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Osteoarthritis: Symptoms and Treatments

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What Is Osteoarthritis? One of the most common afflictions experienced by adults in the industrialized world is osteoarthritis. This disease is an immune system disorder – the body’s white blood cells attack healthy tissue, leading to chronic inflammation around the joints, which often wear down as the body ages. The symptoms include pain, swelling, redness and stiffness. Arthritis is typically associated with the fingers, but these painful symptoms can also affect the knees, restricting the ability of a patient to move and affecting their quality of life. Fortunately, as our understanding of immune system pathology improves combined with the development of new drugs, medical science now offers several types of treatment for this debilitating condition. While damage to joints cannot be reversed, staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise can be combined with other therapies to significantly improve quality of life. What Are the Risk Fac ...

Juvederm Volux: The Strongest Juvederm Filler

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The cosmetic surgery industry is booming and a contributing factor to its success is continued advances in the field of facial filler treatment. Facial filler procedures are non-invasive, quick, require minimal recovery time, and perform a large variety of modifications that were once only possible through surgery. With the latest announcement from Allergan introducing their newest product, Juvederm Volux, the industry continues to respond to patient demand and offer technologically advanced procedures. What is Juvederm Volux? Juvederm Volux is the latest product from Allergan’s Juvederm line of hyaluronic acid injectable fillers. Juvederm Volux uses patented VYCROSS technology that is formulated to increase longevity and add volume. VYCROSS fillers use cross-linking technology to bind molecules of high and low weight together, helping injectors achieve precise results. Other products in the Juvederm line specialize in filling lines and wrinkles, hydrating the skin, and restori ...

What are Botulinum Toxin Products?

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When you hear the phrase bacterial neurotoxin, you might be surprised to learn that these potent poisons, derived from bacteria, can play a key role in helping you look younger! In fact, a potent toxin from C. botulinum bacteria forms the basis of the blockbuster beauty treatment Botox and a host of other products and medications. What Is It For? Botulinum toxin is not just suitable for lines and wrinkles - it’s useful in combating other types of conditions that rely on muscle relaxation: Neurological disorders, including head, neck and limb spasms Incontinence and other bladder disorders Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) Migraines Strabismus (eye spasms) Plastic surgery-related applications include: Vertical frown lines (glabellar lines) Crow’s feet (wrinkles in the corners of the eyes) Forehead lines How Do They Work? The human body contains three types of muscle tissue: cardiac muscle, smooth muscle, and skeletal muscle. As you might intuit, ...

Injecting the Infraorbital Area

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Even when well rested, many people present with dark undereye circles that lead them to seek out procedures for improving their appearance.[i] Due to the demand for less costly, minimally invasive options, there are several non-surgical methods available for correcting the infraorbital area.[ii] Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are frequently used for this purpose – they are injected into the lower eyelid area to fill the tear troughs and freshen up the face. This area can be difficult to treat as the skin is unforgiving and it is hard to hide overcorrection. The Palma Technique was developed to address this concern by reinforcing the skin and tissue under the infraorbital area. A complex and high-risk area There are several structures in the infraorbital area that make it more susceptible to aging, such as the fat pads, septa, muscles, and blood vessels. All of them contribute to looking healthy and well-rested but deteriorate with age. This can result in uneven skin tone and vo ...

Botox and Breastfeeding: Treatment, Usage, & Safety

Botox and Breastfeeding: Treatment, Usage, & Safety
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that disrupts the chemical signals between muscles and the brain upon injection. Botox is injected into the muscle of the area affected by the issue being treated. Once the neurotoxin takes effect, which typically takes a few weeks, the muscle that was injected will be temporarily paralyzed. Botox is able to block the transmission of neurosignals between the muscle and the brain, so the muscle does not receive the message to contract. The effects provided by Botox are temporary, typically lasting around four to six months, though the duration of results depends on a number of factors, including the age of the patient and the issue being treated. Patients should not receive Botox injections or any other botulinum toxin product more often than once every three months. At this time, there have not been many studies regarding the risks of using Botox while breastfeeding is not typically recommended.   When is Botox used? Botox is used to help ...

What is the Difference Between Botox Cosmetic and Botox Therapeutic?

