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Botox & Dysport
More than 2.5 million people receive Botox or Dysport injections every year, making this the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure done today. These products are both a type of botulinum toxin type A, and are used to paralyze the facial muscles responsible for the creation of lines and wrinkles. By relaxing the muscle, the wrinkles will soften and become less pronounced. They are used in the upper part of the face, to help smooth out the frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. The injections will slowly wear off after about 3-4 months, at which time they can be repeated. Botox has been used in the U.S. for many years, for both cosmetic purposes and for therapeutic cases such as facial spasms. Dysport has been used in Europe for many years, and received FDA approval for use in the U.S. about two years ago. Although similar medications, Dysport has a more rapid onset of action than Botox, with results seen in as little as 24 hours. Recent studies have also reported a slightly longer duration with Dysport. There are few reported complications with the injections, most being related to poor injection technique. For this reason, it’s important that you only see a trained physician or specialist for your botulinum injections!
› Dr. John J. Martin, MD, specializes in eye, facial and neck rejuvenation, as well as laser and other non-surgical treatments. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. For a consultation, call 305.444.5950 or visit DrJohnMartin.com.
“I asked my doctors if I’d be able to play singles tennis and they said I could. That made me very happy since I haven’t played in 5 years.”
— Walter Cronkite
Congratulations, couch potatoes: Watching TV actually burns calories, at a rate of 120 per hour! The bad news? Walking burns over 300. Guess watching The Biggest Loser is the slow road to getting skinny.
Beans, beans — they’re good for your heart. They’re not necessarily so great for your digestive system — or your social life. Next time, add some espazote, a traditional Mexican herb that cuts back those nasty side effects.
Avoid heating acidic foods like tomato sauce in aluminum pans or bowls. The acid draws the mineral into the food, and too much aluminum has been linked to a variety of health disorders, including Alzheimer’s Disease.