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Expert Explains Taboos of Cosmetic Procedures on ‘Authors Radio Show’

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 31, 2009

LoisSternCoverLois W. Stern, the author of the book, “Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery” recently appeared as a guest on the Authors Radio Show to discuss some of the taboo subjects about plastic and cosmetic surgery, and educate patients on the importance of researching the surgeon’s experience before going under the knife.

Ms. Stern talks candidly about many taboo topics including the attraction some patients feel towards their plastic surgeons, post-surgery sexuality and feelings that often go unaddressed, and the many emotional undercurrents associated with the plastic surgery process.

The book, “Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery” is in its second printing and covers several emotional and physical elements associated with plastic and cosmetic surgery. Ms. Stern provides a comprehensive guide for patients who are considering going under the knife; this includes checklists, quizzes, charts and also addresses common questions and answers associated with selecting and working with a plastic surgeon.

Some people overlook the importance of conducting in-depth research about a surgeon or practice, getting a recommendation from local patients, and reviewing before and after photos of the surgeon’s work when they are considering cosmetic surgery. However, no surgery can be perfect, and there are several inherent risks involved with even the simplest procedures. In addition to the physical risks, Ms. Stern encourages people to think about all of the emotional and social ramifications of their surgery.

Ms. Stern says, “I think it’s important for people to understand how cosmetic surgery can impact relationships in our daily lives, in the workplace, in our social interactions – even in the bedroom. There are many good reasons to consider cosmetic surgery. However, there are just as many bad reasons to consider having this surgery.” (Source: Press Release 5.19.09)

The radio segment will be running on the Authors Radio Show Radio program through November 7, 2009.

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Testosterone Deemed Essential for Anti-Aging

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 30, 2009

j0321088While anti-aging pills and supplements promise to help reduce the effects of the aging process and combat fatigue, memory loss and other health problems, there may be a better solution. Doctors have confirmed that testosterone, and not estrogen as previously assumed, is the real “vitality” hormone, and that many women in particular can benefit from testosterone hormone therapy.

Dr. Rebecca Glaser, a breast cancer surgeon in Dayton, Ohio and anti-aging specialist, recently reported that women feel better after their menstrual cycle when estrogen levels are at their lowest.  When estrogen levels are too high, most women experience breast pain, fluid retention and severe PMS symptoms.

Dr. Glaser turns to a study to support her theory that testosterone is the necessary hormone for those who want to combat the effects of aging. This study shows that women between the ages of 33 and 74 were able to improve several severe symptoms including anxiety, physical exhaustion, heart discomfort, sleep problems and memory loss simply by using a small ‘pellet’ implant of testosterone that was placed under the skin. Increased levels of testosterone can also decrease body fat, increase muscle mass, and prevent the growth of breast tissue that is often caused by estrogen.

This pellet provides a continuous delivery of testosterone, and keeps hormone levels in balance. The procedure itself is relatively painless, and the woman cannot feel the pellet once it is inserted.

Some women may also benefit from making some dietary changes. Certain foods can increase testosterone levels naturally; these include bananas, raw oysters, cheese, brown rice, eggs, asparagus, and salmon.

Dr. Glaser points out that hormone therapy isn’t just designed for women who are going through menopause, and that many women can benefit from testosterone therapy. Testosterone pellet implants may be the missing link for many women struggling with sexual problems, exhaustion, joint pain and other health problems associated with aging.

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Doctor’s Book About Cosmetic Surgery Anesthesia Translated for Brazilian Professionals

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 29, 2009

anesthesiaBarry L. Friedberg, MD is a world-renown anesthesiologist based in Corona Del Mar, California, and recently published the textbook “Anesthesia in Cosmetic Surgery” to educate other professionals on the basic procedures and protocol for using anesthesia when performing various procedures.

The book has become an essential resource for all cosmetic surgeons, anesthesiologists and plastic surgery teams in the United States, and is now being translated into Portuguese so that it can be used by doctors in Brazil.

Brazil continues to be the world’s ‘mecca’ for plastic and cosmetic surgery. The translation of the book will allow doctors to learn and apply several important practices when administering anesthesia before surgery, and ensure a better outcome of the procedure overall.

Dr. Friedberg’s book is the first of its kind to define the different levels of anesthesia using a numerical indexing system, and is also the first book to define and describe the use of ketamine, a pre-emptive analgesic in extensive detail.

