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Radiesse vs Juvederm: Effects, Duration of Action, Ingredients & Price

Radiesse vs Juvederm: Effects, Duration of Action, Ingredients & Price
Indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles, including nasolabial folds, Radiesse is an FDA-approved filler that contains calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) gel microspheres. In addition to nasolabial folds, Radiesse also have a number of off-label uses. This includes cheek augmentation and correction of marionette lines. Juvederm, on the other hand, is approved by FDA for cheek augmentation, amongst various other aesthetic indications. FDA approval vs off-label use An FDA-approved product indicates that it has been granted approval for a specific indication. At the same time, the results from the manufacturer’s testing have been reviewed and the findings validated. In contrast, an off-label use refers to the use of a product for an indication that has yet to be approved by FDA. This does not necessarily mean that off-label uses are unsafe. Radiesse or Juvederm? 1. Lifting effects The degree of lifting produced by fillers is greatly i ...

Contouring the Male Jawline Part 1

Contouring the Male Jawline Part 1
Anatomical considerations when treating the male jawline As with all aesthetic treatments, it is important to understand the anatomy of the treatment area (and the underlying anatomy of aging) thoroughly.  Anatomical knowledge is essential to the success of an aesthetic treatment. When treating the jawline of male patients, doctors should take a systematic approach while considering the underlying anatomy. This allows any potential issues to be managed in a controlled manner, ensuring the safety of patients. Formed from two halves that are fused in the mandibular symphysis midline, the mandible establishes the foundation of the jawline. In terms of anatomy, it is made of a curved tooth -bearing body that extends from the midline symphysis (with the mental protuberance), inferiorly, to the ramus, laterally. Consisting of two lateral mental tubercles and a central depression, the mental protuberance forms the chin. The ramus is known to project superiority with two ...

Use of Botox During Pregnancy: Is it Safe?

Use of Botox During Pregnancy: Is it Safe?
Most expectant mothers are aware of the harmful effects of alcohol and smoking during pregnancy. But what about Botox? Is Botox safe for pregnant women? Botox is an injectable that contains botulinum toxin type A as the active ingredient. Commonly used for line reduction, Botox visibly reduces the look of forehead lines, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines between the eyebrows. Botox exerts its line-reducing effects by blocking the nerve cell signals. This helps to weaken and paralyze the muscles, diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles. In addition, Botox is also prescribed for a wide range of disorders and conditions such as urinary incontinence (resulting from detrusor overactivity due to multiple sclerosis or other neurologic conditions), spasticity, cervical dystonia, overactive bladder and blepharospasm. Can I use Botox while I am pregnant? Botox has been approved for cosmetic use in more than 78 countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, ...