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Dental Home Bleaching Kits Can Wear Down Tooth Enamel

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 30, 2009

CB107513If you’ve been to the dentist lately and picked up a tooth whitening kit, make sure you’re aware of the downsides of bleaching your teeth. A recent study shows that many people actually lose some of their tooth enamel after using home teeth-whitening kits for a significant period of time. The chemicals in the tooth whitening products can actually break down the enamel and cause more damage to the teeth.

Deteriorating tooth enamel is an irreversible condition, but the teeth can restore their natural shine and the enamel coating after losing just small amounts of the enamel. Enamel is necessary for keeping the teeth hard and strong; it can be broken down by poor hygiene, too much acid in the diet, or cases of excessive vomiting.

The study conducted to test the teeth whitening kits is one of the first in-depth studies that measures the level of enamel lost from frequent use of these kits. Several studies have been conducted on the effects of tooth whitening and bleaching procedures on tooth enamel, but results have been inconclusive because they do not measure the level of hardness on the nanometer scale.

Dr. Shereen Azer, Assistant Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry at Ohio State University led the study, and says that, “There is some significant reduction in nano-hardness of enamel, but we are talking on a very minute scale. So even though it may not be visible to the human eye, it’s important for research because that’s how we improve products.” (Source:

Today’s most popular tooth bleaching kits are made with hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide, or a combination of both. Teeth are naturally slightly yellow in color, because the enamel covering it is protecting a thin layer of dentin underneath, and the dentin is a very light yellow color. Teeth whitening and bleaching kits contain powerful compounds that break down the pigment molecules on the enamel of the teeth, thereby making teeth appear whiter. Researchers of this study are also conducting tests on the effects of teeth whitening strips, tooth whitening gums and other teeth whitening treatments.

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Trilexon Approved for Cosmetic Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 29, 2009

CB005062If you’ve been prescribed a topical drug or ointment to take care of burns, scars and other skin conditions, your doctor may have used laser devices and other equipment to improve the rate of absorption in the skin.

A new delivery system has become available, and was recently approved for use in the cosmetic market. Trilexon skincare products help to increase the absorption rate of various skincare products so that the skin can react almost immediately to the preparation.

Trilexon is a registered trademark of Greyson International. In a recent press release, Harvey Tauman, CEO of Greyson International explains that “This is a very important step for us as we move forward from our developmental and research stage, into the marketing and sales stage for Greyson’s products and applications.” The company makes several health and beauty products, and the Trilexon system is one of the most innovative products to date. The company makes its own line of cleansers, anti-wrinkle creams, alcohol-free skin toners and collagen creams, as well as beauty ‘kits’ and skincare regimens specifically for anti-aging customers. The Trilexon system may help to improve the effects of these products.

Many people are required to wait several weeks, and even months before they see results with standard topical applications. Even medical-grade products require several uses before any effects can be achieved, and the skin needs to undergo its usual cell turnover and renewal process before the skin really starts to ‘take’ the ointment or product. Trilexon can help to speed up the absorption rates of standard products, thereby improving the overall cell turnover and renewal process.

The Trilexon system can be used with virtually any topical application or topical drug, and may soon become available at medical spas, dermatology offices, cosmetic surgery centers, and anti-aging/wellness centers around the country.

Source: Greyson International Press Release

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Surgicare Unveils New Vaser Lipo Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 28, 2009

CBR002068Vaser liposuction is now among the most sought-after fat removal procedures on the market, and is becoming especially popular for people looking for short recovery times than conventional liposuction.

A number of branded liposuction methods have entered the market in recent years; demand for SmartLipo and SmartLipo MPX are on the rise, and cosmetic surgery centers such as Surgicare in the United Kingdom have finally added Vaser Liposelection to their list of procedures.

VASER liposelection is currently available in the United States, and has become one of the leading laser lipo procedures for both men and women. VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, and uses ultrasound energy waves to liquefy the fat before extraction. This process reduces the risk of damage to surrounding tissues, and makes it easier for the surgeon to target very small areas. Vaser lipo can be performed on almost any part of the body, and some experts say this procedure carries a reduced rate of injury than conventional liposuction.

