Thursday, November 16, 2006
Medical Reports: Hot Shots
In South Florida, everybody wants to feel younger and look younger. But, if plastic surgery isn't for you, there's a new crop of hot shots. In tonight's special assignment report, 7's Diana Diaz introduces us to the latest way to rid you of wrinkles.
WSVN -- From the horse and buggy to hot rods, cassette tapes to internet downloads, something bigger and better always comes along -- even when it comes to looking younger.
Dr. Mark Pinsky: "This is the new hot shot."
The latest beauty booster is Juvederm.
Just recently FDA approved, the wrinkle filler is creating competition for current leaders of the pack, Restylane and Collagen.
Dr. David Lickstein: "We can fill the deep lines in nasal folds, plump up the lips, even fill hollows under the eyes and get results that lasts nine months or longer."
Not only does Juvederm last longer, it comes in three different strengths, so doctors can customize the procedure.
But, like other fillers, side effects typically include redness, bruising and swelling.
Dr. Mark Pinsky: "It will give patients a much more natural look that's smoother and softer."
Claire Alvarez: "I saw the results immediately."
Claire Alvareaz was part of the FDA trials for Juvederm.
Now, almost a year later, she's still reaping the results.
Claire Alvarez: "I'm less self-conscious now. especially when you're putting on your makeup. You look in the mirror, I look younger."
The other new kid on the block is Artefill.
It's the first FDA approved wrinkle filler that's permanent.
Dr. Diane Walder: "It's a permanent correction, so you have to make sure it's put in correctly. If you make a mistake, it's permanent."
Artefill is made up of cow collagen and the same material used to make Plexiglass.
But before you can be injected, you need to take a skin test to see if you're allergic.
For men and women who want a longer-lasting look, this cannot only save your skin, it can save time.
Todd Wiggins: "There is a maintenance with the ones I've been using. So the idea to go to a more permanent one is attractive."
Diana Diaz: "Now when it comes to wiping out wrinkles, everybody knows BOTOX (R) Cosmetic has built quite a reputation.
But a new hot shot from Europe is also undergoing FDA trials here in the U.S.
Dr. Diane Walder: "Basically it's the same botulism toxin manufactured by a different company, so that will be the first competitor."
It's called Reloxin.
The side effects are the same as BOTOX (R) Cosmetic, and it works the same way, but there is one possible difference.
Dr. Diane Walder: "They think it has a quicker onset of action. We're looking for something to last a little longer."
Or you can wait a little longer.
In this multi-billion dollar industry, there's always something new, looking to inject better results.
If Reloxin wins FDA approval, it could be in doctors' offices by next year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Diane Walder
1111 Kane Concourse
Bay Harbour Islands FL
Dr. Mark Pinsky & Dr. David Lickstein
927 45th Street Suite 201
West Palm Beach FL 33407