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Archive for June, 2008

Safety of Breast Implants Sparks Fiery Debate

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 30, 2008

In response to Dr. Michael Zenn’s recent comments on the New York Times blog that deemed silicone and saline implants were ‘equally safe’, hundreds of women across the country posted back fiery comments and blogged about their own experiences with breast implants – shedding light on the dark side of breast augmentation.

Breast implant safety has been an ongoing concern after the FDA lifted its ban on silicone implants and the procedure became readily available at plastic surgery centers across the country. Breast augmentation and breast enhancement continue to be the leading procedures for women in the U.S., accounting for nearly 400,000 surgical cosmetic procedures in 2007 alone.

Still, silicone and saline breast implants do run several health risks and require a replacement or adjustment at least once every 10 years. Common problems with breast implants include ruptures, pain, muscle soreness and tenderness; regular checkups with a physician or plastic surgeon may also be required to ensure that the the breasts stay in good health.

Many patients unwittingly choose breast implants after considering breast lift surgery, a milder form of the procedure that does not require the insertion of saline or silicone. Breast lift surgery is designed to lift and recontour existing skin, but as Beauty and the Breast reports, many women are ‘sold’ on the idea of breast implants after having a consultation with their plastic surgeon.

Breast implants do present several risks and drawbacks, and sometimes consulting with a plastic surgeon isn’t enough. Researching the procedure and learning about other people’s experiences may help many women make the most informed decision.

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Titan Treatments Help You Lose Wrinkles Without Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 29, 2008

While wrinkle treatments such as Restylane and Juvederm offer several benefits for aging skin, they do require touch up sessions to maintain that youthful look.

Since the skin loses collagen with age, many people can benefit from treatments that stimulate collagen production and make the skin become firmer and tighter over time.

Titan skin tightening treatments are one of the latest wrinkle removal procedures available, a non-surgical treatment that may even replace a facelift . The Titan device makes use of high-energy heat and light waves to stimulate the deepest layers of the skin and cause them to retract. A series of treatments helps break down cells which are then rapidly replaced by fresh cells and collagen as the body attempts to recover from the ‘injury.’

Here’s a quick look at how this procedure works:

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Botox Gives Breast Enhancement a Boost

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 28, 2008

\'Botox Breast Lift\' - Before and After

(photo courtesy of RealSelf.com)

If you’ve been thinking about breast implants or breast enhancement surgery, you may not have to settle for going under the knife just yet.

Dr. Steven Davis, a plastic surgeon in New Jersey is encouraging patients to try Botox as part of a breast lift procedure. He claims that BOTOX injections can help improve the contours of the upper chest and help push out key muscles near the shoulder blades by freezing them in place. This helps improve a patient’s posture and gives the breasts and rib cage a more balanced look (Source: MSNBC).

Dr. Tony Youn, a Michigan-based doctor who has been featured on Dr. 90210 and E! shares his insights on the issue in Botox for Breast Augmentation? is doubtful that this type of treatment is an effective way to increase breast size. Though he hasn’t performed the procedure himself, he was not impressed with the before and after photos and is concerned that the BOTOX injections could even weaken the muscles in the chest.

Breast Implants Get a Boost – Macrolane Fillers Help You Skip the Surgery also discusses breast enhancement options without surgery. With a cost of just $2,000 per treatment, it could prove to be another way to improve upper body contours without resorting to surgery.

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Surgical Tourism Office Opens in Seattle

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 27, 2008

If you’ve been dreaming about jetting off to an exotic island to enjoy a vacation – and get some cosmetic work done while you’re there – it’s becoming easier than ever to join the medical tourism trend. Surgical Tourism USA is just one of several travel companies that make it simple to book a getaway along with your cosmetic surgery procedure. Vacation packages from Surgical Tourism USA provide affordable and convenient options for finding a cosmetic surgeon and enjoying accomodations and outpatient care at nearby hotels and surgicenters.

Yasmeen Sayeed, president and CEO of Surgical Tourism Canada, Inc. explains that “Those who are uninsured, sometimes the cost of the surgery is so high that it may not be an option, but with our services, it becomes an option where they can get the same surgery but maybe a third of the cost of what it would be in the U.S.” – Washington News

A quick search for medical tourism companies around the worlds shows dozens of other pre-designed tours and packages for both plastic, cosmetic and conventional surgery patients. World Med Assist offers customized medical packages abroad, and also offers MedLoan financing if needed.

