Botox safety update

There is some new information on the recent news regarding Botox safety. A consumer group called on “Black Box” labeling of Botox due to alleged deaths related to its use. Apparently one death has been connected to Botox use for cosmetic purposes in 2003.

According to a news release issued by Allergan on January 25, Dr. Sef Kurstjens, Allergan’s Chief Medical Officer, responded to allegations that in 2003 a death had occurred in a person who had been injected with Botox® for cosmetic use. A medical review of this actual case showed that the patient died from complications associated with staphylococcus pneumonia, not from the Botox® injection that the patient had received seven weeks earlier. This conclusion is consistent with the treating physician’s assessment.

I don’t see how it would be physiologically possible for Botox to give someone pneumonia. Could this be an overreaction by a group who is against the use of Botox for cosmetic purposes. Maybe the people in this group have a lot of wrinkles…


Thanks for reading.

Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Youn, M.D.

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