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VASER Lipo Shows Potential As Skin Tightening Treatment

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 31, 2009

vaser-lipoVASER Liposuction is an innovative fat removal procedure that uses ultrasound technology to sculpt and reshape the body’s tissues after the fat has been removed.  It’s becoming the preferred choice for many physicians performing body contouring procedures because it requires very small incisions and gives the surgeon a chance to sculpt and manipulate the tissues in the treated area for more natural-looking results.

Preliminary findings in a clinical study for VASER Lipo also shows that over half of the patients who underwent body contouring treatments also experienced a significant amount of skin tightening.

Skin tightening benefits have been reported by both doctors and patients since VASER became available in 2002, and the study proves that there is a significant benefit to using VASER technology as opposed to conventional liposuction for body contouring.

The reason why skin tightening occurs is because the VASER ultrasonic energy waves heat up the skin significantly during the procedure.  This triggers rapid collagen production because he body senses that it has been injured and must heal and repair itself rapidly.  The cells begin to repopulate the damaged area and the skin becomes tighter and smoother within a few weeks.

Another reason why VASER Lipo is preferred over other types of fat removal procedures is the minimal downtime involved.  Since the cannula used in the procedure does not affect the surrounding tissues, the fat is removed without causing bruising, extensive pain or damaging the nerves.  This also contributes to  faster healing time and gives the skin to repair itself and heal rapidly.

The VASER Lipo system first arrived on the market in 2001 and over 100,000 procedures have been performed around the world since.  May plastic and cosmetic surgeons use the VASER system as part of their body sculpting and body contouring procedures because it provides more control during the fat removal process, and also tightens the skin to create a sleeker, more sculpted look.

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Losing Fat with Liposuction Does Not Improve Cardiovascular Health

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 30, 2009

BBE084Liposuction continues to be one of the leading methods for permanent fat removal, and is generally not recommended for extensive weight loss.

However, many patients undergo liposuction to lose excess weight and make natural weight loss easier.  Individuals who are between 10 to 30 pounds overweight may benefit from a liposuction procedure that gets rid of fat cells permanently and reduces their weight to a healthy level.

However, few people will actually improve their cardiovascular health from doing so.
According to Matica Haeaner, M.A., getting rid of fat cells does not necessarily mean that the body becomes healthier.  Fat cells secrete hormones that play a role in insulin sensitivities, appetite and the metabolism.  In 2007, the journal Obesity Reviews also identified the first fat hormone and proteins that are present within the cell, which means that the body must undergo several chemical changes to accommodate for these compounds and they directly affect the endocrine system.

A 2008 report in the Obesity journal also supports the theory that overall health does not improve with liposuction: “A 2008 study in the journal Obesity monitored formerly obese women who had had liposuction that resulted in a 20-pound loss of fat. An initial study looked at 15 of these women about 10 weeks after the lipo. Despite losing around 16 percent of their total body fat, and around 23 percent of their abdominal fat, there was no improvement seen in their coronary disease risk factors such as insulin resistance, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and insulin sensitivity.” (Source: MSN Health)

What this means is the body is in a different state when it has stored fat cells, and that when these fat cells are simply sucked out with liposuction, the body will now be out of balance.  One of the ways it can correct this imbalance is to start restoring the ‘lost’ fat by depositing fat elsewhere in the body.  It is not uncommon for individuals who get liposuction to remove abdominal fat, find that they are gaining weight around their hips and thighs.  The ‘set point’ theory about body weight may also support the fact that fat will be stored outside of the treated site so that the body can maintain its natural equilibrium.

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Plastic Surgery Hits Peak Season in Florida

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 29, 2009

j0438376As the country embraces the warmer days of Spring and counts down to Spring break or summer travels to tropical climates, getting the body into beach-ready shape is becoming a top priority.

Florida continues to be one of the top destinations for cosmetic and plastic surgery treatments, and doctors in Tampa Bay and other cities in the sunshine state are reporting a marked increase in demand for procedures such as liposuction, breast augmentation and body reshaping.

