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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 manag [Read more]
Bellafill vs Juvederm: Similarities and Differences Reviewed
What is Juvederm, and how does it differ from Bellafill? Juvederm is a brand of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers that are manufactured by Allergan. There are two main lines of Juvederm fillers: Hylacross and Vycross. The Hylacross line includes a variety of designed to correct various concerns, such as thin lips, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and volume loss. They are produced to have a high cohesivity in order to increase their lifting capabilities. Vycross fillers, on the other hand, include Juvederm Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella. This product line is different mainly due to its moldability, which is enhanced by a lower cohesivity compared to the Hylacross line. The indications of the Vycross products are specific to each model, but there are some overlaps in between. Treatments with Juvederm can cost around $750 or more. Bellafill, also known as ArteFill, is the only FDA-approved non-resorbable implant that is currently available in the commerci [Read more]
Belotero vs Juvederm: Similarities and Differences Reviewed
Both Belotero and Juvederm are ranges of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. The Belotero range is now produced and distributed to Merz Pharmaceuticals, Anteis S.A. remains the manufacturer of the Belotero brand. Modern fillers nowadays, including Belotero and Juvederm fillers, use butanediol diglycidyl ether (BDDE), which is a compound used to cross-link hyaluronic acid molecules, so that they can better resist the rapid degrading enzymes of hyaluronidase and other factors when injected into the skin. In other words, the cross-linking process helps increase the duration of action of the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, and this is true of Belotero and Juvederm fillers. A long duration of action, in turn, results in a longer-lasting aesthetic change after a treatment. Patients can also benefit by having a longer time frame until their next hyaluronic acid filler treatment. The duration of effect for both Belotero and Juvederm filler products ranges from six to 12 months. [Read more]
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]
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