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— If you're on a quest for the body beautiful, you've got a staggering variety of pills, potions and surgeries to help you shed inches or erase cellulite if exercise, diet or your genes fail you. And now there's a new and increasingly popular weapon in the anti-fat arsenal.

Aim for modulation with neurotoxin injections
When it comes to chemical denervation, it is best to aim for modulation rather than paralysis, according to Anthony Rossi, MD. For example, for a particularly expressive individual, it is important to maintain natural movement. For this type of patient, “a standard injection pattern may not work. You still want to give her some natural movement,” he said, explaining that the injection pattern in such a patient would “be more unique, more spread out.

AAD Releases Latest Clinical Guidelines for Acne
About 50 million people in the US have acne and it affects 85% of all adolescents and about 12% of adult women. Although it is a benign condition, acne can have considerable morbidity, including pain and discomfort, permanent scarring, and depression and anxiety, resulting in poor self-esteem. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has updated its Guidelines of Care for the Management of Acne Vulgaris.

Supermodel Christie Brinkley, 62, Shares Her Botox Tips
Brinkley, who has openly admitted to undergoing a few procedures over the years (including fillers), advises those interested in similar anti-aging treatments should proceed with a delicate hand.

Plastic Surgery Tourism: Proceed With Caution
Don’t settle for a bargain when it comes to your face or body.

Botox & The Millennial
Social media, selfies and reality TV celebrities are among the influences driving millennials to the cosmetic surgeon’s office for neurotoxin injections and more, according to 2015 stats released earlier this year by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Botox Gone Rogue
Researchers studying whether botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) A, BoNT/D and tetanus toxin (TeNT) can spread within networks of neurons to have distal effects found that indeed they do.

Botulinum toxin helpful in painful cutaneous leiomyomas
Botulinum toxin A may improve skin-related quality of life in patients with cutaneous leiomyomas, according to Maryland-based researchers

Patients give facial filler high ratings
Results of a recent study show that patients treated with Juvéderm Voluma XC are highly satisfied with their results.

Allergan to Buy Kythera Biopharmaceuticals for $2.1 Billion
Allergan, the maker of Botox, said on Wednesday that it would pay about $2.1 billion in cash and shares for Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, which makes a treatment for double chins.

Study examines storing, using reconstituted botulinum toxin A
Storing vials of reconstituted botulinum toxin A (Botox, Allergan) for four weeks after patient administration results in no detectable bacterial or fungal contamination, according to a new pilot study.

Depressed? Botox might be the key to happiness
Picture this: your appointment with your therapist is coming to a close and instead of writing you a prescription for an antidepressant, he gives you an injection of Botox and sends you on your way. This, experts say, could be the future of treatment for depression.

An Injection That Makes Double Chins Disappear Is Probably Coming Soon
A new injection called ATX-101 is nearing FDA approval which, for the first time, targets the fat cells in the neck area to smooth away double chins.

Adjunctive aesthetic treatments for rosacea, melasma
Treating common skin conditions such as rosacea and melasma can build a bridge to aesthetic treatments, said experts at last year’s annual Cosmetic Bootcamp in Aspen, Colo.

Meaningful cultural change in the modern medical practice: good for patients, good for practitioners, great for the bottom line.
Meaningful cultural change in the modern medical practice: good for patients, good for practitioners, great for the bottom line.

Broad A-Peel
Few treatment modalities have the ability to treat as wide a variety of patients and concerns as chemical peels. Whether an individual wants to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, get rid of facial scarring or knock down cystic acne, there is a peeling agent that can help.

Allergan agrees to $66 billion Actavis offer; Valeant walks
Botox maker Allergan Inc on Monday accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Actavis Plc, ending a seven-month hostile pursuit by activist investor William Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.

Novel microneedle patch may improve collagen delivery
A small adhesive patch topped with microneedles may allow clinicians to deliver collagen more deeply and without pain to the patient.