Dr. Jeremy Beneditti, a Tampa Bay plastic surgeon, reports an increase in patient consultations for breast and body enhancements in February and March each year.  Spring is generally a good time to undergo a procedure in preparation for summer, especially since most people need a few months of recovery time before they can hit the beach and lay out in the sun. (Source: eMediaWire press release)

According to Dr. Beneditti, breast augmentation patients need to set aside at least three weeks for partial recovery of the muscles; liposuction patients, especially those that undergo ultrasound-assisted liposuction or laser assisted liposuction, generally heal faster.

Body reshaping procedures that do not involve surgery typically do not involve any downtime; patients that undergo VelaSmooth and VelaShape body contouring procedures, mesotherapy or carboxytherapy, an innovative cellulite treatment, can return to work – or go on vacation – within days of their treatment.  However, many body reshaping programs require a series of treatments before full results can be achieved.  This is another reason why now is ‘peak season’ for many; beginning a treatment program now means the body will be in beach-ready shape well before summer.

Tampa Bay,  Miami, Orlando and St. Petersburg are among the top cities with plastic surgeons that have been recognized nationwide. While the economic climate is still looking grim for many doctors in the area, many are offering patients attractive financing options so that patients can get the surgery they want this season.

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Botox on Wheels Now Serving Orange County

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 28, 2009

destinationsmedspaYou’ve heard about mobile massage services, facials on the fly and other spa treatments where the therapist comes knocking at your door, but what if you could get your Botox fix too? 

Destinations Medical Spa of Newport Beach is now offering Botox and dermal filler treatments to clients all across Orange County with their mobile medical spa service. It’s the first mobile cosmetic care service in Orange County, and gives patients a chance to book their Botox procedure, dermal filler touch-up treatment or even laser hair removal for the home or the office.

Donna Richardson, M.D. is the medical director and treating physician at Destinations Medical Spa, and recently interviewed with OCMetro Magazine about the latest treatment offering.  Dr. Richardson explains that, “Our unique, hygienic mobile services are designed to meet the needs of individuals who want and need non-invasive cosmetic procedures but are unwilling to travel to a medical spa facility for a variety of personal reasons…We provide very personal cosmetic treatments that most people prefer to be discreet about. The quality of care we deliver through DMS is on par with the best traditional medical spas and we deliver that care in the comfort of your home.” (Source: OCMetro.com)

Since patients don’t have to go to a doctor’s office for their favored treatment, they can relax and enjoy a private treatment in the comforts of home. Dr. Richardson emphasizes that the team of professionals that are offering these Botox jabs on the run are highly trained and certified to perform cosmetic procedures.  All of the equipment and sanitization supplies are brought to the patient’s location, and the medical spa practitioner must abide by strict guidelines and protocol just as they would when administering the treatment in the office.

Injectables and popular laser procedures available from Destinations Medical Spa include Laser Genesis, Laser Hair Removal, Botox, Cosmoderm, and Restylane.

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Michael Jackson Considering Cosmetic Surgery Before Comeback Tour

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 27, 2009

mjMusic legend Michael Jackson is planning his comeback tour in 2009 with a roster of 50 shows at the 02 arena in the United Kingdom alone, and he’s reportedly preparing for the event by going under the knife – again.

The 50-year-old singer’s representatives deny that he is having cosmetic surgery this year, but Ian Halperin, Jackson’s unofficial biographer, reports that the singer has been setting up consultations with some of the world’s leading cosmetic and plastic surgeons in order to freshen up his look for the tour.

Michael had his nose slightly narrowed and eyebrows reshaped at the young age of 26 during the height of the ‘Thriller’ era.  Since then, he has undergone a reported 50 more procedures that include rhinoplasty, facelift surgery, eyelifts, jaw reshaping, nostril reshaping surgery, lip reshaping and countless others.

The tour kicks off at London’s O2 Arena in July 2009, which means now is an ideal time to undergo any cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures and ensure optimal recovery before the big event.

Celebrity plastic surgery news is always a hot topic, and few stars can avoid the stigma associated with having plastic surgery. Some stars simply don’t care what the public thinks; Joan Rivers and Janice Dickinson are just two famous faces that have shared with the public exactly what they have had done, and how much they have spent.

Other celebrities prefer to keep their nip and tuck treatments a secret, and will unveil their new bodies or faces at awards shows or for an upcoming feature film.

