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Botox backlash

Beauty Byte: Botox Backlash


It should come as no surprise that injecting a deadly poison into your skin can have dangerous side effects. And although Botox is largely considered safe, some people say it's a lot riskier than we'd thought.

Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is asking the FDA to issue a black-box warning for Botox and Myobloc, another botulism-based injectable, after it determined that treatments with the toxins resulted in 180 complications and 16 deaths. This assertion has not been verified by the FDA, but that kind of news is never good to read.

Public Citizen is also pushing for a requirement that doctors provide their patients with pamphlets that outline the risks of the procedure. This news probably isn't enough to stop women from using this admittedly effective wrinkle eraser, but it'll certainly, uh, raise a few eyebrows. What do you think?

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