BOTOX® Safety: How to Avoid Botulism-Like Illness from Cosmetic Injections.

BOTOX® is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world and one of the biggest brands in the history of medicine but did you know BOTOX, and other wrinkle relaxers like Dysport, comes from a substance called botulinum toxin, which can be super risky if not handled correctly? Unfortunately, some folks in Tennessee learned this the hard way after using unapproved products.

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is investigating the source of the product and the provider who administered it and has warned the public about the dangers of purchasing or using unlicensed or counterfeit cosmetic products. Remember, BOTOX® and similar injectables are prescription drugs and should only be administered by licensed professionals in an appropriate setting.

How to Stay Safe from Fake BOTOX®.

While the cases in Tennessee are rare and extreme, they are not without precedent. Over the past 22 years, since the approval of BOTOX® Cosmetic in the US, there has been a run of unethical companies peddling BOTOX® alternatives to med spas all over the country.

Skin by Lovely has been offered these less expensive, unapproved alternatives dozens of times over the years. The companies selling and purchasing these products are putting profit ahead of people, and profit ahead of patient safety. The price of BOTOX® and other FDA-approved injectables has gone up over the past few years, along with a doubling of the number of medical aesthetic practices in the United States since 2020. This has created even more competition, forcing many new practices to compete on price, making these unapproved alternatives more attractive. At Skin by Lovely, we believe that an educated patient is an empowered patient. The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of being informed and vigilant when it comes to cosmetic injections.

Here are some Botox safety tips to help ensure that you get the results you want without compromising your health.

  • Do your research.Botox Safety

Before you book an appointment for BOTOX® or any other cosmetic procedure, make sure you check the credentials and reputation of the provider. Make sure you have a good understanding of the experience and training that your provider has had in cosmetic injections. Ask for referrals from friends or family who have had positive experiences or read online reviews from reputable sources.

  •  Verify the product.

BOTOX® is one of the brand names for a specific type of botulinum toxin that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic and medical use. There are other FDA-approved brands of botulinum toxin, such as Dysport® and Jeuveau®, but they are not interchangeable with BOTOX®. Beware of any product that claims to be BOTOX® but comes in a different packaging, labeling, or dosage. Also, avoid any product that is offered at a very low price, as it may be counterfeit.

  • Ask questions.

Before you agree to any injection, ask your provider to show you the product and explain how it works, what the benefits and risks are, and what the expected results and side effects are. You should also ask how the product is stored, handled, and prepared, and whether it has been obtained from a legitimate source. If your provider is reluctant or unable to answer your questions, or if you feel pressured or rushed, walk away and find another provider.

  • Report any problems.

If you experience any adverse reactions or complications after receiving BOTOX® or any other cosmetic injection, seek medical attention immediately. You should also report the incident to the FDA’s MedWatch program, which monitors the safety and quality of drugs and medical devices. Your report can help identify and prevent further harm from fake or unsafe products. Skin by Lovely is committed to providing the highest level of care and follow-up to their clients, and we will always be available to assist you if you have any issues or questions after your treatment.


BOTOX® is a safe and effective way to enhance your appearance and boost your confidence, but only if you get it from a qualified and reputable provider who uses an approved and authentic product. At Skin by Lovely, we’re proud to be an Allergan top 10 partner for over a decade, ensuring you get safe and effective treatments every time. Your health and safety come first!

By following these tips, you can protect yourself from the potential dangers of fake or contaminated products. Skin by Lovely will always put your health and happiness first and never risk your well-being for profit.