Did you catch Dr. Walden’s commentary in the NY Daily News about instant anti-aging beauty tape that still keeps bags and droops at bay? Be sure to check it out at www.NYDailyNews.com!
Archive for October, 2010
The United States FDA last week approved Botox, the anti-wrinkle shot from Allergan, as a treatment to prevent chronic migraines. This came after the company agreed last month to pay $600 million to settle allegations that it had marketed the drug for off-label uses for years.
The FDA’s decision endorses doctors’ use of Botox to treat patients who suffer from a severe form of migraine involving headaches at least 15 days a month. Botox is already approved by the FDA to treat blepharospasm, strabismus, hyperhydrosis, cervical dystonia, and muscle spasticity in the upper extremities. It is widely known as the most popular wrinkle smoother on the planet and is approved for cosmetic purposes to treat glabellar furrows between the eyebrows. Interestingly, Allergan projects that sales of Botox for chronic migraine and other medical uses would soon exceed sales of the drug as a wrinkle smoother… but I’m not so sure of that. Often insurance companies do not pay for medical uses (including treatment of migraines), and the out of pocket expenses can be quite high. Cosmetic patients expect such treatments to be an out of pocket expense and can typically afford it.
A Botox migraine treatment generally involves a total of 31 injections in seven areas — including the forehead, temples, the occipital area, the neck and shoulders. To treat chronic migraine headaches, injections are given about every three months. There was some question about whether the FDA would want more medical evidence because one of two studies used to bolster Allergan’s migraine application failed its main goal. Allergan said that the FDA was most interested the secondary goal of reducing headache days, however, where that study showed success was in treating migraine pain episodes.
Adverse reactions for patients in those studies included headaches, migraines, eyelid drooping, muscle weakness and some other conditions.
Allergan said the effects of Botox for migraine treatment last up to three months per treatment, about the same for other uses such as wrinkle ablation by injecting between the brows. It is great that there is now another approved treatment for such a debilitating condition as migraine headache, but I truly doubt that Botox for medical usage such as this one will ever eclipse the sales and use of it for treatment of wrinkles given its enormous popularity in that sector.
Check out this article below where Dr. Jennifer Walden is asked for her expert opinion about the new one stitch facelift on NY Daily News!
Is the so-called “one-stitch face-lift” really a fast pass to a youthful appearance?
The wrinkle-free results may not be as long-lasting as with a traditional operation, but the minimally invasive procedure is a hot ticket right now in cosmetic surgery.
Two reasons. It’s quicker and cheaper than a traditional face-lift, which requires more inpatient care time.
“There’s a strong trend right now to perform less invasive procedures for facial rejuvenation,” Dr. Jennifer Walden, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital told the Daily News. “People want instant results and minimal down time, so there is a demand for these procedures. No one can take two or three weeks off from work to recover.”
The “instant” face-lift consists of four stages, Walden explained: the insertion of the barbed thread, then the deployment of the suture material, followed by the anchoring of the soft tissues and then the fixation into place.
There’s one superlong, supersneaky suture. And yes, the needle is big.
Angelica Kavouni, 47, told the Daily Mail that she was unhappy with her “increasingly jowly” appearance. She decided to give the “one-stitch face-lift” — also called a thread lift or an iGuide — a try with plastic surgeon.
Hardy experienced minimal side-effects from the 40-minute procedure and said that with makeup, she could return to work that day.
So can one stitch hold up, or hold back all those years?
Not exactly, according to Angelo Cuzalina, president-elect of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
The face, he notes, “has a lot of ligaments and tissues that tend to pull back down, so it’s not like a single suture could ever hold up a face or a portion of the face.”
But the technique is getting better and better all the time, Walden says. “Our methods are getting better so they will last longer.”
In the meantime, Hardy told the Mail that if she didn’t like her “new” face, the surgeon had said that the face-lift was reversible. Basically, it was a matter of pulling out the suture.