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How Long Does Sculptra Last? One to two years, studies find
The duration of Sculptra’s effects has been studied extensively in the treatment of patients with HIV-related facial lipoatrophy. Based off the findings of multiple clinical trials, including the Vega study and the Blue Pacific study, among others, the duration of effect of Sculptra was seen to last up to 24 months, with increases in skin thickness and high patient satisfaction. Furthermore, the durable results of Sculptra can be further extended with retreatment. In one case study, the correction of HIV-associated facial lipoatrophy seen in a 45-year-old patient who underwent retreatment with Sculptra was maintained for two years and seven months. The duration of effect of Sculptra was examined further in a 2015 study that assessed the length of effect of Sculptra by using 3D imaging to quantitatively measure midface volume changes in 15 patients who received Sculptra treatment for aesthetic purposes over a one-year period. They found that treatment starts to t [Read more]
Botox and Breastfeeding: Is it safe? What do studies say?
One of the biggest concerns a nursing mother has is the effects of any medications she is taking on her infant. Medications, like other ingested materials, can be potentially secreted into breast milk from maternal tissues and plasma through various methods including passive diffusion or binding to milk proteins. Indeed, research has provided sufficient evidence to suggest that nearly any drug that the mother had ingested will be present in her breast milk. A typical nursing mother will expect to breastfeed for a significant amount of time; the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that a child be breastfed exclusively in their first six months and continued with complementary foods thereafter up to the age of two or beyond. During this period, the infant could potentially be exposed to all manners of maternally-ingested drugs through their mother’s milk. Botox treatments Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a neurotoxin that inhibits the release of acetylcholin [Read more]
Upper Eyelid Dermatochalasis
The eyes are often one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging, due to the delicate skin in this region. Loss of elasticity in the eyelid may result in what is commonly referred to as “hooding,” where excess, loose upper eyelid skin droops outwards and down onto the eyelashes. Age-related changes can also cause the orbital fat, especially the medial fat pad of the upper eyelid, to prolapse through the thin attenuated orbital septum, creating an unsightly bulge. Overall, this can make a person look tired and aged, and is a cause for concern in many patients. Apart from the aging process, eyelid hooding can also occur if the eyelid tissue periodically swells (medically known as blepharochalasis), or with other medical conditions, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, thyroid eye disease, amyloidosis, eye trauma, hereditary angioneurotic edema, elastolysis, renal failure, and xanthelasma. Symptoms of dermatochalasis Medical vs cosmetic Patients may req [Read more]
Botox vs Dysport: Similarities and Differences Reviewed
Both Dysport and Botox contain Botulinum Toxin In 2009, a new competitor for Botox was approved for the US market, under the brand Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA). Like Botox, Dysport is a botulinum toxin treatment indicated for wrinkle correction as well as certain movement disorders like spasticity and cervical dystonia. However, these two botulinum neurotoxin preparations were manufactured and purified via distinct, proprietary manufacturing processes. As such, Dysport and Botox have different properties in terms of duration of results, diffusion, adverse event profile, and potency. Botox (onabotulinumtoxin a) is primarily known as a cosmetic injectable that treats wrinkles like glabellar lines; however, it has many more therapeutic uses. As a neurotoxin, it causes chemical denervation in cholinergic neurons, thus impacting signal transmission between these nerves to other cells. It is for this reason that Botox has many therapeutic applications. For instance, Botox is indicated in [Read more]
Restylane for cheeks
The mid-face plays an important role when it comes to managing the signs of facial aging. In the cheeks, this is exemplified in the loss of malar fat pads, increased buccal hollowing, and descending ptotic cheek fat, which deepens the nasolabial fold and accentuates cheek concavity. Although doctors previously treated these signs of aging through the surgical lifting and tightening of the skin, it is now recognized that restoring volume to the cheeks can substantially rejuvenate the face as a whole. When to use Restylane for cheeks A youthful face has what is referred to as the “triangle of youth:” it is broadest at the cheeks and has its apex at the chin. However, the effects of age-related volume loss and increased skin laxity slowly change this triangle to a trapezoid, as the fullness originally in the midface slowly descends. Restoring volume to the cheeks counteracts these effects and creates a “liquid facelift,” preventing sagging in the lower face. When it comes to c [Read more]
Restylane for Acne Scars
Patients with scarring from acne usually desire a way to improve the look of their scars, particularly if they are on their face. While the treatment of acne scarring is strictly cosmetic, diminishing the appearance of these scars can result in great improvements to the patient’s psychological and emotional well-being, and can profoundly impact their self-image. Acne scars are usually a result of nodular and cystic acne, and are caused by atypical healing following inflammation, where enzymatic and inflammatory mediators cause a localized breakdown of subcutaneous fat and collagen. Treating acne scars with Restylane injections For the aesthetic practitioner, treating acne scarring can be challenging, as not all scars may respond in the same way, or at all, to a generalised therapeutic approach. It is therefore important that the treatment be tailored to the individual based on their specific needs. There are currently many different modalities of treatments available for the tre [Read more]
Restylane for Nose: Non Surgical Rhinoplasty Explained
Restylane for non-surgical rhinoplasty Restylane is a popular dermal filler used for correcting and enhancing the nose. It is well received by both patients and practitioners alike: patients like it because of its natural and effective results, while practitioners appreciate its ease of use and high moldability. When treating the nose with a dermal filler like Restylane, the injection is made in the deep dermis or subcutis, with small amounts of product deposited in short linear threads. Practitioners should avoid placing boluses of filler in a fixed position. Once placed, some molding or rolling can be employed to shape the product into the desired contour. Why reshaping your nose with Restylane is a good idea The nose is a central element of the face and significantly impacts facial aesthetics. As such, it is not surprising that there is popular demand for nasal augmentation and enhancement treatments. The advent of dermal fillers has given rise to a whole new set of options fo [Read more]
How Long does Radiesse Last?
Clinical aesthetics has faced a paradigm shift in how it approaches treatment of the aging face. Where before, aesthetic practitioners tended towards a two-dimensional model of treatment in which fillers were viewed and treated in isolation, advances in our understanding of facial anatomy and how it is affected by the aging process has resulted in a trend towards facial rejuvenating techniques that involve volume and shape replenishment. With the focus now on using volume and shape to restore youthful proportions, balance, and symmetry, there has been a massive surge in the development and use of injectable dermal fillers for anti-aging treatment. Why do doctors use Radiesse? Characterizing dermal fillers can be done by roughly diving them into two classes, based on their mode of action: those for volume replacement (where the majority of hyaluronic acid-based fillers lie), or for collagen biostimulation. Based on this classification, fillers made of calcium hydroxylapatite (marke [Read more]
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