Entries in Botox (14)


Kelly Ripa Admits to Using Botox

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Live with Kelly and Michael! co-host Kelly Ripa has admitted that her bubbly, perky appearance of being wide-awake every morning doesn't come from coffee, but from Botox injections.

The 42-year-old confessed to Elle magazine, "It's the Botox."

Ripa noted, "Every seven months or so, my eyelid skin rests on my eyelashes.  So I feel like it makes my makeup artist's life easier, and it makes my eyes look a little more open on TV, which is where I happen to work right now."

She also said that she occasionally gets injections in her armpits to prevent her from sweating.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Botox a Boon for Some Headaches, Dud for Others

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Research showing the wrinkle-buster Botox helps treat chronic migraines may be good news for some headache sufferers -- but it turns out that if you suffer from some other type of headache, you may be better off reaching for another remedy.

A new review of research published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated that botulinum toxin A -- which is best known by the brand name Botox -- can benefit patients who have chronic migraines, but it does not help those who have episodic migraines or chronic tension-type headaches.

Migraine headaches can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Chronic migraine patients are those who experience more than 15 migraines a month, while episodic migraine sufferers have fewer than 15 migraines a month.

By contrast, tension-type headaches are actually the most common type of headache, and patients who experience them more than 15 times a month are said to suffer from chronic tension headaches. They are usually described as a diffuse, mild to moderate pain that’s often described as feeling like a tight band around the sufferer’s head. According to the new review, all that these patients may get from Botox are fewer wrinkles.

Allergan, the makers of Botox, released a statement to ABC News following the publication of the review.

“These clinically relevant outcomes are further bolstered by real-world patient experience where treatment with Botox has resulted in headache-free days and headache-free hours, significantly decreasing the burden of the condition on their day-to-day lives,” the statement reads.

But even for migraine sufferers, it may not be a magic bullet.

“Botox works for some [migraine] patients, and when it works, it works dramatically well,” Dr. Joel Saper, director of the Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor, told ABC News. “It does not work for all patients, and it’s very difficult to predict who it will work for.

“Remember, this is group data so some patients will have a dramatic benefit and some have no benefit.  Some people will declare [Botox] as a miracle and some people will call it a dud.”

The finding that episodic migraines and chronic tension type headaches had no benefit with Botox highlights the importance of having an accurate diagnosis for the type of headache.

Chronic migraines affect approximately 6 million people in the United States, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. These headaches may lead to a variety of other effects, including missed work days and frequent emergency room visits.

Plastic surgeons first found that Botox could help tame migraines when patients treated cosmetically with Botox noticed that their migraines had improved.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


More Women Get Preventive Botox By Late 20s

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In a society that has become obsessed with youth, there is a growing trend of young women, many still in their 20s, taking dramatic and expensive measures to stop the signs of aging before they happen with non-surgical treatments.

Preventive Botox injections and costly thermage, a hot radio frequency treatment that tightens and lifts skin that is all the rage among celebrities, are the latest cosmetic procedures used to stop crows feet in their tracks.

Starting early is one of the top tips Dr. Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist on New York City's tony Fifth Avenue, offers in her new book, Skin Rules. She often tells her young patients, if they ask, that the science is clear: Early engagement can stop the clock.

"If you know you're somebody who's going in the direction of cosmetics and you know that you're going to care about lines, then I say it's better to do it earlier than to wait and do it once these lines have etched into the skin," Jaliman said. "So if you're in your 20s and you start to see lines coming, then why not do it early and prevent it? And to me it's just like exercise."

However, Jaliman also offers less costly, basic advice for any young woman who is looking to fend off the signs of aging. At the top of the list is getting enough sleep and eating right.

"I can't tell you all the people who come to me to correct problems they wouldn't have had if they followed those simple rules," Jaliman said. "They would save thousands of dollars if they did those simple things."

Most importantly, she says, young women should stay away from prolonged sun exposure and tanning beds.

"We know sun exposure is cumululative," Jaliman said. "Even five minutes a day is enough to give you cancer, but it's also enough to break down the collagen."

