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Self-Injecting Dermal Fillers Continues to Be Alarming Trend

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 1, 2010

Despite physicians warnings that self-injecting fillers such as Botox, Juvederm  and Restylane can be dangerous, many people are still exploring the idea of purchasing fillers on their own and giving themselves an anti-aging quick fix from the comforts of home.

Plastic surgeons at Southwestern Medical Center warn that people looking to save money on their wrinkle treatments should not even consider sourcing and injecting prescription-strength fillers on their own. Vice Chairman of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern, Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, states, “It’s critical to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to ensure that the material being injected is authentic, that the proper amount is being injected and that the fillers are injected in the proper location to avoid unwanted consequences.” (Source:

Complications and risks associated with self-injecting fillers can include anything from excessive swelling, migration of the compound to other areas of the face, scarring, infection and in some cases, bleeding. Individuals who inject fillers around the upper facial area and forehead may also experience droopy eyelids or excessive swelling that can become difficult to correct.

Still, even with the known risks, many people are turning to the Internet or finding a way to get injectable filler compounds so that they can perform these risky procedures themselves. Dr. Kenkel points out that there are many ways to improve the appearance safely and cost-effectively, and that self-injection presents far too many risks that outweigh the initial benefit.

While the average injectable costs between $300 to $500+ per treatment area, there are other options. Many patients can reduce the appearance of wrinkles with cosmetic treatments such as Thermage skin tightening procedures, laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion and chemical peels, and microcurrent facials. All of these procedures must be performed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon or licensed medical professional, as these individuals will comply with safety standards and ensure the most favorable outcome is achieved for all patients.


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ATX-104 Light Activated Dermal Filler Under Review

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 30, 2009

42-15650396Today’s most popular dermal fillers include Restylane, Juvederm and Botox, and hyaluronic acid fillers ar frequently used to correct wrinkles and fine lines, reshape and contour the face, and to create a more youthful appearance. Researchers are now reviewing an innovative dermal filler called ATX-104.

Unlike regular injectables that are simply injected into the skin to produce immediate results, the ATX-104 works only after it comes into contact with an external light source. After it is injected, the filler is shaped and polymerized transdermally with the help of external light.

The ATX-104 filler is based on KYTHERA’s proprietary photochemistry platform and has been developed at Johns Hopkins University. Scientists are studying the effects of the light reaction, and working on ways to optimize the filler so that it can create dramatic results and be used to reshape the face.

Different types of injectable fillers can produce different results based on the strength of the filler, and the person’s existing skin conditions. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are commonly used to reshape the face, fill out wrinkles and lines around the mouth and nose, and to correct sagging skin. Botox is most commonly used to correct deep wrinkles on the forehead, but also has other uses including treating headaches and migraines, or stopping sweating.

So far, the ATX-104 system has been able to produce better results than many of the fillers that are readily available. It is still undergoing testing, and Kythera Biopharmaceuticals has announced that the first in-human trial of the light-activated filler was successful.

Kythera Biopharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company based out of California, and was started by former employees of Amgen. It has about $40 million in funding, and is working on the ATX-104 system, along with three other products designed specifically for the aesthetic market.

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Radiesse Dermal Fillers Reach 1M Syringe Milestone

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 20, 2009

radiesse-logoAs demand for injectable fillers continues to rise, more consumers are opting for injetables outside of popular treatment such as Botox and Juvederm.

Radiesse is now commonly used in the ‘liquid facelift’ procedure to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance.

The dermal filler recently reached a distribution milestone of 1,000,000 syringes; BioForm Medical, Inc., recently reported that Radiesse has shipped over one million syringes worldwide since 2002, making it one of the leading injectables on the market.

Radiesse is especially popular in Europe, serving as a ‘filler of choice’ for men and women interested in enhancing their appearance and restoring their youthful looks.   In the United States, Radiesse is commonly used for facial reconstruction and as part of facelift surgery; the filler offers long-term results and higher patient satisfaction than Restylane and Juvederm, according to BioForm Medical, Inc.  The filler is made with calcium-based microspheres that are suspended in a water-based gel; this soft gel quickly adapts to the facial contours, leaving the surface looking smooth and supple. BioForm Medical also believes that Radiesse is the only dermal filler on the market with such a wide distribution.

The injectable works by stimulating th production of collagen and filling out facial lines.  This results in a smoother, natural-looking appearance than some synthetic fillers, and one treatmetn can offer instant results.

Most patients see continued results a few weeks after the treatment as the body begins to produce collagen in and around the injection site at a faster rate.  Radiesse can be used to correct smile lines, marionette lines, fill out hollowed cheeks, improve the appearance of the hands, correct vocal fold problems, and also reshape and contour the jaw line.

Anti-aging doctors and specialists who administer Radiesse injections create customized treatment programs for individuals who want to achieve facelift-like results.  Learn more about Radiesse here.

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Top Three Antiaging Secrets Revealed By Grand Master of Skincare

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 1, 2008

Scientists at the University of Michigan recently published several studies outlining the most effective antiaging skincare solutions, indicating that C02 laser resurfacing, Restylane injections and retinoic acid can provide dramatic results for aging skin. These treatments offer several skin rejuvenation benefits, and some dermatology doctors are already putting these antiaging treatments to the test.

Dr. John Voorhees, the ‘grand master of skin-care research’ at the University of Michigan recently presented a series of lectures and research studies at the Department of Dermatology at UC-Irvine. His work reveals that fractional laser treatments, Restylane and Juvederm dermal fillers, and Retin-A are the three key secrets for reducing the signs of aging.

The goal of each procedure is to boost collagen production so that the skin appears tighter, smoother and free of wrinkles and fine lines, and these treatments can be easily administered over lunch hour.

Min S. Ahn, MD FACS, a board certified facial plastic surgeon and medical director of the Aesthetic Wellness Center in Westborough, MA explains how the Fraxel Repair C02 Laser (a.k.a. ‘lunchtime laser’) works for aging skin:

Source: In Your Face of the OC Register

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