SurgiCare is one of the largest networks in the UK, and was established more than 16 years ago by a professor or surgery and chair of the Medical Advisory Committee in the U.K. The center currently offers a number of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, but is one of the few in the U.K. to offer Vaser Liposuction.

Key benefits of the Vaser procedure when compared to other types of liposuction include: faster recovery times; no risk of fat deposits being reabsorbed by the body because they are suctioned out completely; and reduced risk of damage to the surrounding tissues. Vaser liposuction can be performed to get rid of excess body fat around the waist, hips, thighs and buttocks, and also delivers some skin tightening benefits so that results look natural.

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More Men Opting for Procedures to Avoid Losing Their Job

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 27, 2009

42-15655152The recession has affected millions of people around the country, threatening jobs, financial security and overall feelings of well-being.

Many people who want to stay out of the firing lines are doing whatever it takes to secure their position; from cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearance, to exploring educational options to strengthen their skills, staying competitive in the workplace and job marketplace has become a top priority. Recent reports show that men in particular are heading to the doctor’s office for a quick procedure to reduce the risk of losing their job.

The job market has become increasingly competitive as more companies have begun to downsize and cut costs dramatically. Men who want to have a competitive edge in the workplace and secure their position may have a better chance if they enhance their personal appearance because many feel their looks influence both their professional and personal lives, leading to increased self-esteem, better self-confidence, and a more positive outlook.

According to Dr. Jacob Steiger, a guest columnist for Health News Digest, “People also want to look good to feel better about themselves during challenging times to help counteract the emotional stressors of life often found during a downtime or recession. Feeling that you look good is proven to positively change your entire mental state so having work done, whether it be through a lower cost and non-invasive procedures such as botox or dermal fillers like, restylane or juvederm to name a few or through a more involved surgical procedure such as having a facelift, rhinoplasty, or an eyelid lift has shown to give patients an internal happiness and improve their overall outlook on life.”

The cost for these procedures can be anywhere between $4,000 to $20,000 or more, depending on the type of surgery, and if follow up treatments are required. However, many people are willing to fork over the cash for these procedures if the results will help them secure their career.

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Miami Cosmetic Surgery Center Now Offering Bikini Body Packages

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 26, 2009

CB108183Bikini season is right around the corner, which means more people are opting for quick-fix cosmetic procedures and liposuction to achieve their beach-ready look. Cosmetic Harmony, a medical tourism company based in Colombia, has recently launched its lineup of ‘Bikini Body Combos’ specifically for beach lovers.

The experts there report that they see a significant increase in demand for specific procedures like liposuction, tummy tucks, breast jobs and thigh toning during March and the rest of spring season as more women look for ways to freshen up their looks before summer.

Cosmetic Harmony has experienced a significant increase in both new and returning clients who want combination procedures, and they’ve made it possible for more people to have them by reducing the prices and offering combo procedures as a package. Individuals interested in liposuction and thigh toning, or breast enhancement and tummy tucks, can now purchase a package and save a few hundred dollars.

Cosmetic Harmony offers a number of attractively priced packages for foreigners. A sampling of some of the combination procedures include:

Eyelid surgery + Nasal labial fold fat injections: Regularly $3,285, promotional price = $2,685

Face Lift + Eyelid Surgery: Regularly $7,825, promotional price = $6,785

Breast Augmentation + Abdominal Liposuction + Etching: Regularly $5,580, promotional price = $4,985

These procedures can cost up to five times more at cosmetic and plastic surgery centers in the United States and Europe, and the surgeons of Cosmetic Harmony have been fully trained and certified by the Colombian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does warn all individuals who are considering cosmetic surgery overseas to do some research about the center they are going to, read all the ‘fine print’ in the contracts and disclosures, and confirm that the surgeon they will be seeing has been certified by the country’s national plastic surgery boards and medical boards.

