New Zealand and Australian surgeons are warning people not to buy fake Botox injections on the internet after several people were severely injured and suffered life-threatening complications.

The President of the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine, Dr. Teresa Cattin, says that they often see women with injuries from do-it-yourself botox injections, reports MSN New Zealand.

She cited an instance where a patient was hospitalized for six weeks after having a friend inject a purported Botox injection substances bought online.  Said Dr. Cattin, "She had huge abscesses.  She went into kidney failure.  We still don't know what the substance was."

In another case, the fake Botox injections turned out to be cooking oil.  

Fake Botox injections can cause facial disfigurement, and often plastic surgeons must surgically remove the area of the injection, she continued.

Photos of an anonymous Australian woman available on MSN New Zealand show the abscesses on her face and her painfully infected lips that appeared six weeks after injection.

Dr. Garsing Wong said that the photos highlight the dangers of purchasing so-called Botox injections online.  He said that products without verifiable authenticity can cause outcomes worse that permanent scarring.  

"You risk anaphylactic shock, which in the worst-case scenario could kill you instantly. That's because [the injections] could contain impurities," reports the New Zealand Herald.

Consumers can learn more by reading Dr. Bryan Liang's recently published an article on how to insure consumers receive safe Botox injections.

By S. Imber