BOTOX® has been available for over 15 years, being used for therapeutic as well as cosmetic uses. BOTOX® Cosmetic has been FDA approved for cosmetic treatment of glabellar rhytides since 2003.
Much of its use can be considered “off-label”, meaning it is being used in a way that is not yet approved by the FDA but is determined to be safe in the hands of experienced physicians. Dr. Roper has been using BOTOX® for cosmetic use since 1996, and has volumes of experience in the use of this medication. Dr. Roper also gives lectures to her physician colleagues at national meetings on the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
(Other FDA approved brands of this product, such as Dysport®, are also available if patients specifically request this product. )
BOTOX® is a purified protein derivative of botulinum toxin, however there is no botulism bacteria in the product. Small amounts of the product, if used correctly, are very safe. It is important that this product be used only in a medical setting and not in a hair salon or in someone’s living room, in order to ensure safe use of this product. We promote legislation to this end.
“We love to use BOTOX® Cosmetic in combination with other procedures, in order to enhance results and prevent overuse of this product. It works wonderfully when used in combination with dermal fillers, as well as with laser resurfacing and laser toning treatments”, states Dr. Roper. “We use BOTOX® Cosmetic as a means to an end, to fix problems that the overly tight musculature on the face can cause, such as crows feet and forehead/frown lines. We’ve found that BOTOX® Cosmetic lasts a lot longer when combined with our other rejuvenation treatments. The scientific literature has substantiated what we have been seeing, especially when BOTOX® Cosmetic is combined with a dermal filler such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®”.