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Expert Suggests Job Seekers Pursue Cosmetic Surgery to Influence Hiring Process

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 25, 2009

With the recession underway and thousands of people out of work, the job hunt has become more and more competitive. While a great resume, strong interview skills and a solid work history play a role in the interview process, looks still matter. Many cosmetic and plastic surgeons around the globe are finding that patients are hitting the doctor’s office to increase their chances of landing a job, and undergoing procedures on the ‘most affordable’ list – Botox, dermal filler injections, non-surgical facelifts, and even mini liposuction – just to increase their chances of getting a new job, or securing their current position.

A recent telephone study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) indicates that 73 percent of working women believe that their good looks help them climb up the corporate ladder quickly; 80 percent of working women agree that cosmetic surgery can increase self-confidence and self-esteem, making it much easier to perform better at the job (especially in ‘visible’ positions such as sales, marketing or PR), and to get another job quickly.

Dr. Stephen Greenburg, a plastic surgeon and author of the book A Little Nip, A Little Tuck says he’s also noticed an increase in patients who want to compete with younger professionals in the workplace and are pressured to look their best. Many workers turn to Botox jabs, laser facial rejuvenation, and minimally-invasive procedures to achieve their ideal look. Some can be performed over lunch hour, and are relatively affordable when compared to surgery such as facelifts or liposuction.

Still, experts say it’s still important to be cautious about the type of procedure being performed. ASPS President John Canady points out the importance of researching the doctor and making sure the practice has a strong track record of success. Working only with a board-certified plastic or cosmetic surgeon may also reduce the risk of a botched procedure.

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50-Year Old Mom Pays Over $20K to Look Like Her Daughter

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 24, 2009

cunliffe-daily-mailHow much are you willing to pay to knock off a few decades from your appearance?

Janet Cunliffe recently underwent a complete cosmetic makeover to get a slender figure, toned legs and an hourglass shape that her daughter would be envious of. The price she paid? $20,000.

In a recent report by The Daily Mail, Ms. Cunliffe wanted to look like her daughter, Jane Cunliffe; in order to do so, the 50-year old woman needed to undergo extensive cosmetic and plastic surgery to make her eyes as crinkle-free as possible, augment her lips, and finally achieve her coveted hourglass figure.

Jane Cunliffe, the daughter, says she thinks her mother ‘looks better than Madonna at 50’; however, she was upset that her mother wanted to go through with such an extensive operation, and was worried about the potential side effects, risks and problems associated with the makeover.

Still, Jan Cunliffe emerged from surgery with success; she had everything done overseas, and returned home with several bandages and bruises. After a few weeks and months of healing, she was ready to face the world – and her daughter – with her new appearance.

Many people now say they can’t believe the two are a mother and daughter, and that they look more like sisters – especially since Janet also colored her hair and now wears the same dress size as her daughter. She dropped three dress sizes with liposuction and body contouring, lost all creases and wrinkles in her face, and finally achieved an hourglass figure.

In this case, the transformation hasn’t just taken a few years off Jan’s appearance, but it’s made her into a spitting image of her own daughter. Ms. Cunliffe spent nearly $20,000 to achieve this image, and she says that she’s very happy to have done it and couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

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Experts Warn Against Silicone Procedures for Quick Fix Procedures

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 23, 2009

j0185162If you’ve been looking for discount services for breast implants, buttock lifts and other procedures that involve the insertion of silicone implants, you may have come across the opportunity to get silicone injections instead.

New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued a statement that says its concerned about the use of illegal silicone injections as a replacement for pricier cosmetic surgery. New York City’s poison control center has received numerous reports from doctors who are treating patients with silicone injections as an alternative to silicone implants.

Silicone injections can be used for the buttocks implant procedures, facial rejuvenation and even for breast implants. The silicone is injected directly into the skin to create a rounder, more plump appearance, and the procedure takes only minutes to complete. However, silicone has not been approved by the FDA for injecting into the body directly, and some people can experience a number of adverse side effects.

A story in the New York Times covered the unfortunate death of Ms. Fiordaliza Pichardo who started getting silicone injections to ‘plump up her thighs and derriere.’ Just one day after receiving one of her injections, she passed away; a medical examiner reported that she died from silicone embolism in her lungs, a situation where the silicone had traveled to her lungs and made it impossible for her to breathe.

