Buying a “knock-off” watch, purse, or piece of clothing may violate a manufacturer’s legal rights. It is not the same with illegal injectables. Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and other dermal fillers are also copied these days. The difference is that this is dangerous as it is injected into you! Who really knows what is in these skin care products? There are potentially serious and severe complications associated with these injectables. Looking only for price and not value may lead you to one of these of injectors if not careful. There are many high volume, low cost injectors around. Nonetheless, you may sacrifice quality, comfort, outcomes, or safety if not careful

There are two types of illegal and possible dangerous products about which to be aware. First are illegal “knock offs” that are labeled as the original but are not. Then there are the products that state they are the same as another (Botox for example) but really do not perform the same way.

Also, understand that if you are injected with Botox or dermal fillers from outside the United States, like Mexico or Canada, these are also illegal. That’s right. They are not FDA approved and as such are illegal even if the product is the same. The injector can even be arrested and go to jail. Can you imagine being half way through with an injection and have a federal marshal come in to remove the injector before you are done? Also you can read about “where can fillers be used on face” here


Please remember quality and safety. The profit margins are higher on illegal and counterfeit products leading some injectors to buy them. It is you who will suffer even if you pay a lower price. Remember your mother’s old adage. “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Go for value which encompasses price AND quality.

Perfect lips by Dr Blume

I have the privilege of watching Dr Blume work his magic on a daily basis. His injection techniques are flawless…and yesterday was my turn. One of the “benefits” of being my age are those tiny lines around the mouth. Not too deep but enough to bother me.


After applying a topical to numb this area, Dr Blume used Juvederm Ultra XC to smooth out these tiny lines. Juvederm Ultra XC gel is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, that is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles, especially around the mouth. I felt little discomfort due to the combination of the topical and the lidocaine. The entire procedure took less than an hour. The results were immediate and I experienced absolutely no “down time”. No bruising, no swelling and the lines were gone.

This morning, my lips look like I turned back the clock 10 years. No more aging smile lines, just fuller, younger lips. Thank you, Dr Blume.