At Home CT 2/10/19

WTIC Public Affairs
Wednesday, February 20th
Dr. Paul Stanislaw-founding practitioner of Stanislaw Facial Plastic Surgery
Subject: Counterfeit Cosmetics. Dr. Stanislaw says Restylane, Juvederm, Botox or Dysport are legitimate injectable facial wrinkle reducers and fillers. But the says there are imitation products out there that pose significant risks to consumers as they often contain toxic chemicals and are almost never in line with the tenets of the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. He says many times these counterfeit injectable are administered by an unlicensed practitioner. He says the damage that can be done is irreversible because physicians cannot determine what the actual; product is made of, making it difficult to treat. Dr. Stanislaw says the most common physical problems with counterfeit cosmetics include skin irritation, swelling, rashes and burns. Among the toxic substances often found in counterfeit cosmetics are cyanide, arsenic, mercury, lead and urine in addition to immediate reactions these chemicals can cause other long-term health problems. He says over half the counterfeit products come from China and Hong Kong