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Dr. Pastrick's Blog: Trust Your Judgment

Gregory H. Pastrick, M.D. • Dec 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I’m sure you’ve heard claims like these before: "My acne scars cleared up in just a few days after using this cream" (eg. Exfol Serum), or "Take our pill (eg. Bloussant) and safely increase your breast cup size without surgery" or "Make sure you have what it takes to deliver a memorable performance every time" (eg. Enzyte Male Enhancement).

These ads are so convincing that even I, as a highly skeptical medical professional, find myself asking for a moment if these claims could perhaps be true. The answer is always the same: NO.

How then can they advertise such claims if they aren’t true? Well, usually legally they can’t. But if they can convince enough people to buy their garbage before they get caught, then for them it is worth it.

Sometimes if they label their product as a vitamin, herb or supplement, then they are not regulated by the FDA; so it is legal gray zone for them to make such claims. It’s buyer beware.

Recently, the FDA cracked down on exaggerated advertising claims made by Avon, Lancome, and several other skin care companies. Avon and Lancome? These are not fly-by-night companies, but are just as guilty of deception as the small-time peddler.

Just a month ago, the FDA sent a letter to Skin Biology, Inc., the makers of Exfol Serum, to address their false advertising claims of almost all their products. The makers of Bloussant were ordered to pay $3.2 million in consumer redress and stop making unsubstantiated claims about making breasts larger and firmer. At $220 for a two-month supply, I’m sure they sold more than enough to still come out ahead.

The point of all this is this: don’t fall for the slick marketing of these modern day snake oil salespeople and trust your judgment.

Talk to medical professionals who are trained (and make sure they’re properly trained and certified) to help you with your issues rather than trying to treat yourself.

If you want to improve your skin, we have a number of things to help, whether it’s prescription skin care creams, injectable fillers, Botox, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, etc., which we tailor to each individual to ensure it will help.

If you want to increase your bust size, schedule a consult with us instead of buying a placebo online. It will cost a little more, but it's better than just throwing your money away and risking injury from pills that could actually harm your rather than help you.

Gregory H. Pastrick, M.D., is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He practices at The Plastic Surgery Center, located at 1 Sheridan Square, Suite 200, Kingsport, Tenn. Check out all of his services at www.theplasticscenter.com or call 423-392-4884.

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