Researchers from the Chest Journal explain that symptoms and signs of ‘silicone syndrome’ include fever, cough, chest pains, hemorrhage and altered consciousness. (Source:

The patients may not even realize they are reacting to the silicone until it is too late, and the condition can lead to death.

Silicone injections are typically priced much lower than standard cosmetic procedures, and are illegal in the United States. Still, some doctors are able to obtain the silicone and offer it to patients looking for a ‘discount beauty fix.’ Unfortunately, many patients end up paying a much higher price.

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Herbal Supplements Deemed Dangerous for Cosmetic Surgery Patients

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 22, 2009

CB034558If you’re one of the thousands of people considering cosmetic surgery and currently take herbal supplements to stay in good health, you could be putting yourself at risk for adverse side effects from the surgery – and even slow down the healing process.

A recent study from the University Hospitals Case Medical Centre in Washington shows that more than 40 percent of people using herbal supplements just a few weeks before their surgery report many side effects and postoperative problems than those that don’t.

Common over-the-counter herbal supplements including ginseng, gingko biloba and garlic can have an effect on how the blood clots after the injury created during surgery, and how the heart performs during the recovery process.

Interestingly enough, as many as 70 percent of patients who take such supplements don’t even report them to the doctor during their intake session, the study says. These patients may hide the fact that they are using alternative medicine or supplements, which means the doctor has no idea about the potentially disastrous effects and outcome of the operation.

Other patients don’t disclose their supplement intake in fear that they will not be prescribed the appropriate medications post-surgery; however, many natural supplements can interfere with the effectiveness of prescription drugs, and may indeed need to be eliminated from the diet weeks, and even months, prior to and after surgery.

The biggest concern here is that people who think they are doing their body a favor by taking natural supplements and pursuing alternative medicine to manage their health may in fact be putting themselves at risk if they plan to pursue surgery.

Cosmetic and plastic surgery typically involves a significant amount of incisions, general anesthesia, and taking several post-operative medications. If the patient has been taking certain supplements that thin the blood, slow down the healing process or interfere with the cardiovascular system in any way, they may experience severe adverse effects after surgery, and may not even be able to take certain medications.

Anyone who is undergoing plastic or cosmetic surgery must tell their doctor exactly what types of natural supplements they are taking, what types of foods they are eating, and if they are taking any prescription drugs.

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Laser Sweat Ablation Introduced in Britain

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 21, 2009

CB107680Keeping underarm sweating under control is a challenge for many teenagers and adults who are experiencing extreme stress or hormonal changes.

Firefighters, law enforcement professionals and other individuals who work in highly stressful environments are prone to developing overactive oil glands that produce excessive sweat under normal temperatures.

Deodorant typically doesn’t mask the problem, but laser surgery may soon be a valuable alternative for many.

Laser sweat ablation procedures have been introduced in England and are showing promising results. The laser is used to burn away sweat glands beneath the skin so the body simply cannot produce the excess oil. The procedure costs $8,000, and recent tests made it just an hour-long treatment.

The operation was successfully completed in Britain, and may soon make its way to Australia. The doctor who performed the procedure say that patients who have undergone the treatment are only experiencing minor problems, and any risk of the liquid accumulating in the armpit area can be resolved very quickly.

People who suffer from hyperhidrosis, a condition where they sweat more than the average person, account for up to 3 percent of the population. They may turn to Botox to temporarily stop the overactive sweat glands from producing oil, but results from this are short-lived. Laser sweat ablation (LSA) offers a permanent solution for reducing the production of sweat, and is a relatively painless procedure.

The laser burns away the sweat glands and layer of tissue sitting right under the skin’s surface, and according to the doctors that perform this procedure, works for 80 percent of patients. However, it is important to note that the sweating process varies significantly by individual, and the body may still try and reduce its core temperature by releasing sweat elsewhere; people who can no longer sweat ‘normally’ from their armpits my experience an increase in sweat production around their face, from their palms, or the backs of their knees.


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