"The health, safety and welfare of our patients being treated with botulinum toxin products are of paramount importance to dermatologists," said dermatologist
The Academy recommends that before receiving a treatment with botulinum toxin, patients should ask the following questions:
- Is the treatment being performed by a physician experienced in this procedure?
- What results can be expected?
- How long is the recuperation period? Ask to see before and after photos of the physician's previous patients.
- What are the risks?
- Where is the procedure usually performed?
- What is the cost?
"The added precautions required by the FDA will provide patients with information to make the best decisions for their personal health," stated Dr. Pariser. "It also will help physicians ensure that patient safety is preserved."
The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org.
SOURCE American Academy of Dermatology