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New Survey Suggests That Consumers Are Naive to the Risk of Botox Parties and the Importance of FDA Approval for Cosmetic Injectables
Date:5/20/2008

Survey also reveals less than 5% trust magazines or advertising for treatment information

NEW YORK, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety (http://www.injectablesafety.org) and the health and beauty community RealSelf.com (http://www.realself.com) today released findings of a joint survey reporting that 40% of consumers are unsure whether Botox parties are safe, and only 58% of consumers feel FDA approval of an injectable is important to safety. "It's frightening to think that with the proliferation of information available on cosmetic injectables like Restylane or Botox, consumers are naive to the most important issues of safety," said coalition leader Renato Saltz, MD of Salt Lake City, UT. "The survey results do suggest that trust in qualified, board-certified physicians is high," said Dr. Saltz. "But clearly in terms of educating consumers about safe places to accept treatment and the importance of FDA approval for cosmetic injectables, we still have a lot of work to do."

According to the survey, consumers are as much as four times more likely to trust a board-certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ocular plastic surgeon to administer cosmetic injectables, than "any" doctor, nurse, physician's assistant or aesthetician. The survey validates the trust consumers have in these specialty physicians to provide cosmetic injectables like Restylane, Botox, and Juvederm, reporting that 54.5% of those surveyed trust doctor recommendations, whereas, 4.6% trust magazines and only 1.5% trust advertising.

Consumer reviews of cosmetic treatments were considered "important" information sources for researching cosmetic injectables by 80.3% of those surveyed. "It's interesting to note that traditional means of disseminating beauty information or promoting products among wo
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SOURCE Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety
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