The book focuses heavily on the doctor’s breakthrough technique called propofel ketamine (PK) anesthesia.  This technique involves the administration of a sleep drug that contains a high concentration of antioxidants. This drug does not trigger postoperative nausea and vomiting that most patients who receive conventional anesthesia experience.

Dr. Friedberg is a pioneer in the field of PK anesthesia, and encourages doctors to consider using this powerful alternative for their procedures. He also encourages surgeons to use a brain activity monitor so they know exactly when to inject local anesthesia; this reduces the risk that the patient will ever experience pain during, or immediately after the surgery is complete. However, it is important to note that the American Society of Anesthesiologists does not encourage the use of brain activity monitoring.

There are several risks associated with the administration of anesthesia, but PK anesthesia may give the doctor more control over the effects of the drugs on the brain, thereby reducing the risks of brain damage and other problems. Dr. Friedberg’s book discusses all of these issues in great detail, and now surgeons in Brazil will be able to apply his techniques in their plastic and cosmetic surgery procedure protocol.

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Demand for Breast Implants Continues Despite Economy

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 28, 2009

Even though many Americans are cutting back on luxury expenses such as cosmetic surgery during the recession, demand for procedures continues to remain strong.  With beach season right around the corner, women in particular are still turning to plastic surgery to give their looks a boost, and demand for breast implants is still strong.

According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation is still most-performed surgical procedure in the United States; more women are turning to silicone implants in recent years because of the myriad of benefits and low risk of puncture.  Even though silicone implants cost between $1,000 to $1,200 more than saline implants, most patients feel comfortable with paying the difference because of the natural-looking results of saline, and fewer risks involved.

But how are they paying the price for beauty in this economy?  More plastic surgeons are offering flexible payment plans and financing options for patients interested in investing in a pricey procedure. Companies like CareCredit offer several different patient financing options, and doctors have the option to choose various packages for their patients.  Some doctors are also offering their own ‘layaway’ plans or other incentives to get more patients in the door this season.

The average cost of silicone implants is about $6,500 – $8,000+ depending on the doctor, location of the surgery center, and general fees.  Saline implants can cost between $5,000 – $6,000+ depending on the doctor and surgery center.  Breast implant procedures can be paid for with a personal loan, patient financing, or even credit cards.

Breast implants, liposuction and Botox injections are among the most sought-after procedures in the United States, and even though fewer people are heading to the doctor’s office this year, most are still investing in these key procedures in order to improve their looks.


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“Real Housewives” Star Undergoes SmoothShapes Cellulite Treatment

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 27, 2009

RealHousewivesOCVALaunchApr09The SmoothShapes cellulite treatment is one of the newest non-invasive cosmetic procedures available in the United States, and has steadily gained popularity among women who struggling with unsightly cellulite on their thighs, buttocks or stomach.

Most recently, a star of the hit TV series “Real Housewives of Orange County” headed to the plastic surgery office to undergo a series of SmoothShapes treatments.

Jeanna Keough says she was becoming self-conscious about the cottage-cheese appearance of her skin, especially for pictures and close-ups on television. She’s been turning to Marina Plastic Surgery Associates in Los Angeles to take advantage of the benefits of this cellulite reduction treatment, and improve her figure.

SmoothShapes is one of the few non-invasive cellulite treatments that can help reduce inches and smooth out rippled and dimpled skin. It works with a combination vacuum device and laser heat energy that pulls up and stretches the skin and tissues, stimulates circulation, and strengthens the skin tissues overall.  This proprietary technology is much more effective than standard cellulite body wraps, creams and full-body massages that claim to reduce cellulite. The intensive massage action of SmoothShapes can be very effective for body contouring, and may also be beneficial for those who have undergone liposuction and are looking for an effective skin tightening treatment.

Although SmoothShapes cannot get rid of cellulite permanently, it can help to tighten and smooth out the skin so that the treated area appears more toned and firm. SmoothShapes cellulite treatments are backed by over seven years of research and clinical trials, and the procedure is currently available at several medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

In a recent press release about Ms. Keough’s treatments, the TV star says she “feels much more confident in her body.”  An upcoming episode of Real Housewives will feature Jeanna talking about her SmoothShapes experience, and show off her results.

