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Plastic Surgery Documentary on HBO Explores Anti-Aging Obsession in America

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 31, 2009

youthknowsnopainThe battle against wrinkles and other signs of aging is fierce in the United States and Europe, and many people turn to plastic and cosmetic surgery in order to improve their appearance and achieve a more youthful look. A documentary called Youth Knows No Pain will air on August 31, 2009 on HBO to take a close look at how America often takes extreme measures to achieve the cultural ideal.

The documentary was produced and directed by Mitch McCabe, a daughter of a plastic surgeon. She spent nearly two years documenting the lives of people who have dedicated a good portion of their lives to looking beautiful, and the documentary puts the spotlight on these people’s lifestyles, what made them choose plastic surgery, and how they are benefitting (or not) from the results. The documentary also includes segments with plastic surgeons and anti-aging specialists around the country to discuss their point of view on the industry, and how American cultural ideals may play a pivotal role in the industry.

The plastic surgery documentary has already been unveiled at several film festivals around the country, and will be presented as a series on HBO. Richard Pena, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center has reviewed the film and describes it as follows: “Youth Knows No Pain” is an alternately wry and unsettling journey across that grey zone where physical appearance meets self-esteem. Mitch McCabe has assembled for the film a remarkable group of individuals who collectively reveal that there’s a deep discomfort running through the heart (and body) of contemporary America.”

Youth Knows No Pain is part of the Monday night HBO Documentary Film Series that started on July 13, 2009 and will run through the Fall season. More information about the documentary can be found at where there are links to a Facebook page and a Twitter account with updates about the show.

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Laser Fat Removal Surgery Trials Prove to Be Successful

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 30, 2009

SlimmingFrom liposuction surgery to ultrasound and infrared fat-zapping treatments, Americans are always looking for new ways to blast away a few extra pounds and achieve their ideal figure.

While some of the infrared and ultrasound fat-melting treatments are under scrutiny by the medical community, liposuction continues to be the most effective way to get rid of unwanted pounds permanently. Now, researchers are looking into noninvasive approaches to fat loss, and have recently unveiled the results of a study that points to the benefits of lasers for permanent fat removal.

Dr. Molly Wanner of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston recently published results of a study in the August issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine that shows the effects of laser treatments on destroying fat cells. According to the pilot study (read the abstract here)  laser radiation could be used to damage the fat cells and help them break down naturally, without doing any damage to the skin. The procedure involved exposing the treated area to high-powered laser while simultaneously delivering a cooling treatment to prevent tissue burns and skin damage. The treated area is exposed to the laser for only a few seconds, and were generally well-tolerated by most subjects. In this study, significant changes to the skin and fat cells in the treated area were reported in 89% of test sites, and 33% of control sites.

If this type of procedure continues to show positive results, we may soon see a new set of procedures available for permanent fat removal. Until now, there have only been some benefits reported with noninvasive treatments such as the Zerona laser system and VelaShape. Most people need to adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen while undergoing these treatments, and results are not guaranteed because the fat cells are not removed from the body. With laser fat removal, the fat cells would be damaged and destroyed permanently, just as they are with conventional liposuction.

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Dysport Released in Cosmetic Surgery Centers in Texas

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 29, 2009

dysportDysport, the latest alternative to Botox Cosmetic, is making waves in the United States and has recently entered the cosmetic surgery market in North Texas.

The injectable is now available at medical spas and cosmetic surgery clinics around the northern half of the state, and people have already started booking up treatment packages for this innovative wrinkle treatment.

Dr. Jeffrey Adelglass of the Skintastic Medical and Skin Rejuvenation Center in Dallas, Texas is one of several doctors who has introduced Dysport into his clinic. Dr. Adelglass recently interviewed with CBS11 TV News to discuss the unveiling of Dysport in the Dallas community, and reports that in some cases, Dysport offers even more benefits than Botox. The injectable works in the same way as Botox by relaxing the muscles under the skin and smoothing out deep grooves and lines. Most people request Dysport or Botox injections for their forehead, but the injectable can also be used on other parts of the face to achieve a more youthful look.

