In This Skin

March 2009 Blog Archive

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Cosmetic Etiquette: Why haven't we Learned?

One would imagine that in a day and age where more people visit the dermatologist or plastic surgeon than their dentist, that we would be used to complimenting and questioning our peers, colleagues and friends more aptly. However, even with the millions of people who get cosmetic enhancement procedures done like Botox, breast implants and laser Restylane, people are still unaware of how to approach the subject matter. So when and how is it appropriate to ask someone if they have had work done? Tough question, even cosmetic dermatologists don't have an answer for that. But today a CNN lifestyle correspondent reported in her article how many people are very uncouth about asking her about her Botox and breast augmentation.

Journalist Anabelle Newell said, "Complete strangers will say, 'Great boobs!'," explains Newell, 37, who got implants in 1991 because she wasn't happy being an A cup -- especially in her hometown of Los Angeles. "I'll have women pull me aside in a bathroom and ask if they can touch them."

A breast implant is one thing, but millions of people yearly go into their local dermatologist for a Botox prick (at least every 3 months). So why is it still so difficult to break down the taboos and stigmas associated with aesthetic enhancements?

Monday, March 30, 2009
Young Males and Botox

As the recession looms over our heads and more young professionals begin to be made redundant, many are looking to make their way back into a very competitive workforce. In an economic climate as unstable as ours it is no wonder that young men are looking to become better candidates for positions with Botox injections. Dermatologists in the UK have reported a rise in young males getting Botox injections.

The Harvey Medical Group released reports about these statistics, "The private cosmetic surgery group operates 26 clinics and has revealed that one fifth of its Botox patients are now men, many of whom are aged between 25 and 30 years. Dubbed 'Boytox', the non surgical cosmetic treatment is being selected by men who want to ensure they stay looking young, even though their busy lifestyles may be putting their skin at risk."

Some men are opting for these anti-aging treatments not for better positions in firms, but instead as a means to maintain a younger look - purely aesthetics. Many people like to use Botox at an early age to make sure the young, clean skin tone stays with them throughout their later years.

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Happy Birthday Botox

Botox turns 20 next week. Celebrating its 20th birthday, Botox injections still seem to be considerably more recession-proof and immune as opposed to cosmetic counterparts like tummy tucks, liposuction and other forms of facial fillers. Since its birth in 1989 Botox has primarily been used as a wrinkle-ridding tool, however in its last few years of teenage-dom, Botox has been utilized for a sundry of different treatments like migraine soothing, post-stroke help, and even sweating.

The UK Sun said, "Since it was approved for human use in 1989, millions of people have received the wrinkle-busting injections. By partially freezing muscles, the substance, officially known as Botulinum toxin, smooths out facial lines."

From A-listers to average-Joe's Botox reaches all demographics and walks of life and careers. The anti-aging gem has millions of devout injectees, who through tough financial times still seek out treatment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Allergen and Glaxo may be Mating

As the pharmaceutical industry begins to become more incestual with mergers and integrations, Allergen the golden child of cosmetic dermatology with their mega-hit Botox may be merging with British based Glaxo SmithKline. Neither company has openly confirmed the speculations, but industry observers in Forbes say the new suitor may be the winner.

According to Forbes, "When the economic downturn first began, Botox was the option of choice for many consumers because it's cheaper than plastic surgery. Yet it may have a strong competitor: Ipsen's Reloxin is currently being reviewed by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of wrinkles and could hit the market sometime this year."

Botox has maintained a stronghold on the facial filler and anti-aging industry, however an industry newcomer Reloxin may give Botox and Allergen a run for their money. With these new accusations and merges bound to increase over the next few months, it may bring an added boost to ailing cosmetic industries.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Are you Vitamin D Deprived?

Recent studies show that most Americans are Vitamin D deficient, but why? For many it's because they are protecting their skin and themselves from skin cancer. But too much protection may be come with some repercussions. A study shown in the US News and World Report said that over the past decade our Vitamin D levels have dramatically dropped. More of us are staying indoors and opting against lazy days on the beach in the sun with hopes of protecting our skin from melanoma and other sun induced skin ailments and damage. Wearing too much sunscreen and not being active in the sun has caused much of our deprivation to the fruitful Vitamin D.

