Submitted by Meg Wilson on October 4, 2010 - 16:53.
Dana Delany is on the cover of Prevention magazine this month and inside she talks about a Botox job gone bad;
Something nobody ever talks about is doctor error. Seven years ago, I had never even heard about Botox. My dermatologist was saying, "You should try it." He injected my forehead, hit a nerve, and created a huge hematoma. The nerve has been dead ever since. It affected the muscle in my right eye, so my eye has started to droop a little bit. Now that I said this to you, everybody will look for it! I notice it more than anybody else, but I was symmetrical before and now I am not.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on September 1, 2010 - 10:49.
Allegran, the company that makes Botox, has pleaded guilty to a charge of misbranding and has agreed to pay a $600 million fine.
The company agreed that, as a result of its marketing of Botox from 2000 through 2005, Botox treatments for headache, pain, spasticity and juvenile cerebral palsy became “intended uses” of the drug although the FDA had not approved them.
whistleblowers alleged that Allergan implemented a sophisticated marketing plan with the purpose of inducing physicians to prescribe Botox(R) Therapeutic for various off-label uses which were neither FDA-approved nor demonstrated to be safe and effective. According to the whistleblowers' complaint, Allergan knew when it initiated this illegal marketing scheme that there was little credible scientific basis to justify its assertion that Botox(R) Therapeutic was safe and effective for these off-label uses. The whistleblowers also alleged that Allergan regularly provided illegal kickbacks to physicians who prescribed Botox(R) Therapeutic for off-label use. These alleged business practices caused federal and state government health care programs to pay millions of dollars for prescriptions which were ineligible for payment.
Trisha Goddard, age 51, has never used Botox but she says last year, after discovering she had breast cancer, and before getting chemotherapy treatments, she decided to have Restylane injected into her cheeks because she was afraid her face would hollow out during the chemotherapy. The photo here was taken before the chemotherapy, see her story and more recent photos here.
Here's a video discussing the major fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Collagen, Perlane, Radiesse and Sculptra) and where they are best appplied on the face. Dr. Brahme advises on which fillers are best for which facial area and also outlines the costs for each product as well as how long the various treatments last.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released some stats to summarize cosmetic procedures for 2008. There were 12.1 million cosmetic procedures performed altogether. Botox was by far the most popular procedure accounting for 41% of all procedures. Here's a summary of the numbers as compiled by the Washington Examiner;
Number of procedures performed in 2008
» 12.1 million cosmetic procedures.
» 1.6 million cosmetic surgical procedures
» 10.4 million cosmetic minimally invasive procedures
Top Five Surgical Cosmetic Procedures in 2008
» Breast augmentation (307,000)
» Nose reshaping (279,000)
» Liposuction (245,000)
» Eyelid surgery (221,000)
» Tummy tuck (122,000)
Top Five Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures in 2008
» Botox (5 million)
» Hyaluronic acid (1.1 million)
» Chemical peel (1 million)
» Laser hair removal (892,000)
» Microdermabrasion (842,000)
The photo above entitled "Botox is the Best!" is by evixir
The Daily Mail has a frightening article today about companies that are selling Botox, Restylane, and banned skin-lightening creams online.
It's illegal to do this in countries such as the US or UK, but this doesn't stop companies based elsewhere to try to sell these medical products online.
It's hard to believe anyone would want to try to inject themselves with something that arrives in the mail from unknown sources. But even if you were 100% sure this was legit botox it is extremely risky to try to do it yourself. One doctor says;
If the toxin is not injected in precisely the right place, you can paralyse the wrong muscles, causing drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow or even paralysing the muscles that move the eyeball, causing impaired vision.
'With applications of Botox in the lower face and neck it is also possible to cause inability to speak or swallow, and there has been at least one death reported in America. While these are rare complications in the hands of an expert, they are potentially life threatening in unqualified hands.'
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 24, 2009 - 09:42.
A recent survey of 126 dentists found that dentists are divided about whether they should be offering Botox injections as part of their services.
Only sixteen percent of the dentists surveyed currently offer the procedure. But many more would if the procedure was allowed in their jurisdictions.
The study found that dentists who specialize are much less likely to offer Botox than dentists who are GP's.