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Anti-Aging Skincare Line Made with Replica Snake Venom Challenges Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 26, 2009

n_ject_image_lInstead of heading to the doctor’s office for a Botox fix or other dermal filler treatment that can zap away wrinkles, many people resort to skincare products made with natural ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, alpha lipoic acid and collagen extracts, to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

A new product made with replica snake venom has recently entered the market, and is one of the first skin-care lines in the world that promises to freeze fine lines and wrinkles by reducing muscle contractions under the skin.

This is essentially what dermal fillers such as Botox and Dysport are designed to do, but this skincare line does not require injecting compounds into the skin tissues. The product is instead applied directly onto the top of the skin and absorbed through the pores.

The product was developed by Brynja McGrady and Deborah Flattery, and is called Miracle Hydrate. It contains the patented Innovenom compounds, that are a replica of snake venom of the exotic temple viper. This synthetic viper venom was duplicated from the Malaysian Temple Viper’s venom, and is marketed as the newest Generation 6 peptide. The treatment has been named ‘Best Botox Alternative’ in Switzerland, and is available in five different formulations that combat various effects of aging.

Miracle Hydrate contains several anti-aging ingredients including hyaluronic acid, a natural skin-tightening and moisturizing agent, kombuchka, and the free radical fighter hydrolyzed algin. The proprietary treatments are a mixture of serums and moisturizers that are designed to improve the texture, tone and clarity of the skin, while reducing or eliminating the signs of wrinkles.

Miracle Hydrate products are currently available online, and retail for $40 to $120 per bottle, depending on the serum or moisturizer. The N ject Line Elimination Serum is priced at $120, and is the revolutionary product that promises to freeze the skin, slow down the aging process, and eliminate lines and wrinkles with the proprietary neuropeptide blend.

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Lunchtime Laser Liposuction Unveiled in Hawaii

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 25, 2009

CB024581After several years of success in the United States and Europe, laser liposuction has finally made its way to the islands of Hawaii.

Lunchtime lipo is now officially available in Honolulu, and has already attracted hundreds of residents and visitors looking for a quick and simple way to lose a  few pounds of body fat. Lunchtime lipo procedures are performed in under an hour, and are typically performed under local anesthesia.

The procedure can help to get rid of a few pounds or ounces of excess body fat around the hips, thighs, buttocks, waistline or underarms, and is a relatively painless procedure. Patients can return to their regular activities immediately after the procedure, but are advised to refrain from especially strenuous activities, and to keep the incisions out of the sun.

Doctors in Hawaii say that having the laser machine available for patients who aren’t able to get rid of a few ‘vanity’ pounds from diet and exercise alone has allowed many people to enjoy the benefits of the latest technological advances in the industry. Dr. Shim Ching, a board-certified plastic surgeon at The Queen’s Medical Center, is the first surgeon in the state to offer the lunchtime laser liposuction procedure, also known as SlimLipo.

The procedure has been available for just over a month, and patients are already enjoying amazing results. Dr. Ching says he notices that there is very little swelling involved, and little pain. (Source:

People undergoing the SlimLipo procedure can also expect to have fewer cuts and bruises because the procedure involves making a very small incision through the belly button or other areas where the cannula can be inserted. The area is heated to break down the fat cells, and the fat is extracted in one clean sweep. The scar heals very quickly after the procedure, and no injury to the surrounding tissues occurs.

As the state begins to roll out more of these innovative procedures, Hawaii may soon become one of the top destinations for cosmetic surgery vacations and medical retreats.

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Vibration Assisted Liposuction Promises Better Recovery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 24, 2009

CB102535Some of today’s advanced liposuction procedures involve using heat to break down the fat before extraction, and using ultrasound technologies that tighten the skin during the procedure. Another innovative liposuction procedure is promising ‘high definition sculpting’, and offers several benefits and advantages over conventional liposuction procedures.

Vibration Assisted Liposuction (VAL) involves the use of a cannula that is activated by air pressure, which then helps extract the fat very easily. This reduces the risk of damage to the surrounding tissues, and may be especially effective for patients who only need to get rid of fat in small areas such as the love handles, inner thighs or underarms.

Dr. Bill Johnson of Innovations Medspa in Dallas, Texas recently talked about the benefits of Vibration Assisted Liposuction, and explained that the procedure causes decreased discomfort and promises a better recovery rate for most patients.

