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Ulthera Receives FDA Clearance for Eyebrow Lift

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 31, 2009

Men and women interested in getting an eyebrow lift no longer have to rely solely on plastic surgery to achieve results. An innovative device has recently been approved by the FDA for use by doctors, and clinical studies show that this eyebrow lift device has no adverse side effects and hardly any downtime. The Ulthera System is designed to deliver ultrasound energy deep into the dermis, treating the skin at a deep level. The energy waves help to firm, tighten and lift the skin tissue, and can produce noticeable results after just a single treatment.

According to the research studies backing the device, the DeepSEE technology used in this system allows the physicians to see and treat deep below the skin without a single incision. Ultrasound imaging is used to target different areas of the skin, and the device is safe enough to use around the delicate eye area. The highly focused and targeted ultrasound energy triggers the body’s natural healing response, triggering collagen growth and tightening and lifting the skin over time.

There is no anesthesia required, and the upper layers of the skin are left untouched. The patient will not feel any discomfort throughout the procedure, since the energy waves from the applicator deliver very small, controlled amounts of energy into the soft tissues of the skin. The medical professional delivering the treatment simply moves the applicator over each area of the face to deliver the energy waves deep into the skin’s surface.

The entire procedure takes only about 30 minutes, and some people will need to undergo a series of treatments in order to see desired results. The Ulthera device may be an attractive alternative for people who do not want to undergo facelift surgery or get a Threadlift to correct sagging skin around the eye area.


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ATX-104 Light Activated Dermal Filler Under Review

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 30, 2009

42-15650396Today’s most popular dermal fillers include Restylane, Juvederm and Botox, and hyaluronic acid fillers ar frequently used to correct wrinkles and fine lines, reshape and contour the face, and to create a more youthful appearance. Researchers are now reviewing an innovative dermal filler called ATX-104.

Unlike regular injectables that are simply injected into the skin to produce immediate results, the ATX-104 works only after it comes into contact with an external light source. After it is injected, the filler is shaped and polymerized transdermally with the help of external light.

The ATX-104 filler is based on KYTHERA’s proprietary photochemistry platform and has been developed at Johns Hopkins University. Scientists are studying the effects of the light reaction, and working on ways to optimize the filler so that it can create dramatic results and be used to reshape the face.

Different types of injectable fillers can produce different results based on the strength of the filler, and the person’s existing skin conditions. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are commonly used to reshape the face, fill out wrinkles and lines around the mouth and nose, and to correct sagging skin. Botox is most commonly used to correct deep wrinkles on the forehead, but also has other uses including treating headaches and migraines, or stopping sweating.

So far, the ATX-104 system has been able to produce better results than many of the fillers that are readily available. It is still undergoing testing, and Kythera Biopharmaceuticals has announced that the first in-human trial of the light-activated filler was successful.

Kythera Biopharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company based out of California, and was started by former employees of Amgen. It has about $40 million in funding, and is working on the ATX-104 system, along with three other products designed specifically for the aesthetic market.

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Go Wear Fit Armband Monitors Calories for Weight Loss

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 29, 2009

42-16033672Many people who want to forgo weight loss surgery in hopes of losing weight the natural way work with personal trainers, nutritionists and fitness professionals to stay motivated  and maintain steady weight loss with a weight loss program.

People who are watching their weight and committing to a healthy lifestyle often turn to calorie counters and weight loss journals to keep track of their process. The Go Wear Fit armband has recently been released to the consumer market by Ki Performance and US partner BodyMedia, Incorporated as a way to help people stay motivated and stick with their weight loss goals. The sensory armband is strapped onto the triceps to measure motion, skin temperature, changes in body temperature, and the galvanic skin response.

The reading on the monitoring device tells the person how strenuous a particular activity is, and how many calories they have burned from the activity. Individuals can upload the data collected in the armband into an online account and pay a monthly subscription fee to maintain it. In addition to monitoring calories burned, the Go Wear Fit armband can help individuals log their meals, make sure they are getting enough sleep, and also track the relationship between energy from food and energy that is burned throughout the day.

According to the Go Wear Fit website, the armband lets people decide what’s best for their lifestyle, and set their own personal goals. They can then monitor everything online and see how much progress they’ve made over the course of a week, month or several months at a time. The armband continues to collect data throughout the day, and provides accurate information 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The retail price for the Go Wear fit Armband plus the 12-month subscription commitment is $249.90.  More information about the Go Wear Fit armband can be found here.

