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Vaccine Therapy May Reduce Effects of Skin Cancer

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 31, 2009

skin-cancerThe Mayo Clinic reports that current melanoma treatment options include radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy and experimental therapies.  However, there may soon be another option for those diagnosed with severe cases of skin cancer.

Doctors have been working on a vaccine that could treat advanced stages of melanoma and reduce the risk of fatal forms of skin cancer.  Sanofi-Aventis is conducting the study for this vaccine at 25 testing centers in the United States and Canada; the vaccine is designed to stimulate the body’s immune system to protect the skin cells and reduce further development of existing cancer.

In late 2008, Professor Ian Frazer of the University of Queensland delivered several findings of a vaccine he had developed to the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress. In the trials and studies, the vaccine effectively switched off the ‘killer T cells’ and the treatment was deemed a promising venture for the future. Researchers expected that this particular vaccine may be available within a 5-year time period. (Source: UK Telegraph)

Skin cancer continues to be one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, and dermatologists encourage people of all skin types to take a proactive approach to reduce their risk.  While wearing sunscreen and steering clear of high-sun times can help, thousands of people are still diagnosed with potentially-dangerous melanoma each year. Some people are genetically susceptible to melanoma, but many cases of skin cancer go undetected until the melanoma has reached its advanced stages.

People with early stages of melanoma can undergo surgery to have the skin removed, but treatment decisions are only made after a thorough consultation.

If the vaccine is approved for use in the United States, doctors may soon be able to administer a simple injection to eliminate the deadly virus, helping patients build up enough resistance to fight the cancer on their own. Still, dermatologists advise all individuals to practice safe sunning habits in order to reduce their risk of developing cancer in the first place.


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Fat Transplantation May Reduce Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 30, 2009

celluliteWomen of all ages continue to wage war against cellulite. The unsightly bulges and dimpled skin that results from trapped fat cells under the skin’s surface can prevent even the leanest woman from achieving a sculpted and toned appearance.

Since diet and exercise rarely eliminate the problem, surgery or cellulite treatments may be the only effective way to lose the cellulite for good.

The December 2008 issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal recently reported on an innovative ‘combo’ treatment that involves laser energy and fat transplantation for reshaping the body and reducing cellulite.  The technique can be used on several problem areas including the buttocks, thighs, hips and stomach.

The procedure involves heating up the skin with a laser device to trigger collagen production, the essential compound that helps preserve skin elasticity and naturally tightens up the skin.  For this study, the Nd: YAG laser was used so that the tissues could begin contracting and collagen production could occur at a rapid pace.  After the laser treatment, the surgeon would fill in the depressed areas of the skin with the patient’s own body fat; this helped create a smooth, sculpted appearance and virtually eliminated the appearance of cellulite.

The Aesthetic Surgery Journal is published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and this combination procedure was listed as one of several ‘proven’ procedures for treating cellulite. Results of the study indicate that nearly 85% of patients enjoyed ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ results up to three years after the initial procedure.

Other popular cellulite treatments currently available in the United States include the Velasmooth non-invasive procedure, lower body lift surgery, endermologie and injection lipolysis.

The combination treatment is designed only for cases of severe cellulite, and is not necessarily a vanity procedure like Velasmooth and other non-invasive treatments.  The YAG laser does have its risks and drawbacks, and may not be suitable for all skin types.  Still, fat injections can make a significant difference in the outcome of the cellulite procedure.

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Retinoid Creams Not Linked to Early Death

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 29, 2009

creamAn article published in the latest issue of the Archives of Dermatology indicates that retinoid cream made with tretinoin, a topical ointment often prescribed to patients with acne and other skin problems, may have been linked to certain types of cancer, and even premature death.

Researchers wanted to test the efficacy of retinoid compounds on participants who had died, or were suffering from cancer.  The original studies indicate that tretinoin compounds in the creams were linked to some cases of malignant cancer, and those who are suffering from skin conditions because of a weakened immune system may have been putting themselves even more at risk for premature death by using these highly potent creams on a regular basis.