Thermage treatments jolt collagen under the skin into overdrive, causing the body to produce more, and firm up saggy areas. Patients get the nip-and-tucked look without the surgery, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

"It definitely tightens your skin. There's no downtime," Jaliman said. "But it is expensive. To do a whole face could be $3,500. So it's an expensive investment, so it's not for everybody. But I think it's a good investment."

Jane Curasco, one of Jaliman's patients, is a new mother and aspiring actress, with no overt need for any boosting or filling. She said she decided to make a substantial investment in stopping the aging clock at age 31. While her friends have tried lasers and microdermobrasion, Curasco said she was the only one to invest in thermage.

"I went on an audition recently and I was supposed to portray a young mother, which I am actually, but every young mother that went in looked 19 so I looked way older than the other people portraying what I actually am," Curasco said.

The dermatologist said thermage is so popular in her office that she has seen a new trend of patients who request it as a full body treatment, which costs a whopping $25,000. But if thermage is out of reach price-wise, patients can turn to preventative Botox.

Typically, single Botox injections start around $280 and go up from there, and according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox usage is up 10 percent among 20- to 29-year-olds in the past year. But Jaliman said she is not surprised.

"Botox has been around now for almost 20 years. We started using it in the 1990s. It got FDA approval in the early 2000s," she said. "It's relatively painless. It's quick. It's easy. It's an office visit. It doesn't require any surgery. So many people are willing to do it."

Katy DeMayo was just 28, with wedding bells ringing in her future, when she said she decided to try Botox. Before getting engaged, DeMayo said she never had any intention of indulging in cosmetic procedures.

"When you are 25 you have that mentality that it's never going to happen to me. I'll always look this great. I won't be one of those people that does that. And then it happens. Wrinkles appear," she said.

Just a month before her wedding day, DeMayo said she wanted her face to have that "extra perk" and to look "sparklier" for her pictures, so she got Botox injections.

She was so thrilled with the results, she said, that she continues to go back to the doctor once a year for maintenance. However, like many young Botox users, DeMayo wasn't that eager to go public about it. She said before this interview, she hadn't even told her husband she was getting Botox.

"I'm not going to look like I'm 25 years old, but if I'm 35 and I can look 30, or if I'm 45 I can look 40, I think that's worth something," DeMayo said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Surgeon Gave Teen Daughter Breast Implants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -- A California plastic surgeon is keeping it in the family by performing multiple cosmetic procedures on his own young daughters.

Dr. Michael Niccole, founder of the CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center in Newport Beach, Calif., gave his daughter Brittani, now 22, breast implants when she was 18. Brittani also had a rhinoplasty. Niccole performed surgery on his daughter Charm, now also 22, when she was 10 to turn her “outtie” belly button into an “innie.”

Dr. Niccole said he has performed surgery on other family members as well and felt comfortable operating on his daughters, both of whom are adopted.

“Who would give them the time -- that extra little look during surgery more than I would?” the surgeon said.

Brittani told 20/20 she wanted breast augmentation surgery to “build my self-esteem.”

“I didn’t have large breasts when I was younger, and all my friends did…I felt very self-conscious about it,” she said.

Both Brittani and Charm also receive regular injections of Botox to prevent wrinkles and undergo other cosmetic procedures.

Though critics say women Brittani and Charm's age have no business undergoing cosmetic procedures, Dr. Niccole defends his work on his daughters as “maintenance.”

“I’m not changing their looks in any means. They want maintenance,” he said. "They don’t want to get old. They want to stay young.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Bro-tox? Botox Becoming Increasingly Popular Guy Gift

Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What to get the man in your life is an ongoing dilemma. The go-to gifts have usually been gadgets, sports tickets, car equipment, and of course the ubiquitous -- and ultimately lame -- ties.  But now, a new item is making the rounds: Botox.

An increasing number of men are adding Botox -- or, as some are calling it, Bro-tox -- to their wish lists.

"Every year it seems like more and more men are getting Botox as... gifts, and it's not necessarily the older men," said Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon.  "We're seeing a lot of men...who are having these as gifts as early as in their thirties."

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 300,000 men currently get Botox each year.

"It's still a competition in our society for looks and, you know, better-looking men get paid more, and they get prettier girls," said Dr. Anthony Griffin, another plastic surgeon.

And the men joining this burgeoning boys club aren't who you might expect.

