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Questions to ask your provider

Ready to schedule a consultation?
Here are 8 questions to ask your specialist:

  1. Do they have medical expertise in facial anatomy? For instance, are they licensed and trained in a field of aesthetic medicine, such as dermatology, cosmetic surgery, or oculoplastic surgery, to name a few.
  2. How many years of experience do they have injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic?
  3. How often do they treat patients with BOTOX® Cosmetic?
  4. Do they schedule a follow-up visit after treatment?
  5. Will they show you before-and-after pictures of other patients they have treated?
  6. What are the most common side effects they have seen in their clinical experience?
  7. What should you do if you experience any side effects?
  8. What do they need to know about your medical history? Be prepared to tell your specialist about any medical conditions, including any prescription medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking.
It's important to go to a specialist who is experienced in administering BOTOX® Cosmetic. You may want to consider choosing a specialist from the BOTOX® Cosmetic Find a Doctor tool.
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Actual BOTOX(R) Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) patient after treatment.
Things you should tell your specialist
Not sure what your specialist needs to know before treatment?
Here are 4 things to tell your specialist about:
  • 1.

    All medications you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Let your specialist know if you have been treated with a botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months and whether you experienced any allergies or side effects.

  • 2.

    Your medical conditions, including any muscle or nerve conditions such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome. Tell your specialist if you have had any swallowing or breathing problems in the past.

  • 3.

    If you have had surgery on your face or plan to do so. Your specialist should also be told if you have weakness in your forehead muscles, have trouble raising your eyebrows, or have drooping eyelids.

  • 4.

    If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or if you are nursing or plan to nurse.

Actual BOTOX(R) Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) patient after treatment.
Creating a
treatment plan
Talk to your specialist about a treatment plan that is right for you.
Keep in mind the following for your discussion with your specialist:
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a permanent treatment
    If you discontinue treatment, the moderate to severe frown lines and crow's feet will gradually return to look like they did before treatment.

  • Ask for BOTOX® Cosmetic by name
    BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a generic medication. It is a brand name for a product that has a unique formulation and manufacturing process, and a proven safety and efficacy profile as seen in the clinical trials. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a botulinum toxin product and is not interchangeable with any other botulinum toxin product.

  • Ask for BOTOX® Cosmetic by name
    BOTOX® Cosmetic was the first product of its kind approved for temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines in 2002, and millions of people have experienced real, noticeable results. In 2013, BOTOX® Cosmetic became the only FDA-approved treatment to temporarily improve moderate to severe crow's feet in adults. There have been no studies to support that other products are Unit-to-Unit equivalent to BOTOX® Cosmetic.

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  • Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months
  • Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing

BOTOX® Cosmetic dosing units are not the same as, or comparable to, any other botulinum toxin product.

There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow’s feet lines, or both at the same time.

BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX® Cosmetic. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.

Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.

Do not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions, such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including: plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles: trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast-feeding or plan to (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk).

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Using BOTOX® Cosmetic with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® Cosmetic in the past.

Tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.

Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include: discomfort or pain at the injection site; headache; and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and swelling of your eyelids.

For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.

To report a side effect, please call Allergan at 1-800-433-8871.

Please see BOTOX® Cosmetic full Product Information including Boxed Warning and Medication Guide.

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