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March 31, 2007

Uses of Botox and Fillers

Article by Caitlin Miller, Make Me Heal staff writer

Botox and other dermal fillers such as Restylane and collagen are widely used in plastic surgery today and are incredibly versatile in their uses. According to Make Me Heal (www.makemeheal.com), apart from breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction, Botox and other dermal fillers are the most sought after cosmetic procedures for its online community of more than 500,000 members.

Botox experienced sensational popularity following its 2002 FDA approval for cosmetic usage and is no longer solely used in treating moderate to severe facial wrinkles in adults. Despite being one of the most poisonous naturally occurring substances in the world, Botox, which was discovered in the 1950's and is derived from the neurotoxin protein, Clostridium botulinum, has a remarkable number of applications in medicine ranging from the treatment of Blepharospasm (more commonly known as eye twitches), Cervical Dystonia, severe head, neck and shoulder pain, as well as in the treatment of TMJ, Cerebral Palsy and migraine headaches. Botox has the ability to reduce activity in overactive muscles and paralyze particular muscles by blocking nerve activity effectively treating painful muscles spasm. It is also being considered for treatment of Hyperhydrosis or excessive sweating in the United States and is already approved for use in Europe and Canada.

Cosmetic uses for Botox are extremely popular today as it is considered a miracle solution to erasing wrinkles from a patient's face by paralyzing the particular muscles creating the wrinkles. Restylane is another common FDA approved filler for facial injections and exists in the form of an injectable gel. It is composed of hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally in the human body and is hydrophilic (or water loving) and therefore assists in hydrating the skin. It is commonly injected in the areas beneath the eyes, crow's feet and forehead wrinkles with results lasting for approximately six months.

Juvederm is another filler product also made of hyaluronic acid and is injected under the skin's surface to add volume and hydration. What is unique about Juvederm is the fact that it is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for persons of color.

Other fillers commonly used in plastic surgery include collagen and fat. Collagen and fat are both injectable and are commonly used to fill in lines and creases in the face to create a smoother and more youthful appearance. They can also be injected to plump up sunken areas of the face and are frequently used to add fullness to lips and cheeks. These types of fillers are generally not used to treat severe wrinkles on the face as they are generally not sufficient in filling deep and pronounced areas. These types of deep wrinkles can be treated using a resurfacing technique such as a chemical peel, dermabrasion or various laser treatments. Chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser treatments are subtractive processes which remove excess flesh rather than the additive technique used with injectable fillers.

Following Botox, Restylane, Juvederm or Collagen injections, swelling, and bruising can occur for up to seven days and cold (for swelling) and hot therapy (for bruising) are recommended to patients. Additionally, homeopathic remedies such as Arnica Montana can be taken right before the procedure to lessen these side effects. Make Me Heal's shop offers a wide variety of cold and hot therapy compresses and homeopathic remedies.

RELEVANT LINKS

To chat with other patients who have had Botox, Restylane and other fillers, visit the Make Me Heal Message Boards where potential patients, past patients, doctors and experts convene to provide information regarding these cosmetic procedures.

See before & after photos of Botox and Restylane patients.

Shop for Dermal Injections preparation and recovery products.

About Make Me Heal

Make Me Heal is the world's leading portal for plastic surgery and anti-aging information, shopping for products, and services. As the largest social networking hub for plastic surgery, Make Me Heal hosts over 60 message boards and tens of thousands of blogs of people and chat rooms. Make Me Heal has the web's largest library of before and after plastic surgery photos and videos contributed by people. Make Me Heal's shopping division offers over 40,000 products, from leading brands of recovery and preparation products for every type of plastic surgery, to science-based skin care and anti-aging treatments, and specialized boutiques for anti-aging nutrition and supplements, breast cancer, weight loss, maternity, body slimming shapewear, and other departments. Additionally, Make Me Heal has the only plastic surgeon directory in which doctors are reviewed and rated by actual patients. Make Me Heal's News Division is a leading information source for all things plastic surgery, celebrity plastic surgery gossip, interviews and Q&A's with top plastic surgeons, and beauty-related entertainment news.

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