"A lot of times they're men you wouldn't necessarily see coming into a plastic surgeon's office," said Dr. Youn.  "They're not the stereotypical guy who really, really cares about grooming and exactly how he looks."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Curvy Kate Winslet Speaks Out Against Cosmetic Surgery

MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- In a celebrity world full of Botox-frozen faces, preternaturally perky breasts, and noses that have seen more than one permutation, a few actresses from across the pond are just saying "no" to plastic surgery.

In an interview with the U.K. media, Kate Winslet recently took a stance against getting a nip/tuck, saying that cosmetic surgery "goes against [her] morals."

"I will never give in," said Winslet, 35.

Winslet, famous for her curvy, womanly physique, argued that she was raised to appreciate "natural beauty" and doesn't want, as an actress, to have cosmetic surgery or botox "freeze the expression" of her face.

Winslet isn't the only Brit speaking out against going under the knife. Fellow Oscar-winning actresses Rachel Weisz, 41, and Emma Thompson, 52, also oppose cosmetic surgery.

"We're in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60. I'm not fiddling about with myself," Thompson reportedly told the U.K. media.

Weisz reportedly noted that people who look "too perfect don't look sexy or particularly beautiful."

Are these comments markers of a mounting anti-cosmetic surgery movement? One look at the red carpet would suggest no, though Us magazine speculated that Winslet is starting an "anti-cosmetic surgery league" with other U.K. actresses.

How might plastic surgeons take such a movement?

"Plastic surgery is a very individualized decision and everyone needs to do what makes them feel comfortable, but I don't think that decision should be influenced by a few actresses who may not feel that cosmetic surgery is right for them," said Dr. Stephen Greenberg, director of New York's Premier Center for Plastic Surgery.

Greenberg agreed that celebrities are certainly under "additional pressure to look better, just like they feel additional pressure to lose weight and have a better figure," but he doesn't find anything wrong with people wanting to undergo "relatively simple procedures" to make themselves feel better about the way they look.

"Our society looks to celebrities to look good, to emulate what other people want to look like," Greenberg said. "Obviously, plastic surgery is not for these particular celebrities, but they shouldn't try to tell other people that it's not the right thing to do for them, whether they are fellow actresses or the person next door."

Plastic surgeons agree that faces frozen by Botox or pulled into unnatural face lifts are not doing anyone any favors, but cosmetic procedures done with finesse and skill are nothing to shy away from, many argue.

Dr. Rhoda Narins, director of the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, said that the "biggest problem today is people who are overdone."

"You can do Botox with skill so you have as much facial movement as you want but have the benefit of looking better," she said in response to Winslet's criticism that actresses using Botox don't have enough facial movement to perform their craft.

Given the need to look one's best in the movie industry and others, Narins said, the "truth is, as soon as these actresses don't get jobs because they look too old," they may start opting for cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Julius Few, director of the Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Chicago, also backed an "everything in moderation" approach to getting work done.

"Unfortunately, there are circumstances where people in the public eye may go too far, like in the case of Heidi Montag," he said, but this is no reason to condemn cosmetic surgery entirely.

"Good plastic surgery is about addressing a specific issue for the individual and for them alone," he said. "It shouldn't be for anyone else, and moderation is key. I have celebrities in my practice, and I would argue that you wouldn't be able to tell they've had anything done."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Botox for Bladders: Wrinkle-Smoother Treats Incontinence Too

Siri Stafford/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Botox, a drug famous for smoothing out wrinkles, could make life a little easier for people with urinary incontinence. By paralyzing the muscular lining of the bladder, the drug decreases the urgency and frequency of urination.

Botox maker Allergan has applied for Food and Drug Administration approval in people with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury whose conditions result in bladder overactivity.

"Those people are very much affected by this," said Caroline Van Hove, Allergan's vice president of corporate affairs. "The conditions make the bladder muscle involuntarily contract, and that causes patients to have to go to the bathroom frequently and unexpectedly."

Approval could come by the end of the year, potentially making urinary incontinence the eighth condition treated with Botox. Only one use is cosmetic; the other conditions include chronic migraine and spasticity.