Since there is very little trauma to the skin, the procedure may cause less pain and bruising overall, making it a far less risky procedure than some of today’s fat removal options. Dr. Johnson is also credited with introducing Vibration Assisted Liposuction to the United States.

VAL is performed under anesthesia, and the vibration frequency effectively releases endorphins, which further help to minimize pain and discomfort. Patients rarely feel anything throughout the procedure, and will already be recovering rapidly after the treatment, so any extensive pain will not be experienced.

Dr. Johnson says this particular technique is very effective for abdominal procedures and trimming down the waistline, because the surgeon can easily sculpt the tissues and create more definition in this difficult area. He also says this type of liposuction is beneficial for men who often have layers of fibrous fatty tissue that does not emulsify easily with heat-based procedures such as SmartLipo or Vaser Liposelection.

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SmartLipo Can Be Performed by Non-Certified Surgeons

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 23, 2009

42-15530385Thousands of men and women undergo the SmartLipo procedure each year, an innovative alternative to conventional liposuction that can be performed under local anesthesia.

SmartLipo demands very little downtime and can be performed in just a few hours; the procedure involves making a very small incision and then extracting the fat by melting it with a heated device before extraction. This results in a lower risk of injury to the surrounding tissues, and may also produce more natural-looking results.

In many cases, SmartLipo is performed by a board-certified plastic or cosmetic surgeon, but some patients do not do enough research on the doctor or person who will be performing the procedure, to verify how much experience the professional really has.

According to a recent report in the Charlotte Observer, some of the most popular procedures – including SmartLipo – are performed by doctors who have only completed a weekend training program for the procedure, and are ‘comfortable and confident’ in going ahead with the surgery. Dr. Bruce Marko, a certified ob-gyn, shifted gears to perform liposuction, hair transplants and other cosmetic surgery procedures just to keep his practice humming along.

He has admitted that he took a two-day course for Smart Lipo, and can therefore perform the surgery. Dr. Bruce Marko is not a board-certified plastic surgeon, nor is he a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. However, he does hold the ‘credentials’ to perform the SmartLipo procedure on any patient.

While Dr. Marko may be especially skilled in performing this innovative liposuction procedure, many patients may put themselves at risk if they work with a surgeon with very minimal experience. Determining whether the surgeon is board certified in plastic and/or cosmetic surgery is an important step for any prospective liposuction patient, especially if they are undergoing one of the newer, ‘next generation’ procedures.

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Allergan Announces Express Success Charity Campaign

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 22, 2009

expresssuccessIn the wake of a series challenges with the FDA and oncoming competition from Ipsen, the makers of Dysport, Allergan, the makers of Botox, are ramping up their PR and marketing efforts to reposition themselves as the market leader for the famous wrinkle filler.

Allergan has announced the ‘Botox Cosmetic Express Success’ charitable education campaign that will benefit the non-profit Dress for Success organization. The company is donating a quarter of a million dollars to the organization, and the campaign has partnered with Vanessa Williams to raise awareness for the campaigns efforts.

According to Robert Grant, president of Allergan Medical, a division of Allergan, Inc., “Allergan has developed many programs to educate women about the product, especially the importance of seeing a licensed and trained physician. Through this campaign, Allergan also will be realizing the important philanthropic goal of helping disadvantaged women around the country fulfill their professional potential and express their success.” (Source : Press Release for Express Success Campaign)

The Dress for Success organization helps economically disadvantaged women thrive in the workplace and boost their self-esteem, by providing professional clothing and accessories. To launch this campaign with Allergan’s support, the organization is hosting an online drive, with Allergan donating $2 for each of the first 25,000 people who register for the campaign web site and pledge their support.

Supporters can register at, and all registrants will also be entered to win a trip for two to New York City to meet Vanessa Williams and get some workplace success tips.

Allergan ambassadors and Vanessa Williams will be hosting the campaign launch in New York City’s Union Square on June 30, in addition to a celebrity ‘Rack Relay Race’ and a public clothing drive. The first 100 people to pre-register for the race will receive a complimentary BOTOX Cosmetic treatment from a trained, licensed aesthetic-specialty physician, and the winners of the race will win a lunch meeting with Vanessa Williams in New York City.

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