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The Safety of Botox

There's been a lot in the news lately about the safety of Botox®

Much of this information revolves around December events in Florida when an unlicensed physician knowingly administered unapproved Botulinum Toxin. As a result, four patients became seriously ill. There was a similar incident earlier this year in Oregon

Early reporting suggested that Botox® had caused the illnesses. Upon further investigation, it was found that in both the Florida and Oregon incidents unapproved products containing extremely high doses of botulinum toxin were used. In the Florida case, Allergan estimates that there were 10 million units of Botulinum Toxin per vial. To compare, a vial of Allergan's Botox® contains about 100 units of medical grade material.

Illegal and unsafe drugs administered as cosmetic treatments by unlicensed, or unqualified practitioners have become more common. Some have seriously harmed patients looking for less expensive treatments (dangerous unapproved treatments may only cost $100-$200 compared to $500/treatment for Botox®), or patients who didn't check the qualifications of the doctor.

Allergan's Botox® is the only Botulinum Toxin Type A product FDA approved for medical and aesthetic uses in the U.S. Approximately 2.3 million Botox procedures were performed in 2003, making it the most popular cosmetic procedure.

At The Adams Center, our main concern is your safety and satisfaction. We use only the highest quality products, materials, and safest surgical techniques.

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Dr. Bill Adams is a greater Boston area board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience in the field.