Photoaging prevention: Pearls for patient compliance
Whether a patient has undergone laser rejuvenation or skin resurfacing to address their sun damaged skin, the most important post-treatment skin care instructions that clinicians can give, say experts, must address sun protection and sun exposure.

ISAPS Global Statistics
SAPS surveys plastic surgeons throughout the world to provide statistics about the number and type of aesthetic (cosmetic) procedures they performed over a one-year period. Studies are performed for the previous year so that data for the entire year is available. ISAPS is the only organization that collects this data on a global scale.

Botox Injections Could Be Key to Cutting Cancer Growth
Botox injections, usually used in the fight against aging, may help battle cancer, according to data from medical trials performed on mice—published in Science Translational Medicine.

Becoming Involved in Licensure and the State Board
On April 18, 2001, Utah House Bill 105 (HB 105), sponsored by Representative Sheryl L. Allen and signed into law by Governor Michael O. Leavitt, officially established the first master esthetics license in the United States. Since the passage of this act, the states of Virginia and Washington have followed, with California very close to doing the same.

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer calls on partners in prevention from various sectors across the nation to address skin cancer as a major public health problem.

Are You Calling Yourself a Medical Esthetician?
Many states explicitly prohibit estheticians from providing medical services, so advertising that you do so may be considered misleading and, therefore, in violation of state law

Valeant and Ackman Departing From Usual Playbook in Pursuit of Allergan
From the moment it was announced, the $53 billion joint bid for Allergan, the maker of Botox, made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and the hedge fund manager William A. Ackman, was highly unconventional.

Reconstitution is key to optimizing neurotoxin results
IncobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin, Merz) is equivalent to onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox, Allergan) in efficacy and safety, but the former product needs to be reconstituted in a different fashion from onabotulinumtoxin A to achieve equivalent efficacy.

Navigating neurotoxins' differences
With three neurotoxins on the market, it is important to understand their similarities and differences in both the way they act and pricing. Dermatology Times put together a panel to discuss how they use Botox, Dysport and Xeomin in their practice.

Understanding Inflammation The Root Cause of Skin Aging
What's really aging skin? Is it possible there's one root cause responsible behind skin aging, diseases and other challenges? This article by Skin, Inc. addresses the types, good and bad aspects, how to tame and protect skin from inflammation.

Pokertox: Botox For Gambler's Poker Face
A doctor of aesthetic medicine in New York is taking a gamble that poker players are going to be the next big growth market for botox.

Injunction Throws a Wrinkle in Merz's Plan to Launch Xeomin
About a week before Merz was slated to introduce Xeomin at a major medical meeting, Botox manufacturer Allergan has won an immediate injunction blocking the company from selling this product, which is a Botox competitor.The injunction prohibits Merz from selling or soliciting purchases of its Botox alternative, Xeomin, in the facial aesthetics market for 10 months

Move Over, Botox: There’s a New Wrinkle Filler in Town
Xeomin has been FDA approved specifically for the vertical frown lines between the eyebrows. Apparently, this product was previously approved for use in adults with cervical dystonia, a condition in which spasm and contractions of the neck muscles produce a very uncomfortable and unsightly appearance. Likewise, it had been approved for blepharospasm, which is involuntary flickering of the orbicularis muscle that surrounds the eye.

Botulinum toxins function similarly, but aren't interchangeable
Coral Gables, Fla. — Although many forms of botulinum toxin available worldwide function similarly, the products are not interchangeable, as they have different protein sizes, diffusion characteristics, potencies and effects, says Fredric S. Brandt, M.D., a Coral Gables, Fla., dermatologist.

FDA OKs Belotero for correction of facial wrinkles, folds
Washington — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the hyaluronic acid-based filler Belotero Balance (Merz Aesthetics) for the correction of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds, the company announced.

Topical Neurotoxin Erases Crow's Feet
The most recent phase 2 studies on a topically delivered botulinum toxin type A lend clinical support to an investigational product that physicians might use one day to essentially wipe away crow's feet wrinkles around the eyes, according to a consultant for the developer.