Interestingly, over three times as many male dentists as female dentists responding to this survey offer Botox - 20% of men, compared to only 6% of women.
Here are some of the comments by the dentists;
Botox is not for dentists
"I think we are too busy to take on the additional liability of these procedures." (New Jersey dentist)
"I'm a dentist - not a plastic surgeon." (Virginia dentist)
"It's not in the field of dentistry." (California periodontist)
"It's way beyond our scope of treatment. It is bad enough that Plastic Surgeons do this sort of thing." (Utah dentist)
Botox has been great for my dental practice
"I have an R.N. who comes into my office and offers a full range of cosmetic and laser procedures for my patients. She has also introduced some of her long-time patients to my practice. Facial aesthetics is a nice complement to a cosmetic dental practice." (California dentist)
Dentists and facial injections are a great combo
"I think anyone professionally trained to give subcutaneous injections should be able to administer Botox within a licensed medical/dental practice." (Michigan dentist)
"No one is better qualified to place Botox or Restylane than a dentist due to understanding facial symmetry issues. Bar none!" (Nevada dentist)
Dentists and Botox are not meant to be
"Since when was Botox or Restylane injections for facial/head/neck esthetics considered dentistry? I've never seen it taught or discussed in any dental textbooks or journals. It certainly is not in the definition of dentistry that the Ohio (or probably any other state) Dental Board considers in the realm of dentistry and covered by a dental license. I know some dentists are offering this service, but I have also heard from some that once patients request it around their lips, they many want you to do it elsewhere eventually! Where does it stop? I think dentists performing this service is ridiculous." (Ohio prosthodontist)
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 17, 2009 - 10:22.
A research study has concluded that Botox can make people more depressed. By partially freezing the muscles on the forehead, it stops people from being able to express their feelings visually. This can lead to keeping emotions bottled up inside and hence perceiving the world in a more negative way.
Dr Judith Grub told The Sun: "Suppressing negative emotions is something we do every day to be polite.
"However, my research shows that paralysing muscles that help you to express emotion leads to internalising these feelings."
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 14, 2009 - 17:11.
Here's a video that really clearly shows the before and after reduction in wrinkles after the application of Botox. Jon, age 41, lets us watch as he is injected with Botox. We see how he looks just before the procedure as well as about two weeks later. Jon says the effects last about 4-6 months so he usually goes in for this treatment twice a year.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on December 3, 2008 - 07:30.
In the video below we see TV's “Real Housewives of Orange County” visit a plastic surgery clinic in Newport Beach to get their Botox injections and to discuss what we can expect from the 4th season of the show.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on November 24, 2008 - 10:44.
Mary is 45 years old. She started getting Botox injections at age 37 and never experienced problems, but after going to a new clinic she had a most horrible experience and was stuck trying to hide her face for months.
She says "Go to a good dermatologist. Don't take risks with your face."
Submitted by Meg Wilson on November 20, 2008 - 12:00.
People Magazine has asked many celebrities to give their Botox confessions. Some were eager to admit they used it. Janice Dickinson says “I started Botox the first year it came out. I was the first one in line, and I have had Botox every six months since then.”
Check out all the celebrities who say they use it regularly, infrequently, not at all or 'no comment' at In Your Face.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on September 9, 2008 - 08:17.
The Canadian National Post recently profiled four dermatologists who specialize in Botox injections.
These four women have all been using Botox for several years and they are all big fans as they would obviously need to be in order to recommend it to their patients.
Dr. Jang of Vancouver (pictured here) has given her age at '50+'. She says she's been using Botox since the 90's. She uses it for general lifting in combination with fillers. The first area she had done on herself was for the frown line -- the 'number 11" between the brows.
And just ten years ago, I remember talking with my friends about how gross Botox is. But my friend Sharon, who is a hairstylist in Los Angeles, says that the majority of her clients—who range from normal housewives to corporate lawyers—have had some sort of Botox injection. She says it’s so mainstream in Los Angeles that it’s almost a statement if you don’t have it.
The Telegraph is reporting that Victoria Beckham has quit using Botox. She doesn't want the frozen face of Hollywood.
