Friday, May 31, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are caused due to the loss of vital components in the lower level of the skin, called the dermis(collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid). Although there is no way to replace the building blocks of the dermis, there are quite a few products called dermal fillers that can be injected into the dermis to restore the skin's volume and elasticity and thereby minimising the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and scars.
Wrinkles on the face appear in different ways - As vertical lines just above the nose, which is often referred to as the "elevens"; or as horizontal rows across the forehead. The "elevens" are caused by squinting, scowling, worrying or just plain thinking; while the horizontal lines may result from normal animation while talking, or from holding the brows up with the primary muscle of the forehead during times of stress, or maybe just naturally. These lines are mostly the result of continual muscle contraction and can become very deep and prominent over time.
What Types of Injection Treatments Are Available?
Hylaform injection: This is a hyaluronic acid filler with the lowest concentration of hyaluronic acid. Due to its soft consistent filler, it is particularly used as a wrinkle injection for the lips and the cheeks area. Once injected, Hylaform merges into the dermis with other natural tissues. Since hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar that is found in the human body, when injected it helps to maintain skin volume by attracting and binding over one thousand times its weight in water; thereby helping smooth away lines and wrinkles.
Hylaform gradually gets absorbed by the body-fat over time, which is why top-up sessions/treatments are required to maintain its results about every 3 months; the effect lasting for the least of the hyaluronic acid fillers. The side-effects of hyaluronic acid fillers are bruising and swelling; the latter can last for up to a week.
Restylane injection: This is perhaps the most well-known and common of the hyaluronic acid fillers. Restylane is a clear liquid gel, a non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid based dermal filler. Restylane is the stiffest hyaluronic acid filler and therefore particularly effective in treating deep wrinkles. Another benefit is the long-lasting results, as the effects of Restylane treatments can last six months or more, making it one of the longest-lasting fillers.
Common side effects include redness, headache, flu-like symptoms, bump, and injection site pain which can last for up to one week.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
First there was Botox, then there was Dysport, and now there is Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved this new botulinum toxin type A product to treat severe frown lines or "11's" between the eyebrows. Xeomin was already FDA approved for use in adults with cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. Cervical dystonia is characterized by abnormal neck pain and movements, and blepharospasm is marked by abnormal, involuntary blinking or spasm of the eyelids. Xeomin is manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals, and has been used by more than 84,000 people worldwide. It is now approved for use in 20 countries.
Like other drugs in this category, Xeomin works by paralyzing wrinkles. It blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles. As a result, the targeted muscle cannot contract.
Xeomin versus Botox and Dysport
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have a lot in common, but they also have some important differences. Unlike its predecessors, Xeomin does not need to be refrigerated. This may be an advantage when it comes to distribution. What's more, Xeomin is "naked." There are no additives — just botulinum toxin type A. This may lessen a patient's likelihood of developing antibodies to Xeomin. When your body senses a foreign invader, it responds by creating antibodies and launching an attack. If this were to occur with a neurotoxin such as botulinum toxin type A, it may not have its desired effects.
Xeomin is said to be more like Botox than Dysport. It takes about one week for the full effects of Xeomin injections to be realized, and once this occurs the results last from three to six months. Dysport, Xeomin and Botox should not be used interchangeably. They should also only be administered by skilled injectors such as board-certified facial plastic surgeons in sterile environments such as medi-spas or doctors’ offices. Xeomin should not be injected in beauty salons, malls or at Xeomin parties in the home.
If you are interested in Xeomin injections, consult with a facial plastic surgeon to explore your candidacy. Be sure to choose a qualified surgeon with extensive experience providing various types of injectables. It can often be difficult to sort through all the hype to find a surgeon you can trust. To help in your search, All About Facial Rejuvenation has developed a directory of highly trained, reputable surgeons with years of experience performing a range of facial plastic surgery procedures. To find a surgeon near you, click here or on the right side of this page.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
When we hear of the word Botox, many of us think of removing those nasty lines around our face.
While this is certainly true, here are some other cosmetic uses that you may have never heard about. In case you are interested, we have also included a link for more information to read up on, or as always, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
Eyebrow lift- not happy with the shape or height of your eyebrows, then the use of a Botox injection can assist in redefining your look. At Cosmos, we have found that this treatment is most popular with female models. http://www.cosmosclinic.com.
Opening eyes - botox injections can be used to increase the eye aperture, making a patients eye seem larger to the naked eye. At Cosmos, we have found that this treatment is popular amongst people with an Asian heritage.
Gummy smile - too much gum makes you embarrassed about your smile? It can certainly take away from a lovely smile. Botox injections assist in lowering your mouth and hence removing that gummy smile. http://www.cosmosclinic.com.