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Dermal Fillers Cheat Sheet
In this article Skip to a particular section by clicking below or scroll your way through the article if you prefer. Dermal Filler Technology What Is Hyaluronic Acid and Why Is It Popular In Dermal Fillers Sources of Hyaluronic Acid Functions of Hyaluronic Acid Particle Size and Concentration Recommended Brands for Different Facial Folds Best-Selling Dermal Fillers Juvederm Restylane Belotero Sculptra Radiesse Perlane References Dermal Filler Technology The market is currently brimming with a wide variety of dermal filler types and brands. In contrast to botulinum toxin, dermal fillers are used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles that are present at rest and to fill depressed scars and lip lines. Throughout the years, substances such as paraffin, silicone, and collagen, have been utilized as dermal fillers to treat soft-tissue imperfections. However, the use of these substances has since been terminated due to the high occurrence of adverse reactio [Read more]
20 Questions That Patients Ask Before Botox Treatment
While Botox injections have become a normal way to treat aging skin, it is important for patients to know what they are getting into. Patients should always consult their doctor and do their research before any medical procedure. The below list of 20 common questions patients have regarding Botox and their answers is a good place to start. Question List Skim through all 20 questions and jump to their answer by clicking below. Or scroll your way down. What is Botox used for? Where does it work best? What is getting Botox like? Do the injections hurt? How long does it take to work? How long does it last? If I'm getting Botox for a special event, when should I book my treatment? What is the best age for Botox treatments? What happens to the botulinum toxin once it's in the body? Who can get Botox? Is it only for celebrities and older people? Can Botox be used in combination with other treatments for better results? Who can give Botox injections? How can [Read more]
Euflexxa vs. Synvisc: Which One Is Best?
Synvisc (hylan G-F 20) is the brand name for the high-molecular-weight injectable fluid that contains both hylan A and hylan B polymers. The polymers in Synvisc, like most hyaluronic derivatives, are derived from rooster combs and are classified as avian-derived hyaluronic acid (AV-HA).   Euflexxa, on the other hand is made from a very highly purified product extracted from bacterial cells. It is a polysaccharide consisting of a repeating disaccharide of N-Acetylglucosamine and sodium glucuronate that are linked by glycosidic bonds.   While Supartz, Synvisc, and other AV-HA brands are similar in their efficacy, Synvisc offers a one-dose treatment that prevents multiple trips to a doctor’s office. According to the National Institute of Health, AV-HA treatments all appear to relieve pain for between 4 and 14 weeks by restoring both mechanical and biomechanical homeostasis in the joint.   A difference in price gives Euflexxa a bit of an edge. At present, Eufle [Read more]
Tummy Tuck Improves Back Pain, Bladder Symptoms After Childbirth
Many women choose a tummy tuck after childbirth to return their body to a pre-pregnancy shape. Although the choice is cosmetic, researchers have discovered an abdominoplasty can actually improve two common health concerns: back pain and urinary incontinence. The information could help women find treatment for these post-childbirth health concerns and possibly even prompt insurance companies to cover these helpful surgeries. The abdominoplasty study was prompted by case study reports of patients improving back pain symptoms and incontinence after abdominoplasty with rectus plication. No large studies had investigated this claim, so surgeon D. Alastair Taylor and others in Australia decided to see for themselves if abdominoplasty's benefits really do go well beyond cosmetic improvements. What is Abdominoplasty? Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a tummy tuck and part of a mommy makeover, involves cosmetic improvements to the abdomen. Especially after childbirth, but also [Read more]
Menopause Worsens Rheumatoid Arthritis but U.S. Faces Specialist Shortage
For young women living with rheumatoid arthritis, it seems there may be worse to come. A new study discovered the physical decline associated with rheumatoid arthritis accelerates after menopause, with greater numbers of disease flareups as a woman ages. Rheumatology in Women An estimated 1.3 million adults in the U.S. have rheumatoid arthritis, and women are three times more likely to be affected by this autoimmune disease than men. As a patient's immune system attacks their own body tissues, the lining of the joints can become swollen and painful, and as bones erode, the joints can become deformed. As debilitating as this disease can be for both women and men, previous studies had found the disease shifts as women experience pregnancy, childbirth, and other hormone fluctuations, with decreased symptoms during pregnancy and more flareups after childbirth. Women are also more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis if they have early menopause than those who have normal or lat [Read more]
Are Botox and Dysport Vegan? What About Juvederm?
As the popularity of a vegan lifestyle grows, and the popularity of minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments grows, it can only lead to one thing: more questions from your patients about vegan-friendly cosmetic injections. You may be an expert at restoring youth and beauty, but these lifestyle questions can be difficult to address, even for seasoned cosmetic injectors. Sooner or later, one of your patients will ask if their favorite injectable is vegan-friendly, so learn what makes a product vegan and If Juvederm, Restylane, Botox, and other injections fit this category. What makes a product vegan-friendly? Two main factors determine if a product is vegan: its ingredients and its testing. 1. Ingredients For a product to be vegan, it must contain no animal products but also no ingredients derived from animals. When it comes to food, for example, it must not contain meat but also no eggs, dairy, or other products obtained from animals, even if that animal is still alive. V [Read more]
Are Single-Doctor Practices Going Extinct? Advantages and Disadvantages of Going Solo.
Not that long ago, in the mid-1980s, more than half the doctors in the U.S. worked independently, and less than five percent were in large physician groups. Now healthcare has undergone a dramatic shift, with only 36 percent of physicians working in a solo practice in 2017. 20 percent of physicians now work in groups of 25 or more and 65% of doctors are based in a hospital. If trends continue, by just 2019, an estimated 75 percent of all new physicians will be employed in a hospital. This is driven in part by the newest generation of doctors, who are 2.5 times less likely than their older counterparts to be in solo practice, and the lack of replacements for retiring solo physicians. Many existing doctors are also enticed out of private practice with buyout offers from hospitals and other healthcare providers. With the number of U.S. solo medical practices declining rapidly, it is time to examine the trend, and see what the advantages might be for a new doctor deciding to go it [Read more]
Is Teledermatology Effective? More Evidence Points to Yes.
With businesses increasingly embracing online services, it was almost inevitable that medicine would follow. Although teledermatology has become more popular, some still have their doubts about how well doctors can diagnose a patient based on a picture or video. Now, a new study confirms that even a cell phone picture can be effective in helping doctors diagnose skin conditions. Teledermatology involves a virtual patient visit, with a dermatologist or family doctor speaking to a patient through video chat or simply viewing pictures of a skin condition. This and other types of telemedicine can help reach patients who live in remote areas, who do not have a specialist in their region, or who have mobility issues and cannot visit their doctor in person. The service can also make a doctor’s visit quicker and easier, allowing a patient to consult their doctor on the go. The Pediatric Teledermatology Study Patrick McMahon, MD, and a team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [Read more]
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