IncobotulinumtoxinA approved for glabellar line-related use
The FDA has approved the use of incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin, Merz Aesthetics) to improve the appearance temporarily of moderate to severe glabellar lines associated with corrugator and/or procerus muscle activity in adults.

Injectables serve as nonsurgical option for beautifying the nose
Injectables do not replace rhinoplasty, but they offer a viable alternative for those interested in nasal reshaping who are unwilling to undergo surgery, say Vince Bertucci, M.D., and Jean-François Tremblay, M.D.

Restylane Gets FDA Nod for Lip Augmentation
Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp announced that the FDA has approved its premarket approval application (PMA) supplement to expand the approved use of the Restylane hyaluronic acid dermal filler to include lip augmentation

NJ Lawmakers:
Minors in New Jersey won't be able to get Botox injections without a doctor saying it's medically necessary under a bill moving through the Assembly.

Novel aesthetic options expect to make a splash in U.S. this year
Novel aesthetic options expected to make a splash in the United States in 2011 include new hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, a new topical treatment for redness and a recently approved device for nonsurgical facelifting.

Creative filling techniques rival surgical facelift results
Once used as the go-to tools for filling facial lines and crevasses, fillers are now, for some facelift candidates, replacing the scalpel.

Patient age, volumizing needs drive injectable filler choice
As patients' faces change with age, so, too, should their options for treating lines and wrinkles.

Non-Surgical Facial Procedures Spike Dramatically in 2010
Annual Survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Finds More Patients Opting for Non-Surgical Procedures to Delay Surgery

Landmark Study on Nonsurgical Eyelid Lift Published by Dr. Alexander Donath
Study proves for first time that Restylane lasts nearly 2 years for treating dark circles under eyes

ASAPS: Injectables to grow in 2011
The popularity of injectable aesthetic fillers and toxins will continue to increase in 2011 as products evolve and new players enter the U.S. market

Clinique Enters Medical Forum
The global medical aesthetics company Allergan has collaborated with prestige cosmetics brand Clinique Laboratories to create a new collection of medical products

If you want to get ahead, get Botox
Boardroom big-hitters tend to look young – prompting ageing rivals to turn to surgery

Are facelifts a thing of the past?
Less invasive procedures such as Botox injections and laser treatments are threatening to eradicate a classic of cosmetic surgery. Facelifts 'belong to my mother's generation, women in their 70s and beyond,' says one fortysomething

Alternatives to surgery remain popular among patients, experts say
Noninvasive procedures — specifically, filling agents — are maintaining their popularity with patients

New hyaluronic acid gel outperforms bovine collagen
A new cohesive polydensified matrix hyaluronic acid (CPMHA, Belotero Balance; Merz) has outlasted bovine collagen in a 24-week study of nasolabial fold (NLF) correction and performed well in a 1.5-year follow-up study, according to Rhoda S. Narins, M.D., director of the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center, White Plains, N.Y.; clinical professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; and lead author of the studies.

Cosmetic surgery market predicted to double by 2017
The market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and lasers is expected to almost double in size and to exceed $3 billion over the next seven years.

Informed consent ensures patients understand risks, benefits of permanent fillers
Expert suggests more detailed discussions with patients prior to administering permanent fillers

Realistic aesthetic goals allow for natural-looking cosmetic rejuvenation outcomes
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, different cultures and societies have varying ideals of beauty, and it is not uncommon that these differences in ideals result in highly variable aesthetic outcomes seen in cosmetic patients.

New hyaluronic acid filler formulation rehydrates skin, boosts volume
Juvéderm Hydrate composed of 13.5 mg/g uncross-linked HA and 0.9 percent mannitol, resulting in reduced free-radical degradation of HA where injected

Novel polycaprolactone dermal filler gains popularity in Europe
PCL found in Ellansé is the same material found in some resorbable sutures, other surgical devices

Allergan's Botox Nears U.S. Approval To Treat Migraines
U.S. regulators are expected to soon approve Botox, the well-known cosmetic drug, for use in its first major medical application, boosting the fortunes of its maker, Allergan (AGN).

