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Professional Tips for Treating the Jaw and Neck

Professional Tips for Treating the Jaw and Neck
The neck and jaw area in female patients are affected by aging to a degree more noticeable than many other parts of the face. For these women, the cosmetic defect presents a practical issue that can be easily resolved through surgical means. In fact, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPAS) showed in their 2017 report that women among 51 to 64 years old represented the majority (52.8%) of patients that underwent neck rejuvenation procedures out of a total of 28,542 such treatments. The total figure represented a 20.1% increase from the previous year—a significant increase that shows strong demand. The average cost was estimated to be about $4,751, and the procedure generally took two to three hours with a downtime duration of approximately two weeks. These statistics do not reflect the non-surgical techniques available for these areas of interest. Non-surgical neck and jaw lifts (e.g. botulinum toxin, injectable dermal fillers, intense pulsed light, lasers, etc ...

Hyalgan vs Synvisc: Differences and Similarities

Hyalgan vs Synvisc: Differences and Similarities
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that mainly affects the joints.  Affecting millions of patients around the world, it is the most common type of arthritis. The condition often causes severe pain, which tend to worsen over time. The pathophysiology of osteoarthritis is characterized by the loss of cartilage in the joint. In healthy individuals, cartilage functions as a protective cushion, helping the joints to work smoothly. The depletion of hyaluronic acid in the joint results in increased friction between the bones, ultimately causing knee stiffness and pain. While osteoarthritis can be highly deliberating, there are a number treatment modalities that can provide pain relief. For example, viscosupplements such as Hyalgan and Synvisc are able to provide symptomatic relief, helping to alleviate knee pain. What is viscosupplementation? Viscosupplementation is a type of treatment that cushions the joints. It often comes in the form of a gel-like fluid and is sup ...

Orthovisc vs Synvisc

Orthovisc vs Synvisc
Do I have osteoarthritis? Ranked as the 11th highest contributor to disability, osteoarthritis is a degenerative, multifactorial condition that mostly affects the knee joint. Osteoarthritis is highly prevalent and affects millions of individuals around the world. It is estimated that more than 27 million US adults are now living with osteoarthritis. Some of its symptoms include pain, stiffness, a grating sensation, tenderness, bone spurs and loss of flexibility. These symptoms tend to deteriorate over time, affecting the ability to climb stairs, walk and even stand. Physiologically, osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear, stress on the joint, and repetitive movements. Some of risk factors, such as previous sports injuries and obesity, may further increase the risk of getting osteoarthritis. In healthy individuals, cartilage functions as a protective cushion, helping to facilitate the bone movements of the joint. When osteoarthritis occurs, the hyaluronic acid i ...

Radiesse vs Restylane

Radiesse vs Restylane
About Radiesse and Restylane Both Radiesse and Restylane are dermal fillers commonly used as anti-aging treatments. Radiesse is manufactured by Merz Aesthetics while Restylane is a product of the Uppsala-based Q-Med AB. Although developed by different companies, the two fillers have similar indications. Both are highly effective in treating wrinkles, lines, and folds. This includes nasolabial folds (which are the smile lines extending from the sides of the mouth all the way up to the nose) and lined regions around the mouth. Radiesse and Restylane (in particular, Restylane Lyft) have also been approved by FDA for the correction of aging-related volume loss in the backs of the hands. At the same time, both Restylane and Radiesse help to augment the cheeks by adding volume to sunken areas. They can also be used in lip augmentation for a more defined appearance. Formulated with different active ingredients, the ways Radiesse and Restylane work are fundamentally different. R ...

Viscosupplements: Synvisc vs Cortisone

Viscosupplements: Synvisc vs Cortisone
Synvisc and cortisone: What are they? Synvisc and cortisone are fundamentally different in many aspects. Cortisone is often used as blanket term to refer to corticosteroid, which has a long history of use in the treatment for knee pain. Medically, corticosteroid injections are used to alleviate pain associated with different forms of arthritis. They are also effective in treating injury- or surgery-related pain. In general, cortisone is used as part of a larger treatment plan. Being a potent anti-inflammatory steroid, cortisone tends to be most useful for conditions in which there is substantial inflammation (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis and gout). There is usually little inflammation in osteoarthritis, therefore cortisone may be of little help. While cortisone injections can sometimes produce good response, the benefits are usually short-lived, with symptoms such as knee stiffness and pain returning in 1 or 2 weeks. However, in some patients, the improvement seems to be lo ...

