BOTOX CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE – HOGWASH OR SCIENCE? – PART 1


I have read some scary stuff about BOTOX in the past. I know enough about headlines to understand that those written to shock, alarm or titillate grab the most attention. Not usually so with headlines written to calm, soothe or reassure. They seem to draw little notice. Latest case in point: Botox Causes Brain Damage. Scary, right? True? Read on.

I discussed these BOTOX(R) headlines with Dr. Vic Navurkur, past president of the Americn Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery (ASCDAS), with an active aesthetic dermatologic practice in the Bay Area of San Francisco.

The media has taken this completely out of context! he exclaimed with some amusement. As a treatment for medical conditions, Botox is often administered in very high strengths and yes, some complications have been noted there. But these dosages are not comparable to those used in aesthetic treatments.

Scare tactics aside, if you are thinking about BOTOX treatments, here are three important questions to ask yourself:

  1. Is there anything in my health history that could recommend against it. (If you have any neurological disorder, first discuss possible complications  with your internist.)
  2. Am I bothered by facial wrinkles in areas that BOTOX could soften? (i.e. forehead, crows feet, neck cords, etc.)
  3. Can I afford this expense on an ongoing basis (every 3-5 months)

Tune in for Part 2 on Botox next week.

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