"The uses of Botox are increasing," said Van Hove, adding that medical indications currently account for roughly half of the drug's $1.4 billion in worldwide sales, the remainder coming from cosmetic uses. "With the new uses, definitely that 50-50 split will sway more towards therapeutic."

There are other drugs that perform multiple roles, including a skin cancer cream used to smooth out your facial wrinkles, a baldness drug to protect against prostate cancer, and a drug for enlarged prostate and possibly prostate cancer that may stop baldness.

Once a drug has been approved for one use, doctors can prescribe it "off-label" when it is shown to be useful for something else. And an increasing number of drugs are prescribed in this manner. Off-label use of medicines accounts for about one fifth of all prescriptions, according to a 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Many of these off-label uses meet with controversy and questions about their value, particularly since the FDA has not yet approved them. (As a result, drug companies cannot advertise off-label uses.) But in other cases, the alternative uses are well-known in the medical community -- though perhaps not among the general public -- and are regularly exploited.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Botox Injections Don't Do Much for Neck Pain

BananaStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Despite being approved last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for chronic migraines, Botox injections don't seem to be as beneficial for other forms of head and neck pain, according to researchers at Merck Research Laboratories.

The authors of the study, which was released on Tuesday, reviewed nine studies involving over 500 participants and found that there was little difference in pain following Botox or placebo injections.

Although it’s possible that Botox provided some benefits that weren’t measured in the studies, the authors wrote that “based on current evidence we have no reason for supporting the use of BoNT [Botulinum toxin, or Botox] as a stand-alone therapy for neck pain, but we do suggest that researchers consider further study to clarify whether the dose can be optimized for neck pain.”

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Is All Botox Created Equal?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a toxin made by a bacterium which paralyzes muscles.  Because of this property, it is commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  But people may not realize that there are different types of the toxin, and a new study from the University of California, San Francisco shows that when it comes to diminishing “crow’s feet," all botox is not equally effective.
In the study, published in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, the authors compared the effectiveness of onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox Cosmetic, by Allergan Inc.) and abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport, by Medicis Aesthetics), both FDA approved for certain cosmetic procedures, in 90 patients with crow’s feet.  Each patient received both types of botox, one on each side of the face.  The researchers found that Dysport was more effective in diminishing crow’s feet when the patients were maximally contracting the muscles -- meaning smiling.  This finding was based on both the dermatologists’ and patients’ evaluations, who favored Dysport over Botox Cosmetic 67 percent of the time.
The authors point out, though, that this finding can’t be extrapolated to other cosmetic procedures and other studies would be “needed to compare these two products in different muscle groups and for other indications.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Mom Who Gave Daughter Botox Investigated By California Authorities

ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The California mom who admitted to injecting her eight-year-old daughter with botox for a kiddie beauty pageant is now being investigated by the San Francisco Human Services Agency.

"It's pretty unusual for a mom to be injecting an eight-year-old with botox and certainly is grounds for an investigation," said Trent Rohrer of the San Francisco Human Services Agency.

Mom Kerry and daughter Britney, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday defending the eight-year-old pageant contestant's use of botox.

"I just, like, don't, like, think wrinkles are nice on little girls," Britney said. Britney admitted it hurt to get the injections on her face, but said she was used to the pain.

The admission sparked an uproar online, in the medical community and by child advocates. Kerry told ABC News that she does not believe she's endangering Britney's health and that her daughter asked for the injections. Kerry, who asked that her family's last name not be used, is a part-time aesthetician and no stranger to Botox herself, having done the treatment on her own face.

Kerry wouldn't reveal who provides her with the Botox. Kerry typically administers the Botox to Britney through a total of five shots, in three different locations on her face.

ABC News' chief health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser, said that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of botox on children for cosmetic purposes.

"As a doctor, if I'd seen this mother, I would be required to report her to protective services because it's maltreatment... Any doctor who would give a parent botox to administer to their children should lose their license…there's not a state where you don't need to be a licensed doctor or under direct supervision of a doctor to inject this," Besser said.

Besser said that botox is used to correct children who are cross-eyed or suffering from some neurological disorders, but not typically for cosmetic reasons.

The launching of an investigation into Kerry does not mean that she will lose custody of her child, experts say. She could be redirected to parenting classes or nothing could happen at all if the botox was being administered lawfully, experts say.

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