Generic Latisse Competitor Applies for FDA Approval
An unnamed drug maker has applied for US regulatory approval to sell a generic version of Allergan Inc's eyelash-enhancing drug Latisse before its patent protection expires.

New hyaluronic acid fillers boost cosmetic treatment options
New fillers, including even more hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, as well as new toxins are expected to enter the U.S. market within the next year, according to William Philip Werschler, M.D., F.A.A.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine and dermatology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Variety of dermal filler options helps meet specific skincare needs
With a variety of dermal fillers now available to dermatologists, it may be difficult to choose the right one. When a patient comes in, it is best to discuss what changes he or she is trying to achieve, says Ruth Tedaldi, M.D., who practices in Wellesley, Mass.

Study Sees Anti-aging Effects
The results of a new landmark study published in the March 2010 issue of Dermatologic Surgery, the official publication of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), confirm that a single, multisyringe treatment session administering facial fillers yields a quantifiable reduction in apparent age.

Heidi A. Waldorf, MD, On Small-Vessel Sclerotherapy
Despite the popularity of lasers in treating spider veins, one should not overlook the art of sclerotherapy.

For Young Tanners Wrinkles Are Scarier Than Skin Cancer
What's the most effective way to convince young women to cut back on their indoor tanning, a habit that hikes their risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 75 percent? Warn them that it will cause leathery, wrinkled skin.

The Art of the TCA Chemical Peel
The process is part art, part chemistry

Warning: Hydrelle Complications
I am issuing a personal warning about the soft tissue filler, Hydrelle, made by Anika Therapeutics and distributed by Coapt Systems.

Fillers with lidocaine among latest injectable advancements
The U.S. injectables market has added lidocaine-containing versions of popular hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, and additional fillers are expected to enter the market, an expert says.

Botulinum toxin to treat dimpling of chin appears effective, safe
Treating chin dimpling can be a challenge, but a simple therapeutic approach using botulinum toxin coupled with a change in mimicking habits by the patient proves to relax the musculature in the chin area, resulting in significant, lasting aesthetic improvements.

New injection technology delivers fillers with more precision, less pain
An automated injection system is allowing aesthetic physicians to inject fillers in a constant and controlled fashion, helping doctors achieve better aesthetic outcomes with significantly less pain perceived by the patient.

Aquamid Submitted for FDA Approval
Contura International A/S, Soeborg, Denmark, last week announced that it has submitted a Premarket Approval Application (PMA) for Aquamid to the FDA requesting marketing approval in the United States for the aesthetic treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

Botox Reduces Wrinkles Using Less Frequent Doses
After 2 years of treatment at recommended intervals, patients can potentially cut the frequency, and thus the cost, of their Botox treatments by half, according to recent research presented by Roger A. Dailey, MD, FACS, professor and Lester Jones Endowed Chair of oculofacial plastic surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine.

Avoiding Dissatisfied Clients
The best strategy for dealing with difficult patients is to avoid them in the first place

FDA Approves Polidocanol for Spider Veins
The FDA announced last week its approval of Asclera (polidocanol) injection for the treatment of spider veins (tiny varicose veins less than 1 mm in diameter) and reticular veins (those that are 1 mm to 3 mm in diameter). Asclera works by damaging the cell lining of blood vessels which closes the vessel.

Economy slows cosmetic procedures only slightly
The recession is having an effect on the number of cosmetic procedures done — but not much of one, HealthDay News reports.

