Monthly Archives: October 2010

SPELL MIGRAINE RELIEF? B-o-t-o-x

If you suffer migraines at least 15 days a month and have pain lasting at least four hours each time, your insurance may pay for you to have Botox injections to bring relief. The FDA has recently approved Botox as an injectable solution to migraine headaches when injected into the face and neck every three months.

You may have read that Allergan, the makers of Botox, were sued by the Feds for their previous unauthorized promotion of Botox for cerebral palsy and headaches between the years 2000 and 2005. The firm accepted the determination and paid the government $350 million plus $25 million in assets, along with an agreement for monitoring. In light of the fact that stock analysts estimate the revenue from this new approval for Botox will be in the billions, that’s a small price for Allergan to pay.

Two studies show proof that it works. In one, men and women suffering with chronic migraines reported 9 fewer migraines a month, compared with those who were given a placebo injection, who reported only 6.7 fewer migraines a month. That’s about a 30% difference. Allergan funded its own study which showed its users having 7.8 average fewer headaches per month compared with those getting the placebo, who reported only 6.4 fewer days of headaches a month.

Caroline Van Hove, Allergan spokeswoman, believes that health insurance companies will cover use of the drug because “this is a population that hasn’t responded to any of the conventional treatments.” Botox has already been approved for migraine treatment in the UK and Allergan is anticipating more approvals in the rest of Europe and Canada yet this year.

We provide this service for those of you suffering from migraines, so pick up the phone and put a stop to your chronic migraine headaches. Share the word with friends, family and co-workers and schedule time with us to treat this problem. You’ll feel so much better.

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Rhinoplasty Without Surgery

Most Bakersfield nose reshaping procedures here in my Bakersfield plastic surgery practice require a couple hours in surgery, under anesthesia, and recovery involves packing, swelling and discomfort. However, sometimes nose reshaping can be done with injectables. For this with nasal bumps, a droop in the nose tip or a crooked nose, it’s possible to avoid painful recovery and anesthesia by using produts such as Restylane or Radiesse

I usually apply a topical numbing cream prior to injecting to numb the area and, often, a nerve-blocking agent as well, similar to what you’d receive at the dentist (don’t worry! We’re very gentle!). Some of the fillers include their own Lidocaine as well, making injection must less painful. For that reason, I like using Juvederm. It works well in depressions and creates a flat area around bumps that makes the nose more symmetrical. The nose will then blend in better with the rest of the face. Even better, during the procedure itself, you can watch the results as they happen, giving you a great deal of control over the final look.

The benefits of filler nose reshaping are many:

  • No surgery–that means no anesthesia, anesthesia bill, OR bill, surgeon bill, so it’s much less expensive
  • No painful recovery
  • Immediate results
  • A much shorter procedure

The drawbacks of filler nose reshaping with fillers is that the results only last 10 months to a year with Radiesse and 6-8 months with Restylane. Another reason I like Juvederm–it lasts up to 12 months or so. Each person may vary slightly in terms of how long the results will last.

Researchers are hot on the job to create a finely ground cartilage product that could be injected. Since it won’t absorb like dermal fillers, it can create permanent results, again, without surgery. This creation is undoubtedly several years away, as it would have to undergo FDA testing, but eventually it may be a perfect halfway point between dermal fillers and surgery: the above benefits of dermal fillers but a permanent result.

A Tasty Treat to Defeating Wrinkles

For wrinkles, there are an excessive amount of treatments out on the market. There’s wrinkle-freezing Botox COSMETIC, wrinkle-blasting lasers and wrinkle-smoothing creams. But how about wrinkle-reducing ice cream? According to Fox News, anti-aging ice cream could be on the market within the next five years.

Unilever, the maker of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, recently signed a contract with Ampere Life Science. Ampere Life Science is a new biotechnology group that was set up in San Jose, CA, last year. The duo entered and exclusive, 5-year contract to research and create a wide variety of products that include antioxidants and other anti-aging components.

Antioxidants are scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, protect against sun damage and boost the immune system.

Unilever produces a plethora of big-name brands in the United States, including Bertolli pastas and sauces, Dove soap, and Lipton products. Ampere Life Science’s findings could potentially be included throughout numerous different product varieties.

“Unilever’s chief research and development officer, Genevieve Berger, said, “I see the key benefits of this partnership with Ampere being a commitment to develop superior products across a number of categories and exclusivity that will potentially give us competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said Unilever’s chief research and development officer, Genevieve Berger.

I’m sure I’m not the only one excited about this tasty endeavor!

To Your Health & Beauty,

Vipul R. Dev, M.D.

Drink to Great Skin!

Time and time again we have been told that the key to amazing skin is through simply drinking an excessive amount of water. To some, this may sound too good to be true. A recent study highlighted in the Daily Mail has found that certain waters may indeed reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Water is said to moisturize the skin, reduce wrinkles, cleanse the body and banish blemishes. However, dermatologists are insisting that this may not be 100% true. They argue that the outer layer of the skin is the only thing that maintains moisture levels in the skin.

During the double blind, placebo controlled study; female participants were asked to maintain the same diet and skincare routines. A Visia skin complexion analysis was performed on each of the women to determine rates of wrinkling, sun damage and the skin’s texture.

Following the initial analysis, the women were asked to drink 1.5 liters of water a day for eight weeks straight. Some women drank tap water, while others drank mineral-rich Willow Water from the U.K.

Willow Water reportedly contains salicin, a compound that when metabolized turns into salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and is found in many skincare and acne products.

At the end of the 8 weeks, the women underwent a second in-depth Visia skin analysis. The study found that women who drank ordinary tap water saw a 19% reduction in wrinkles and that the women who drank Will Water saw an even more impressive 24% reduction.

These findings are impressive to say the least. Not only that, fighting wrinkles with water drives home a healthy habit that is recommended for everyone to practice—staying hydrated!

To Your Health & Beauty,

Vipul R. Dev, M.D.