The study done at the University of Colorado Denver school of Medicine was discussed in the US News article, "Ten minutes of sunlight on exposed arms and legs two to three times per week would significantly improve vitamin D production, but must be weighed against the risk for skin cancer, Ginde noted. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with rickets in children and lower bone mineral density in adults. Recent research has also linked insufficient vitamin D to cancer, heart disease, infection and poorer health overall."

Clearly we want to be cautious about all aspects of our health, so completely avoiding the sun and outdoor activities can also play a detriment to our health. Finding a healthy balance is key to success.

Monday, March 23, 2009
Two New Facial Fillers

Alongside the ever popular Botox, Juvederm and Restylane two new facial fillers are emerging onto the dermatology market. One of the new wrinkle-ridding products is called Evolence and it is a spin-off of collagen injections. Evolence comes from pigs, and according to doctors does not require getting tested prior to injections to make sure you don't have a reaction to the product. The second product is called Prevelle and is made from hyaluronic acid. Prevelle is used to plump wrinkles and fill the wrinkles. Both products have been on shelves and have been injected in Europe for a few years now.

CBS News affiliate reported on the new products, "Both products are approved for nasolabial folds, those "smile lines" that often deepen with age. But doctors say they'll work well in other places too, such as the lips."

In an industry that heavily relies on Botox injections, we'll see how patients respond to these new kids on the block. It is also important to remember that just like Restylane and Botox, these fillers are not permanent wrinkle removers. They simple are spot treatments for short periods of time.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Take Caution

After reading an article about a New York unauthorized physician injecting patients with a fake Botox, it really became evident that taking caution and measures prior to injections is pivotal. Often times we see people trying to cut-costs by going to non-certified dermatologists and physicians for minimally invasive procedures like facial fillers and laser. However, these so-called professionals are putting you and your body, face and health at risk. Be certain expert is certified and acknowledged, occurances like this should make us more vigilant about our medical pracitces and habits.

Fox News in New York reported on the story saying, "State regulators also put Dr. Douglas Halliday of East Syracuse on probation for three years and told him he can only practice medicine when monitored by another doctor who periodically reviews his records.Halliday is an ear, nose and throat doctor. He was charged with 10 counts of professional misconduct including gross negligence and gross incompetence."

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Bill to Ban Excessive Bronzing

A Bill that is currently being discussed by the House in Texas may increase restrictions on tanning beds for teens. Lawmakers are urging people to get on board with these new regulations, as they are comparing the importance to that of banning cigarettes. The Bill is also making headlines and news reels all over the state, as some dermatologists are claiming excessive use of tanning beds at such a young age is causing serious health problems even death.

Houston based ABC affiliate reported saying, "A bill being discussed in Austin would strengthen existing laws governing the beds' use by teens, requiring anyone under 18 to get a doctor's note and have a parent in the tanning salon. Current state law requires parental permission slips for children under 18 and a doctor's permission for children under 13. M.D. Anderson pediatric oncologist Dr. Dennis Hughes says keeping kids away from tanning beds is a potentially life-saving idea."

Doctors are hoping to stifle the progress of skin cancer and likewise increase awareness and early detection. They say healthy skin habits are taught and learned at a young age, so keeping teenagers aware of tanning bed dangers may hopefully decrease skin cancer in the younger demographics.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Botox Rival Likely to get FDA Approval

The newest trend to hit cosmetic dermatology is a rival to industry leader Botox. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp is releasing Reloxin an anti-wrinkle and anti-aging injection likely to get FDA approval shortly. The approval was scheduled to have been this coming month, however the FDA is taking extra precaution prior to doing so. Reloxin however has seen successful wrinkle-ridding with very few side effects in test-patients.

Reuters reported on the new product saying, "Analysts expect Reloxin to bring in between $25 million and $50 million in the second half of 2009, while Botox sales totaled $1.31 billion in 2008. Medicis is expected to launch the injectable drug at a discount to Botox, but Allergan could counter through rebates and coupons and by bundling its diverse aesthetic products into value-added packages for customers."

Very rarely has a Botox rival emerged in the market and successfully surpassed the Allergen conglomerate. Die hard Botox fans are not keen to swap over from their quarterly Botox pricks, so this will have to be marketed adroitly before people catch onto it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Botox Benefits for Stroke Patients

Commonly after a stroke people lose mobility in some limbs and see an increased about of discomfort and pain. Recently, the non-cosmetic uses of Botox injections have begun to be researched, today the New York Times reported on the newest trend in medicine – Botox for non-cosmetic procedures. Botox injections for alleviating pain post-stroke is not on the market as an FDA approved procedure, however many physicians do deploy such techniques.

