Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 14, 2010
Botox continues to be one of the most sought-after anti aging procedures, and many Americans pay upward of $300 to $400 per injection to get rid of unwanted lines and wrinkles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved the drug Xeomin that offers similar benefits as Botox and may now be a new competitor in the injectables market.
Xeomin is similar to Botox in composition, and was initially approved for the treatment of cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. The compound can be injected into the skin to stop muscle spasms, and may be effective for reducing nerve impulses and in several parts of the face. Xeomin does differ from Botox in some ways. It does not require refrigeration before use, and the protocol for injecting the compounds is simpler.
Even though Xeomin is very similar to Botox in its composition and the results it can produce, it has not been approved for cosmetic use in the United States. It will still need to undergo testing and trials before it will be available on the market, but some physicians may soon be able to offer it as an off-label procedure.
Xeomin was launched in the United Kingdom in 2008, and is the third botulinum toxin type A available in the UK. It is made from purified Type A neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum and proteins are removed from the compound through a purification process. It is only available by prescription in the UK, and can only be administered by trained members of the medical profession. Some people may not be good candidates for treatment.
Patients who have generalized anxiety disorders of muscle activity, those who are taking aminoglycoside antibiotics, pregnant or lactating women, and those who have bleeding disorders cannot have Xeomin injections.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 28, 2010
People selling Botox injections on the black market may now be easier to catch thanks to new monitoring technologies and equipment that are designed to protect people from bioterrorism and other terrorist attacks. Universal Detection Technology has developed a set of bioweapons detection kits to seek out fake versions of Botox that have made their way out onto the black market, and these tools may make it easier for law enforcement personnel to control and regulate the production and distribution of counterfeit Botox around the United States.
According to Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, “The growing black market for counterfeit Botox, while a consumer protection issue, should be a major red flag for our national security. Universal Detection Technology is prepared to equip law enforcement, military, special forces and customs agents with the tools necessary to easily detect the lethal bioagent botulinum toxin, as well as a host of other deadly biohazards.” (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)
The Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement agencies can now use Universal Detection Technolgoy’s tools to detect lethal bioagents and fake botulinum toxins, along with a number of other biohazards that are frequently imported to and distributed around the United States.
The detection kits are designed to identify up to five separate threats using a single device. These kits are capable of detecting anthrax, rice, Y.pestis, Botox and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B (SEB). The total detection time is typically less than three minutes, and is a simple, easy-to-use device that provides rapid onsite detection. Results of a study conducted by Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies were published in the June issue of Scientific American¸ and indicate that the counterfeit products can pose a serious health threat because botulinum toxin is so toxic.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 10, 2010
Chronic migraines and frequent migraine headaches affect millions of Americans every year, and some prescription medications to treat migraines have many unwanted side effects. Some experts believe that Botox injections can be effective for treating migraines, because they help to reduce the muscle’s ability to flex in certain areas, and can thereby curb the pain associated with the average migraine headache.
Migraines are typically caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the head, and these can trigger a number of other problems including sensitivity to light, nausea, dizziness and splitting pain in the head and neck area. Some people benefit from taking over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and resting in a dark, quiet room until the pain passes. However, migraines are typically recurring and may be triggered by high stress levels, poor nutrition or fatigue.
Dr. Drew Ordon recently explained the reasons why Botox treatments may be effective for treating migraine pain on the The Doctors TV show. While there are no published, randomized, double-blind trails that show how Botox can treat migraines, there is a significant amount of data that suggests that Botox injected into the muscles of the brow, forehead and side of the head can reduce the frequency of migraines and may also help reduce the severity of side effects, including vomiting.
One of the most significant limitations of using Botox for migraines is that the treatment can be costly – approximately $350 per injection, and is most often not covered by insurance. The cost of the treatments vary depending on the individual, and some people may experience side effects such as droopy eyelids, or an infection at the injection site.
Still, many doctors and medical professionals believe that Botox injections can help to reduce the frequency of migraines and may prevent very severe migraine attacks altogether.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 30, 2010
Botox injections continue to be among the most coveted minimally-invasive procedures for men and women who want a more youthful appearance, and were the number one nonsurgical cosmetic procedure performed at medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers in 2009, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Botox works to freeze the muscles that cause wrinkles, and also smooths out existing wrinkles to achieve a more youthful look.
Recent research from the Department of Psychology at Barnard College in New York City shows that Botox injections may also inhibit the individual’s ability to express emotions. According to researcher Joshua Ian Davis, PhD, a term assistant professor in the department of psychology, “For at least some emotions, if you take away some part of the facial expression, you take away some of the emotional experience…whether this is a benefit or a detriment depends on your goals.”
Researchers tested this hypothesis by reviewing video clips of patients after their injection with clips of videos of the patients before they received their injections. More research is still needed to validate the hypothesis, but researchers believe that there s significant evidence that suggests that certain muscle groups are closely linked to an emotional response, and that paralyzing these muscles can reduce the person’s ability to express their emotions properly.
