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U.K. Cosmetic Surgeons Help Treat Migraine Pain with Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 31, 2010

Men and women who frequently suffer from migraine pain and severe headaches may be able to get some relief from Botox injections. Dr. William Binder discovered the benefits of Botox for migraine relief in the early 1990’s, and medical professionals have been using Botox to treat a number of conditions, including migraine headaches as an “off label” treatment.

Even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved Botox for the treatment of migraines, it is still available as a treatment option for many migraine sufferers in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries.

For many people who suffer from migraines, traditional medication and over-the-counter remedies don’t always work. Even prescription drugs designed for migraine relief only ease the pain temporarily and do not slow down the frequency of the migraine pain. Some medications also have unwanted side effects which can have a negative impact on the person’s overall health and well-being.

Migraines are typically triggered by stress, anxiety or be the side effect of certain health conditions, and once they begin they can become severely debilitating. Botox works by paralyzing the muscles around the forehead and can help to relieve much of the stress and tension that builds up around the face during a migraine episode. Migraine sufferers may need to undergo a series of treatments in order to get rid of the pain for the long-term.

Surgeons and medical professionals will typically require a consultation to make sure the patient is a good candidate for treatment. Some people may have an adverse reaction to Botox and will not be eligible to receive treatment. Still, those that are good candidates for the procedure will not only be able to relieve migraine pain, but can also benefit from Botox’s ability to smooth out wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance.

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Study Suggests Less Frequent Botox Jabs Still Reduce Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 7, 2010

Many patients undergoing Botox treatments typically head back to the cosmetic surgeon’s office every six to eight months for a touch up. However, a recent study by researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University shows that Botox Cosmetic can provide many wrinkle-smoothing cosmetic benefits after two years.

According to Roger A. Dailey, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor and Lester Jones Endowed Chair of oculofacial plastic surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine, “After two years of treatment at recommended intervals, patients can potentially cut the frequency, and thus the cost, of their Botox treatments by half.” Dr. Dailey presented the results of this study at a meeting of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in Washington, D.C. this past April. The research was sponsored by a grant from Allergen, Inc., the maker of Botox Cosmetic.

Researchers found that patients who began receiving injections between their 30s and 50s were able to prevent wrinkles from forming and also eliminated existing wrinkles – especially in the glabellar region. They found that those who received Botox Cosmetic injections every three months, and those that received less frequent treatments, had similar results.

Dr. Dailey reports, “we found that after the patient receives Botox Cosmetic injections every four months for two years, the frequency of the injections can be changed to every six months and still achieve good results…this demonstrates patients have the ability to achieve good results with broader treatment schedules and ultimately at a lower overall treatment cost.” (Source:

Botox continues to be among the most sought-after minimally invasive procedures in the United States. The treatment helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is currently available at hundreds of medical spas and aesthetic surgery centers around the country.

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Botox Parties Take Off in Dubai

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 6, 2010

Attending a Botox party or other cosmetic surgery event has become a popular activity in the United States and the UK in recent years, as more plastic surgeons are branching out into the field of dermal fillers to offer patients more options in anti-aging.

Minimally invasive treatments such as Botox and skin tightening treatments such as Thermage are also making waves overseas. According to a recent report in The National, more women in Dubai are looking for the latest facial enhancement procedures and are busy turning to lip implants, facial fillers and other treatments that have become wildly popular in the United States.

Botox parties are becoming a popular trend in Dubai, and are being held as social gatherings complete with cupcakes, snacks and beverages. According to The National, Dr. Buthainah al Shunnar is one of several Emirati plastic surgeons who is spearheading this trend. Procedures that were once considered taboo among the social elite and population of Dubai are now openly demonstrated in public, and Botox has become a household name.

Both surgical and non-surgical enhancements are on the rise in the Middle East and some parts of Asia where more women are working on ways to achieve a more “westernized” look.

In some areas, the most coveted types of surgery include rhinoplasty, facelift surgery and even breast augmentation. For many, surgery isn’t a viable solution for transforming the appearance, which is why Botox and other minimally invasive procedures are an attractive choice.

