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‘Botox gel’ shows promising early results


'Botox gel' shows promising early resultsA new gel that works in a similar way to Botox injections could soon be offered to people seeking anti-wrinkle treatments.

Researchers have revealed that two preliminary studies of the product, which contains botulinum toxin type A like conventional Botox, produced encouraging results.

Dr Michael Kane, a New York-based plastic surgeon who carried out the research, said the gel helped to reduce moderate to severe crow's feet around the eyes of patients.

The expert told CBS News: "The gel contains botulinum toxin type A and a peptide carrier, which is what helps the botulinum toxin gel penetrate the skin."

Dr Kane said the product demonstrated "good effectiveness" in both studies, which involved 270 participants.

The findings will be formally presented at the annual conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons this weekend.

As well as fighting wrinkles, Botox has been touted as a potential treatment for medical conditions such as cerebral palsy and migraines.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800737736-ADNFCR

Teeth whitening ‘is usually effective because of hydrogen peroxide’


Teeth whitening is usually effective due to a particular chemical, an expert has said.The process of teeth whitening is usually effective because of the presence of hydrogen peroxide within the formulas used.

This according to Dr Thomas P Connelly, a cosmetic dentist who told the Huffington Post that the bleaching agent can "absolutely" help when it comes to brightening smiles.

He explained that professionals who use them will carry out a test on patients first to make sure they are not intolerant of hydrogen peroxide, in the same way a hairdresser would do a strand test on hair before colouring it.

"If you experience no side effects, then using hydrogen peroxide (in moderation) to help whiten teeth is probably OK," Dr Connelly commented.

The expert added that as hydrogen peroxide uses its effectiveness when stored, it is a good idea to visit a professional when having teeth whitened rather than a practice where the substance has been sitting on a shelf for two years.

Earlier this month, New York-based orthodontist Dr Jacqueline Fulop Goodling told that professional teeth whitening treatments are regulated and safe, as well as being more high-quality than DIY kits.

DIY teeth whitening kits ‘should not be overused’


Professional teeth whitening is best, a dental expert has said.Anyone hoping to get brighter teeth should visit a dental professional instead of continually relying on at-home teeth whitening kits.

This is the advice of New York-based orthodontist Dr Jacqueline Fulop Goodling, who told that DIY kits can be useful when people are in a rush or for special occasions.

However, she pointed out that professional treatments are regulated and so safer, as well as being more high-quality.

"The results don't last as long as professional treatments and what we don't like to see is patients over-using them," she commented.

Instead, Dr Goodling recommended visiting a professional to get a proper teeth whitening session like those provided by Zoom.

Last month, an unnamed expert writing for The Paper magazine pointed out that dentists will have access to better teeth whitening solutions than those available over the counter, as well as being able to apply them more safely and effectively.

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