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Injectable Fillers for the Feet May Help Treat Flat Foot Problems

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 7, 2010

Many women suffer from excessive foot pain when wearing high heels because they have a condition called “flat feet”.

When the arch of the foot is weak, or the balls of the feet are very thin, the shoe wearer typically feels extra pressure around the base of their foot and often turn to wearing only flat shoes to stay comfortable. Doctors now say there may be a simple solution for those with flat feet – injectable filler treatments that add a layer of cushioning to the balls of the feet.

The medical term for flat feet is called Morton’s Neuroma, and can affect men and women of all ages. Injecting collagen into the balls of the feet can help reduce pain and improve the individual’s posture when wearing different types of shoes.

Morton’s Neuroma is the most common form of foot neuralgia, reports the UK’s Daily Mail. Nick Masucci, a consultant podiatrist at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust recently interviewed with the paper, and pointed out that, “Morton’s Neuroma can cause a great deal of pain and suffering…people can end up in tears just from walking, and quality of life and mobility are reduced substantially.”

Foot fillers may be the solution many people need to reduce symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, and enjoy a better state of health. The dermal filler is injected directly into the ball of the foot, and helps to create soft padding or cushion in one of the foot’s major pressure points. The treatment can also trigger collagen production, which helps to improve the strength and tone of the skin and tissues of the foot over time.

Collagen treatments last approximately six to nine months in the body, and the individual can undergo as many treatments as they want to in order to maintain results.


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Research Reveals How Skin Fillers Stimulate Collagen Production

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 15, 2010

Demand for minimally invasive procedures including Botox, Restylane and other injectable fillers continues to be strong in the United States and abroad, even more so in the wake of the economic recession.

Soft tissue injectables are not only effective for getting rid of wrinkles, reducing the appearance of fine lines and plumping up the skin, but can also help to improve the appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin by making the skin appear more resilient and smooth.

At this year’s American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, dermatologist Dana L. Sachs, MD, FAAD, associate professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan presented findings of a study that demonstrated how certain types of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can stimulate collagen production and help to repair the skin. These may be some of the known side effects of certain fillers, and can help some patients achieve a more youthful look after a single treatment.

Structural damage to the skin is one of the most significant effects of the aging process, and the breakdown of collagen and elastin only increases at a steady rate as the individual ages. The common effects of aging include fine lines, skin laxity and pigmentation. Advanced stages of photoaging result in coarse wrinkles, redness and discoloration of sun-exposed skin. Some types of tissue fillers may be effective at changing the skin’s structure, reducing the effects of fragmentation and helping the tissues regenerate higher levels of collagen which creates a smooth and healthy appearance.

Dr. Sachs reports, “from a clinical standpoint, dermatologists know that soft tissue fillers work by restoring volume loss and smoothing wrinkles in aging and sun-damaged skin…the biochemical study of cross-linked hyaluronic acid conducted by researchers set out to explain what takes place at the molecular level to account for the observed clinical improvements.” (Source: Medical News Today)

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Biodegradable Wrinkle Fillers on the Horizon

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 4, 2009

Biodegradable FillersToday’s popular wrinkle fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox offer a number of benefits for men and women who want to rejuvenate their looks and enjoy a wrinkle-free appearance.

Wrinkle fillers made with collagen are also popular, because they readily adapt to the skin tissues and help create natural results.  However, collagen has been linked to adverse allergic reactions and may even ‘migrate’ to areas of the face shortly after treatment.

A number of injectable filler companies are now introducing a lineup of biodegradable fillers that are made with a combination of hyularonic acid and collagen, reducing the risk of allergic reactions.  These fillers may be a safer, more natural option for many.  Biodegradable fillers are absorbed by the body at a slower rate than purely-collagen fillers, and may even offer better results.  The fillers can be used to restore the volume of hollowed cheekbones, augment the cheeks and lips, or tighten up sagging skin around the eyes and jawline.

Dermatology Times reports explains the key benefits of using biodegradable wrinkle fillers for facial rejuvenation and as a complement to some procedures:

Injectable fillers that are biodegradable can be used to replace that fat, or fat can be harvested from other parts of the body to replace lost fat. One of the reasons that biodegradable fillers are preferred is safety. If complications occur, they will disappear spontaneously. Secondly, if individuals opt for surgical correction around the nose, for instance, the biodegradable nature of the fillers makes surgery still possible. With fillers that are not biodegradable, surgery may no longer be an option if fibrosis develops.”

These fillers do not require allergy testing, and can be used for several anti-aging and wrinkle reduction treatments.  According to Medical News Today, the release of these fillers in the American market could significantly reduce demand and usage of purely collagen fillers, and make it easier to enjoy the benefits of wrinkle removal without surgery.

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