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PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 January, 2007, 12:00am

They might be surgery-free, but these alternatives still come with a caveat, according to Dr Henry Chan, at the Henry Chan Dermatology and Laser Centre, Hong Kong.


You should not have treatment more than every six months. If patients have treatment too often, they might develop the antibody that combats Botox's main ingredients, resulting in a higher dosage having to be used. One or two out of every 100 patients may develop droopy eyelids from Botox. After treatment, the patient should not lie flat for four hours.


The effects of Radiesse can last for several years, so this is not recommended for patients who are trying derma-fillers for the first time. It can be more dangerous as it stays in your body for a long time, so if infections occur it's very hard to reverse it.


Can be used in conjunction with Botox, but it is for the lower half of the face. Watch out for swelling and bruises that should disappear in seven to 14 days. Use vitamin K cream to speed up healing.


Sculptra is only approved for medical use by the US Food and Drug Administration. Although it is very effective in slimming down the face, it is not recommended for cosmetic use.



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