FDA Approval of Botox® Will Increase Use for Those Interested, Reports American Society of Plastic SurgeonsFor Immediate Release: April 15, 2002
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Today's approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Botox® for cosmetic use confirms the findings of numerous clinical studies that the drug is safe and effective for wrinkle reduction. Of the individuals whose decision to have Botox® injections would be influenced by FDA approval, 72 percent would be more likely to try it, according to a national survey of people's attitudes conducted for ASPS.
Of the respondents whose attitudes would change with FDA approval, 75 percent of women and 67 percent of men said they would be more likely to try Botox®. Those in the 55-64 age range would be 88 percent more likely to try it, and those 45 to 54 years old would be 80 percent more likely. Respondents in the West region of the U.S would be 84 percent more likely to try Botox®, followed by the Northeast region where 79 percent of respondents would be more likely.
"The FDA approval, obviously, makes a difference to people who may have contemplated the procedure, but needed reassurance from the organization charged by the government to promote and protect the public health," notes ASPS President Edward Luce, MD, Cleveland. "This survey supports what plastic surgeons have observed for years- more and more people are taking charge of their health and appearance."
The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults performed for ASPS by an independent research firm asked whether the FDA approval of Botox® would change their likelihood to try the procedure. Overall, twelve percent of respondents felt that FDA approval would influence their attitude toward the wrinkle reducing agent.
Botox® is a proven method to smooth and eliminate forehead lines, frown lines, crows feet and neck bands with 855,846 people receiving Botox® in 2001. Botox® works by relaxing targeted muscles. Typically the effects of Botox® last three to six months and must be repeated to maintain results.
"Many safe non-surgical as well as surgical procedures are available to the public for all comfort levels," notes Dr. Luce.
The ASPS encourages anyone interested in minimizing signs of aging to discuss treatment options with their board-certified plastic surgeon. Together, they can develop a comprehensive program to accomplish both short- and long-term goals. Treatment options may include the following the procedures:
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