What is the Difference Between Botox Cosmetic and Botox Therapeutic
Botulinum toxin is derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. In humans, it acts as a neurotoxin, effectively blocking the transmission of neurological signals between the brain and any muscle in which the toxin is injected. There are eight types of botulinum toxin, types A through H, and two of those types - A and B - are sold commercially and medically for use in humans. The most well-known and popular commercially available botulinum toxin product is Botox, which contains botulinum toxin type A. Other botulinum toxin type A products include Dysport and Xeomin. Botulinum toxin type B is available as Myobloc. What is Botox Cosmetic and what can it treat? Botox Cosmetic is a dermal injectable that must be prescribed and administered by a healthcare professional such as a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. Botox Cosmetic contains botulinum toxin type A and helps diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Upon injection, Botox Cosmetic temporarily paralyzes the muscles b ...

Juvederm vs Radiesse for Marionette Lines: Effectiveness Compared

Juvederm vs Radiesse for Marionette Lines: Effectiveness Compared
Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus are predominantly used in the treatment of wrinkle correction, such as nasolabial folds and, of course, marionette lines. Juvederm Ultra is primarily indicated for the treatment of mild and moderate lines, while Ultra Plus is used for deeper marionette lines. Juvederm Vollure is also used to correct superficial marionette lines. This particular filler is much thinner in viscosity compared to Ultra and Ultra Plus; therefore, it is best for superficial lines. The thinness of the gel also lowers the possibility of over-plumping, ensuring natural results. Radiesse, on the other hand, does not offer a variety of fillers. It comes in one formulation with or without lidocaine. The Radiesse dermal filler is, nevertheless, used to treat marionette lines effectively. This dermal filler has been proven great regarding the restoration of  elasticity and collagen in this area of the face, which makes it minimally invasive and long-lasting. It i ...

Restylane Lyft vs Juvederm: Target Areas, Comparison, and Review

Restylane  Lyft vs Juvederm: Target Areas, Comparison, and Review
Part of the Restylane family, Restylane Lyft is developed by Galderma, a healthcare company based in Switzerland. The filler is incorporated with lidocaine (otherwise known as lignocaine), which helps to reduce injection-related pain and discomfort. The Juvederm range includes many fillers, each has its own target areas. Juvederm is created by the Dublin-based Allergan. Similar to Restylane Lyft, some Juvederm fillers are formulated with lidocaine, or lignocaine, as a local anesthetic. A comparable filler in the Juvederm range is Juvederm Voluma. Restylane Lyft vs Juvederm: Target Areas  Both Restylane Lyft and Juvederm fillers are intended for adult patients over 21 years of age. Restylane Lyft is an FDA-approved dermal filler that is indicated for the correction of mid-face contour deficiencies caused by aging. The filler is also used by doctors to improve volume deficits in the ...

ArteFill vs. Juvederm: Similarities and Differences Explained

ArteFill vs. Juvederm: Similarities and Differences Explained
ArteFill (otherwise known as Bellafill) is a type of permanent filler developed by Artes Medical, a California-based medical technology company. ArteFill is made of small and synthetic microspheres that are suspended in purified bovine collagen. Being non-resorbable, the microspheres are resistant to the metabolism process in the body. As a result, ArteFill lasts substantially longer than other conventional dermal fillers. To date, ArteFill is the only permanent filler that has obtained FDA approval. Juvederm, on the other hand, is a brand of hyaluronic acid-based fillers that restore lost volume and soften facial lines. While the results of these fillers are long-lasting, they are not permanent. Juvederm is owned by Allergan, a multinational pharmaceutical company that is based in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. ArteFill and Juvederm: indications and off-label usage ArteFill is indicated for the treatment of smile lines and nasolabial folds. It is often used off-label f ...

Voluma vs Juvederm: Target Areas, Comparison, and Recommendations

Voluma vs Juvederm: Target Areas, Comparison, and Recommendations
Voluma is from the popular Juvederm range produced by Allergan. Injectable fillers such as Voluma are widely used in aesthetic medicine and can give the face a younger looking, smoother, and fuller look. While they are made of the same active ingredients, there are some differences between Voluma and other Juvederm fillers in terms of their target areas. Voluma vs Juvederm: target areas In comparison to other Juvederm fillers, Voluma has a considerably thicker consistency, which contributes to its unique lifting properties. This also leads to the differences in its target area. While Juvederm Ultra Plus also has a thicker consistency than Juvederm, it is not as thick as Voluma. Voluma is intended to be administered into the deep dermis. It should be deposited right on top of the bones in the face. For best results in the cheek, Voluma should be injected into the chin, the middle cheek, or the upper cheek. The filler is ideal for volumizing and lifting the mid- and upp ...