DIY Botox: why it is a bad idea
A few weeks ago, a patient of mine asked if I sold any DIY tanning injection kits. She was referring to the 'tan in a syringe' Melanotan, available in 'home kit' form, recently discovered by Which? researchers to be available through a UK based website, which has since been shut down. that involved injecting yourself in the stomach. Lovely.
eBay also recently removed an advertisement for 'Home Botox Kits' when Which? contacted them to point out the potential dangers of people armed with needles, a face map and powder, injecting their face at home in an effort to look younger. Botox, short for Botulinum Toxin, is a poison that paralyses the muscles by blocking transmission between the nerve endings and muscle fibres. If not properly administered, it can cause permanent paralysis. You do not need to spend 5-6 years in medical school to know what that would mean for your general well being.
A plastic surgeon from the pioneering McIndoe surgical centre described the idea as 'crackers', supplied by a company advertising the kit for sale at £62.00. But eBay has long been the home of counterfeit goods for some time, considering individuals can advertise and sell anything from a needle to an anchor. Another recent scandal to hit the headlines is the sale of counterfeit mobile phones. PCWorld [magazine] has jumped on the moral bandwagon, ironically missing the point that perhaps if product price margins and customer service improved at companies [on the high street] (and yes, DSGi supporters, that includes John Lewis), counterfeiters may just find it harder to exist and indeed thrive.
In the global market days, anyone with an email address is familiar with spam advertising prescription drugs for sale. So while you may or may not be a big fan of eBay, I believe that the media are being a little harsh on them. All the reports make it sound as though the auction site was somehow endorsing the use of these 'kits', but anyone with an ounce of common sense would not inject their face with a concoction that has the ability to poison, paralyse, or deform themselves (except me).
There must come a time when the 'watchdogs' out there have to allow for the fact that there are far more dangerous items for sale on the internet. Although I would be delighted if my daily opportunities for penis enlargement stopped littering my inbox (with the exception of the ones I opted for), they cannot monitor everything. Far better to educate people and let them use their brains.