Until now, Botox has been the leader in the industry for injectable fillers, earning the top ranking for minimally invasive procedures for both men and women for several consecutive years. Dysport is a new product that it similar in chemical structure to Botox, and offers the same benefits and effects. The injectable has been available in New Zealand and the United Kingdom for several years, but was not approved for use in the United States until it received FDA approval in early 2009.

Dysport is manufactured in Great Britain by Ipsen Limited, and is currently available at select medical spas, skin rejuvenation centers and anti-aging centers around the United States. Treatment costs are similar to Botox, and in some cases may be slightly lower. Dysport packages where the patient receives a series of treatments are also available, since this injectable does disintegrate after several months.

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FDA Approves Celution 700 System to be Regulated as Medical Device

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 28, 2009

Celution 700, a device designed by Cytori Therapeutics to fill out soft tissue voids and for body contouring, has recently been cleared to be regulated as a medical device by the United States Food and Drug Administration. This means that Cytori must submit a formal marketing application to the FDA to determine if clinical evaluations will be needed in order for the product to be used in services for the consumer market.

According to Christoper Calhoun, CEO of Cytori, “This important decision provides greater clarity of our regulatory path in the U.S. and is consistent with our interpretation of current device regulations. We are preparing for the next steps in the process of working with the FDA to determine the specific device marketing application to submit, including whether clinical evaluations will be necessary.”

The Celution system harvests adipose tissues, separates the fat cells into a concentrate, and then returns the cells into the patient to begin the reconstruction process. It is designed primarily to promote bone healing and tissue regeneration, and the system is one of the latest advances in reconstructive plastic surgery.

Cytori received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office related to the use of the Celution system for treatment bone-related disorders in early July 2009. Other patent claims have been filed, but it the system is now under review by the FDA review boards and committees. According to Cytori’s website, “The Celution® Technology has been developed as the first bedside device to enable real-time, adult stem and regenerative cell processing. This innovative technology automates and standardizes the separation and concentration of a patient’s own (autologous) adult stem and regenerative cells from body fat (adipose) for real-time redelivery to the same patient.”

The FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research will conduct further investigations to determine if the device meets all Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) regulations and standards.


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Probiotics Help Gastric-Bypass Patients Lose Weight More Quickly

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 27, 2009

CB006480Gastric-bypass patients are often required to commit to nutritional counseling sessions and a regular exercise regimen in order to lose weight and keep it off for the long-term. Researchers now say that many patients can benefit from taking probiotic supplements because these supplements help with the complete digestion of food, and can help prevent any major nutritional deficiencies.

A study published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery in July indicates that gastric-bypass patients that took probiotics immediately after their procedure, along with their nutrition program, were able to lose weight much more quickly than those that did not. The research was conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and was led by John Morton, MD, associate professor of surgery t the medical school.

Dr. Morton has performed over 1,000 gastric-bypass surgeries at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, and states that he was surprised at the results achieved with probiotic supplementation when comparing the results of those in the control group. The probiotics group achieved approximately 48 percent weight loss, while the control group achieved approximately 39 percent.

Those who took probiotics also had higher levels of B-12 in the body, which is often depleted in patients who have had gastric bypass surgery. Many patients do struggle with nutritional deficiencies after gastric-bypass surgery because the digestive system may not work the same as it did before the surgery. Probiotic supplements may be effective in improving the digestive process and helping the patient absorb all of the nutrients they need from every meal.

The nutritionist or dietician that partners up with the gastric bypass patient can provide recommendations on brands and types of supplements that will be most beneficial for the patient. Probiotics are available over the counter at most drugstores and health food stores, but it is important for the patient to select a quality brand, and ensure that the caplets are easily digestible. For now, Dr. Morton and his research team suggest that all gastric bypass patients add probiotics to their nutritional regime.