A total of 1,131 patients were selected for the study, and assigned either a cream containing 0.1 percent tretinoin or an unmedicated cream as a placebo.  They were required to apply the cream to their face and ears every day during the study period, and were then evaluated and examined by a dermatologist. In the treatment group, 15 patients died of non-small cell lung cancer, 12 died from vascular disorders and 15 died from respiratory and chest disorders.

However, researchers conclude that some of these deaths may have been the result of smoking that produces additional health risks; when the study was conducted in late 2004, the researchers did not take age, smoking and other illnesses into consideration  (Source:

Still, some reserachers contend that even though there is not a direct correlation between tretinoin and increased deaths, the study suggests tretinoin may play a role the development of cancer.

Medical News Today recently reported on this issue, pointing out that the Veterans Affairs Topical Tretinoni Chemoprevention (VATTC) Trial that  assessed the outcomes of the high-dose retinoid treatment study found there was not enough supportive evidence of the data and further investigation was needed in order to determine if topical tretinoin is in fact, linked to premature deaths.

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Online Support Groups Help Patients Better Manage Psoriasis

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 28, 2009

computer-pictureA recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology, a Journal of the American Medical Association journal, concludes that many patients suffering from skin and joint problems that result from psoriasis can improve their emotional health and well-being by participating in online support groups.

260 adults participated in a study conducted by the team at the Center for Connected Health and Massachusetts General Hospital; participants were required to use an online support site to keep up with the latest news about their health problems, and interact with community members about their health issues.

Dermatologists previously noted that many people suffering from psoriasis were embarrassed abot the problem and rarely turned to others for help.  The support groups helped many people connect with others with a similar condition, while remaining anonymous.  This helped relieve the pressure of sharing, what to them, was an incredibly embarrassing problem, and the community could serve as a positive place to manage the condition.

The official report and results of the study indicate that;

“People with chronic disease are believed to relate best to Web-based information produced by other patients. Internet support groups share common objectives with their face-to-face counterparts but have strengths and weaknesses unique to the online setting. Although online support may lack the immediacy and intensity of a group meeting, it allows members to access information at a time and place of their choice. In addition, it offers individuals the advantage of anonymity and perceived lack of judgment.”

In addition to anonymous support groups, patients can turn to local resources and workshops sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation that may help with copoing methods and giving patients a chance to  meet with a counselor or other patients in a face-to-face setting.

Still, for those who are not seeking help because they are embarrassed or ashamed of their condition can still turn to the Internet for a wealth of resources and valuable contacts.

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Celebrities Prefer LipoDissolve Over Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 27, 2009

Despite the negative reviews and risks associated with LipoDissolve injections, the mesotherapy-type injectables that promise to dissolve body fat with a concoction of herbs and chemicals, hundreds of celebrities and individuals looking for a quick way to get rid of bulges and fatty deposits are choosing LipoDissolve over liposuction surgery.

Dr. Dave E. David, a LipoDissolve expert in Boston, Massachusetts says that celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears and Demi Moore have used LipoDissolve to get rid of excess body fat and that the noninvasive procedure may help many people achieve their ideal figure.  LipoDissolve is administered without anesthesia, and involves injecting a compound called PPC directly into the fat.  After a few weeks, the fat begins to disintegrate and is excreted through the body’s natural elimination system.

LipoDissolve can be used on almost any area of the body, and is performed within a few minutes; it is most commonly used to get rid of body fat on the thighs, buttocks, love handles and abdomen, but may also be used on small areas such as the chin, upper arms and under the jawline.

While the procedure promises little discomfort and has been deemed ‘safe’ by many doctors, it is not without its risks.  Hyperpigmentation, blotchy skin and excessive swelling may occur if the practitioner does not administer the right concentration of the substance or performs the procedure incorrectly.  The drug has not been approved by the FDA, although some marketers promote the fact that the ingredients are FDA-approved.  The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is still studying the safety, effectiveness and potential of this procedure, and it has not officially been deemed as the ideal solution for non-surgical liposuction.

Still, many celebrities are receiving LipoDissolve treatments with continued success; the procedure costs between $400 to $1,500 per treatment, and patients may require between 6-8 treatments to achieve results.

Learn more about LipoDissolve in this CBS segment:

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SonoSculpt May Be Future of Non-Invasive Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 26, 2009

battle-of-the-bulgeMillions of Americans continue to struggle with the battle of the bulge, but diet and exercise may not be the only solution for getting rid of excess pounds.

