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Reloxin Study for Forehead Wrinkle Removal Shows Promising Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 26, 2009

Reloxin is currently used outside of the United States to treat neurological disorders, and has also been tested to for wrinkle reduction in 23 countries.  The injectable has been undergoing testing specifically for glabellar and forehead lines since 2002, and the positive results so far have caught the attention of many researchers and plastic surgeons around the world.

While Botox continues to be the most sought-after nonsurgical procedure for men and women, a new option for getting rid of wrinkles on the forehead is on the horizon.  Reloxin is a new type of botulinum toxin injection that has been undergoing testing in the United States for the past 13 months.

The March/April issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery recently published a report about the results of the studies, and reports that Reloxin is well tolerated and can maintain its anti-aging effects for over 13 months.  These results are significantly better than the standard Botox treatment, which means many people could be asking for Reloxin over Botox if the new injection is approved for wrinkle reduction.

According to the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, the only reported side effects were injection site disorders, nervous system disorders (such as headaches), and eye disorders.  Injection site and eye problems were reported about a week after the treatment and were then resolved, so there were no serious effects such as ‘droopy eyes’ or vision problems with Reloxin in these testing phases. (Source: Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery)

Reloxin will continue to undergo testing for the months ahead.  The treatment has been developed by Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation based in Scottsdale, Arizona and the company does intend to commercialize Reloxin in the United States as soon as it receives FDA approval. The Biologics License Application (BLA) for Reloxin to the FDA’s Division of Dermatology and Dental Products was submitted in March 2008.


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ASAPS Predicts Increase in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in 2009

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 11, 2009

forecastIn spite of the turbulent economy in 2008 and the gloomy outlook presented by financial analysts and economic experts, Americans may still be fueling a few spending streaks in 2009.

The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) is predicting a significant increase in demand for certain types of cosmetic and plastic procedures, in addition to trends where consumers are prepared to ‘try’ new and innovative procedures entering the market.

In a December 2008 press release, the ASAPS highlights the increasing growth and popularity of cosmetic fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Evolence, especially as more injectable fillers enter the market.  Reloxin, an alternative to Botox, has been under FDA review and may be the latest competition for Botox and other wrinkle removal treatments.

Injectable fillers are a convenient, non-surgical option for many men and women who do not want to undergo extensive surgery to get rid of wrinkles – and even save a few thousand dollars on a facelift. Wrinkle fillers are most suitable for baby boomers and those are seeing signs of premature aging; this market segment will make up most of the consumer market for injectables, and some of the demand may simply driven by the desire to save money on a procedure.

Consumers may also be likely to try innovative techniques and procedures that are only just entering the U.S. market (or undergoing clinical trials).   Anyone who has been interested in liposuction may be able to forgo surgery altogether with procedures like UltraShape.  UltraShape has recently gained mass appeal in the United Kingdom and Canada, but has not met FDA approval for patients who want the procedure in the United States.  The procedure is designed to break down body fat using ultrasound technology, and can be targeted to specific areas of the body.  Once the body fat is broken down, it is eliminated through the patient’s lymph system.

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