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Botox – “The Fonz, ” Henry Winkler Raises Awareness for Botox Therapy to Relieve Muscle Spasticity

middle aged womanMost people will probably remember Henry Winkler for his iconic role as the ‘Fonz’ in the 1970s American sitcom ‘Happy Days’. While the actor has enjoyed success away from that particular TV classic too, he recently raised the issue of Botox.

When many people hear a Hollywood star talk about Botox, they immediately assume it must be for reasons of plastic surgery. The train of thought typically assumes that another vain star is ironing out the wrinkles in their face for a heap of money. Continue reading

Breast Augmentation – FDA Approves New Silicone Gel Implant

young woman with breast augmentationRecently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved a new breast implant made from silicone gel. However, the FDA says that they have only approved the implant on the proviso that the firm Mentor Worldwide monitors the female users of it, and investigates its’ effects over the long term. On Friday, the agency granted approval to Mentor Memory Shape Breast Implants to begin using its new silicone gel implant in procedures involving females over 22 years of age, and to repair breast tissue in females of all ages.

This sanctioning means that there are now five gel-filled silicone breast implants on the market in the US, which have been approved by the FDA. In addition to Mentor, there are two other firms that supply these breast augmentation implants, Sientra and Allergan. These kinds of announcements are always likely to be controversial, but the FDA remains steadfast, claiming that women have a “reasonable expectation” of safety. Continue reading

Skin Care – Answers to Your Sunscreen Questions

sunscreenIt has been said time and again that the most important weapon against any skin problems is for one to have adequate sun protection. Since it is impractical for any person to just stay indoors for most of their life then the easiest, most affordable, and most practical way to get the necessary sun protection is a daily dose of sunscreen. Since there are many different versions and brands of sunscreen vying for consumers’ attention, one may find it confusing and difficult to decide on which one to buy. Here are some answers that consumers need to know about buying the best sunscreen. Continue reading

FDA Proposes Cancer Warning Signs at Tanning Salons

tanning bedTanning salons are establishments that provide services that enable people to acquire a tan while indoors. Generally, they have a number of beds where people lie for a specific time to progressively tan the skin. Normally, for an individual to accomplish the longed for tan, they must attend sessions for a number of weeks or a number of months and to continue keeping the tanned skin, they must attend regular tanning sessions. Continue reading

Johnson & Johnson to Unveil New Anti-Wrinkle Drug to Compete with Botox

Can It Be Bigger and Better?

However, the new drug is likely to find it tough to win over the market mainly because Botox performs so well. To outdo its competitors, the new drug has to work faster, produce long lasting effects, and/or be more affordable than Botox. The good news for J&J customers is that they have brilliant researchers who produce great products. Even with that, loyal Botox consumers might take time to switch to the new product because Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, has built a strong brand.

Will J&J Add Medical Benefits?

Some of its other medical uses include treating migraines, overactive bladders, and sweaty underarms.

Joining the Competition

Granted, several companies have already introduced anti-wrinkle cosmetics treatments in a bid to wrest market share from Botox including MerzPharma Group’s Xeomin and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s Dysport. However, the aforementioned drugs have only yielded a paltry 15% market combined. J&J expects to grab the number two market spot ahead of Dysport and Xeomin.

Morningstar believes that competition will be quite fierce in emerging markets where Botox has not made serious inroads such as South America and Asia. In addition, the drug is likely to find acceptance among people looking for the next big revelation that can deliver superior cosmetics results particularly in terms of youthful and wrinkle free skin.

Botox Safety – What You Need to Know

Ever since it was discovered that Botox injections could create a more youthful look, many people have sought these injections in order to turn back the clock. Unfortunately, visiting a doctor to have this cosmetic procedure can be very costly. The expense of getting an injection from a medical doctor has led many people to seek out cheaper methods of obtaining Botox injections. Continue reading

FDA Approves Natrelle “Gummy Bear” Silicone Breast Implant

Breast implants are used for a variety of reasons, from the purely cosmetic or aesthetic purposes of enhancing one’s appearance through breast augmentation to reducing the appearance of scar tissue and reconstructing breasts after major surgery. While implants offer some of the best cosmetics based alternatives, traditional breast implants have been associated with complications, including tightening of the skin and hardening of the tissue around the prosthetic, the need to undergo further surgery in order to better situate the implant or to remove it entirely, an uneven or rough appearance, and the possibility of infection or leakage of the implant’s contents. Continue reading

Botox – Six Step Checklist

Botox injection administered by a professionalThe advancements in aesthetic medicine means consumers have the option of choosing from many different non-surgical procedures. Botox injections remain the most popular method of treating wrinkles and physicians administer millions of treatments annually. Here are six recommended steps for patients to follow prior to undergoing a Botox treatment. Continue reading

Spider Veins Fade from Memory with Asclera Injection Treatment

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, October 28, 2010 – Crawling under her skin, they multiply to create an unsightly purple web that lowers a woman’s hem quicker than the latest fashion trend, or drives her from the beach and swimsuit for the reassurance of shorts or jeans. But spider, or varicose veins, no longer need to be hidden or tolerated with the breakthrough Asclera treatment offered by Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Medical in Beverly Hills.

The unsightly swollen or twisted veins virtually evaporate with Dr. Ourian’s treatment that incorporates the new injection drug. “Varicose veins and the smaller so-called spider veins are most common on a person’s legs, but can appear anywhere on the body and seemingly out of nowhere, ” Dr. Ourian says of the treatment approved this year by the federal Food and Drug Administration. “That’s why Asclera injections, a type of sclerotherapy treatment, are so attractive. They are especially suited for treatment of small types of varicose veins in which improving appearance is the goal.”
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