Dangers of Botox: Choosing the Right Injector

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September 21, 2015

You have decided to rid of your crow's feet and forehead wrinkles, some of the many sought-out reasons why patients undergo Botox. You have saved your money and are finally ready for botox. You stumble on an extraordinary deal and schedule a consultation. Turns out you are the “perfect candidate!” Excited, you undergo the procedure. Days later -rather than looking youthfully refreshed you end up with droopy eyebrows, a fake look or even a bad reaction! What happened? Chances are you were a victim of fake Botox injections executed by an unqualified injector.

Botox injections relax the muscles on the face smoother looking skin while reducing unwanted lines and wrinkles. In addition to wrinkles, it has also been proven to treat extreme sweat, asymmetry on the face, migraine headaches, and more cosmetic issues! Botox lasts on average four months before your facial muscles grow active again. This can vary, as some people reported having their Botox even last six to nine months.

Dangers of Botox: Choosing the Right Injector

So what seems to be the problem? Be wary of discounted and injectors you find online or through ad's. Go with a trusted practice with tons of experience. Side effects are extremely rare and are not permanent if you are getting injected by an experienced injector. However, if no precaution is taken, side effects can be long term and in some cases fatal. If you aren't receiving botox from a licensed practice, how do you know if the botox is fake? Fake botox can cause paralysis of muscles in charge of breathing and swallowing. Wrong doses can cause respiratory distress and much more complications. It is not worth the risk.

Dr. Martin Jugenburg of the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute says, “It can be a counterfeit botox, made in some other country -China for example. Could have just been water or some sort of industrial toxin. Before anyone can administer a Botox, the patient MUST be seen in person by a physician. Only after that can a physician, nurse or someone trained in Botox can administer it.”

No, this doesn't happen in Toronto. Think again! Recently, a reported case of unregulated botox injections sparked a concern of how easily people have been getting away with it.

When choosing a Botox provider:

1. Look for a Surgeon with Long-Standing Reputation and Years of Confirmed Experience.

“Even if you are meeting with a trusted physician who gives you his word, it is still important to discover how much experience your injector has with injecting” says Dr. Martin Jugenburg, a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures. With multiple facilities, Dr. Martin owns Skinjectables – a clinic also located conveniently downtown Toronto. They focus purely on non-surgical and anti aging procedures to restore aesthetic beauty. Dr. Martin also holds the top account for Allergan in Canada!

2. A Good Eye

Yes, a dermatologist would have a great eye as skin abnormalities is there specialty; however, most go to an aesthetician for an artistic eye to get the most natural results.

When choosing a Botox provider:
3. Ask to See Before and After Photos

4. Avoid “Pop Up Botox Shops” that are not associated with a trusted physician

If you are not sure, walk in and ask questions. Don't stay somewhere you feel pressured.

5. Confirm the product is Botox Cosmetic by Allergan

There is only one FDA approved Botox. If you are unsure, ask to see the vial or the box. It should be clearly marked. Click for more information on what to look for when checking to see if the product is real.

6. Where Is The Botox Being Administered?

Botox should be administered in a specific setting that meets a certain criteria. Malls, hotel rooms or homes are not medical environments and pose a threat as they tend to be unsanitary. Ensure your injector is using sterile instruments in a sterile setting.


  • Make sure the risks and benefits are fully clear in a patient consultation.
  • Find out how many treatments and units are needed for your desired look!
  • Disclose all medications and medical conditions you have. Include over the counter products and vitamins you take.
  • Read reviews, reviews and more reviews!
  • Ask for pre and post botox injection instructions. Every experienced injector should be able to provide you with this.
  • Don't be alarmed if it takes a couple days for results to become apparent… It is better to go conservative.

Book a free consultation to hear how Toronto Surgery can help you in getting the results you want. With botox, you get what you pay for. There is no counterfeiting a skilled injector! Do your research and read more on botox.