is not very experienced or qualified.

It is very important is to have the product administered by a properly trained, Board Certified plastic surgeon in a reputable facility. This will generally insure that you are getting the "real deal".

Good luck with your procedure.

A. Peter Salas, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Supposedly, only at trained doctor's office

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I'd recommend that you stick with experienced, trained doctors for this and all cosmetic injectables. Also make sure the doctor is using legal Botox, because we've all heard the horror stories from those illegal, non-FDA-approved substitutes "sold" as "Botox". Be careful. www.drmarylupo.com

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
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You just don't want "anyone" injecting you with Botox. You can find physicians who are trained in Botox injections at the web site listed above. Just select : "Find a doctor."

Theda C. Kontis, MD
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Botox is available at many physician offices and medical spas

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Thank you for your question.

Botox is likely the most widely performed cosmetic procedure, and one of the safest. While Botox is only sold to and can only be administered by physician practices, Botox has been performed by many different medical doctors in different specialties, and nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practioners. The most obvious place to get Botox is your dermatologist or plastic surgeon's office. In many cases, the doctor will inject you but in some offices (and in many medical spas) a nurse, PA, or nurse practioner will do the injections. All can be fine, but some patients prefer their doctor to do it.

Make sure you know the reputation, credibility, and experience of your injector prior to getting Botox done.

Good luck!

Don Mehrabi, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist

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