Innovative liposuction techniques that do not require extensive surgery are on the horizon, and the FDA is conducting several studies and tests to bring technologies such as SonoSculpt and UltraShape to the United States.  SonoSculpt is one of the latest non-invasive lipoplasty procedures that promises to zap away fat and smooth out the skin without a single incision.

The procedure has been developed by LipoSonix and works using ultrasound technology to ‘melt’ the fat beneath the skin.  SonoSculpt works by emitting high-energy ultrasound beams directly into the fatty tissue so that the fat breaks down within minutes.  The dead cells are then excreted body through the body’s natural elimination system, and the entire treatment does not affect the surrounding tissues.

SonoSculpt has been in its testing phase for several years, and it is still unclear how effectively the procedure can remove all fat cells completely.

According to LipoSonix CEO Jens Quistgaard, “It’s not clear exactly where the fat goes after ultrasound jolts it loose. LipoSonix and its medical advisers believe the body’s immune system responds to the disrupted site, digests some fat cells and deposits others into the bloodstream. Other fat cells may migrate to other body parts, while others are excreted.” (Source:

Still, SonoSculpt is joining forces with UltraShape as a potentially beneficial alternative to liposuction.  UltraShape has earned mass appeal in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Western Europe and may also soon find its way to the United States.  UltraShape also uses ultrasound technology to break down fat cells and tighten up the skin; the procedure has not yet received FDA approval, but Americans do have the option of traveling overseas to receive the treatment.

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ASAPS Reports Number of Youth Seeking Plastic Surgery Tripled in 10 Years

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 25, 2009

teenagerMommy makeovers, body lifts for seniors and an increasing demand for male plastic surgery procedures were some of the top cosmetic surgery trends in 2008, but there is one segment of the population that may soon be driving demand for many sought-after procedures.

Teenagers anxious to improve their looks are setting their sights on liposuction, body sculpting and other extensive cosmetic procedures at an alarming rate.

The American Society for Plastic Surgery reports that over 205,000 procedures were performed on individuals 18 years or younger in 2007, a dramatic increase from the 59,000+ procedures performed on youth in 1997.  The most sought-after procedures were liposuction and breast augmentation, and the months preceding Spring Break season seem to be the ‘peak season’ for teenage cosmetic surgery.

The New York Times recently reported on the rising trend, highlighting the fact that skin care regimens and body sculpting treatments once reserved for adults are making their way onto the average teenager’s wishlist.  Self-esteem seems to be the trigger for this increasing demand, and teenagers who are especially vulnerable to low self-esteem and becoming preoccupied with their appearance may be the first to latch onto the latest cosmetic procedure.

Corrective surgery is understandable for those who have experienced an injury or want to correct a deformity; however, surgeons conducting the consultation need to ask specific questions to find out if the if the procedure is being performed strictly to boost self-esteem.  If the patient is under 18 years of age, the parents play an influential role in the process; they must approve the surgery and sign consent forms after meeting with the doctor in person.

Still, many parents are approving cosmetic procedures such as breast implants, liposuction and body contouring for their teens, even if it is to give the teenager’s self-esteem a boost.  Dr. Rick Nauert, senior news editor of explains that recipients of elective procedures do report several positive psychological benefits after undergoing surgery solely for cosmetic procedures. (Source:

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Vi Peel Put to the Test on ‘Good Morning Texas’

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 24, 2009

The Vi Peel is one of the latest chemical peels available for aging and sun-damaged skin, a treatment that promises to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of scars and restore a fresh, rejuvenated appearance.  Hollywood has deemed it the ultimate skin breakthrough for turning back the clock, and the procedure is now available at dozens of medical spas and skin rejuvenation centers across the country. The Vi peel may be a valuable, low-cost alternative to pricey facelift treatments and other anti-aging procedures.

The Vi Peel is different from standard chemical peels because it contains Retin-A and concentrated viamins and minerals that help to detoxify the skin at a deeper level without causing pain or tissue damage.

The treatment helps to shrink enlarged pores and stimulates collagen production, resulting in firmer, tighter and rejuvenated skin.  The skin may be slightly red and sensitive immediately after treatment, but any discomfort will fade within a few hours; over a period of a few days, the skin will begin to shed (peel) but the peeling cycle is complete by the end of the fourth day.

