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Dysport is a New Botox

Injectable treatments for wrinkles go hand in hand with laser treatments and we continue our coverage of this field as it is of interest to all aesthetic physicians offering laser treatments.

Dysport is an acetylcholine release inhibitor and a neuromuscular blocking agent, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late April 2009. Dysport has similar properties as the popular BOTOX Cosmetic®, which has been used in the U.S. since 2001. Dysport is approved for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows) in adults younger than 65 years of age.

The active substance in Dysport is a botulinum neurotoxin type A complex, which acts at the level of the neuromuscular junction in the targeted muscle. Dysport is a neuromuscular blocking toxin which acts to block acetylcholine release at motor nerve ends and reduces muscular spasm. As our skin becomes less elastic over time, repeated frowning creates visible lines and wrinkles. Dysport and BOTOX that relax the muscles by blocking nerve impulses. Once the muscles are at rest, the skin becomes smoother, creating a more natural and relaxed appearance.

Although only recently approved for use in the United States, Dysport has been used in patient care in the United Kingdom since 1991, and has marketing authorizations in 27 countries for aesthetic use.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 10 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2008, 83% of which represented nonsurgical procedures. Injections of botulinum toxin type A have been the number one nonsurgical cosmetic procedure for the past five years, with over 2.4 million total procedures in 2008 alone.

It is still unclear whether Dysport is better than Botox. The major advantage of Dysport may be the price. Botox is not cheap: about $500. Dysport is about 20 percent less expensive than Botox, and that could be a potential savings for some people of over $100 a treatment.

Doctors warned both Botox and Dysport do have risks and should be only be used in healthy patients, who are not pregnant or breastfeeding. Potential complications include temporary eyelid drooping, headache and resistance to the medication.

Both products are not perfect when it comes to meeting the most desired feature of a dream cure: neither Botox nor Dysport last long.

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  • Filed under: Dermal Fillers
  • What is Fractional Eyelift

    Fractional Eyelift Procedure is used to reduce eyelid drooping and wrinkles without having to go under the knife and arguably with minimal downtime. In good hands the right type of fractional laser offers excellent results that are similar to a surgical eye lift without incisions.

    Fractional Eyelift represents one of the latest advancements in fractional laser resurfacing technology and is used by many cosmetic surgeons as a safe and effective alternative to surgery.

    “The Fractional Eyelift dramatically reduces the appearance of dark circles and eye wrinkles, tightens upper and lower eyelid skin and helps to elevate drooping eyebrows,” says Bruce E. Katz, M.D., board certified dermatologist and director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York City. “It has a number of the benefits of a surgical eyelift without the risks and downtime. The only problem it doesn’t address is bulging fat pads.”

    Metal eye shields are used during treatment to protect a patient’s eyes from injury. The only anesthesia needed for the procedure is a numbing cream that is applied to the eyelids. In a recent study of Fractional Eyelift involving more than 300 participants, patients showed dramatic and consistent results, Katz said.

    The fractional laser resurfacing procedure works by breaking up the laser light beam into columns that target the area intended for treatment and leave surrounding skin tissues intact. The laser beam ablates damage elastic and collagen fibers in the skin, allowing new tissue to grow back in their place. Healing occurs quickly and is virtually painless. The end results are fewer wrinkles, a reduction in dark skin pigmentation and tighter skin in the treated areas.

    In order to achieve the best results from the Fractional Eyelift, surgeons typically recommend three to five sessions delivered at two to three-week intervals.

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  • Filed under: LT | fractional
  • For thousands of years, body hair has been viewed as a legacy from prehistoric times and as the expression of the wildly libidinous and animal tendencies of Homo sapiens. For many cultures, trimming, plucking and twirling out pubic hairs is just part of life.

    This article in San Francisco Sentinel is a vivid explanation of why laser hair removal is so popular and bound to remain the most desired laser procedure as more consumers become aware of this permanent hair reduction option.

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  • Filed under: LT | hair removal, Market | consumers
  • DIY Skin Treatments at Home

    A new research in the U.K. reveals that 10 per cent of women are now choosing at-home alternatives over visits to aesthetic medical clinics.

    Many beauty professionals are reporting a new trend – correcting mistakes made by women who wrongly imagine they can effectively de-wrinkle their face or laser-remove hair in their own bathrooms.

    Americans have access to many devices, which can be useful for daily skin care. However, before pulling out their credit card consumers need to do their own research. A word of advice from LaserOffers.com:

    • cheap gadgets don’t work;
    • expensive devices may not get anywhere near to the efficacy of professional laser and radio frequency systems;
    • when you do anything at home, there is always risk of causing damage to your skin.
    • ‘Many companies are making grandiose claims for items which are just wasting your money.’

    Most importantly, consumers should not fall into grandiose claims manufacturers make. If you cannot understand the technical specifications (few device manufacturers actually provide them) – consult with a medical professional who has reviewed the device.

    LaserOffers provides such reviews and recommendations on carefully selected devices for home use. These devices should not be used instead of aesthetic treatments by medical professionals, but rather in addition to doctor recommended procedures and, ideally, after they have been cleared for your use at home by the doctor.

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  • Chiropractic and pain management clinics are getting into aesthetic medicine. Some of the more forward looking doctors in the field realize the potential of the growing market and feel that laser aesthetic procedures are a natural extension of their core business.

    For these chiropractors, adding aesthetic services has been a plus. Not only have they benefited from an entirely different client base, but they’ve offered reasons for established patients to come in more regularly. And correcting cash-flow issues has been a real plus.

    But aesthetic services will not fit every practice. Chiropractors need to learn about the new treatments they’re considering and measure the potential benefits against possible drawbacks. If space or staffing is an issue — or if new marketing methods do not seem feasible — reconsider.

    Aesthetics can offer a brand new way of approaching a chiropractic practice, complementing existing holistic services for a growing baby-boomer market.

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  • A general drop off in plastic surgery procedures has become an obvious trend evidenced by many surveys. Consumers opt for less invasive and less expensive cosmetic procedures, such as dermal fillers and light-based aesthetic treatments. Among the procedures on the rise are Botox, dermal fillers, laser skin resurfacing, skin rejuvenation with skin tightening, laser treatments of age spots and spider veins.

    Another story with comments by several plastic surgeons published in clarionledger.com adds to the following prevailing trends in aesthetic medicine:

    • Expensive plastic surgery procedures (reconstructive and cosmetic) continue to decline:
      • Consumers who do not have money now put off their elective surgeries indefinitely;
      • Consumers with savings prefer to wait out the storm;
      • Consumers with some savings seek loans with reasonable terms to cover their surgeries – they do not want to let go of their cash;
      • Before setting up the first appointment, consumers do their research on how much cosmetic treatments will cost; before the recession, they would come in and ask all their questions.
    • Medical practices see their profit margins slimming as patients seek less expensive procedures, do a lot more of price shopping, and use up all incentives (coupons and discounts) before committing to a treatment package;
    • Physicians’ costs are on the upswing as they have to spend more on marketing, advertising and customer service.

    Aesthetic physicians are being forced into turning into businessmen more than ever before. Those who have adapted stand to gain tremendously when consumer spending turns around.

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  • Do Your Homework Before Cosmetic Surgery

    I can’t agree more with Dr Christian Jessen in London, who is sad to say that the age of blind trust in your doctor is over: patients must take some responsibility and do their homework before committing to any invasive cosmetic surgery.

    Read the Warning: Women who look more Crimewatch than Baywatch are being promised miracles.

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  • Filed under: Laser Clinics, RS | cosmetic surgery
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