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Treating Scars Part II
Injury implies that there is a need to restore a specific area and its structural integrity to normal function. It is an urgent need because mechanical integrity and the barriers are required to prevent any fluid loss or, even worse, severe infection. To reorganize the injured structure so that blood and lymphatic inflow and outflow is prevented is known as wound healing. Flawless repair is neither possible nor practical in the adult body, because of the aforementioned urgency. However, that is not to say that the other end of the spectrum does not exist. Regeneration is the term given to perfect and flawless repair without any scar formation, but it is only possible during the embryonic stage, and in certain tissues, such as the bone and liver. Unfortunately, the technology available today is unable to utilize this knowledge and put it into practical use. Interestingly, all wounds experience the same repair mechanisms. Acute wounds are repaired in an orderly and timely man [Read more]
Understanding Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
Cosmetic injectables, like dermal fillers, have become increasingly popular in recent years. Hyaluronic acid, in particular, is the most commonly used dermal filler, accounting for more than 92% of all dermal fillers in the United States in 2015. In this article, various aspects of hyaluronic acid fillers will be discussed, including regulation, physical characteristics and uses, and a quick primer on other commonly used FDA-approved classes of dermal fillers. Regulation The most common issue with dermal fillers is actually a lack of regulation; in 2013, a report by the Department of Health (DOH) termed this as a “crisis waiting to happen.” In the United Kingdom, dermal fillers are classified as a medical device rather than a drug, meaning that dermal fillers can be used cosmetically without being subject to the EU General Product Safety Directive, Care Quality Commission (CQC), or CE standards. Given this, practitioners usually turn to guidelines established [Read more]
Restylane for Lips: Professional Tips
With the advent of cosmetic injectables, lip augmentation has become the leading aesthetic enhancement procedure that uses dermal fillers. There are many advantages to using injectable fillers for lip augmentation, not least because it is a convenient and simple procedure for the patient that gives immediate, visible results. The lips are an important facial feature, and age often thins the lips as volume is lost through various intrinsic factors, including the depletion of hyaluronic acid from tissue. Patients also seek enhancement due to the perception (especially in western culture) of full, well-defined lips as the societal standard of beauty and youth. Lastly, some patients look to cosmetic injections to improve various defects of their lip that are not necessarily age-related. This includes problems with asymmetry, disproportion, a flattened Cupid’s bow, or an undefined lip border. Professional tips: choosing Restylane for lips If your patient has been thinking about gett [Read more]
Using Sculptra with Needles
Sculptra is an injectable that contains poly-L-lactic acid as one of its main ingredients. It is often packaged into a vial as a dry powder that must be reconstituted. Poly-L-lactic acid is a cosmetic filler material that, when injected into the tissues, stimulates collagen production by being targeted by the immune system as foreign bodies. This is the mechanism behind its augmentation function. This article will focus on the technical aspects of using Sculptra for facial rejuvenation. Preparation Reconstitute Sculptra at least two to seven days before treatment with 6ml of bacteriostatic water. On the day of the injection, add 3ml of lidocaine with epinephrine to make a solution of 9ml in the vial; this reduces the need to introduce a local anesthetic injection before the treatment. Do not shake the vial when attempting to mix the solution; instead, just gently roll the vial, make sure no bubbles are formed. Use a 21-gauge needle to draw the solution from the vial and use a 25-gaug [Read more]
Juvederm vs Radiesse For Marionette Lines: Effectiveness Compared
How do dermal fillers treat marionette lines? As the body ages, it slows production on many proteins that are essential to keeping the skin firm, elastic, and plump. As these substances, such as elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid, become less abundant, the skin becomes weaker and begins to loosen and sag, causing lines and wrinkles to form.  Dermal fillers are able to treat marionette lines because they add volume back into the skin, and some fillers even replace some of those essential substances within the skin that have become sparse. The added volume from the implanted dermal filler gel lifts up the skin, smoothes out lines and wrinkles, and adds a youthful plumpness to the skin that has been lost due to the process of aging and other harmful environmental factors. Duration of effect of Juvederm vs Radiesse for marionette lines Aside from the difference in ingredients, the biggest difference between Juvederm vs Radiesse is the longevity of the effects of treatment. Juve [Read more]
Volbella vs Juvederm: Better Product to Treat Your Lips
Juvederm Volbella, a dermal filler product in the Juvederm family, is a filler that is manufactured using cutting-edge Vycross Technology. As a low-viscosity hyaluronic acid filler, Juvederm Volbella is designed to be soft and spreadable for complete and even integration with treated tissue. Many patients may not have a complete understanding of what Juvederm Volbella can achieve in comparison with other Juvederm products, as it is a relatively new product. Here, we take an in-depth look at this lip filler to rectify this issue. Where and how should you use Juvederm Volbella? Juvederm Volbella is indicated for treating lips and for correcting wrinkles around the mouth. In a study evaluating the effectiveness of Juvederm Volbella for lip enhancement, it was found that Juvederm Volbella was as effective as Restylane-L and results in less swelling. When treating the lips, Juvederm Volbella gives optimal results when used subcutaneously to coat the orbicularis oris muscle in the cutaneou [Read more]
Fortelis vs Juvederm: Similarities and Differences Explained
Each year, more and more soft tissue fillers are making it to market to cater for the ever-increasing demand. The sheer number of dermal fillers and their wide variety of applications can sometimes make it challenging to select the most appropriate dermal filler for the job at hand. With this in mind, this article will compare and contrast two popular dermal fillers: Fortelis vs Juvederm. To begin with, let’s take a closer look at each of the fillers discussed here individually. Fortelis Extra: Developed in 2007, Fortelis Extra was produced after the successful release of its related products, Esthelis Soft and Basic. While Fortelis Extra is made using the same technology as its predecessors, its high hyaluronic acid concentration and high degree of cross-linkage makes it best suited for the correction of deep wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds. Fortelis Extra has special properties that enables it to optimally fill furrows and folds, which is aided by its ability to maintain e [Read more]
Monovisc vs Synvisc: Composition & Treatment
Intraarticular injections of hyaluronic acid-based Monovisc, a product manufactured by Anika Therapeutics, and Synvisc, made by Genzyme, are used in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Patients considering such viscosupplements may need more information before deciding on the right product for them. To this end, this article will discuss the benefits of viscosupplementation, and describe the characteristics of Monovisc and Synvisc as well as the differences between them. Monovisc or Synvisc for viscosupplementation Patients with knee osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis in which the knee suffers damage due to the wearing down of the protective cartilage, often find themselves in pain or with joint stiffness that limits their mobility and impedes on their daily activities. Thus, managing this condition by alleviating the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis is of prime importance, so that the patient can improve their quality of life. Currently, the methods of managing knee osteoa [Read more]
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