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Hypnox Offers ‘Natural Alternative’ to Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 31, 2008

If you’re anxious to erase a few years without surgery, hypnotherapy may soon become your ultimate beauty secret.

Hypnox is a 25-minute audio recording designed to give your facial muscles a workout while you sleep.  By flexing your muscles in a specific sequence, the treatment attempts to re-train your facial muscles so that you are less likely to frown, squint or exaggerate your facial expressions – the expressions that often lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hypnox promises to tighten and tone the skin so that wrinkles fade away permanently.   All you need to do is pop in the CD before bedtime and listen to the voice of a trained therapist who guides you through the hypnotherapy session.  You’ll begin to relax and fall into a meditative mode as you re-train specific muscles across the forehead, across the bridge of the nose and around the eyes.  Botox has long been a non-surgical choice for those who want to get rid of frown lines or wrinkles across the forehead, but requires ‘freezing’ the muscles in place.  Hypnox offers a natural solution for reducing wrinkles and improving the contours of the face without any needles or incisions.

The makers of Hypnox suggest that “Hypnox will prevent the negative stress which manifests in your face during sleep (ie tooth grinding, jaw clenching, tongue thrusting, scowling and frowning) while your subconscious teaches you to become more aware of – and to release – any unnecessary tensions in your face during the day.”

Is it really time to say ‘no’ to Botox and give those facial muscles a workout instead?  Facial yoga works using a similar strategy, encouraging progressive relaxation to tighten and tone muscles in the face and neck area. Laughter Yoga also helps target key facial muscles so that wrinkles and lines are less likely to appear.

Prevention, it seems, is still one of the best anti aging secrets.

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Plumper Lips with VeraFil – Permanent Lip Augmentation Using Saline

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 30, 2008

Thousands of women pursue injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Artefill for plumper, fuller lips, but results usually last just a few months.

VeraFil is a saline-based lip plumping treatment that is proving to be a popular method for lip enhancement. Instead of injecting hyularonic acid or collagen into the lips, this lip augmentation treatment involves inserting an implant into the skin to create the desired volume and accentuate the lip area.

The VeraFil implants procedure is performed under light sedation, and takes only 20 – 30 minutes to perform. Dr. Stephen Pincus, a plastic and cosmetic surgeon that performs the procedure at his Beverly Hills practice also iterates that most people can return to work or resume normal activities within a couple of days.

But what makes VeraFil a better choice than Restylane, or even Sculptra for lip enhancement? Dr. Hilinski, the first plastic surgeon in San Diego who performed the VeraFil lip augmentation procedure explains that “the Verafil implant is softer and more natural feeling, “ and most people will be able to see instant results. (Source: drhilinski.com).

Evera Medical, the company behind VeraFil also outlines these key benefits:

  • Quick recovery time
  • Safe materials – the same materials used in saline breast implants
  • Customizable size and shape
  • Non allergenic
  • Can be removed

For now, Verafil may be a valuable alternative for many of today’s popular lip augmentation procedures.

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Gum Bleaching Treatment Unveiled by Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 29, 2008

Discolored gums can be the result of genetics, smoking, poor health and even a side effect of acne treatments.

However, an innovative gum bleaching treatment may be able to restore dark, pigmented gums back to a healthy pink state.  A Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist by the name of Dr. Alex Farnoosh offers these unique treatments at his office, and explains that gum bleaching is a valuable alternative to painful, and sometimes ineffective, laser surgery.  Dark gums that are treated with laser technology run the risk of damaging surrounding tissues, and can have a negative effect on existing teeth.

According to Dr. Farnoosh’s site TheTotalSmile.com, gum bleaching offers several benefits including:

  • Quick and effective procedure – instant results with treatments lasting less than an hour
  • Restoring confidence by improving the smile overall
  • Customized treatment to target specific areas of the gums
  • Easily integrates with other cosmetic dentistry procedures
  • Little or no complications, only a brief period of sensitivity in the treatment area
  • Inexpensive procedure

Dr. Farnoosh explains how this procedure works in this video:

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Live Longer By Eating Less – An Easy Anti-Aging Trick?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 28, 2008

Eating Less Could Be the Secret to Longevity

Eating Less May Be the Secret to Longevity

While thousands of people turn to cosmetic surgery treatments to stop the clock and procedures such as Botox to banish wrinkles, some experts claim there’s an easier way to freeze time and reduce the effects of aging:

Simply eat less.

Eating a low-calorie diet may slow down the aging process, and eating wholesome, nutritious foods may help support the body’s most important functions and keep organs and cells in great shape. Calorie restriction diets can ward off excess pounds, reduce the risk of heart disease and other weight-related problems, and may even improve thyroid functioning.

