Dr. Steinman explains how BOTOX® got a bad name.
BOTOX® got a bad name because of a very unfortunate event where an unscrupulous, unlicensed, I believe he was a chiropractor in Florida, purchased a large amount botulism toxin from a company that manufactured it for biological warfare research.
He obtained and did not dilute it properly. A vial of BOTOX® contains a hundred units of botulinum toxin. He obtained several million units of botulinum toxin, did not dilute it properly and injected hundreds of thousands units instead of ten or twenty units of this botulinum toxin into three other patients.
Then of course they got severe symptoms of botulinum poisoning. That hit the news, a lot of reporters mistakenly said these people were injected with BOTOX® when they were not, it was not purified, it was not manufactured by the manufacturers of BOTOX®. The person that injected it obviously had very little training and injected thousands of times the normal dose.
You can take a vial of BOTOX®, fill up a syringe with the entire vial, and inject it into someone into there vein and absolutely nothing will happen it’s such a small amount. So it is really is a very safe product to inject into the skin.
About Dr. Howard Steinman, M.D.:
Dr. Howard Steinman is the first and only Dermatologist in South San Diego County fully certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and by the American Board of Dermatology in all aspects of Dermatology. He is one of the very few Board-Certified Dermatologists with formal residency and fellowship training in both Cosmetic Surgery and Advanced Surgical Dermatology. Dr. Steinman is the Medical Director of MD Skin Esthetics and Spa, a comprehensive Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery center located in Chula Vista, California.