According to the New York Times, "Botulinum cannot restore the use of muscles when stroke has destroyed the brain region that controls them. But patients look and feel better and often find it easier to dress, hold objects and bathe themselves. "

Much of this research is preliminary and still quite new, however many researchers and dermatologists are keen to learn more about the benefits of Botox for stroke patients and likewise other positive attributes of Botox pricks besides of course getting rid of those unwanted wrinkles.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Botox and Depression

In recent months there has been a flurry of research about additional perks and medical benefits from Botox. From migraines to wrinkles, it seems like the former cosmetic-only treatment is now a viable source for alleviating many ailments. The most recent study shows Botox injections linked to depression relief.

Private Health in the UK released the research, "A study presented at the annual conference of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors found that Botox injections can help to create a more positive mood. According to the researchers, the relaxation of the frown muscles leads to less facial feedback for negative emotions, making a negative mood harder to maintain. Dr Patrick Bowler, medical director of Court House Clinics, said that he was not surprised by the findings as he has noticed the positive effect of Botox on clients with mild depression."

The results of Botox use for non-cosmetic procedures has been quite positive. Dermatologists may be feeling a bit of the recession blues, but they are finding many people interested in other uses of Botox injections. So if you've fallen into the recession woes, use Botox for wrinkles and depression.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Rosacea Linked to Sunburns

Traditionally dermatologists have correlated rosacea (reddening of the facial skin) to family history and genetics. However recent studies have shown hints that over exposure to the sun and sunburns are linked to causing rosacea. Roughly 14 million Americans are plagued with rosacea, however most often the cause is unknown.

US news and World Report discussed the findings, "The researchers also found that 44 percent of people with rosacea reported having had blistering sunburns at some time, compared with just more than 5 percent of the others. Kimball said the research did not conclude whether sunburns contributed to the development of rosacea or whether people with rosacea just tended to sunburn because of their skin condition. However, she said, she advises people who have a family history of rosacea -- especially children -- to regularly use broad-spectrum sunscreen and use other sun protection measures."

Although this research is viable, it is still preliminary and not concrete. Physicians are still unaware of the exact cause of rosacea, though they do urge people to wear ample sunscreen outside. Because clearly the sun is a contributing factor.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Botox Beating Recession

As the economic crisis worsens, so do our wrinkles. The University of Colorado is offering patients a way to save a few pennies and get rid of the recession blues and wrinkles with Botox injections. The cosmetic dermatology clinic is offering patients a 35% discount on injections done by trainees. Board certified dermatologists will supervise the injections, however the actual application is done by dermatologists in training.

Grinza (the international journal of wrinkles) reports, "It's a win-win, good for my pocketbook and good for the residents. That's what brought me here," mentioned Licht in a related interview. Apart from Botox, CU specialists also offer injectables, such as Restylane. These discounted clinics are offered once a month in Cherry Creek North. If the discount increases demand, doctors say that they will offer the rates once a week."

Although this is new territory for the United States, many clinics overseas practice such methods in cosmetic dermatology. In fact Brazil recently provided free Botox injections for patients willing to be pricked by medical students.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Botox Bus

For patients looking to get anti-aging treatments done in easy locations at their own convenience, there is now a 'Botox Bus' in Orange County. The ' Real Housewives of Orange County' would be thrilled by this new prospect in the cosmetic dermatology industry. Dr. Donna Richardson the medical director at Destinations Medical Spa of Newport Beach has created the mobile dermatology clinic. Alongside Botox injections, patients can get their fix of other cosmetic enhancements like laser, facial fillers and microdermabrasion.

The doctor told the OC Metro, "...unique, hygienic mobile services are designed to meet the needs of individuals who want and need non-invasive cosmetic procedures but are unwilling to travel to a medical spa facility for a variety of personal reasons."

This type of at-home Botox may be a big hit with soon to be brides who offer Botox for their bridesmaids at many bridal showers. So the women of Orange County should be ecstatic about the newest trend to hit the OC.