‘Calorie restriction’ (CR) is defined as eating between 20-25% less than the recommended calorie requirements for your height and weight, but ensuring that the major vitamins, minerals and nutrients are still a part of the daily diet.

Christy Carter is an assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine and conducts in-depth research on the aging process and anti-aging methods.   Her recent findings suggest that:

“The more that scientists can demonstrate similar biological profiles between rodents and humans with regards to calorie restriction, the greater the possibility that lifespan extension will translate to human as well. ” (Source: LiveScience.com)

The Mayo Clinic reports on several benefits of calorie restricted diets including: reduced body fat percentage, lower blood pressure, stable blood sugar levels and lower cholestoral levels.

Still, there are some drawbacks of cutting back too much; memory loss, anemia, depression and low bone density are some of the risks involved with reducing too many calories for an extended period of time.

Is a low-calorie diet really the secret to longevity?  Cutting out essential nutrients may lead to several health problems and may not be a healthy approach for most; slowly cutting back a few hundred calories per day may be a healthier strategy to maximize the benefits of this nutrition program.

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Australia Cracks Down on ‘Enhanced’ Before and After Cosmetic Surgery Photos

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 27, 2008

Many physicians and medical professionals showcase before and after galleries of their work, providing clients with a sample of their skills and potential benefits of certain procedures.

Unfortunately, some cosmetic and plastic surgery practitioners are taking advantage of the opportunity to ‘sell’ their services by using PhotoShop and other image-enhancing software programs to improve the ‘after’ photos of select procedures.  Adding light effects, eliminating shadows and smoothing out figure flaws are some simple ways to embellish a photo and make results look much better than reality.

The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported on the growing trend of embellished before and after photos in “No More Plastic Fantastic in Ads“.  Australia’s  demands that cosmetic surgeons forego manipulating photos, and to only provide examples of real patients.  Manipulating pictures has become easier with today’s software programs and virtual plastic surgery technology, but may be considered to be false advertising – in Australia, at least.

Australia’s Medical Practice Amendment Regulation 2008 also requires surgeons to back up their claims of ‘results’ with the support of statistical data and advertising language that is understood by the average patient.

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Leg Lengthening Among Top Five Cosmetic Procedures to Avoid

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 26, 2008

Walking tall is good for the posture and can even make you look slimmer.  However, if you’re not born with long, model-like legs, leg lengthening surgery can help you gain between 2- 4 inches – without heels.

Leg Lengthening Surgery

Leg Lengthening Surgery

The leg lengthening procedure involves cutting the leg bones and repositioning them using the ‘Ilizarov’ technique, a technique that is often used to treat bone fractures.  As the body rebuilds the broken bone and tissues, the result is a few extra inches at the joints of your knees or ankles, or other fractured area.

Still, leg lengthening is painful and risky enough to have been named one of the top five cosmetic procedures to avoid, according to Dr. Richard D’Amico, President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Leg lengthening procedures run the risk of a permanently fractured state, a very slow healing process and can be very painful overall.

(Photo courtesy of BetzInstitute.com)

The procedure has traditionally been performed for those who are unhappy with their short stature and feel it would improve the quality of their lives.  The price of the procedure can range between $50,000 and $75,000, and most people will be unable to walk for 2-3 months as the body repairs itself.

Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch, the Director and Chief of Service of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell Medical Center explains the reasoning behind limb lengthening surgery in this article from the Huffington Post. The procedure is designed primarily for those of shorter stature; those considering leg lengthening purely for aesthetic purposes, leg lengthening surgery presents several risks.

The other four cosmetic procedures to avoid, according to Dr. D’Amico are:

1. LipoDissolve – injections that promise to ‘melt’ fat, but often lead to adverse side effects

2. Permanent injectable fillers – some run the risk of ‘migrating’ to non-treated areas of the face and causing permanent damage.

3. Foot surgery – runs several risks and complications

4. Buttocks implants – a high risk of infection in this area

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Plastic Surgery for Teens – A Quick Fix for Bad Body Image?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 25, 2008

Low self-esteem and a poor body image can be the bane of existence for many teenagers going through puberty, and recent studies show that many are pursuing plastic and cosmetic surgery to simply feel better about themselves.

Teenagers account for 5 percent of all procedures, according to this report from Reuters and Canada.com.  The The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) also indicates a total of 87,600 surgical operations performed on 13-19 year olds in 2007; top procedures include breast reduction, breast augmentation, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) and breast lifts.

Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D. discusses several issues and risks associated with plastic surgery in a developing teen, and encourages adolescents to learn about the serious complications associated with plastic and cosmetic surgery, and help them understand that their bodies will continue to change and develop as the years go by.  Breast augmentation, liposuction and other cosmetic procedures may not provide the results that many teens are looking for, and there can be serious complications for years to come.

The recent incident of a Florida teen who died after complications from her breast asymmetry surgery have put this issue into the forefront of many parents of teens considering cosmetic procedures to improve their looks.

Some experts and social scientists suggest that a poor body image is  linked to the media’s idealization of a ‘perfect silhouette’ and the importance of appearance in today’s society.  Teens that become preoccupied with their appearance are at risk for eating disorders, depression and poor body image. While lastic surgery seems like the ‘magical fix’ for many, it may still be a risky decision.

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Officials Shut Down Plastic Surgery Clinics in Dubai

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 24, 2008

With the rise of medical tourism and increasing demand for cosmetic surgery overseas, more people are venturing to new plastic surgery centers in South America, the Middle East and other parts of the world where procedures are a fraction of the cost in the U.S.

All costs aside, medical ‘vacations’ present several risks for the uninformed traveler, and the recent shutdown of noteworthy plastic surgery clinics in Dubai sheds some light on the dangers associated with this trend.

ArabianBusiness.com reports on the recent closing of several plastic surgery clinics under the radar of the Department of Health and Medical Services in Dubai.  The organization is responsible for monitoring and tracking patient results of treatments at hundreds of clinics that have recently been opened in the United Arab Emirates, and are actively closing down any centers that may be operating with untrained or unsupervised surgeons, unlicensed medical professionals, or those showing a track record of unsuccessful procedures.

Potential risks for undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures overseas include:

  • Insurance may not cover complications from surgery
  • Few options for reconstructive surgery or ‘fixing’ bad plastic surgery immediately
  • Vacation activities may be compromised due to downtime from the procedure
  • Side effects may not be disclosed by unlicensed professionals or practitioners
  • Facility or equipment may be deemed unsafe by U.S. standards

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Cosmetic Dentistry and Surgeons Team Up for Dental Spa Treatments

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 23, 2008

While bleaching and teeth whitening services have already reached the mainstream medspa markets, a new wave of dental treatments could be making its way to your cosmetic surgeon’s office.

Earlier this year, dental spa experts recognized that 5% of dental practices in the U.S were now offering spa dentistry on their menu of services.

As more people forego cosmetic enhancement in today’s fluctuating economy, cosmetic surgeons are looking for new ways to attract more clients, offering an array of treatments and ‘add-ons’ to the standard procedure.  Creating a dental spa environment to the office is a solution for some practices, and there are now several dental spas cropping up across the country.

Clients can walk in for their usual teeth whitening treatment, but also perfect that smile with gum recontouring services or add a set of porcelain veneers to their roster of treatments.  Some ‘spas’ are going as far as adding laser skincare and aromatherapy services to the menu. Dental spa packages may offer additional savings – and save time booking separate appointments – for those interested in a drastic improvement to their smile.

Perhaps the biggest reason to head to the dental spa is to reduce the fear factor; the spa-like atmosphere makes it easier to relax while undergoing extensive dental work.

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Keeping Cosmetic Surgery a Secret – Or Not?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 22, 2008

From breast implants to liposuction, more Americans than ever before continue to pursue plastic and cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance. As cosmetic enhancement becomes more acceptable, some are open to sharing their experiences with friends and coworkers – even posting pictures of results and broadcasting their recovery on a personal blog – while others prefer to keep their surgery a secret.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery surveyed both men and women about their thoughts on getting a procedure, and found that just over 55 percent of men and women are comfortable pursuing surgery, and over 75 percent would feel no guilt or shame sharing the news. (Source: Surgery.org)

MSNBC.com recently discussed the issue in this article, indicating that sometimes it all depends where you live. West coast plastic surgery enthusiasts seem to be more open about sharing the ‘work they had done’, while those on the East Coast are likely to ‘stay mum’ about the topic.

When it’s hard to keep the surgery a secret – coworkers are bound to ask why you’re sporting bandages on your face after that facelift appointment – some cosmetic surgeons are armed with a list of ‘cover up’ statements that may reduce the anxiety about your recent ‘vacation.’ Little white lies such as getting muscle repair work after a tummy tuck, ‘women’s surgery’ for extensive weight loss or lipo treatments, or simply abdominal surgery to improve the posture and reduce back problems. And bandages on the face? You may be able to get away with an accident with the curling iron, cutting yourself shaving or a bad facial waxing treatment.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also suggests using camouflage cosmetics, special makeup and skincare products that can hide scars from incisions, improve the contours of your face if you’re experiencing swelling, and mask any bruises with ease.

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