Instead she is trying to keep her skin smooth and young by eating a lot of goji berries. Goji berries reportedly have 500 times more vitamin C than oranges. They also have linoleic acid, which is key for making skin plump. We assume the '500 times as much Vitamin C' refers to an equal weight of orange to goji berries? How many goji berries would one have to eat to get their recommended daily amount of Vitamin C?
A famous dermatologist in Beverly Hills, Dr. Arnold Klein, has just issued a press release where he says a study about the effects of Botox was misrepresented by Allergan, the company that makes Botox.
He is referring to a paper which included graphs "demonstrating a worsening of wrinkle severity after the Botox wore-off".
It's surprising that Dr. Klein is on a mission to inform the public about the dangers surrounding the improper use of Botox. He used to serve on the advisory board for Allergan and may have received over a $100,000 per year for his duties. But since he has raised concerns over these issues he's been let go from his advisory board position.
Surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures saw a growth of 457 percent in the past 10 years according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Last years growth was 8 percent.
The most popular non-surgical procedure last year was botox. There were almost three million botox injections applied last year. Non-surgical procedures such as Botox grew by 754 percent over the 10 year period while surgical cosmetic procedures grew by 114 percent.
Liposuction was the most popular surgical procedure with almost half a million liposuction operations performed last year.
Simon Cowell is a regular botox user. He told U.K.'s Glamour magazine that he doesn't think Botox is any more unusual than toothpaste. He's got no qualms about using it, and it works great for him.
He also revealed that he usually wears one-inch lifts in his shoes to make him look taller. Simon Cowell is 48 years old and about 5 feet 8.5 inches tall. He's been working out to get into superb shape over the past year.
Cowell is best known as a judge on American Idol and makes over $100 million a year from all his entertainment related businesses. He's always going to be a bachelor. He says if he got married, his wife would soon hate him.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on February 28, 2008 - 05:51.
A study at a Canadian university has found that botox injections spread into neighboring muscles and tissues. Sixty rabbits were injected with botulinum type-A toxin for this study.
"The message here really is that you have to be very careful because the drug is not so specific. It can go into other tissues and it is a toxin."
The head of the study said the results should not sound any alarm bells. But they should serve as a warning to doctors to be vigilant when targeting a muscle and to stick to the dosage that's required for therapeutic effect to minimize the toxin spread.
But as for his personal opinion about using Botox for cosmetic purposes he says "Botox is a poison. I would be completely against (putting) any poison in my body purely for cosmetic purposes."
Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 22, 2008 - 07:22.
Vanessa Willams, age 44, has told OK Magazine that she does Botox and she thinks that "almost every woman that I know has imbided". She says she started using Botox last year and first sought anti-aging help after she turned 40 in 2003. The beautiful Williams lives in Beverly Hills, is twice divorced and has four children.
We'd like to know if she has experienced any of the potential side effects of Botox including headaches, sinusitis, pain, flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 5, 2008 - 19:56.
Allergan is the company that makes Botox and they are by far the largest company in Orange County, Los Angeles based on Wall Street rankings. The company is worth about $20 billion based on their current market cap. Botox accounted for about 40% of their 2007 revenues.
But a new competing product to Botox, Reloxin, will probably be launched before the end of this year. It's a wrinkle remover that's chemically similar to Botox but developed by their competitors, Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on January 24, 2008 - 08:59.
Public Citizen (a large non-profit public interest organization that was founded by Ralph Nader in 1971) today issued a press release about the risks of Botox.
They ask that the FDA increase their warnings and directly warn patients and doctors about the use of botulinum toxin – available as Botox and Myobloc – because of serious adverse reactions, including deaths, linked to the drug. They have filed a petition with the FDA.
They say that the toxin that blocks nerve impulses to certain muscles "has in some cases spread to other parts of the body with serious consequences, such as paralysis of respiratory muscles and difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), the latter possibly leading to food or liquids entering the respiratory tract and lungs, causing aspiration pneumonia."
Their research of the FDA data found that makers of the drug have reported 180 U.S. cases of people developing these sometimes life-threatening conditions after receiving injections, including 16 deaths. This data comes from voluntary reports, which have been estimated to account for only 10 percent of actual cases.