NOV-DEC 2013

MedEsthetics—business education for medical practitioners—provides the latest noninvasive cosmetic procedures, treatment trends, product and equipment reviews, legal issues and medical aesthetics industry news.

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Dermal fillers are versatile tools for perfecting facial contours—but they are not without risk. By Andrea Sercu 26 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 | MedEsthetics INJECTABLES ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN HALF of the minimally invasive procedures performed today. Before Restylane (Medicis,, the first non-animal-based hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler, was introduced in the United States in 2003, botulinum toxin was the most popular injectable in aesthetic medicine. Today, Botox has taken a backseat in growth to HA injections, which have increased to more than 1.3 million procedures per year. As the demand for fillers has increased, so too has the number of available materials. Finding the right dermal filler is a little like choosing the right brush if you're a painter or selecting the best clay for your project if you're a sculptor. A free-flowing hyaluronic acid gel may be the perfect tool for painting a plumper lip, while a thicker filler with a higher molecular weight may serve you best for adding definition to the chin or cheekbones. © ISTOCKPHOTO.COM FILL HARMONICS

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