Still, the convenience and cost of surgery overseas shouldn’t be the only factor for ambitious travelers. Medical tourism does present some challenges, and there are several risks and dangers associated with working with a plastic surgeon overseas. The Top Ten Things You Should Know About Medical Tourism highlights a few safety concerns and trip-planning tips for med travel.

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1 in 5 Americans Will Receive Aesthetic Cosmetic Procedures in 2015

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 26, 2008

Despite today’s slowing economy and tighter consumer budgets, the future looks bright for the cosmetic and plastic surgery industry.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently published their predictions for 2015, and estimate that over 55 million procedures – one for every five Americans – will be performed. Analysts claim that more people will be taking advantage of better technology and more competitive prices.

In 2007, the ASPS reported 11.7 million procedures, and the 2015 prediction is four times the total number of procedures performed in 2005.

Plastic Surgery Interactive also points out that “for ASPS members, 12% of the procedures they perform will be surgical and 88% will be non-surgical in 2015. For non-ASPS physicians, surgical procedures will make up only 3% of their total procedures, and 97% will be non-surgical in 2015.”

So what does this mean for you?

More procedures performed across the country mean you might be able to obtain a more competitive rate, consult with several cosmetic surgery doctors with high levels of expertise, and choose from innovative procedures that are safer and more accurate.

If you’ve been thinking about cosmetic or plastic surgery but haven’t found a treatment that fits within your means, lower costs for cosmetic surgery and finding the treatment you need could be right around the corner.

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Safetox Hopes to Be BOTOX Alternative for Wrinkle Removal

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 25, 2008

If you’ve been thinking about BOTOX treatments to help you get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, one company believes you don’t have to settle for the injectable just yet.

Safetox is steadily gaining interest in the U.S., a unique-looking headband designed to give your forehead muscles a rigorous workout – and help get rid of wrinkles in teh process.  Safetox is meant to be used for just five minutes per day to ‘educate your muscles and restore the muscular dynamics of a youthful face’.

The Safetox Wrinkle Removal Device

The contraption can be used with other anti-wrinkle creams and even collagen or hyularonic acid fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm.

But does Safetox really work?

Clinical studies published by STX-MED report an average reduction of 8.9% of wrinkle depth with some people showing a 83.3% reduction after 6-12 weeks.  Safetox has also been a part of several in-depth research studies spanning over five years, and has gained popularity in France and other areas of Europe.  It is slowly picking up speed in the U.S. markets, but consumers are undecided as to how valuable this ‘treatment’ really is.

‘Stephanie K’, reports on her experience on the beauty blog at RealSelf.com.  She indicates that her first 10-minute experience led to a dramatic improvement around the forehead and eyes, and using the Safetox kit consistently for four months helped to lighten up undereye circles and freshened up her face considerably.

A closer look at the Safetox device reveals that it actually does the opposite of what a BOTOX injection would do.  BOTOX works by ‘freezing’ the muscles in place in order to reduce frown line development and smooth out the skin.  Safetox passes electrical energy through the muscles to stimulate them for improved circulation and, potentially, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles as a result.

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Cosmetic Surgery Overseas – Does it Really Pay Off?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 24, 2008

Medical tourism continues to be a popular trend for the decade, giving us an opportunity to jet off to an exotic locale to enjoy some fun in the sun – and get a cosmetic treatment or two while we’re there.

Since many cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. cost over $5,000 per treatment, many people are turning to surgeons located in India, Thailand, Brazil and other foreign countries to get their dream treatment at a fraction of the national average cost.

Plenitas, a medical services company in Argentina promotes its low-cost cosmetic surgery ‘packages’ to U.S. patients.  It features several Combined Procedures packages at special rates, promoting specials such as “Tummy Tucks + Liposuction in 3 areas only $4,000!” and “Rhinoplasty + Mid face lift + neck lift only $4,600!”.  To get an idea of what type of savings this is, the typical cost of a tummy tuck in the U.S. is $8,250. Roll in the cost of roundtrip airfare to Argentina and a hotel stay, and you have an all-inclusive, low-cost cosmetic surgery vacation.