Botox Cosmetic works by filling out fine lines and wrinkles around the face and neck area, and can help to reduce the appearance of deeper lines on the forehead. While this treatment is coupled with some side effects, it continues to be one of the most sought-after anti aging treatments around the globe. More information about Botox can be found here.

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Allergan Launches Campaign Against Botax

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 20, 2009

The recent healthcare reform bill that includes a 5 percent tax on elective procedures such as Botox, breast implants, liposuction, laser skin resurfacing and even teeth whitening has left many plastic surgeons and aesthetic surgery professionals shaking their heads. Patients and surgeons alike are rallying against the “Botax” that would end up adding a few extra dollars – and a few extra hundred dollars, in some cases – to the fees for popular procedures.

Allergan, the makers of Botox Cosmetic, has officially launched a campaign against the proposed “Botax,”. Allergan’s Chief Executive Officer David Pyott recently made a public statement, indicating that the impact of the tax would be “pretty marginal” for the company, but it that “we really feel strongly this is bad policy.”

Many professionals in the industry have pointed out that the Botax is actually a discriminatory tax because it will mostly affect middle class women between the ages of 25 and 35, the group that makes up the most significant amount of the cosmetic surgery market.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons stats that about 60 percent of people planning to have cosmetic surgery live in households with an annual income below $90,000. (Source:

The Botax is expected to raise nearly $6 billion over the next ten years, and the fund would help to pay for the healthcare “overhaul” that is estimated to cost about $849 billion. The Botax would not only affect sales of Botox and other injectable fillers, but would also be applicable to procedures such as Latisse eyelash enhancers, liposuction, breast implants, laser skin resurfacing, facial rejuvenation treatments and even teeth whitening.

Allergan has set up a Facebook page to rally against the Bota, and more than 10,000 people have signed an online petition against the tax. According to, approximately 7,500 letters have already been sent to local senators.

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Allergan Announces Express Success Charity Campaign

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 22, 2009

expresssuccessIn the wake of a series challenges with the FDA and oncoming competition from Ipsen, the makers of Dysport, Allergan, the makers of Botox, are ramping up their PR and marketing efforts to reposition themselves as the market leader for the famous wrinkle filler.

Allergan has announced the ‘Botox Cosmetic Express Success’ charitable education campaign that will benefit the non-profit Dress for Success organization. The company is donating a quarter of a million dollars to the organization, and the campaign has partnered with Vanessa Williams to raise awareness for the campaigns efforts.

According to Robert Grant, president of Allergan Medical, a division of Allergan, Inc., “Allergan has developed many programs to educate women about the product, especially the importance of seeing a licensed and trained physician. Through this campaign, Allergan also will be realizing the important philanthropic goal of helping disadvantaged women around the country fulfill their professional potential and express their success.” (Source : Press Release for Express Success Campaign)

The Dress for Success organization helps economically disadvantaged women thrive in the workplace and boost their self-esteem, by providing professional clothing and accessories. To launch this campaign with Allergan’s support, the organization is hosting an online drive, with Allergan donating $2 for each of the first 25,000 people who register for the campaign web site and pledge their support.

Supporters can register at, and all registrants will also be entered to win a trip for two to New York City to meet Vanessa Williams and get some workplace success tips.

Allergan ambassadors and Vanessa Williams will be hosting the campaign launch in New York City’s Union Square on June 30, in addition to a celebrity ‘Rack Relay Race’ and a public clothing drive. The first 100 people to pre-register for the race will receive a complimentary BOTOX Cosmetic treatment from a trained, licensed aesthetic-specialty physician, and the winners of the race will win a lunch meeting with Vanessa Williams in New York City.

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Botox Celebrates 20th Birthday This Month

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 12, 2009

j0399510Botox Cosmetic (botulinum toxin A), a wrinkle-reducing drug manufactured by Allergan, has been on the market for two decades this month.

The drug received FDA approval for treating blepharoplasty and strabismus in 1989, and has since become one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures on the market.

Botox Cosmetic not only gets rid of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it also helps treat a number of conditions and health problems including excessive sweating, cervical dystonia and can even be used to treat migraines.

