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Dermal fillers the best anti-aging solution
How can dermal fillers help me? The skin is very delicate, so taking care of it can be a constant struggle. Without the necessary skincare, your skin can age faster than expected. This leads to a loss of essential components that leave the skin dry, wrinkled, and dull. Dermal fillers are an extremely popular treatment for softening wrinkles and lines caused by aging and environmental stressors. These fillers are injected into the skin to help rejuvenate your appearance. Dermal filler materials Dermal fillers are made with materials that are absorbed completely by the body. They have a temporary effect and are made with substances such as hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite. They rejuvenate the skin by eliminating or reducing wrinkles, restoring soft-tissue volume loss, and restoring lost hydration. Different fillers can target specific areas for optimal results. Hyaluronic acid (HA) Hyaluronic acid is naturally made by the body. It is found in the joints, in th [Read more]
Quick and Easy Introduction of Cervical Dystonia
Cervical dystonia is the persistent, involuntary contraction of the neck muscles. This condition results in repetitive movements and awkward head postures. These movements usually resemble tremors, and they can be very painful. Cervical dystonia (CD) is categorized based on the direction the head tilts. If the head is tilted to the side, it is called laterocollis. Retrocollis is when the head tilts back, and antecollis is when the head tilts forward. Cervical dystonia is also known as spasmodic torticollis or adult-onset focal dystonia. What causes CD? The cause of cervical dystonia is unknown; however, it can sometimes be caused by other conditions. Although no definite cause has been found, up to 20% of cervical dystonia cases have a genetic component. There are other factors that may lead to cervical dystonia as well. Prolonged use of anti-psychotics or medications that block dopamine receptors may cause cervical dystonia. Toxins and degenerative brain diseases [Read more]
Botox Treatment for Cervical Dystonia
Botox can be used to treat Cervical Dystonia In addition to deep brain stimulation, Botox can be successfully used to treat Cervical Dystonia (CD). The muscle contractions associated with cervical dystonia originate from the brain. How does Botox help with Cervical Dystonia? Botox works by blocking the nerve endings, so that the muscles no longer receive the signals that cause muscle spasms. Since the muscles do not receive the signal to contract, muscle stiffness and tension is reduced or stopped completely. Other botulinum toxin brands that have proven useful in the treatment of cervical dystonia include Dysport, Xeomin, and Myobloc. Myobloc is a type B toxin, and it is effective even in patients who have developed resistance to the type A toxin. What is the recommended dose when treating Cervical Dystonia with Botox? In small doses, Botox has proven effective against certain muscle contraction ailments. The usual maximum recommended dose per session is about 600– [Read more]
Masseter muscle reduction with botox
Introduction to Botox Treatment of Masseter Muscles The masseter muscles on each side of the face, the muscles used in chewing, are attached to the zygomatic arch and the mandible. Positioned as they are on the face, they play a role in a person’s appearance. With hypertrophy or cosmetic alterations, this can lead to a square front-on appearance of the jawline instead of a more youthful appearing V-shape from the chin. Botox®, known to inhibit transmission between peripheral nerves and muscle, has been proven safe and effective in aesthetic concerns visibly intensified by the muscle contractions of the masseters1. Is it an approved or off-label use? Currently, Botox is off-label for cosmetic jaw sculpting via masseter injections. However, Botox is used extensively for its labeled cosmetic and medical indications as well as for its off-label indications. When and where was the procedure first used? In 1992, the first report2 on using botulinum toxin for cosmetic indicatio [Read more]
woman with a chemical peel on face image
A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that can help with a variety of skin issues and imperfections. It works by exfoliating and peeling the top layer of skin to remove the dead and damaged cells. Once these cells are removed, the younger cells beneath are revealed, producing a more even, radiant overall appearance in the skin that has received the treatment. Chemical peels are typically made of a few common ingredients. These ingredients include: Glycolic acid: This is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter cosmeceuticals. It helps to reduce the appearance of scarring, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. By reducing these skin imperfections, it helps to promote a brighter appearance overall. Salicylic acid: This is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and a type of phenolic acid that is one of the most popular ingredients in acne-fighting skincare products. This is a primary function it serves when included in a chemical peel solution, in add [Read more]
woman after weight loss smiling
Can weight loss cause wrinkles?   Signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet, typically start to appear in someone’s mid-30s. However, there are certain situations that can cause not-so-noticeable wrinkles to become noticeable very quickly. The most common of these situations is weight loss. Weight loss can cause wrinkles or sagging skin because the skin that was once stretched loses the volume that once supported it. When a person loses a lot of weight, the skin loses its elasticity and turns sallow, dehydrated, and wrinkled. The more weight that is lost, the older the skin may look. This generally happens when you don’t take care of your skin. Factors such as dehydrated skin, lifestyle choices such as smoking and poor diet, and how quickly you lose weight can all contribute to how your skin reacts.   Treating wrinkles after weight loss   Treatment for wrinkles caused by weight loss depends on how much weight was lost. Those [Read more]
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Dermal filler technology explained The introduction of Hyaluronic acid (HA) has revolutionized the world of dermal fillers. In the United States, HA has become the mainstay for facial rejuvenation and contouring. Dermal fillers differ in longevity, source, depth of injection, and cost. Advancements in technology have made the availability of safer and longer-lasting dermal fillers possible. NASHA stands for non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. Restylane is an example of a dermal filler made with NASHA particles. Homogenized products have more consistent injection properties, but their particles are less consistent in size. Juvederm is an example of a homogenized dermal filler. Cohesive Polydensified Matrix improves the lifting ability of the filler. It is used in Belotero dermal fillers. Cross-linking is an important process in stabilizing HA for dermal injection. To prevent rapid degradation of the dermal filler gel, manufacturers mix cross-linking agents into the HA preparati [Read more]
woman after liquid facelift image
The liquid facelift is the latest trend in non-surgical aesthetic medicine. Simply put, it is a combination of advanced dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Pluryal, Juvederm, and Radiesse, and neurotoxins, such as botulinum toxin A in Botox or Dysport. It is also possible to have a liquid facelift procedure done without the neurotoxin component.   The term “liquid facelift” is somewhat of a misnomer because it is not really a facelift. However, when a liquid facelift is done correctly and skillfully, it is possible to achieve an extremely satisfying outcome, albeit not of the same caliber as a surgical facelift. A liquid facelift is often recommended to patients who are anxious of undergoing surgical treatments, or who are simply not good candidates for surgery.   The liquid facelift technique can significantly improve a patient’s appearance. It is effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and folds, contouring the face, and giving an overall youth [Read more]
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