Plastic Surgery Gaining Acceptance In the African-American Community
The changing face of cosmetic patients is largely attributed to improving socioeconomic status among minority communities, images of

AAD: Hyaluronic Acid Increases Fibroblast Activity
Recent research suggests how the popular skin filler hyaluronic acid works to rejuvenate photoaged skin, and nanotechnology may have potential for use in cosmetic products and topical medical treatments

Could Gum-chewing Cause Wrinkles; Shorten Filler Lifespan?
It freshens your breath and helps you quit smoking, but some cosmetic surgeons believe chewing gum does one more thing: It gives you wrinkles.

Men Jumping on Brotox Bandwagon
South Florida men going for cosmetic procedures

Dysport Versus Botox
Several practitioners sound off about using Dysport, as well as similarities and differences to Botox Cosmetic

Injectable Procedures Up in 2009
Injectable procedures appear to have experienced a boost during the 4th quarter of 2009, reflecting the common experience among surgeons that injectables increased while surgery decreased during the tough economy.

Allergan, Inc. Announces the JUVEDERM(R) 'Switch Up' Campaign Educating Women on the Positive Impact Small Changes Have on Personal Appearance
Television personality Dayna Devon embraces turning 40 this year and is sharing personal tips on how women can keep their look fresh to portray their best selves

Interim results of Artefill study 'encouraging'
There are encouraging 18-month interim results from a prospective five-year safety and patient-satisfaction study on Artefill (collagen gel/polymethylmethacrylate, Suneva Medical) for use in correcting nasolabial folds, PR Newswire reports.

Botox clinics told to tighten up on safety
Rogue practitioners face crackdown but charities say self-regulation is not enough

Face value: Why more men are getting Botox
A growing number of males are turning to injections and laser treatments in an effort to maintain job security

Study Showed Sculptra(R) Aesthetic Effectively Corrects Nasolabial Folds and Other Facial Wrinkles
Results published in today's online issue of the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology showed that treatment with Sculptra®Aesthetic (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) was significantly more effective than a human-derived collagen treatment CosmoPlast®* in correcting shallow to deep nasolabial fold (NLF) wrinkles (smile lines). In addition, this study demonstrated that the effect in correcting the NLF wrinkles with SculptraAesthetic can last for up to 25 months.

Report: Antiaging Key Motivator in Skin Care Purchases
Antiaging continues to be a key motivator for purchase among women skin care users, according to a recent report from The NPD Group, a market research company in Port Washington, NY. Seventy-five percent of female skin care users “use skincare products to look the best they can for their age,” according to the report.

FDA Cracks Down on Physician for Dysport Praise
The dermatologist's statements in the media suggested that Dysport was safe and effective before it was approved, the FDA claims

Medicis Receives Approval for RESTYLANE(R) and PERLANE(R) With Lidocaine
Medicis (NYSE:MRX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the dermal fillers RESTYLANE®-L and PERLANE®-L. RESTYLANE-L is approved for implantation into the mid to deep dermis, and PERLANE-L is approved for implantation into the deep dermis to superficial subcutis, both for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.

Allergan, Inc. Announces FDA Approval of JUVEDERM(R) XC Dermal Filler Formulated with Lidocaine
Allergan, Inc. Announces FDA Approval of JUVEDERM(R) XC Dermal Filler Formulated with Lidocaine

FDA Shuts Down DIY Botox Web Site
Discount Medspa, a Web site that had been selling a drug similar to Botox and a range of injectable fillers, has been shut down by the FDA. The Web site was making it easy for the average consumer to purchase injectables without a prescription, which means anyone could inject themselves or someone else with a potentially harmful compound.

Mechanism' therapy: Reversing the effects of environmental, genetic factors in aging skin
Over the past four decades, a great deal has been learned about the mechanisms of aging in general, and skin aging in particular, says Barbara Gilchrest, M.D., professor and chairman emeritus of dermatology, Boston University, Boston.

On the mend? Fillers, toxins market resilient, due for possible bounceback, analyst says
While the worst economic slump in decades has sharply cut into consumer demand for aesthetic products, at least one analyst says there's reason to anticipate a bounceback in the coming months.

