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Xeomin Botox Alternative Receives FDA Approval

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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Universal Detection Technology Kits Used to Fight Black Market Botox

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:

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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Botox May Inhibit Ability to Express Emotions

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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DIY Botox Website Gets Shut Down

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 16, 2010

A woman from Texas was caught selling popular dermal fillers including Restylane, Dysport and Botox online in October 2009, and also posted videos on YouTube on how to self-administer these injectables.

The Texas Attorney General filed a lawsuit against her, and sued the woman and her business because it is illegal to market cosmetic devices and prescription drugs online. Many of the products she was selling did require a prescription, but she had made them readily available for any consumer to purchase.

The website has now officially been shut down, thanks to the lawsuit and the Texas Attorney General’s requests. The former entrepreneur has now been charged for multiple violations of the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, as well as the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. She is paying approximately $125,000 to the state in civil penalties, attorney fees and other costs

It is illegal for anyone in the United States to prescribe drugs to individuals or dispense drugs to consumers, unless they are a licensed doctor or nurse practitioner. Many sellers online find it easier to sidestep some laws and rules in their state by setting up online stores, but state attorney generals and the FDA are cracking down on sites like these as soon as they learn about them. The National Assocation of Boards of Pharmacy also tracks thousands of sites selling prescription drugs, and ensures that they are meeting the standards of brick-and-mortar shops.

DIY Botox and other injectables are generally a bad idea because of the risk of overdose and hazards involved in breaking the skin without supervision. Many injectables contain harsh chemicals that can cause severe side effects when they are not administered correctly.

Last October, reported on the website and videos, pointing out that the company had more than 2,000 customers. The website was called, and sold several types of injectables and prescription drugs.

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UK Cosmetic Surgery Group Cures Sweaty Palms with Botox

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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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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FDA Approves Botox to Treat Spasticity in Muscles

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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Study Suggests Botox Can Prevent Migraine Pain

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 1, 2010

Botox continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures for getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles and deep grooves in the forehead, but it also has several non-cosmetic uses. Over the years, many doctors have reached for this injectable for off-label purposes such as reducing excessive sweating, and even treating migraines. A preliminary study now suggests that botulinum injections can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches, and may be effective for treating migraine pain for the long-term.

A report published in the February issue of the Archives of Dermatology indicates that Botox injections can help to reduce the number of migraine episodes a patient receives, but may not be equally as effective for reducing the pain and pressure that many migraine sufferers experience.

Approximately 28 million Americans are affected by migraine headaches, and the pain can be severe enough to leave the sufferer severely debilitated for several hours. Researchers of the study reported very favorable outcomes when the sufferers received botulinum injections, and some reported a reduction in migraine pain approximately three months after treatment.

According to the study, migraine frequency was reduced from an average of 6.8 days per month to an average of 0.7 days per month. Patient with exploding headaches saw an average reduction in migraine frequency of 11.4 days per month to 9.4 days per month.

The authors of the study state that, “These preliminary data are intriguing, and our results provide support for the hypothesis that patients with migraine that is characterized by imploding and ocular headaches are more responsive to botulinum toxin type A than those with migraine characterized by exploding headaches…our findings invite consideration of using botulinum toxin type A injections to prevent migraine headaches and may promote the role of the dermatologist in the treatment of patients with migraine.” (Source: Archives of Dermatology)

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Allergan Buys Massachusetts Cosmetic Surgery Product Company

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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Coolaser Offers New Option for Treating Crows Feet

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 25, 2010

The small wrinkles that develop around the edges of the eyes and around the lash line are among the telltale signs of aging, but there are several cosmetic procedures that can help to reduce the appearance of these lines – also known as crows feet – or eliminate them altogether.

Skin tightening treatments and Botox injections can provide temporary wrinkle relief, but an innovative laser that works by promoting collagen regrowth may also offer some benefits.

The Coolaser device is desgiend to deliver laser energy deep into the top layer of the skin and causes the skin tissues to contract. In this procedure, the entire surface of the skin is first cooled using a special device, and then a series of light pulses are emitted onto the skin’s surface. The skin cells absorb the light energy to completely vaporize the cells. As the physician passes this light over the skin, small amounts of tissue are removed. Since this is perceived as damage to the skin, collagen production increases. This tightening effect helps to strengthen the skin and restores elasticity.

The Coolaser device is currently performed at the office of Dr. Simon Ourian, the Medical Director of Epione Medical Corporation of Los Angeles, and so far, has delivered very promising results.

In addition to treating wrinkles, the Coolaser is designed to remove superficial blemishes and can also even out an uneven skin tone. The treatment takes between 10 to 15 minutes, and the depth of penetration can be adjusted according to the person’s skin type.

Patients can turn to this innovative laser technology to eliminate wrinkles, but are also advised to take care of their skin by using Retin-A topical skin creams (available only by prescription), or by undergoing a skin tightening treatment that helps to tighten all of the skin around the face and neck area.

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