Botox Cosmetic(R): Between myth and reality

    MONTREAL, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The recent wave of information
concerning Botox Cosmetic(R) has raised many questions, so we feel it is time
to set the record straight to reassure our patients and the Quebec population.
    Contrary to what was recently suggested in some media outlets, Botox
Cosmetic(R) has never caused any deaths. The drug, approved for wrinkle
treatment by Health Canada and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has
been safely used in more than three million treatments, improving the quality
of life of millions of North Americans in 2006 alone. These figures indicate
that it is the most popular cosmetic procedure in America.
    "The safety of this drug has been amply demonstrated around the world for
more than 17 years, and there are over 3000 scientific articles to prove it.
While it is very safe to use the product, it still remains a drug. That is why
we can never overstate the importance of being treated by a doctor who has
been specifically trained for this kind of procedure. It would never occur to
any patient to have their cholesterol treated by an esthetician or a
hairdresser, and it should always be the same with Botox," said Dr. Tremblay,
dermatologist and Medical Director at the MédIME clinic in Montreal.
    Patients should also make sure that it is the Botox Cosmetic(R) from the
Allergan company that is being used, the only drug of its class currently
approved by Health Canada. "By taking these simple precautions, patients will
be able to enjoy the rejuvenating and preventive benefits of this treatment."
    Botox Cosmetic(R) is now recommended in more than 75 countries for the
treatment of 20 diseases, including cerebral palsy in children, who receive
doses up to 25 times higher than those for the treatment of lines and wrinkles
in adults.
    Dr. Jean-François Tremblay is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
of Canada (dermatology), a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery,
a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a Fellow of the American
College of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

    The MédIME clinic, located at the Médiclub du Sanctuaire in Montreal,
bridges the gap between medicine and esthetics. Services provided by the
clinic include dermatology, plastic surgery, body care, esthetics, and a
personalized sports training program, all under one roof.

For further information:

For further information: Nicole Maille, Administrative Manager, MédIME,
(514) 739-7444,

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