Risks of Buying Counterfeit Botox

What you will learn:

  1. The Risks of Buying Counterfeit Botox
  2. Botox 101
  3. Is it safe?
  4. Risks of fake Botox
  5. Are there any risks of authentic Botox?
  6. Cost of Botox
  7. Where can I get real Botox?
  8. Conclusion

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox is an injectable made from botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin produced from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. When injected, it blocks neurotransmitters that are responsible for signalling muscle contractions. When prepared correctly and used in the correct dosage, botulinum toxin type A can be a very effective treatment for many medical conditions, particularly those that involve muscle spasticity. In fact, Botox was first approved and indicated for use in treating upper and lower limb spasticity.

When used for cosmetic purposes, Botox is injected into the muscles that are responsible for facial expressions that cause wrinkles and lines to appear in the skin. These lines, called dynamic wrinkles, lessen in appearance when Botox is injected into the muscles, as the muscle is essentially paralyzed and unable to cause the formation of the wrinkle. It is a prescription-based drug that should only ever be administered by a knowledgeable healthcare professional. Though Botox is the most well-known brand, there are other Botulinum toxin fillers. 

Is Botox safe?

Doctors have been using Botox for decades to help treat a number of issues from medical to aesthetic, and it has proven to be safe—so long as the formula is prepared properly, and the injection is performed by a licensed health-care professional. Botulinum toxin type A is purified to ensure safety and the dosage is carefully tested. However, if Botox is injected by someone who is unlicensed and does not have a thorough understanding of the filler, it can be very dangerous.

Dangers of fraudulent Botox

Because of the potential danger associated with Botulinum toxin type A, receiving authentic Botox is incredibly important. There are many risks associated with buying this filler without guarantees of authenticity, the least of which is that you may simply be getting a fake product with no real effective active ingredient. Not only could the product be counterfeit, it could have been transported or stored improperly, making it ineffective. There is also a very dangerous risk of the product being mislabelled. As there are other Botulinum toxin type A fillers on the market, someone with little knowledge about these products may try to pass one of these off as Botox, and that is incredibly dangerous. This is because each name under which Botulinum toxin type A is marketed has their own units of measurements, and therefore their own system of dosage, meaning the dosage it is not interchangeable across different formulations of Botulinum toxin type A products.

Additionally, no reliable medical professional is likely to inject you with a filler that you bring in yourself, and it is incredibly dangerous to inject yourself with no education or experience with administering Botox injections. Correct injection is absolutely vital not only to receiving good results, but also vital to your safety. Do not ever accept Botox injections from anyone other than an experienced, licensed, health-care professional.

Are there any risks of authentic Botox?

When Botox is prepared correctly by a reliable source, there are very few potential risks associated with its use. Like all procedures involving injection, there are some side effects that may occur.

Common mild side effects include muscle weakness near the injection site, bruising, redness, bleeding, pain, or swelling near injection site, headache, muscle stiffness, neck or back pain, fever or flu-like symptoms, dizziness or drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth or eyes, or itchy eyes. These reactions may manifest within hours of injection, or it may take up to a couple weeks. These side effects are temporary and should resolve themselves within a few days once they appear.

Though rare, more serious side effects may occur if the solution spreads into areas other than that injected or if injected by an inexperienced and unlicensed practitioner. These reactions include trouble breathing, speaking, or swallowing, drooping eyelids, severe muscle weakness in areas that were not injected, loss of bladder control, difficulty seeing, uneven heartbeat, or chest pain. These reactions may occur within hours or take up to a couple weeks. If these reactions start to manifest, contact a medical professional immediately.

How much does Botox cost?

It is important to know the average cost of Botox injections in order for you to understand whether or not you are being offered treatment by a reliable source. The cost varies depending on a number of factors, with the most important being the area being injected. There are also 2 different ways that Botox injections are usually priced—either per unit, or per area. On average, the cost of 1 entire Botox treatment is approximately $330, though it can range from $400 to $800. If you are being undercharged, it is a good indication that the product is either not legitimate, or the injector is not properly experienced or licensed. These are both scenarios that should absolutely be avoided.

How to find safe Botox

The number 1 way to ensure that you are being treated with safe Botox is to find a licensed medical practitioner who is experienced in Botox injections. Research the practitioner and read reviews, and do not be afraid to ask questions about their experience, what you can expect from the procedure, and particulars about the product. You can also ask to see the vial prior to injection, which will have a hologram on the label.


Not only is it illegal to purchase your own Botox, it is also incredibly risky and dangerous. Botox is a serious medical implant that could be very dangerous and even lethal if the formula is in the wrong concentration. The most harmless thing that could happen if you purchase Botox from an unreliable source is that you will have wasted your money and not experience any desired results, though it is much more likely that you would land in the hospital after suffering serious consequences from that dangerous decision. Botox is a safe and effective treatment when it is authentic and administered by a licensed injector.

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