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Botox Buyer Beware of Scam Emanating from China and India

Recently, there have a rash of direct mail campaigns for Botox ® from countries like China and India. One recent promotion offered 100iu vials of Botox for $20 USD and 1ml of hyaluronic acid filler for $30 USD. Moreover, the manufacturers claimed that their “products have gotten the approval of FDA.” The IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium with Botox Training educates physicians on how to identify such schemes. The IAPAM  teaches that “botox-like” injectables should never be purchased through the internet. “The red-flags associated with internet offerings range from unrealistically low pricing to a lack of knowledge regarding the potential side affects that can accompany the administration of a neurotoxin into the body. Also, it’s important to ensure the vial being used is not counterfeit; look for the 3-d hologram to ensure its is the FDA approved product,” says IAPAM executive-director, Jeff Russell.

IAPAM trained physicians are comprehensively educated in all cosmetic injectable outcomes.

Physicians should complete a comprehensive, clinical training program like the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium or Advanced Botox/Dermal Filler Bootcamp, to ensure they are expertly trained in botox and other minimally invasive treatments. This translates into ensuring that they are trained in the latest injection techniques, how to safely source Botox, dermal fillers and other injectables, and are comfortable with dealing with any possible adverse event due to these procedure. Also, by becoming a member ( of the IAPAM, physicians are recognized as a member of an internationally accredited aesthetic association.

The IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium training includes:

  • dedicated instruction from board-certified dermatologists, who are true experts of the skin and cosmetic injectables;
  • hands-on practice in the best injection techniques;
  • botox ® training at a multi-million dollar medical practice, not in a hotel room; and
  • an environment that does not allow exhibitors, giving doctors more time for education.

For additional information or to register for the next Aesthetic Medicine Symposium with Botox ® training session, please contact the IAPAM, at 1-800-219-5108 ext. 704, email or visit

Botox, Botox Cosmetic and Juvederm are trademarks of Allergan, Inc. Dysport, Restylane, Perlane are trademarks of Medicis, Inc.

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