Stars like Jackson who are always under public scrutiny can find it nearly impossible to hide the fact they’ve undergone a procedure.  Jackson in particular has been the victim of botched surgeries, plastic surgery mistakes and has had to undergo surgery simply to correct a previous procedure.

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Reloxin Study for Forehead Wrinkle Removal Shows Promising Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 26, 2009

Reloxin is currently used outside of the United States to treat neurological disorders, and has also been tested to for wrinkle reduction in 23 countries.  The injectable has been undergoing testing specifically for glabellar and forehead lines since 2002, and the positive results so far have caught the attention of many researchers and plastic surgeons around the world.

While Botox continues to be the most sought-after nonsurgical procedure for men and women, a new option for getting rid of wrinkles on the forehead is on the horizon.  Reloxin is a new type of botulinum toxin injection that has been undergoing testing in the United States for the past 13 months.

The March/April issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery recently published a report about the results of the studies, and reports that Reloxin is well tolerated and can maintain its anti-aging effects for over 13 months.  These results are significantly better than the standard Botox treatment, which means many people could be asking for Reloxin over Botox if the new injection is approved for wrinkle reduction.

According to the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, the only reported side effects were injection site disorders, nervous system disorders (such as headaches), and eye disorders.  Injection site and eye problems were reported about a week after the treatment and were then resolved, so there were no serious effects such as ‘droopy eyes’ or vision problems with Reloxin in these testing phases. (Source: Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery)

Reloxin will continue to undergo testing for the months ahead.  The treatment has been developed by Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation based in Scottsdale, Arizona and the company does intend to commercialize Reloxin in the United States as soon as it receives FDA approval. The Biologics License Application (BLA) for Reloxin to the FDA’s Division of Dermatology and Dental Products was submitted in March 2008.

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PriceDoc.com Helps Cosmetic Surgery Patients Cut Costs

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 25, 2009

pricedocIf you’ve been thinking about plastic or cosmetic surgery, researching costs and reviewing payment plan options is usually a top priority.

The cost of a procedure can vary significantly depending on the location of the doctor’s office, years that they have been in business and the doctor’s overall track record.  Doctors set their own fees, so there is no ‘bottom line’ price for most procedures.

PriceDoc.com launched recently to offer help for patients looking for the best deal on the market.  RealSelf.com has called it the “Priceline for elective medical services” because it uses a bidding model to determine the price the customer will pay.

PriceDoc.com allows visitors to select from dental, medical, vision, cosmetic, med spa, chiropractic and Allied Health procedures and treatments, select their zipcode, and find out where they can get the lowest price in their area.  IT’s a free online service that matches up prospective patients with qualified healthcare providers.

PriceDoc.com’s business model raises the question of ethics and fair pricing in the realm of cosmetic and plastic surgery.  The company hopes to help people reduce the costs of medical, dental and elective surgery procedures by disclosing pricing from several doctors in the patient’s area.  The service is currently only listing doctors and pricing for Washington state, and it will take time for its sales team to branch out into other states and gather relevant data.

Searching for the best price is an important part of the research process, and sites such as LocateADoc.com list prices for patients from all around the country.  A quick search on this site allows patients to review national averages and the price range of a specific doctor.  Though patients cannot bid on the best price here, they do have the advantage of finding out the doctor’s range, reviewing his or her profile in detail and learning more about the practice.

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World’s First Oxygen Bar Now Offering Anti-Aging Supplements

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 24, 2009

liquid-oxygenLiquid oxygen therapy has been deemed the ultimate anti-aging solution for many people who want to follow a natural path to health and wellness. Oxygen depletion is the leading cause of wrinkles and can speed up the aging process; people who are not inhaling clean and pure oxygen form their environment, drinking enough water or exercising vigorously to deliver oxygen to their lungs are often at risk for premature aging.

The O2 Spa Bar in Toronto, Canada has been touting the ‘oxygen mantra’ for nearly 12 years and has become a trendsetter in the field of oxygen therapy and wellness.

The bar is the first in the world to offer liquid oxygen therapy products and treatments, and claims that a good dose of oxygen is the best solution for curing insomnia, headaches, acne, fatigue and even jet lag. Some customers claim that the oxygen products can also help with weight loss and detoxifying the body from inside out.

