In recent years, non-surgical cosmetic treatments have become more accessible and extremely popular. Compared to surgical procedures, which usually require a lengthy recovery process, treatments such as facial fillers provide instant results with pretty much no downtime.
While the increased availability and versatility of dermal fillers means that there are more options to choose from than ever, there’s also a dark side to their popularity. Fake fillers, or counterfeit products, are on the rise. If you’re considering injectable fillers such as Juvederm, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the real deal. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself from fakes.
What Are the Risks of Fake Fillers?
Why should you be concerned about fake fillers in the first place? Because counterfeit fillers carry unpredictable risks. If you don’t know what’s in the syringe, you can’t predict how it will affect you.
One risk of counterfeit fillers is that you’re not going to get the results you want. The fake filler may or may not be dangerous, but it’s definitely not worth your hard-earned cash. If a person injects you with a saline solution, for example, it’s not going to provide the same results as a hyaluronic acid filler. You might notice some additional volume in the treatment area, but it will fade much faster than a legitimate filler.
In some cases, the substances used in counterfeit fillers are downright harmful. There are many horror stories out there of people being injected with silicone and suffering deformities or even life-threatening injuries as a result.
Fillers aren’t the only injectables that can be faked. Sometimes, products like Botox are also counterfeit. Fake Botox injections can cause a range of issues including infection, tissue death in the injection area, and allergic reactions.
What Are Red Flags for Fake Fillers?
Fortunately, fake fillers are often easy to spot. It’s also easy to tell if someone is a legitimate medical professional. One red flag to look out for is the location of the provider. Do they have an established practice or medical office or are they offering injections in a hotel room or from their residence?
The price can also be another sign that a filler isn’t genuine. It’s a good idea to do some research from the manufacturer of the filler to learn more about the typical cost of a specific filler treatment. If you see a price or deal that’s substantially lower than the typical cost, that can be a sign that it’s not what it claims to be.
Packaging is another red flag to look out for. You can ask to see the package the filler came in, which can help you verify its authenticity. It’s also worth noting that some counterfeit products have gotten pretty good at replicating the real packaging, so a box that looks legitimate isn’t the only factor to consider.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to know if you’ve gotten a fake until after the treatment is complete. If you notice anything off after the injection, such as redness at the site that won’t go away or weird bumps under your skin, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with a doctor to see what’s going on.
How Can You Avoid Fake Fillers?
One of the best things you can do to avoid fake fillers is to see a licensed, board-certified medical provider for your injections. Some filler and injectable manufacturers have a list of authorized providers on their websites. That list can be your first step towards finding a qualified injector.
It’s also a good idea to schedule a consultation with the provider you’re considering before you agree to the treatment. Ask them about their experience performing injections, as provider experience goes a long way when it comes to the overall success of a dermal filler treatment. You might also want to talk to past patients or look at before and after photos to get an idea of the typical results patients can expect.
Get in Touch With a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Today
Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of effective facial and body procedures including dermal fillers. They can help you choose the filler that’s right for you and provide additional guidance on avoiding counterfeits. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, call (866) 487-3223 today.