Monday, March 09, 2009
Dermatology and Sweating

Rumors have circulated amongst the dermatology industry about Botox limiting sweating. However the rumors are now true, cosmetic dermatology treatments will be used as a tools for decreasing sweating under the arms. The ailment is called Axillary Hyperhidrosis and it affects millions of people worldwide. Everyone clearly sweats a lot, however those people will excessive amounts of isolated sweat can now be relieved and dried with this new laser treatment.

The UK Telegraph reported on his new breakthrough, "His latest procedure involves a local anaesthetic under the arms, followed by a laser which permanently destroys the sweat glands before the treated tissue is removed using a suction method. He said that with a time of about one hour under local anaesthetic, the new anti-sweating laser treatment could transform some people's lives, enabling them to stop sweating from their armpits with immediate effect."

The procedure is said to be cost-efficient, timely and readily accessible fairly shortly. No longer will people have to embarrassed by sweating under their arms and visible traces of it may even disappear.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Broccoli and Skin Cancer

Physicians are hoping to develop a skin-cancer treatment product made from broccoli extracts. Past research shows that broccoli aids in preventing and reducing respiratory inflammation, which is often times linked to causing asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Press TV reports, "According to a new study conducted at Penn State College of Medicine, the extract of broccoli and cabbage acts as a potent drug against melanoma, an invasive form of skin cancer. The isothiocyanates found in cruciferous vegetables inhibit the development of melanoma through targeting the Akt3 protein."

The research shows that these such extracts were 30-70 percent better at combating melanoma than conventional treatment methods. Scientists believe this preliminary research will lead to the development of anti-skin cancer medications, lotions and prevention techniques.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Dermatology Guru Speaking In the Bay Area

American Academy of Dermatology will be holding their 67th annual meeting in San Francisco Thursday March 5th. The world renowned Botox pioneer and minimally invasive aesthetic procedures Dr. Arnold William Klein will be conducting his own symposium on legal and ethical issues in the field of cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Klein is a keynote speaker with a tenure in aesthetic dermatology, he teaches at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and has written over 100 medical peer review articles.

MSNBC reported on Dr. Klein saying, "From his office on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, Dr. Klein maintains a very busy, prestigious practice, catering to some of Hollywood's biggest stars. His expertise has garnered him recognition as the international father of architectural facial restoration, and the superior techniques he developed for natural-looking soft tissue augmentation are used around the world today. In the fields of dermatology and minimally invasive aesthetics, he is the best."

With conferences like this and others to come potential Botox and dermatology patients will be educated enough to make viable choices about who to go to for cosmetic enhancement procedures. It is important that patients seek out treatment from credible dermatologists and use appropriate products.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Tough Times: Botox Bandit Strikes Again

You know we are in a rough financial patch when a Newport Beach woman is targeting cosmetic dermatology clinics and skipping out paying her bills after racking up thousands of dollars in treatments. Newport Beach is home to many clinics and many wealthy patients seeking out anti-aging treatments, but this is a first according to local dermatologists.

The Orange County Register reported on the scandal, "The woman, who gave a false name and contact information when she arrived as a walk-in patient at Nu Looks on Feb. 23, received $1,000 worth of Botox injections in her forehead and around her eyes, as well as Restylane filler to plump up the wrinkles around her mouth. She also asked to buy $500 worth of beauty products before she said she had to step outside to take an important call on her cell phone. She never came back, said Ashlee Savells, who works at Nu Looks."

According to Newport Beach police this is not the first time the city has been hit by the Botox Bandit. This is apparently the same woman who pulled the same stunt in Newport Coast just a month earlier, getting thousands of dollars of Juvederm and Botox before slyly slipping out of the building.

Monday, March 02, 2009
Jenny McCarthy Botox Confession

For those of you querying whether or not you should dabble into getting a Botox injection, take it from former Playboy Playmate and celebrity Jenny McCarthy. The open Botox aficionado recently told Access Hollywood about her love of Botox injections and the number or times she seeks out the anti-aging treatment. McCarthy now 36, does not strip down for Playboy anymore, but she does enjoy maintaining her hot figure and face.

McCarthy told Access Hollywood, "But the star, looking fresh and glamorous in the mag's six-page spread, stays in shape with Bikram yoga (the style of yoga in which the room temperature is heated up) and admits to the occasional touch of Botox. "I love Botox, I absolutely love it," she said. "I get it minimally, so I can still move my face. But I really do think it's a savior."


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