Addiction is medically defined as a chronic disorder that is characterized by the repeated use of substances or behaviors despite clear evidence of morbidity secondary to such use. A quarterly use of Botox, as it was described in the study, absent any serious side effects hardly meets the criteria for diagnosis of addiction
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) September 20, 2006
A British psychologist recently published a study that shows four out of 10 people receiving regular botulinum toxin injections, known commercially as Botox, had "a compulsive motive" for doing it. Botox users can develop behavioral addictions to the treatments but do not become chemically dependent on the toxin, according to the findings.
Simon Ourian MD of Epione, a top US Botox authority who has one of the largest Botox practices in the world, said the study is nothing short of an irresponsible PR scheme, and the use of the word addiction downright bogus. "Addiction is medically defined as a chronic disorder that is characterized by the repeated use of substances or behaviors despite clear evidence of morbidity secondary to such use. A quarterly use of Botox, as it was described in the study, absent any serious side effects hardly meets the criteria for diagnosis of addiction," says Dr. Ourian. "A desire to look your best at all times is an inherent right of every individual. The findings have absolutely no connection to reality," said Ourian. "High patient satisfaction following treatment is not the same thing as addiction," he continued.
"Most of my patients come back to receive BOTOX or Restylane treatments every few months because they want to maintain their youthful appearance. The treatments are effective, predictable, and in the hands of the right doctor very safe. The desire to look one's best is healthy, and a very integral part of the desire to live," says Ourian.
"I suspect if this psychologist would have been born 30 years earlier they would conduct a study on the addictive behavior of people who visit their dentist twice a year, and enjoy a brighter smile," Ourian comments facetiously.
Dr. Ourian's Epione Medical Center, located in Beverly Hills' "Golden Triangle," is among the world's most comprehensive and state-of-the-art laser and aesthetic surgery centers. Epione provides the most innovative technology available for skin, hair and body contouring. Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer for laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures such as Botox, Restylane , Radiance and Sculptra. These treatments are used for correction or reversal of variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, unwanted hair, and tattoos, cellulite, and tens of others. For further information, please contact 310-271-6506 or visit http://www.epione.com.
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