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Botox for Bladder
Recent findings regarding new mechanisms of action of Botox has resulted in novel indications, including as therapy for pain-related conditions. One new indication is for the treatment of urinary incontinence stemming from overactive bladder. This condition could be related to a neurologic condition (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or spinal cord injury). Patients with this condition are not able to control the contraction of bladder muscles involved in urination, and exhibit symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency (strong, sudden urge to urinate), and frequency. In patients with neurologic conditions, urinary incontinence is usually due to overactivity of the detrusor, which is the smooth muscle found in the wall of the bladder. When traditional anticholinergic medications are not an option for patients or do not work for them, Botox injects present a viable alternative means of treating their bladder dysfunction. Why use Botox for bladder? [Read more]
Botox for Anal Fissure: Pathogenesis, Signs & Symptoms
Botulinum toxin is a therapy with many indications, including anal fissure. It was first established as a viable therapy for anal fissure in 1992 and has emerged as one of the leading alternatives to surgery for anal fissure treatment. Read more to find out more about the benefits that Botox therapy can bring to patients suffering from this painful condition. Chronic anal fissure: pathogenesis, signs and symptoms Anal fissure refers to the condition where a split or tear occurs in the distal anal canal that extends from the anal verge towards the dente line. Most anal fissures occur posteriorly and are thought to be the result of severe constipation or from straining, where the hard feces may injure the anal canal. Chronic anal fissure, where the condition is not self-limiting and continuous, stems from a vicious cycle of inflammation, pain, and tissue ischemia; and can be identified as a well-defined ulcer. How chronic anal fissure is caused, develops and progresses [Read more]
Juvederm for Penis Enhancement Explained
Penis enlargement is a common request by male patients for many reasons. The desire to be “bigger” can stem from aesthetic reasons (the perception that the penis is smaller than average), to functional ones (thinking that a bigger penis provide greater sexual pleasure to their partner). Great demand and few treatment options have resulted in the availability of a myriad of ineffective “solutions,” which range from pills and creams to devices like vacuum pumps and weights aimed at stretching the penis. These options are not only unproven, they can pose serious side effects, even leading to erectile dysfunction in some cases. The medically viable option, surgery, falls into two basic categories: increasing the length of the penis by severing the ligament that connects the penis to the pelvic bone, and increasing the width of the penis by using silicone implant, fat or tissue grafts, in what are called penile girth enhancement (PGE) techniques. Current [Read more]
Teosyal vs Juvederm: Similarities and Differences Reviewed
A meaningful comparison between injectable dermal fillers can sometimes be difficult to undertake. Although there are a multitude of injectable fillers available, a great majority of them have either very few or no high-quality randomized controlled trials to support their use. This gives rise to a lack of guidance on both the efficacy and safety of these products. Fortunately, the brands of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that will be discussed in this article, Teosyal and Juvederm, are proven to be beneficial to patients. Differences between Teosyal vs Juvederm Teosyal is a brand of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that are manufactured by Teoxane Laboratories. Their product line consists of the Classic line of fillers and the PureSense line (these fillers includes lidocaine, a local anesthetic agent that improves patient comfort during the injection procedure), Teosyal First Line, Global Action, Deep Lines, Kiss, and Ultra Deep. This is not an exhaustive list of [Read more]
Prevelle Silk Vs Juvederm: Their Similarities and Differences Explained
Due to the popularity of cosmetic injectable treatments for facial rejuvenation, there are now a myriad of products aimed at correcting any type of aesthetic defect, from wrinkles to acne scars. Consumers find themselves spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a dermal filler treatment. However, dermal fillers are not all created equal; a patient will find that certain products may be more suitable for them. It is therefore important that the patient makes an informed decision about the filler to use based on the information available to them and the guidance provided to them from a board-certified doctor. In this article, we will look at Prevelle Silk, a dermal filler that was approved by the FDA in 2008 and is manufactured by Mentor Corporation, and Juvederm, a brand of dermal fillers made by Allergan. Prevelle Silk – The “starter filler” Prevelle Silk is an FDA-approved dermal filler that is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe facial [Read more]
The Properties of Skin Peels
When talking about chemical peeling, it is important to recognize that these peels actually induce controlled chemical damage onto the skin. By using what is usually an acidic solution, chemical peels remove the epidermis and dermis, so that they can undergo regeneration from nearby adnexal structures, which ultimately results in the improvement of skin color, texture, and other concerns. Depending on the strength of the solution, the level of dermal collagen affected will either be superficial, medium, or deep. This article will focus on the peeling agents available and how they are capable of restoring epidermal structures. The indications of the different solutions will also be elaborated. Popularity of skin peels The Plastic Surgery Statistics Report in 2017 that was prepared by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showed that there were close to 1.4 million individuals who opted for chemical peeling, which is a significant increase over the 1.15 million individ [Read more]
Orthovisc vs Supartz: Viscosupplements Comparison
Viscosupplements are medication that are administered to provide cushioning and lubrication to the affected knee joint. Usually given after the standard therapies have failed to produce adequate relief of arthritic symptoms, these intraarticular injections have been shown to be safe treatments that can assist in the management of this often painful, debilitating disease. This article will take a closer look at two viscosupplements, Supartz and Orthovisc, and see how they compare to each other. How do Orthovisc and Supartz help patients with knee osteoarthritis? In healthy individuals, joint spaces are filled with synovial fluid, a viscous fluid with an egg white-like consistency. Synovial fluid reduces friction between adjacent cartilage tissues during joint movement; thus, minimizing damage from wear and tear. However, aging impacts the rheological properties of synovial fluid, reducing in elasticity, viscosity, and rigidity as the patient grows older. In some cases, t [Read more]
Botox for Sweating Face, A Solution to Facial Hyperhidrosis
Patients with facial hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating of the face, are often embarrassed by their condition. For these patients, social and occupational situations can cause great anxiety and hamper their lifestyle. Many of the standard modalities used to treat hyperhidrosis may offer only limited success, as is the case with many topical antiperspirants, such as endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy or tap water iontophoresis, which are not applicable for use in the facial area. Fortunately for these patients, Botox may be a viable treatment option. In this article, the role of Botox in the management of facial hyperhidrosis will be discussed. Facial hyperhidrosis, and how Botox treats it Facial hyperhidrosis is a type of focal hyperhidrosis, a condition where sweat is produced to an amount that exceeds physiological needs. In general, facial hyperhidrosis is bilateral and primarily affects the forehead. In some cases, other facial regions—such as the scalp, [Read more]
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