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Anyone who knows anything about medical cosmetic procedures knows about BOTOX®, right? It’s used to treat wrinkles of the face and neck, millions of treatments have been performed since its approval by the FDA in 2002, and if overused, it can cause a “frozen” look.
All of this is correct, but it’s what you don’t know about BOTOX® that’s really interesting. Did you know that BOTOX® has been used for several decades in the US to treat medical conditions, such as twitching in the eye area (blepharospasm), and is currently in wide use as a treatment of headache, excess sweating, and muscle spasm in patients with disabling spastic disorders, to name just a few? Did you know that the current use of BOTOX® Therapeutic (used for medical indications) is a greater percentage per volume than BOTOX® Cosmetic (used for cosmetic procedures)? Or, that it is used medically in doses exceeding 20 times that used for a cosmetic procedure? And did you know that it is the most widely performed cosmetic medical procedure today?
Joan M. Hardt, M.D. was among the first physicians in Oklahoma to administer BOTOX® for cosmetic purposes. Dr. Hardt has refined her technique treating thousands of patients to achieve a more natural look. She is among a select few licensed physicians across the U.S. who have earned Platinum Plus status by Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®. Rejuvena does not employ nurse injectors. All BOTOX® injections are performed by Dr. Hardt.
At Rejuvena, we do not charge for consultations. To schedule your free consultation, please email or call us at (405)842-1100.
Questions and Answers
Q: How long does the procedure take?
Q: How long is the recovery time?
Q: Is it painful?
Q: How long does BOTOX® last?
Q: What can I do to get the most out of my treatments?
Q: Do I need as much BOTOX® every time I get treated?
Q: Will I be able to make facial expressions?
Q: Will I look unnatural?
Q: What are the side effects?
Q: Who should not get treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Post-marketing reports indicate that the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic and all botulinum toxin products may spread from the area of injection to produce symptoms consistent with botulinum toxin effects. These may include asthenia, generalized muscle weakness, diplopia, blurred vision, ptosis, dysphagia, dysarthria, urinary incontinence, and breathing difficulties. These symptoms have been reported hours to weeks after injection. Swallowing and breathing difficulties can be life threatening and there have been reports of death. The risk of symptoms is probably greatest in children treated for spasticity but symptoms can also occur in adults treated for spasticity or other conditions, particularly in those patients who have underlying conditions that would predispose them to these symptoms. In unapproved uses, including spasticity in children and adults, and in approved indications, cases of spread of effect have occurred at doses comparable to those used to treat cervical dystonia and at lower doses.
No definitive serious adverse event reports of distant spread of toxin effect associated with dermatologic use of BOTOX®/BOTOX® Cosmetic at the labeled dose of 20 Units (for glabellar lines) or 100 Units (for severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) have been reported.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is contraindicated in the presence of infection at the injection site(s) and in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any botulinum toxin preparation or to the components in the formulation. Risks resulting from administration at higher dosages other than those approved by the FDA are unknown. Individuals with pre-existing neuromuscular disorders should only receive BOTOX® Cosmetic with caution. Co-Administration of BOTOX® Cosmetic and aminoglycosides or other agents interfering with neuromuscular transmission should only be performed with caution as the effect of the toxin may be potentiated. BOTOX® is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
For additional information, please refer to the BOTOX® Package Insert and Medication Guide.