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BOTOX® is a purified onabotulinumtoxinA protein that works by blocking overactive nerve impulses that trigger excessive muscle contractions. The effect is temporary and lasts from approximately three to ten months, depending on the individual patient and indication. BOTOX® therapy should only be administered by a trained and qualified physician. BOTOX® is also approved for many clinical indications and is currently being investigated for over many other cosmetic and clinical uses.
When BOTOX® is injected in small amounts into the appropriate muscle, it causes the muscle to relax and thus diminish or eliminate dynamic line or furrow. BOTOX®has been used for over a decade to treat ophthalmological disorders, and is fast becoming the chosen non-surgical treatment to reverse signs of aging. After treatment, a patient treated with BOTOX® can still frown and smile, but the expression wrinkles around the eyes and forehead are diminished when they do. Normal facial expression is unaffected. Correction with BOTOX® is very natural, and most patients treated feel that they have a more wide-eyed, rested and less angry look.
BOTOX® correction lasts on average approximately four to six months. After repeated injections the results may be even longer lasting.
One highly effective, FDA-approved treatment for severe underarm sweating, not adequately managed by topical agents, is BOTOX® (Botulinum Toxin Type A). BOTOX® injections help control severe underarm sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don't receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. For more information about BOTOX® as a treatment for severe underarm sweating, go to BOTOXSevereSweating.com.
Treatment with BOTOX® is a relatively quick and straightforward procedure and results in a significant reduction in underarm sweating within four weeks of the first treatment. Results have been shown to be effective for up to six months.
If you feel that excessive underarm sweating is affecting your daily activities or quality of life, whether in form of wardrobe choices to recreational activities, schedule an appointment with Cosmetic Dermatology of Orange County for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss appropriate treatment options.
One of the first physical signs of aging is the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds. Unfortunately, many of the products that claim to diminish the appearance of these wrinkles and folds and are not very effective. A better option would be to try the FDA approved treatment: Juvéderm. Juvéderm is a non-surgical injectable gel that is used to reduce the appearance of unwanted facial wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm is composed of cross-linked hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body for skin elasticity. Juvéderm works by temporarily adding volume to the facial tissues and providing a smoother appearance to the face. Results are immediate and there is little or no down time. On average, the effects of Juvéderm last between six to nine months.
The procedure to inject Juvéderm is generally simple and takes about fifteen minutes. A fine needle is used to insert the gel into the mid to deep dermis of the face. Usually, the targeted problem areas include the nasolabial folds ("smile lines") and the nasogenian grooves ("marionette lines"). Juvéderm is also used for lip augmentation and reshaping facial contours.
There are several advantages to using Juvéderm over other injectable fillers. First, the gel has a malleable smooth consistency which creates a more natural appearance. Furthermore since hyaluronic acid is a biocompatible compound, the substance in Juvéderm is naturally metabolized by the body. Juvéderm is also the first HA dermal filler to show effectiveness in treating persons of color and varying skin tones. Juvéderm comes in two formulas: Juvéderm XC and Ultra Juvéderm XC. The first is used for areas where subtle improvement is needed. The latter is a more powerful formula used for correcting deeper folds and wrinkles. Both formulas are an effective solution for rejuvenating your skin and maintaining a smooth skin complexion.
Latisse is the medication Bimatoprost, which is FDA approved to treat inadequate eyelashes (hypotrichosis). Latisse is also marketed under the brand name Lumigan, which is used in prescription eyedrops treat glaucoma. Eyelash growth was an unexpected side effect of Lumigan, which resulted in the creation and marketing of Latisse.
With regular application along the lash line of the upper eyelid, Latisse gradually encourages growth of longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. Latisse isnâ€™t meant to be applied to the lower eyelid. For full results, you must use the medication daily for at least two months. Eyelash improvements remain as long as you continue to use the medication. When you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will eventually return to their original appearance.