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Obesity Linked to Rapid Cartilage Loss

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 26, 2009

CBR003523Obesity has been linked to a number of health problems and diseases including high blood pressure, diabetes, and an increased risk of stroke. Now, experts say that obesity may also contribute to the rapid loss of cartilage.

According to a study published in the most recent issue of Radiology, a publication owned and published by the Radiological Society of North America, risk factors for progressive cartilage loss increase dramatically when a person is obese. Researchers have found that cartilage damage is more common among those who are obese because the extra weight puts excessive stress on the joints and can lead to misalignment and a reduction in flexibility or strength of the connective tissues. Over time, this can lead to irreversible cartilage damage.

Frank Roemer, M.D., adjunct associate professor at Boston University and co-director of the Quantitative Imaging Center at the Department of Radiology at Boston University School of Medicine and author of the study published in Radiology explains that “We have isolated demographic and MRI-based risk factors for progressive cartilage loss… Increased baseline body mass index (BMI) was the only non-MRI-based predictor identified.” (Source:

Obese patients can turn to several different treatment options to reduce their weight, and by doing so, may be able to strengthen their joints and muscles to prevent extensive cartilage loss. Current weight loss programs include gastric bypass surgery and LAP-Band surgery which intercept how the body absorbs nutrients and digests food. Still, not all obese patients may require surgical intervention. Weight reduction can be achieved with nutritional counseling and a physician-guided weight loss program that allows the patient to lose weight slowly over a period of several months, and modify their lifestyle so that the weight is not regained easily.

Cartilage loss, joint damage and other health problems are a serious problem for obese patients, but there are several options available for reducing body weight and achieving a better state of health.

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FDA Approves Emollient Foam for Atopic Dermatitis

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 25, 2009

Until now, people suffering from atopic dermatitis could do very little about the cracked, inflamed and dry skin associated with the disease. Dermatologists around the country have only been able to offer rich moisturizers and topical treatments to help keep the skin soft and moisturized. However, a recent product called HYLATOPIC has been designed specifically for patients with atopic dermatitis, and works at a deeper level by absorbing directly into the skin within seconds.

HYLATOPIC received FDA approval in 2009, and is an emollient foam designed to manage the burning, itching and pain associated with various types of dermatitis. The product has been developed by Onset  Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company that specializes in dermatology treatments, and is a non-steroidal prescription treatment that is now available in the United States.

The foam works by penetrating beneath the top layer of skin within seconds of application, and then creates a semi-permeable barrier that protects the skin against excessive water loss and irritants in the environment. For people suffering from atopic dermatitis, this means that the product acts as a shield against environmental toxins and also helps support the skin’s natural recovery process. With regular use, the patient can expect to achieve softer, healthier-looking skin.

Michael Heffernan, the President of Onset Therapeutics, explains: “It is well known that skin barrier dysfunction is a fundamental problem in atopic dermatitis patients. HYLATOPIC’s 3-step approach to hydrate, protect and restore the natural skin barrier, combined with the aesthetic and safety elements which drive compliance, assists in helping our physicians achieve the best therapeutic outcomes.”

HYLATOPIC can be used on any area of the body, and can be applied directly onto the skin using the fingertips. It does not leave any oil or residue behind, and can be applied under makeup and other skincare products.


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Experts Say Branded Procedures Don’t Always Deliver Advertised Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 24, 2009

lifestyleliftSmart-Lipo, Thread-Tox and the Lunchtime Lift are just a handful of branded procedures that are heavily promoted on television, in magazines and on the radio. These procedures are often marketed to baby boomers and young mothers who are considering plastic or cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearance, and appear to be effective procedures backed by clinical studies. Still, experts say that consumers need to exercise caution when considering these procedures, even when the procedure or treatment is boasts a registered trademark or its own logo.