Muscles that cause frown lines, smile lines and crow’s feet may be completely paralyzed with Botox injections, but can make it very difficult for the individual to convey happiness, sadness or anger at any given time.
People who do get Botox injections may be able to achieve a more youthful appearance, only because they can raise the brows and appear friendlier, kinder and happier. However, this is no indication that the person actually feels the same way on the inside.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 18, 2010
Even though Botox injections are famous for reducing wrinkles and fine lines, the injectable also serves several off-label purposes, including the treatment of hyperhidrosis and migraines.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have published a study that indicates Botox may also be effective for weakening and paralyzing certain nerves and muscles in the body, and can therefore help those who are experiencing significant amounts of pain.
The study was published in the April issue of the Pain Medicine journal, and researchers point out that Botox is a safe, noninvasive alternative of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), which affects about 8 percent of the population. The current treatment for TOC involves removing the first rib and severing one of the muscles in the neck. It is also combined with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and other forms of surgery.
Paul J. Christo, M.D., M.B.A. and assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and lead author of the study, points out, “There have been many alternatives to the use of surgery to treat this syndrome…Botox seems to be an effective treatment that avoids surgery’s obvious drawbacks, such as its invasive nature and long recovery time.” (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is caused by a compression of nerves in the lower neck. When there is not enough room in the cavity between the base of the neck and the armpit for the nerves to function properly, the individual experiences severe pain that shoots down the arm, and in some cases, numbness or weakness. TOS can be the result of a car accident, sitting at a computer for long periods of time, or it can be the result of a sports injury.
Botox can be administered into the muscles over time to reduce the nerve impulses and improve functioning of the muscles and joints. Dr. Christo reports that many people who agreed to participate in the Botox study were able to enjoy some pain relief before going to the hospital for more extensive surgery.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 31, 2010
People who become self-conscious about sweaty palms may not have to deal with the anxiety and nervousness associated with clammy handshakes for much longer.
Transform Cosmetic Surgery group from the UK has developed the Palm-tox procedure, a Botox treatment that helps to stop moisture production in the palms by blocking the nerve impulses going to the sweat glands.
The team of experts at the Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group reports that the Palm-tox procedure can help at least 1% of Britain’s population find relief from sweaty palms and wet handshakes. Botox works by blocking the signals getting to the moisture glands so that the body can no longer produce sweat.
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a medical condition where the individual sweats excessively even when the temperature is cooler. The condition is characterized by abnormally-increased perspiration, and typically effects the hands, feet, armpits and groin. The primary cause of hyperhidrosis is unknown, but some medical professionals believe it is caused by over activity of the sympathetic system. Certain foods may also trigger excessive sweating, as well as the consumption of nicotine or caffeine.
Treatment options for the condition include application of highly-concentrated antiperspirants, and anticholinergic drugs, such as Oxybutynin, Glycopyrrolate and propantheline bromide. Still, the UK cosmetic surgery group believes that Botox injections may be an effective treatment for managing the condition.
Gwen Davies, Transform’s manager for non-surgical procedures, states, “We’re seeing more hyperhidrosis sufferers every year who are desperate for an effective treatment that will allow them to lead a normal life. We had introduced the procedure to treat excessive sweating in the armpits, which is estimated to affect one of a hundred Britons…we also want to warn the public that these procedures should never be performed by anyone other than an experienced professional.”
(Source: Whitehaven News)
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 20, 2010
Botox currently has several off-label uses including treating excessive sweating, reducing the risk of migraines and helping patients with joint or arthritic pain.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved Botox to treat spasticity in the flexor muscles of adults. Spasticity of the elbow, wrists and fingers is often the result of a stroke, brain injury or the result of progressive multiple sclerosis. The stiffness and tightness in the joints can interfere with daily activities and can affect how a patient looks.
Russell Katz, M.D. and director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research reports, “Muscles affected by spasticity have increased stiffness and tightness, which may lead to pain, difficulties with hygiene and other activities of daily living, and may affect how a patient looks…in clinical trials, treatment with Botox was found to be beneficial to patients with upper limb spasticity.” (Source: Medical News Today)
Botox has a positive effect on muscles that have been affected by spasticity because it blocks the connection between the nerves and muscles, temporarily paralyzing the spastic muscle. This helps relieve pain within seconds, and can help the individual enjoy improved range of motion in the joint.
While some of the side effects of Botox include spreading of the injection to an untreated site and symptoms similar to botulism, most people can benefit from the drug. According to Medical News Today, the most common adverse side effects reported by patients with upper limb spasticity were nausea, fatigue, bronchitis, pain in the arms and muscle weakness.