Botox continues to rank in the top five of most popular non-invasive procedures each year, and demand for the injectable has only increased during these tough economic times, as more people look for affordable anti aging treatments.  Botox has joined the ranks of laser rejuvenation and advanced chemical peel procedures to lead the field of innovative skin rejuvenation procedures. It’s one of the most commonly asked for and most recognized cosmetic enhancements on the market, and competition for the drug is minimal.

The FDA is currently reviewing and approving drugs that mimic the effects of Botox, but it will take time for these drugs to be widely accepted, used and marketed in the same way as Botox.

Despite recent reports of botulinism poisoning and adverse effects experienced by some individuals who were administered an ‘overdose’ of Botox, the drug continues to be used around the country. The neurotoxin is being reviewed for treating overactive bladders, chronic migraines, and even post-stroke spasticity.  It is designed primarily to inhibit and eliminate movement of the muscles at the injection site, and is commonly used to treat crow’s feet, fill out skin depressions, and eliminate wrinkles on the forehead.

After 20 years, Botox continues to be one of the most effective anti-aging treatments on the market, and offers numerous health benefits.

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LEDs Help Lighten Up Wrinkles – Better than BOTOX?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 22, 2008

LED Lights for Skin RejuvenationBOTOX and injectable fillers continue to be a popular choice for getting rid of wrinkles, a nonsurgical option for baby boomers and individuals who want a more youthful look.  Still, these fillers are only temporary and frequent touch-ups mean many patients are filling their monthly schedules with a pricey treatment.

Researchers in Germany are investigating an alternative to injectable fillers that may provide lasting results for the anti-wrinkle crowds.  The ACS Crystal Growth & Design, a bi-monthly journal scheduled for publication on November 5, puts the spotlight on using LED lights for skin rejuvenation. Applying high-intensity, light emitting diodes to the skin’s surface may help reduce wrinkles and create a brighter complexion.

The LED study was conducted by researchers Andrei P. Sommer and Dan Zhu, and they point out that high-intensity light has been used for decades to help heal the skin, reduce the signs of aging and also increases the production of collagen and elastin.  Currently, there are several variations of light therapy on the market; many consumers turn to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments to remove blemishes and tighten and tone the skin, and infrared light treatments to help reduce the signs of wrinkles.

However, scientists are now saying that LED lights may do a better job at reaching the deeper skin tissues in need of repair so that the body can naturally begin to produce collagen.  The light is powerful enough to change the molecular structure of elastin; the result?  Fewer wrinkles, tighter skin and possibly a reduced risk of developing more wrinkles in the oncoming years.

Overall, the LED treatment provides a revitalizing and rejuvenating treatment, and may soon become a part of the suite of services available from anti aging doctors across the country. Will it be better than BOTOX?  It’s too soon to tell if this will be a replacement for the ever-popular fillers, but it may work as a complementary treatment in the short-term.

(Source: Medical News Today; Picture Credit: Zpyder, via Flick’r)

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BOTOX in Court – Lawsuit Underway

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 20, 2008

BOTOX cosmetic treatments accounted for nearly 3 million procedures in 2007, and continue to be the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic enhancement for both men and women. The injectable can help get rid of frown lines, reduce crow’s feet and smooth out the skin. Botox continues to be the most sought-after alternative to face lift surgery.

However, recent complaints about the side effects and even deaths associated with BOTOX have led to the filing of several lawsuits against Allergan, Inc., the makers of BOTOX. The L.A. Times reports on a number of deaths related to Botox, including the death of a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was receiving Botox injections as part of her treatment prgoram, and the death of a 69-year old woman who was receiving Botox injections to reduce neck and shoulder pain.

Allergan is fighting back with proof of the safety of Botox, claiming that Botox has both ‘approved’ and ‘unapproved’ uses. Several doctors and physicians use Botox to treat migraines, manage depression, reduce underarm sweating or improve the conditions of a chronic disease. Unfortunately, these ‘unapproved’ uses may prove to be fatal.

16 deaths were reported in January 2008, and consumer groups begged for better warnings on every box of Botox. One of the biggest dangers associated with Botox is migration; if the compound spreads to the throat, it can cause partial paralysis of the neck and even cut off breathing.

The FDA issued a warning about Botox in February 2008, and encourages all doctors to warn patients about the potential side effects of botulinum toxin treatments – even if it’s used only for wrinkle removal.

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