Does Emla Help with Premature Ejaculation?

Does Emla Help with Premature Ejaculation
Premature ejaculation is a male sexual disorder in which ejaculation and orgasm occurs prematurely. It is one of the most common forms of sexual dysfunction, affecting over 30% of men around the world. There is currently no universally recognized definition of premature ejaculation, making the analysis and examination of the condition in clinical and research settings more complicated. Not surprisingly, premature ejaculation is often undertreated and underdiagnosed. Premature ejaculation is typically diagnosed when the patient always (or almost always) ejaculates within one minute of penetration, or if the patient is unable to delay ejaculation during sexual intercourse all the time (or nearly all the time). Premature ejaculation tends to cause distress and frustration and consequently, patients may try to avoid intimacy. It is believed that both biological and psychological factors are involved in premature ejaculation. Conventionally, premature ejaculation is treated usi ...

Supartz vs Synvisc: Which One is Better?

Supartz vs Synvisc: Which One is Better
About osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joint, in particular the knee joint. Being the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis affects millions of people around the world. Individuals in their mid-to-late forties tend to have a higher risk of developing osteoarthrosis.  Physiologically, osteoarthritis is resulted from the stress on the joint, repetitive movements and wear and tear. The damaged cartilage in the joint will cause inflammation and pain. At the same time, it restricts the range of motion in the joints. Being a progressive condition, the symptoms of osteoarthritis tend to worsen over time. As the condition deteriorates, patients may find it hard to climb stairs, walk, or even stand. Thankfully, there are many treatment options for osteoarthritis knee pain, including pain killers, physical therapy, and lifestyle modification (e.g. weight reduction). Apart from that, viscosupplementation injectables such as Supartz an ...

Contouring the Male Jawline Part 2

Contouring the Male Jawline Part 2
Traditionally, women have been the main demographic of aesthetic treatments, making up the majority of patients seeking jawline contouring procedures. However, in recent years, the number of male patients has been increasing rapidly. In last year alone, there was a 10 to 15 percent increase in men who seek filler injections. This could be driven by an increased media coverage (especially on social media), or increased awareness of the use of fillers in general. The most popular aesthetic treatments among male patients include mid face treatments, lip fillers and chin and jawline contouring treatments. Considering the rising popularity of jawline contouring in male patients, it seems logical to explore the treatment in depth. In this article we will discuss the main treatment modalities used for jawline contouring. Selecting patients for jawline treatment As with all cosmetic procedures, appropriate management of expectations and patient selection are the keys to tr ...

Radiesse for Hands: Treatment & Benefits

Radiesse for Hands
Radiesse is a high performance dermal filler commonly used as anti-aging treatments. It is particularly effective in treating moderate-to-severe folds and wrinkles on the face, such as nasolabial folds. Plus, it helps to add volume to sunken facial areas that lack volume. It is also used on other areas such as the chin, cheeks, nose, and lips. In recent years, Radiesse has been prescribed for treating aging hands that suffer from volume loss. Hand augmentation using Radiesse Radiesse obtained FDA approval in 2015 for hand augmentation, making it the first dermal filler to be indicated for volume loss in the backs of the hands. Having undergone extensive testing, Radiesse is clinically proven safe. According to the manufacturer, Radiesse is able to deliver visible volumizing effects instantly after treatment. It reduces the appearance of veins and tendons in the hands, providing natural yet dramatic anti-aging benefits. The science behind Radiesse for hands The superi ...

Botox for Sweaty Hands

Botox for Sweaty Hands
Botox is a popular injection made of botulinum toxin (a type of neurotoxin). Widely known for its anti-aging benefits, Botox is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to severe glabellar lines caused by procerus/corrugator muscle activity, lateral canthal lines (otherwise known as crow’s feet) and forehead lines due to frontalis muscle activity. Botox is often used off label for treating TMJ syndrome, vaginismus, and acne. While yet to be approved by FDA, these off label uses are generally considered safe. More recently, Botox has been used for scrotum and penis enhancement. At the same time, Botox has shown remarkable results in treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), including palmar hyperhidrosis. What causes sweaty hands? Uncontrollable, excessive sweating of the palms of the hands is medically known as palmar hyperhidrosis. Sweaty hands can cause extreme stress and embarrassment. As the result, the patient’s quality of life is significant ...