Botox® and Other Cosmetic Drugs

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Infobase Publishing, 2009 - Medical - 103 pages
The pursuit of beauty has been a focus of both women and men since ancient times. Burial tombs dating from the 16th century have revealed medical papyrus containing recipes for removing wrinkles. As people live longer, the urge to fight the aging process grows, as does the billion-dollar industry engaged in researching wrinkle-fighting methods. Use of cosmetic drugs and non-surgical treatments such as Botox and Retin-A is on the rise in the neverending battle against aging, as is the development of drugs used to fight other skin diseases like acne and rosacea. Botox and Other Cosmetic Drugs describes the historical use of cosmetics, the mechanisms of how these drugs work and their side effects, and the controversies surrounding their use and development.The chapters include: Botox: Beauty from Toxins; Cosmetics and Ancient Times; Skin Fillers; Topical Wrinkle Reducers; and, The Rise of Cosmetic Drugs.
 

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Contents

The Use and Abuse of Drugs
6
Cosmetics Versus DrugsDefining the Difference
10
Skin and Aging
16
Beauty from Toxins
24
Facial Fillers
46
Topical Wrinkle Reducers and Cellulite Treatments
54
Treatments for Hair Loss
67
Treatments for Acne and Rosacea
72
The Rise of Cosmetic Drugs
80
Notes
88
Glossary
90
Bibliography
93
Further Reading
95
Index
97
About the Author
102
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