Dermal Fillers, the FDA, and Around the Blogosphere

The recent FDA inquest on the safety and efficacy of dermal fillers has freaked-out the likes of Allergan, which makes several such products, including Juvederm; Sanofi Aventis SA, which makes Sculptra; Medicis, the maker of Restylane and Perlane; Artes Medical, which makes Artefill; and BioForm Medical, which sells Radiesse.  Product labels on popular cosmetic wrinkle fillers should be strengthened to warn consumers about scarring and other problems that can crop up weeks or years after receiving the treatments, the FDA said November 18, 2008. The panel said current product labels on fillers approved to plump certain facial lines are inadequate and only discuss immediate and temporary side effects, such as swelling. While an FDA review of reported adverse events associated with dermal fillers showed many expected side effects like temporary swelling and redness, the agency said “there are a number of adverse events that are serious and unexpected.”

Botox Type Cream Gets Patent Approval

Emergent Health Corp this week announced the patent under which it has a license to market a painless Botox type cream, which does not require an injection.

Canady Named New ASPS President

John W. Canady, MD, professor in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department at the University of Iowa, has been named the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Study Suggests New Treatment for Melasma

Researchers from Yongdong Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea, have released a study that says reducing the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) seems to be an excellent approach in successfully treati

ASPS: Looks May Matter Less in This Economy

At the Plastic Surgery 2008 meeting held last week in Chicago, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported the results of its recent survey, in which 48% of women considering cosmetic surgery polled in October said they were less likely

Jury Hears Why Cosmetic Surgeon Would Use Botox Knockoff

Las Vegas-based cosmetic surgeon Stephen Seldon and his office manager/wife, Deborah, are on trial for signing agreements with patients confirming that he would use Botox, but instead injecting them with a cheaper, nongovernment-approved product