I am writing this blog to give you more information that I couldn’t quite fit into my last posting. While I was at the conference in Orlando, I heard another interesting report from the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology, located in New Orleans. Researchers from that institute were there discussing their studies on the treatment of severe nasolabial folds. Nasolabial folds are the lines from your nose to the area down around your mouth that form especially as we all grow older. Some people call them “parentheses lines” because they form into that semicircular line around your mouth.
During this study, 87 patients were treated with with Juvederm Ultra Plus on one side of the face and collagen on the other, similar to demonstrations on television commercials. The patients had a mean age of 49 years, and they were evaluated every 4 weeks for about six months using a 0-4 scale (with 4 indicating the most severe lines). Before treatment, the average folds were rated as 3 in the study group.
Over the study period, the collagen-treated folds improved to an average of 2.5 while the Juvederm treated areas improved to an average of 1.3 (which is equivalent to a mild wrinkle). 96% of the Juvederm-treated wrinkles were considered clinically significant improvements, and 81% of the patients maintained the improvement for one year or longer. No serious treatment-related adverse side effects were noted. This report adds to the growing and accepted evidence that Juvederm provides improvements in treatments from previous available products and also provides durable correction of severe nasolabial folds.
I have been using Juvaderm for nasolabial folds and other facial wrinkles since it was approved by the FDA in the past several years. I too have had excellent results with high patient satisfaction, and this study further confirms my experience with this product. If you have any questions concerning dermal fillers including Juvaderm, give us a call or send us an e-mail and I would be glad to discuss this information further.
In upcoming posts, I will provide you with plenty of information from the national laser meeting that I will share with you in the near future. Summer is coming if it’s not here already. And even though I stress that sunblock is necessary for every time of year (including winter), you will especially need it during the summer. Hence, now is the time to stock up on it while it’s hot, particularly now since our brand of SPF-36 replenishing sunblock is on sale.
Thanks again for reading this, and for your consistent support! You’ll be hearing from me again soon.
This entry was originally written as an e-newsletter exclusively for our subscribers on May 12, 2008. The following information has been edited to illiminate dated references, but the main points of the article remain unchanged. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, or post any comments (within reason) you may have.