Off-Label Uses for BOTOX® Cosmetic

The FDA has approved BOTOX® Cosmetic for two very specific uses: addressing frown lines on the forehead and crow’s feet next to the eyes. At Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, BOTOX® Cosmetic is sometimes used to treat other areas as well in what are known as “off-label” uses.

Working off label simply means your doctor is applying BOTOX® in a way that is not officially approved for interstate marketing. Many such applications are well studied and documented by doctors all around the United States and world—it’s just that advertising those specific uses around the country hasn’t yet been given a green light by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Derek Jones is intimately familiar with the FDA and its processes, having served as an investigator in numerous trials, including the one that landed BOTOX® its approval to be marketed for treating crow’s feet, known clinically as lateral canthal lines.

At his practice, he also uses it for the FDA-approved frown lines (glabellar lines), as well as off-label to reduce the amount of upper gums visible when some people smile, to provide a subtle lift to the upper lip as desired, and to soften patients’ jawlines.

Only doctors who are familiar with the product they use and well-versed in its safety and applications should use it off label. Any patient who wants to know more about what an FDA approval does or doesn’t mean, as well as the safe application of injectables, can ask detailed questions during a consultation. No treatment should be administered unless the patient is totally satisfied with the answers received and the decision to move forward.

At Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, dermatologists Dr. Derek Jones, Dr. Naissan Wesley, and Dr. Jeanette Black work together to provide their patients with services that are both effective and safe. For more information or to arrange a consultation, visit the practice’s Contact Us page or call 310-246-0495.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.