Key benefits of the Vi Peel include reducing wrinkles, removing hyperpigmentation, and reducing the appearance of age spots. Patients who undergo the Vi treatment can speed up the process by applying ‘Peel Pads’ to the skin over the course of 2-3 days after the peel is applied; these pads contain essential skin moisturizing and healing ingredients that support the cell turnover process.

The Vi peel was recently performed live on NBC’s Good Morning Texas for the ‘Beauty on a Budget’ segment. Dr. Bill Johnson also discussed the benefits of other low-cost skin rejuvenation treatments that can help get rid of age spots, sun spots, melasma and acne scars.

Watch the video clip of the live treatment here:

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ASAPS Warns Consumers About Breast Surgery Deals

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 23, 2009

no-saleCompetition is fierce among cosmetic and plastic surgeons during these tough economic times, and some are attracting patients by extending discounts, coupons and special offers for high-ticket procedures.

However, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is encouraging consumers to look past marketing campaigns and make sure they are receiving professional treatment – especially for extensive procedures such as breast augmentation, facelift surgery and liposuction.

Professional breast augmentation doctors across the country undergo several years of training before they can perform breast implant procedures and other breast enhancement techniques successfully. Surgeons who have not received adequate training, or those who are new to the industry, may perform procedures that require revisions or end up causing extensive tissue and skin damage.

According to a recent press release about finding quality procedures , a ‘red flag’ that a doctor may not be working with the patient’s best interests in mind is a dramatic reduction in the price of the procedure; when quality counts, very few doctors are willing to lower their fees, and those that do may not be providing the best service.

Since there are so many risks involved with the procedure, the ASAPS encourages consumers to ask several questions and conduct extensive research before signing any type of agreement or contract with a surgeon. Some of the key questions to ask include:

  • Is the surgeon a member of the ASPS and/or ASAPS?
  • What is the expected recovery time?
  • How long will results last?
  • Are before-and-after procedures available?
  • Who will be performing the procedure?

Breast augmentation and breast enhancement surgery continue to be some of the most sought-after procedures, but the $4,000-$10,000+ price tag for surgery has left many people searching for a better deal.  Unfortunately, discounted surgery can turn out to be a costly mistake; the ASAPS is encouraging all consumers to review the full range of breast procedure options available by ASPS and ASAPS Member Surgeons – and pay the full fee if necessary.

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Water-Jet Liposuction May Help Get Rid of Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 22, 2009

Water-jet liposuction was introduced in late 2007 by a German plastic surgeon, a procedure that dislodges fat cells using high water pressure while removing excess fatty tissue.  The technique was introduced at the Simply Aesthetic clinic in Singapore later that year, and many plastic surgeons in the U.S. have been paying attention to the progress and development of this unique technique since. Now, some surgeons believe that the procedure may be able to help patients get rid of cellulite, the stubborn pockets of fat that become embedded directly under the skin tissue.

Conventional liposuction techniques cannot get rid of cellulite completely because liposuction only removes fatty tissue around the muscles.  Some  liposuction patients report an increase in cellulite after fat removal surgery because the skin becomes loose, saggy and existing cellulite becomes more pronounced.

Water-jet liposuction works by breaking apart existing cellulite so that it can be reached easily with the suction device during surgery. The technique may allow some doctors to deliver a more precise and safer treatment, and also reduce the risk of developing unsightly cellulite.  The high water jets are applied around the fatty tissue and fatty deposits to turn them into a gelatinous state; the cannula is inserted just 5mm under the skin’s surface so that the surgeon can maneuver around the fatty tissues with ease.  This also allows the surgeon to get rid of all excess body fat while leave the surrounding tissues intact.

According to, water-jet liposuction may be a good match for patients who need to remove large volumes of fat but do not want to have dimpled skin after the procedure.  Since there is little trauma to the surrounding tissues, the skin has a better chance of healing and recovering quickly. The procedure does not require extensive anesthesia, and an be performed within a few hours.

The Body Jet system has been introduced to several doctors in the United States, and is proving to be an effective body sculpting procedure abroad.

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