Marionette lines: Targeting dynamic, static components of melomental fold rhytids
Treatment of melomental fold rhytids (marionette lines) with nonanimal sourced hyaluronic acid injectable filler (Juvéderm, Allergan) in combination with onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox Cosmetic, Allergan) may offer greater cosmetic improvement and an extended duration of benefit compared with correction using the filler alone, reports David Beynet, M.D.

Women are flocking to Botox for a little holiday pick-me-up
In Canada, a legion of women investing their holiday cash on "soft lifts" with fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse and Juvederm or applications of Botox or Xeomin, which may last longer. Botox is a trade name for botulinum toxin type A, which paralyzes facial muscles so furrows and frown lines are temporarily banished.

Botox Procedures Will Not Be Taxed After All
The proposed 5% tax on a wide array of botox related procedures was dropped.

Help Stop the Proposed Cosmetic Tax
To help pay for the health care reform bill that is being debated over the next few weeks by the U.S. Senate, users of cosmetic medical treatments have been unfairly targeted with a 5% federal tax on such procedures.

Reid Proposes a 5% Tax on Cosmetic Surgery
Senator Harry Reid’s health care bill included an array of new provisions that are being scrutinized Wednesday night, but one particular tax proposal in particular already has attracted a buzz — a 5 percent levy on elective cosmetic procedures that was quickly dubbed the “botax.

Senate bill weighs on Allergan, Medicis
Allergan Inc. and Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. led drug stocks lower early Thursday as shares of the dermatology-products makers fell on news that a new bill proposed by Senate Democrats would levy a 5% excise tax on elective cosmetic procedures.

Eyes wide open: Patients, physicians embrace eyelash growth product
Since making its debut on the market this year, Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03 percent; Allergan), the first treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for eyelash growth, has gained a following as a nifty new tool in the aesthetic dermatology armamentarium.

Instilling Loyalty in Cosmetic Patients
Rewards programs and other referral incentives can be a boon in tough times

Allergan 3Q Profit Rises 8.3% With Botox Help
Allergan Inc.'s (AGN) third-quarter profit rose 8.3% with help from rising Botox sales and while the company boosted spending on advertising as it readied for an improved economy.

American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Partners With SAGE In 2010 To Publish The Aesthetic Surgery Journal
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has partnered with SAGE to publish the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) beginning in 2010. A peer-reviewed international journal indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed, ASJ focuses on scientific developments and clinical techniques in aesthetic surgery.

Dysport adds new wrinkle to the search for youthful skin
Botox now has some competition. It’s another FDA-approved botulinum toxin called Dysport and it’s also used to reduce wrinkles.

Cheaper than facial surgery, Botox cosmetic injections surge in popularity
Dr. Herbert Nassour said the area and the nation have seen a surge in patients interested in getting Botox cosmetic injections, which paralyze selected facial muscles for several months and ease the appearance of wrinkles.

Botox sponge treats intrinsic rhinitis
Treating intrinsic or allergic rhinitis by injecting botulinum toxin (botox) may soon be history, for a new study has shown that sponges soaked in botox are equally effective in treating this condition.

Solta Medical Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of New Fraxel re:store(R) Dual Laser System
Solta Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: SLTM), the pioneer in fractional resurfacing and market leader of aesthetic skin treatments, today announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the new Fraxel re:store Dual laser system.

Better Laser For Treating Facial Spider Veins Identified By BUSM Researchers
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have concluded that the 940nm wavelength laser is superior for treating facial spider veins (telangiectasias) as compared to the 532nm wavelength laser.

Polyacrylamide Hydrogel Shows Promise As Lasting Dermal Filler
The investigational injectable filler 2.5% polyacrylamide hydrogel (AquamidR) is as effective and well tolerated as hyaluronic acid (HA, RestylaneR), for the correction of nasolabial folds, according to pivotal data released here at the 2009 American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) meeting.

