A while back we blogged about the arrival of Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA), the newest neurotoxin, and competitor to Botox and Dysport, which received its FDA approval in 2011 to treat the glabella region. Last year, an injunction was filed by Allergan (the makers of Botox) claiming trade secrets had been stolen from them during this process.
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Dr. Eric Finzi and his team from Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in Maryland report that Botox may work as a treatment for depression because it physically prevents a person from frowning, which can trigger negative emotions and depressions. Their research involved 84 subjects with severe depression that did not respond well to antidepressants. These patients were split into two groups and half were injected with Botox, while the other half were injected with a placebo.
I get asked about this a lot, as gel manicures become more and more popular due to the lasting effect of the nail polishes. The truth is, we just don't have enough research yet for a conclusive answer. Dr. Joel Schlessinger, a leader in the dermatology community, recently stated in the November issue of Dermatology Times that, "The use of ultraviolet (UV) rays to dry nail polish can spell potential danger for patrons of nail salons. We are seeing more skin cancers on the nails of women who have been close to the UV light."
We all have heard that a glass of wine a day may be beneficial to your health, and we all know that excess drinking is never good, but did you know that research shows that alcohol may actually affect your skin too?
Many patients ask their dentist how to improve their smiles, but many people don't realize the key to a better smile is actually twofold: whiter, more aligned teeth AND fillers to the lips.
In a recent study published in the October issue of Dermatologic Surgery, researchers from institutions across the country asked 561 physicians in primary care, family medicine, and internal medicine residency programs to select which specialists were the most qualified to perform different skin procedures and non-invasive cosmetic surgeries.
Further advancing research done by British scientist John Gurdon, Japanese researcher Shinya Yamanak co-received the Nobel Prize for physiology/medicine this year. According to to the Associated Press, "By sprinkling four genes on ordinary skin cells, Yamanaka discovered a virtual fountain of youth for cells:
Retinol products are derived from Vitamin A. There are various forms of retinols, including those that are used for the skin. Retinols for skin are often used to treat acne, as well as sun and general skin damage. The reason it works is because it increases and speeds up cell turnover. While this can be irritating for some people's skin, when used properly, almost anyone can tolerate a retinol product. There are retinol products available only by prescription, and some more cosmetic varieties that aren't as high of strength, and therefore available without a prescription. Retinol products are good when you start to see sun damage reaching the surface, as well as when you want to kick up your skincare regimen a notch.