The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a medication for a specific use based on the studies done before approval. This specific use is called the "indication" for that medication. For example most studies done on facial fillers used the nasolabial folds (laugh lines) for their indication. In other words the studies proved that the filler was safe and effective for treating the nasolabial folds only. Of course dermatologists use these fillers in other areas of the face all the time. This is because once a medication is FDA approved for one indication the physician may use it off label if he/she thinks it is an appropriate use for the medication. In reality, much of the innovation in dermatology and medicine comes from off label use of FDA approved medications.
Arturo Aguillon, MD
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What does it mean when a cosmetic treatment is used "off label?"
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What is a panniculectomy ?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered
A panniculectomy is simply a very large tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. The main goal of a panniculectomy is to remove the large abdominal pannus from the patient usually after massive weight loss. I see these patients in my practice often after some form of gastric bypass surgery (lap band, Roux-en -Y, Fobi procedure, VBG). One difference from the customary abdominoplasty is that the rectus sheath is not always plicated at the same setting. Enormous panniculectomies may require sacrifice of the umbicus due to a very long stalk. Liposuction of the hips is often performed concurrently. Several drainage tubes are placed for at least 7 days to remove fluid under the abdominal flap.
What is an eyebrow transplant?
Arthur Perry, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredEyebrow transplantation is an uncommon procedure. Women and men who lose portions of their eyebrows can have them reconstructed by moving single hairs from the back of the scalp or the nape of the neck to the eyebrows. The hairs must be angled precisely to match the existing hairs. Because they will grow faster than the slow growing eyebrow hairs, they must be trimmed weekly.
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