Surgical Services International is another company that specializes in low rates for cosmetic surgery overseas. The company recently published a comparison chart of prices for the costs of some of the most coveted procedures. A few examples include:

  • Tummy Tuck + Breast Augmentation – $6,175 vs. U.S. average of $12,150
  • Breast Reduction – $4,750 vs. U.S. average of $8,720
  • Eyelid Surgery – $1,870 vs. U.S. average of $5,025
  • Liposuction (one area) – $2,150 vs. U.S. average of $4,000
  • Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty): $2,950 vs. U.S. average of $6,250

In most cases, the cost of an overseas treatment is 40-60% lower than the average U.S. cost.

Despite the monetary benefits of medical tourism and cosmetic surgery overseas, there are still several risks involved.  Not having appropriate medical care in case of an emergency is one downside of going to a foreign country for extensive surgery, and if there is a problem with your procedure, you may not have the means to have reconstructive or repair treatments immediately.

Choosing a U.S. based doctor gives you the opportunity to review credentials and learn about their board certification and experience, meet with the doctor face-to-face for your consultation, and even obtain patient financing from a trusted source if you need it.

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Natural Looking Lip Augmentation – Is It Possible?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 23, 2008

Lip Augmentation \'Before\' Picture

Lip Augmentation \'After\' Picture

Celebrities and models continue to lead the way in lip augmentation trends, and bigger, smoother lips have become one of the most coveted facial features.

Still, some facial plastic surgeons recommend downsizing the lips for a more natural look, and advise us to steer clear of voluminous lips that only highlight the fact you’ve had a taste of the latest dermal fillers.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons Peyman Solieman, MD and Jason Litner, MD, FRCSC point out several important factors to consider when pursuing your Hollywood lip makeover in their post, Please Put an End to Hollywood Lips!

They explain that more is not necessarily better, and too much volume on the upper lip can easily lead to a very unnatural look.

So how do you find the best match for your facial profile? A comprehensive consultation with a lip augmentation specialist will help you learn more about your treatment options – whether you select Sculptra, Juvederm or Restylane as your injectable of choice – and reviewing before and after galleries of lip augmentation procedures can make it easier to have realistic expectations.

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Bad Plastic Surgery? ASAPS Announces ‘Time Out’ Day for Patient Safety

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 22, 2008

The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently announced an official ‘Time Out’ day to address issues concerning patient safety. According to this Medical News Today report:

“Time Out is when the surgical team confirms the patient’s identity, the correct surgical site, and the procedure being performed to help make your surgery as safe as possible. For ASAPS, h onoring Time Out Day is part of the Aesthetic Society’s Campaign for Patient Safety, an ongoing initiative to raise awareness of the steps that plastic surgeons and their patients can take to make cosmetic surgery safer.”

Making sure you take the steps to choose the right aesthetic plastic surgeon or other medical professional in charge of your procedure is a high priority, and there are several ways to make sure your doctor is qualified for your procedure, has enough experience to perform a successful procedure, and will provide the level of care you need.

How to Find the Right Cosmetic Surgeon addresses several of the key requirements highlighted by the ASAPS, and these include:

  1. Reviewing before and after galleries
  2. Asking for references
  3. Requesting an in-person consultation as soon as possible
  4. Checking board certification and credentials
  5. Learning about other patients’ experiences and testimonials

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PhotoFacials Keep Skin Looking Young This Summer

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 21, 2008

There are dozens of skin rejuvenation treatments and beauty products that promise younger, fresher looking skin, but only a few can deliver long-lasting results.

Too much time in the sun, stress and pollutants in the environment can all take their toll on your skin. If you’re already developing age spots, a darkened complexion or fine lines around your eyes, a professional sun damage removal treatment could help you looking young and healthy this season.

Experts recommend several treatments that can help ward off the signs of sun damage. Healing Your Skin After Sun Damage – Top 5 Strategies lists a few non-surgical options that might help you get that healthy, sun-kissed glow. Treatments such as Photofacials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels can clear up the skin within days, and help your skin cells become stronger over time.

You can see some dramatic changes in these before and after pictures of PhotoFacial treatments. The PhotoFacial can help get rid of brown spots, superficial scars and lighten up pigmented skin.

This short video highlights the key benefits of the laser Photofacial procedure:

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