INFORMED CONSENT: DERMAL FILLER AND BOTULINUM TOXIN INJECTIONS
I confirm that I consent to receiving treatment using the cosmetic products that my practitioner has recommended to me.
I have been informed that the treatment is carried out by injection for the improvement of lines wrinkles and folds of the skin, for lip augmentation, and rehydration of the skin.
I have been given sufficient information to enable me to understand the use of these products for the approved indications.
I have also received information regarding contraindications to the administration of products and potential side effects.
Cosmetic products give an aesthetic result for an average of 6-18 months. This effect may be variable depending on many factors, including condition of the skin, mechanical action in the treatment area, amount of product injected and technique for injection. Lifestyle factors also effect the duration of the product. Regular touch-up treatments help to optimize the duration of the product.
Post treatment: Following treatment avoid sun exposure and saunas. Avoid manipulation of the treated area and make up, as instructed by practitioner.
General Information About Dermal Filler Injections
Some redness, swelling, hematoma, and bruising may occur following treatment. Resolution is typically spontaneous within a few days.
As with all injectable treatments, there is a minimal risk of infection, vessel occlusion, granulomas, abscess formation and hypersensitive reaction.
Persistence of any inflammatory reaction for more than one week or the development of any other side effects must be reported to the practitioner as soon as possible.
General Information About Botulinum A Toxin Injections
Botulinum A Toxin injections in the area of the glabella muscles are made to relax these muscles temporarily or in the forehead or crows feet around the lateral area of the eyes, or other areas consulted with and approved by your practitioner.
Botulinum A Toxin injection has been FDA approved for use in the cosmetic treatment for glabella frown lines only and crows feet (Botox)– the wrinkles between the eyebrows.
Injection of Botulinum A Toxin into the small muscles between the brows causes those specific muscles to halt their function (be paralyzed), thereby improving the appearance of the wrinkles. I understand the goal is to decrease the wrinkles in the treated area. This paralysis is temporary, and re-injection is necessary within three to four months. It has been explained to me that other temporary and more permanent treatments are available.
The possible side effects of Botulinum A Toxin include but are not limited to:
1. Risks: I understand there is a risk of swelling, rash, headache, and local numbness, pain at the injection site, bruising, respiratory problems, and allergic reaction.
2. Infection: Infections can occur which in most cases are easily treatable but in rare cases a permanent scarring in the area can occur.
3. Most people have lightly swollen pinkish bumps where the injections went in, for a couple of hours or even several days.
4. Although many people with chronic headaches or migraines often get relief from Botulinum A Toxin, a small percent of patients get headaches following treatment with Botulinum A Toxin, for the first day. In a very small percentage of patients these headaches can persist for several days or weeks.
5. Local numbness, rash, pain at the injection site, flu like symptoms with mild fever, back pain.
6. Respiratory problems such as bronchitis or sinusitis, nausea, dizziness, and tightness or irritation of the skin.
7. Bruising is possible anytime you inject a needle into the skin. This bruising can last for several hours, days, weeks, months and in rare cases the effect of bruising could be permanent.
8. While local weakness of the injected muscles is representative of the expected pharmacological action of Botulinum A Toxin, weakness of adjacent muscles may occur as a result of the spread of the toxin.
9. Treatments: I understand more than one injection may be needed to achieve a satisfactory result.
10. Another risk when injecting Botulinum A Toxin around the eyes included corneal exposure because people may not be able to blink the eyelids as often as they should to protect the eye. This inability to protect the eye has been associated with damage to the eye as impaired vision, or double vision, which is usually temporary. This reduced blinking has been associated with corneal ulcerations. There are medications that can help lift the eyelid, however, if the drooping is too great the eye drops are not that effective. These side effects can last for several weeks or longer. This occurs in 2-5 percent of patients.
I will follow all aftercare instructions as it is crucial I do so for healing.
As Botulinum A Toxin injection is not an exact science, there might be an uneven appearance of the face with some muscles more affected by the Botulinum A Toxin than others. In most cases this uneven appearance can be corrected by injecting Botulinum A Toxin in the same or nearby muscles. However in some cases this uneven appearance can persist for several weeks or months.
This list is not meant to be inclusive of all possible risks associated with Botulinum A Toxin as there are both known and unknown side effects associated with any medication or procedure.
Botulinum A Toxin should not be administered to a pregnant or nursing woman.
Additionally, the number of units injected is an estimate of the amount of Botulinum A Toxin required to paralyze the muscles. I understand there is no guarantee of results of any treatment. I understand the regular charge applies to all subsequent treatments.
I understand and agree that all services rendered to me are charged directly to me and that I am personally responsible for payment. I further agree in the event of non-payment, to bear the cost of collection, and/or Court cost and reasonable legal fees, should this be required.
By accepting, I acknowledge that I have read the foregoing informed consent and agree to the treatment with its associated risks. I hereby give consent to perform this and all subsequent treatments with the above understood. I hereby release the doctor, the person injecting the Botulinum A toxin and/or the dermal filler and the facility from liability associated with this procedure.