The side effects and overall effects of Botox are different for each individual, and the treatment must be administered by a certified and licensed medical professional. Treatment with Botox is not intended to be a substitute for rehabilitative care or physical therapy, so many patients will still need to undergo their regular treatment plans in order to achieve desired results.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 17, 2010
Allergan, Incorporated, the makers of BOTOX Cosmetic and several other anti-aging products, has purchased a cosmetic surgery company from Medford, Massachusetts. Allergan, Incorporated now owns Serica Technologies, Incorporated for an undisclosed price.
Serica Technologies specializes in making biodegradable, silk mesh scaffolds that can be used as part of skin grafting procedures and in reconstructive surgery. These scaffolds help with the tissue regeneration process, and have helped thousands of patients recover from surgery and achieve the best results with their cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. Many procedures such as facelift surgery, breast implants, body contouring procedures and other complicated types of plastic and cosmetic procedures require the patient to undergo weeks and months of recovery so that the skin tissues can heal properly. Products and materials that can speed up the tissue and cell repair process can help the surgeon achieve better results and improve recovery outcomes.
Allergan, Incorporated plans to operate Serica out of the company’s state-of-the-art office in Medford. Serica has been in business since 1998 and raised nearly $24 million in financing from Hong Kong-based investment company Morningside Technology Ventures, Massachusetts-based Prism VentureWorks, and New Jersey-based Ivy Capital Partners.
Allergan currently has quarterly sales of approximately $1 billion, and plans to integrate Serica into its breast implant unit.
In addition to making and distributing the ever-popular BOTOX Cosmetic product, Allergan makes a variety of skin fillers and the LAP-BAND gastric banding system for weight loss patients. Allergan also makes Natrelle breast implants, an innovative implant that promises natural looking results and fewer risks and complications than traditional breast implants.
Chief Executive David Payott reported that Allergan is “pleased that we further strengthened our pipeline” buy purchasing Serica this past year. Allergan will continue developing pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices as it continues to grow and diversify its product line.
(Source: Orange County Business Journal)
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 8, 2010
The IAPAM will be hosting a series of training events for physicians at the Aesthetic Medicine Symposium in 2010, and physicians interested in learning the latest techniques in the field of aesthetic medicine will have the chance to take part in a physician-lead Botox training program.
As the number of patients seeking minimally invasive procedures such as Botox and other dermal filler injections continues to grow, more and more physicians are looking to hire licensed aestheticians to provide these services, or are undergoing training themselves so that they can administer treatments in their office. The IAPAM has integrated the key principles and clinical practices for administering Botox and other minimally invasive procedures, and will be hosting a hands-on practice on the best injection techniques during its training sessions scheduled in Scottsdale Arizona in February, March, April and June.
The Botox Training program includes a Botox/Filler Bootcamp series for physicians that have little or no experience administering Botox injections. According to the Aesthetic Medicine Symposium website, “Physicians will learn Dysport and Botox Injection Techniques, Protocols and Guidelines from a board-certified dermatologist. In addition, this 2-day program will combine the latest non-invasive medical aesthetic procedural training with proven strategies to successfully integrate them into your practice or open a new medical spa.”
The Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler training program provides physicians who have some experience with dermal fillers with 10 hours of intensive hands-on training. This two-day training session covers best practices for administering Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane. Each physician is scheduled to inject between 10 to 14 patients over the weekend.
In addition to completing hands-on training, the Aesthetic Medicine Symposium will give physician an opportunity to receive certification as an Accredited Member in Aesthetic Medicine, take home DVDs of the cosmetic training program, and receive one year of practice support.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 22, 2009
Discount Medspa, a website that had been selling a drug similar to Botox and a range of injectable fillers has been shut down by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The website was making it easy for the average consumer to purchase injectables without a prescription, which means anyone could inject themselves or someone else with a potentially harmful compound.
Discount Medspa was heavily promoting Dysport, a recently approved injectable designed to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Dysport has been approved the FDA for use in a medical setting, and cannot legally be prescribed by anyone other than a nurse practitioner or a doctor.
The website claims that it had more than 2,000 customers, and many of the people who purchased the injectables simply taught themselves how to administer the drug by watching YouTube videos that were produced specifically for the site.
Discountmedspa.com sold several other DIY cosmetic treatments including lip plumping injections, prescription Renova and several treatments designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Laurie D’Alleva, the creator of the website, made the following statement about her online operation: “I know there is much information out on the net about fillers and Botox ‘knock-offs’. This is not what I am selling! The products I have are from a company names Ipsen… I have a connection that allows me to get products that are not usually available in the states because I purchase other products in their line. Now the trick is I have to market it and label it under my own brand, to keep them and myself from getting into any legal trouble. It does take a leap of faith, but I assure you I have over 2000 customers now who love the products and are saving literally hundreds of thousands of dollars between us!”
She recommended that all buyers simply watch the YouTube videos to achieve the same results they would receive at a doctor’s office.
After several complaints had been filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services, discountmedspa.com was shut down for offering prescription products illegally.
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