Demand For Cosmetic And Surgical Procedures In Dermatologic Surgery Rising Rapidly, Researchers Find
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and the Laser and Skin Cancer Center of Indiana, (Carmel, Indiana), found that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of procedures performed and patient demand for dermatologic health care since 2000.

Study: Most Women Now Consider Injectables Over Topicals
Close to 60% of women considering facial plastic surgery have delayed/postponed their procedures due to the economy.

When Good Fillers Go Bad
Most cosmetic surgeons that were not "injection oriented" a decade ago now realize that fillers and neurotoxins have become an integral and necessary part of contemporary cosmetic surgery.

Allergan Files Federal Lawsuit to Allow Sharing Off-Label Use
Allergan files suit to allow it to share pertinent information regarding off-label usage of BOTOX with medical providers.

Petition to Stop "BOTOX tax" Now Online
An online petition has been launched to allow physicians and others to voice their opinion about the so-called Botox Tax.

Nevada Governor Pushes for Botox Controls
Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons has endorsed a proposed regulation to allow tighter controls over who may administer Botox treatments in his state.

Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid filler previously approved for loss of facial fat in HIV positive individuals, is now approved for cosmetic use, to add volume and fullness to facial features and contours.

Better than Botox?
A look at Botox vs. Dysport

Sleep May Be Factor In Weight Control
Could sleep be a critical component to maintaining a healthy body weight?

FDA approves Dysport for therapeutic, aesthetic uses
Medicis (NYSE:MRX) and Ipsen (Euronext:IPN) announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of the Biologics License Application (BLA) for Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA), an acetylcholine release inhibitor and a neuromuscular blocking agent, according to

PREVIEW-Medicis Botox rival likely to clear FDA hurdle in H2
Reloxin approval may be delayed by a quarter or more

Boytox: Botox for Men
Time Magazine discusses the increase usage of Botox by Men

Study Demonstrates Restylane(R) Effect Lasted 18 Months In 97% Of Patients With One Repeat Injection
Restylane(R) is the only HA filler with an 18-month FDA-approved duration claim.

Wrinkles Removed With Protein RHAMM, Study Shows
Research at Berkeley Lab suggests that a protein linked to the spread of several major human cancers may also hold great potential for the elimination of wrinkles and the rejuvenation of the skin.

FDA Oks New Drug that Lengthens Eye Lashes
Latisse, a new eyelash-lengthening drug is approved by the FDA.

Partygoers turn to Botox to look their best
Washington DC and other major cities are seeing an increase in cosmetic procedures as the Inauguration date approaches.

FDA Extends Review of Reloxin until April 13, 2009
Ipsen announced that the FDA extended review of Reloxin until April 13, 2009

Fill'er Up!
This article, written by Susan Hollis, reports the increase in dentists administering Botox to their patients.

Keeping the Weight Off: Which Obesity Treatment is Most Successful?
This article looks at the the long-term success rates of losing weight by switching to a healthy diet and exercise.

Artefill Maker Files Bankruptcy, Fires Staff
Artes Medical files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Put the Best Face on Selling Skin Care
Donald J. Capuano, MD discusses the ins and outs of selling skin care in an medical aesthetic office including marketing, choosing the skin care line and personalized product lines.

Problems reported with wrinkle fillers in U.S.
The FDA meets with a panel of specialists to look at the side effects of dermal fillers.

Plastic Surgeons Warn Of Malnutrition In Body Contouring Patients
This article addresses the importance of detecting malnutrition before advising weight loss or body contouring procedures.

Artes Medical Announces Completion of Enrollment in 1,000 Patient Post-Marketing ArteFill Study
Post-marketing study begins on paitents who received ArteFill, the only FDA approved non-resorable dermal filler.

"Physician Wars" Heat Up (Again)
Edward B. Lack discusses the not so pleasent results of a hurting economy.

Botox Nation: How One Drug Fixes So Many Problems
BOTOX is examined in its ability to treat multiple medical conditions as well as to be used as a facial aesthetic.