According to a recent article in, brand name procedures may not really provide a legitimate solution for long-term results, and may just be a clever marketing ploy for the vulnerable consumer. Dr. Al Aly, a plastic surgeon in Iowa, points out that “These named procedures are used by the marketing entity to popularize the technique so that patients ask for it whether it fits their situation or not. This is a problem that can be very dangerous.” (Source:

So how does a consumer find out if the procedure really does hold up to its name, or if it’s just a scam? Doing some online research about the procedure is the first step to finding out what the history of the technique and surgery is, and how long it has been available in the United States. The next step is to visit the website of the company behind the procedure and review any clinical studies or reports that back up the procedure’s claims. When it’s time to meet the doctor for a consultation, the consumer will be well-armed with knowledge and facts, and can then ask questions about the safety and efficacy of the procedure.

Plastic and cosmetic surgeons are required to disclose all risk factors involved with various procedures, but it is ultimately up to the patient to learn about the treatment and determine if the procedure is the right fit for them.

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Asia Now the Second-Largest Plastic Surgery Hub

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 23, 2009

DAS035Extreme makeovers and dramatic transformations with the assistance of a plastic surgeon are no longer a U.S. phenomenon.

According to recent statistics, the multi-billion dollar industry of plastic, cosmetic and aesthetic surgery has been growing rapidly in Japan, China and India.

Marie Claire magazine points out that even though plastic surgery was banned in China until 2001, it is now a booming industry that brings in approximately $2.4 billion in sales every year. Plastic surgery spending in Japan tops $18.4 million per year, and India has also experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Together, these countries in Asia have become the second-largest plastic surgery hotspot in the world, second only to the United States.

Some experts believe that residents of Asian countries are trying to achieve a more westernized look with plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures. Demand for blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is high in China and Japan as it helps to create a more wide-eyed look. Liposuction is in demand in India as Hollywood movies and the booming Bollywood film industry promote a similar ‘thin ideal’ as the United States and Europe.

Extreme makeovers by going under the knife aren’t only a growing trend overseas. Dying the hair blonde or light brown, wearing blue-colored contact lenses and going tanning are some other new trends on the rise in Asia. According to the makers of the Freshlook colored contacts, Middle Eastern women and even Hispanic women overseas and in the United States are opting for color contacts because these allow them to express their originality and enhance their features in a fresh new way (Source:

For residents of the United States, going abroad for plastic or cosmetic surgery may also offer some advantages. Plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in Asia may offer more attractive prices on pricey procedures such as liposuction, breast augmentation and facelift surgery.

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Allergan Sending Out Rebates to Botox Consumers

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 22, 2009

j0439600For the average consumer, every dollar saved counts in the midst of a recession. Recent statistics show that many people are foregoing pricey plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures in order to save money, but some are still opting for more affordable treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers to maintain their youthful looks.

Allergan, the company that makes Botox Cosmetic, has recently launched a rebate campaign to stimulate even more interest and sales for the popular dermal filler.

The rebate program is part of a ‘Botox stimulus’ plan through September 30, 2009. Botox patients can get $50 cash back when they spend at least $200 on Botox and receive their injection between June 30, 2009 and September 30, 2009.

In order to receive the rebate, the patient must send in an itemized receipt of their treatment, the special redemption code listed on the rebate form, the Botox vial lot number, indicate their date of treatment, and also include the doctor’s name and signature as proof that the injection was administered on that specific time and date.

Allergan encourages patients to get their Botox injection every 3 months, so patients who do go in for a second treatment during the rebate program period will qualify for another $50 rebate. They will need to complete all rebate forms and provide the same information as their first treatment, and include details about the date and time of their second treatment.

Botox costs approximately $300 – $400+ per injection in the United States, depending on the medical spa or cosmetic surgery center. The injectable filler has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and continues to the most sought-after minimally-invasive procedure for men and women in the United States. The rebate program may help Botox capture some budget-conscious consumers and generate more interest in this popular anti-aging treatment.

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