March 31st, 2014 Blog Admin
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports show that in 2013 there was a boost in the number of patients requesting collagen injections from AAFPRS members. In fact, the number increased from just over 200 cases to more than 5,500.
You may wonder about the risks and benefits of collagen injections. Because collagen requires an allergy test prior to your treatment many patients quickly discount it, but the truth is that collagen injections can be extremely beneficial in helping fight the signs of aging. Read the rest of this entry »
September 24th, 2013 Blog Admin
Botulism’s Trip to Becoming Botox
After WWII, research focused on using botulism for medical purposes. Dr. Alan Scott, an ophthalmologist, injected the toxin into some monkeys to see if the muscle relaxing effect would alleviate crossed eyes. After successful tests on the animals in the 1960s, he received FDA approval to test the medicine on humans in 1978. A few years later, his tests were complete and the results were positive. The injections did help with crossed eyes and appeared to have no side effects. He named his medicine Botox, and Allergan bought the rights to make and distribute the medicine.
As more doctors began using Botox to treat patients’ crossed eyes and eyelid spasms, one Canadian eye doctor noticed that the patients she treated were seeing a visible decrease in frown lines a short time after the injections. As word spread, Allergan struggled to keep up with the increased demand. By 2000, the FDA approved Botox as a treatment for neck and shoulder spasms. Two years later, Botox Cosmetic received FDA approval for reduction of frown lines.
The Latest News from the FDA
In the 11 years since Botox Cosmetic won approval to treat frown lines, cosmetic surgeons have used Botox to treat many issues ranging from frown lines to excessive sweating. Most recently, the FDA completed studies and approved the use of Botox Cosmetic for crow’s feet. It found that Botox Cosmetic does reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and has minimal side effects, the most common being swelling following the injection.
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July 4th, 2012 Blog Admin
Are there any filler’s that provide permanent or longer lasting results and what can they be used for?
Artefill and Sculptra are both good long lasting fillers. Artefill can be used to sculpt the cheeks, replace lost volume in lip cheek grooves, and contour fine wrinkles. Scultptra injections are nice if the patient is interested in adding volume to the overall face.