San Antonio doctor echos CDC warning about fake anti-wrinkle injections circling country

SAN ANTONIO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have issued an emergency warning after a cluster of 22 people in 11 states reported adverse effects from counterfeit or mishandled botulin toxin injections.

The states impacted include Texas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Washington. The people affected were women ages 25 to 29 years old, who received injections by unlicensed, untrained individuals or in non-health care settings, like homes or spas.

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Dr. Anton Fries with UT Health San Antonio said there are federal and state regulations for clinicians who work on cosmetic procedures.

“They may be that they’ve been incorrectly administered, or it may be that the product itself is defective,” Fries said.

Fries said to make sure that you don’t try to cut corners when having the procedures.

“The price of Botox varies from provider to provider and dose to dose. But certainly if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true,” he said.


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