Liquid oxygen is a concentrated form of oxygen and used as a drop in drinking water or beverages. Each formula has different uses; some are designed to relieve stress and anxiety, stimulate the metabolism or help the body release lactic acid buildup after a workout. Liquid oxygen is designed to optimize many of the body’s natural processes, and the 02 Spa Bar has introduced a lineup of anti-aging supplements to target specific concerns of baby boomers and those who are noticing signs of premature aging. This lineup of formulas is designed to increase energy, reduce stress and clear up the skin. The newest formulas may even be able to tighten and firm up the skin, clear up the complexion and protect the skin from environmental toxins.

02 Spa Bar products are available for purchase online, and through distributors around ht world. The supplements are readily available at international airports, luxury hotels and health foods stores, and are available in female, male and gender neutral formulas. (Source: 02 Spa Bar)

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Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon Introduces Dark Circle Treatment

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 23, 2009

42-15653301Dark circles are often the result of stress, an unhealthy diet or poor sleep, but can also be a side effect of the aging process. Dark undereye circles and the appearance of ‘hollowed’ eyes can be difficult to cover up with makeup alone, and only a handful of topical treatments can lighten up the skin under the eyes without causing damage to this delicate area.

Dr. Sam Assassa, a Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon attempts to change that with an innovative treatment designed specifically for dark circles and hollow eyes.

His Hollow Eye Syndrome and advanced Dark Circle Treatment are non-invasive procedures that reduce the appearance of protruding lower lids and eliminate the ‘shadow’ that may be making the dark circles more prominent. He performs the procedure with the dermal filler Juvederm to fill out the depression between the cheeks and eyelids so that the skin appears smoother and more evenly toned. Since Juvederm stimulates collagen production, the weaker skin under the eyes becomes more resilient and begins to look healthier and stronger.

In a recent press release about the treatment, Dr. Assassa explains, “In my experience, patients coming in for a return treatment after their first year have under-eye depressions significantly shallower than they did previously.”

This is an innovative approach for treating under-eye circles and darkened skin under the eyes, and may be the best option for men and women who have tried skincare products or used makeup without getting any results. Touch-up treatments may be required every few months, because Juvederm is made with hyaluronic acid and will be absorbed by the body within 4-6 months.

Patients can also improve their appearance by eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While dark circles may take some time to disappear completely, treatments like Dr. Assassa’s Dark Circle Treatment may help speed up the process and restore the eye area to a more youthful state.

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LATISSE Eyelash Treatment Launched in LA

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 22, 2009

latisse eyelash extensionsDark, full lashes are the epitome of beauty for many women, especially those that want to draw attention to the eyes and maintain a youthful appearance.

Eyelash extensions and wearing false eyelashes have been the best beauty solutions to date, but the FDA recently approved LATISSE, an eyelash extension drug that lengthens lashes by accelerating the rate of eyelash growth. The first treatment was recently made available at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, a plastic surgery office in Los Angeles.

In a recent press release, Dr. Grant Stevens, a board certified plastic surgeon and Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery Associates explains that “LATISSE is simple to apply and actually encourages darker, thicker, longer eyelash growth. At Marina Plastic Surgery we are excited to be one of the first practices to offer this unique, new product to our patients.”

LATISSE is a non-invasive treatment made with bimatoprost, the active ingredient. This ingredient is derived from natural fatty acids which promote regrowth of the hair follicle after it has been damaged. When applied to healthy lashes, the result is a rapid growth rate. Results of studies with LATISSE have been promising, with minor side effects such as redness, itchiness or swelling from an allergic reaction.

Patients who are eligible for the treatment must apply LATISSE daily with a special applicator, tracking along the base of the upper eyelids as if they were applying eyeliner. Most people see results in as little as 4 weeks, with full results achieved by the 16-week mark. However, results can only be maintained with ongoing use; patients will need to keep applying LATISSE to sustain their fuller, thicker lashes.

LATISSE may also be linked to unwanted side effects such as darkening of the skin in the treated area, conjunctival hyperemia, macular edema, and unexpected hair growth in areas around the eyelid. The drug is available by prescription only, and candidates must be tested for allergies before the treatment can be applied.

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