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BellaContour Approved for Cellulite Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 28, 2009

42-15545867People who have lost a significant amount of weight, or those that live an inactive lifestyle are prone to developing patches of cellulite.

Cellulite can appear on the hips, thighs and buttocks after weight loss, but is not uncommon in people who are at a healthy weight. While massage treatments and exercise can help to minimize the appearance of cellulite, there is still no permanent solution for getting rid of the unsightly pockets of fat.

The BellaContour device has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for enhancing muscular blood flow and reshaping the body. The device is designed primarily to target cellulite, and makes use of ultrasound therapy and muscle stimulation to achieve results. The BellaContour deviceis currently available at the Shapes Body Contouring facility, owned by Dr. Robin  Owen.

BellaContour  works beyond the top layer of the skin to deliver a micro-massage and accelerate blood flow deep under the skin’s tissues. It is designed with a combination of Dual Program Mode and Real Time Resonance Technology to treat multiple layers of skin in one session. This technology is coupled with an electrode system to produce better results.

There are no known side effects to this treatment, and it can be operated by non-medical personnel. The goal of these treatments is to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, improve the quality of the skin and reduce joint pain. It can be used on both men and women, and results are contingent upon the person maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Since the BellaContour system is an aesthetic device, treatments are not covered by insurance. The average rate for the treatments is $2,500 for a package of 10 procedures, and the aesthetic surgery center may offer financing options for eligible patients. More information about today’s innovative cellulite treatments can be found here.

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American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Investigates Aquamid Fillers

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 27, 2009

teen faceThe results of a recent study investigating the injectable Aquamid were revealed at The American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) 2009 meeting.

Aquamid is an injectable filler designed to treat fine lines and wrinkles, and is made with 2.5% polyacrylamide hydrogel and, according to the results of the study, is as well tolerated as hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm.

Rhoda Narins, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology of the New York University School of Medicine in New York City and Director of the Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center of New York reports that, “our results demonstrate that polyacrylamide hydrogel shows strong potential as a permanent soft tissue filler.” The ingredients in Aquamid are non-biodegradable, which means this particular filler cannot migrate. The compound is also expected to last longer than traditional hyaluronic fillers, which may be a cost benefit to consumers.

Aquamid is marketed as a soft volume filler to enhance facial contours, fill out nasolabial folds, smooth out wrinkles and folds in the cheeks and lips, and can also be used to reshape the nose. The filler boasts natural-looking results and lasting satisfaction. In long-term clinical trials, physicians judged the aesthetic results at one, two and four year intervals, and found that results were still good or very good for more than 90% of patients at each interval.

Data after five years shows that patients were either very satisfied or satisfied with results during the follow-up session, and the filler produced similar aesthetic results. The filler is designed to completely integrate with the body’s tissues, which means there is no risk of an allergic reaction to the micro-particles present in the compound. Aquamid is also not linked to tissue hardening or fibrosis.

Efficacy of Aquamid was maintained through the 12-month post follow up treatment for the filler, and showed a significant improvement in results in treatment groups.

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AAD Warns Famers to Pay Attention to New Moles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 26, 2009

BAG045Farmers, construction workers and other people that work outside for extended periods of time are encouraged to pay attention to new moles that appear on their skin, and to undertake a rigorous sun protection regimen.

The American Academy of Dermatology recently issued a warning to farmers, encouraging them to pay special attention to suspicious moles. Dermatologists report that farmers that develop the infamous ‘farmer’s tan’ are at an increased risk of skin cancer because of excessive exposure to UV radiation.

The president of the American Academy of Dermatology, David M. Pariser MD states that, “More than 11,000 Americans die each year from skin cancer, but when detected early, skin cancer has a cure rate of 99 percent…Since research shows farmers are among the least likely workers to receive a skin examination by a physician, it’s important that farmers perform regular skin self-examinations, which could mean the difference between life and death.”

Farmers need to look for moles on their back, scalp, palms of the hands, and also on the soles of their feet. Moles can appear anywhere on the body,  and a thorough examination can be performed by a physician once every few months. Characteristics of moles that should be checked by a physician are: asymmetrical moles, irregularly shaped or scalloped moles, moles that vary in color, moles that are larger than the size of a pencil eraser, and moles that are changing in size, shape or color. If a single mole looks different from the rest, it should be checked by a dermatologist.

The American Academy of Dermatology offers a mole map online to help individuals keep track of their moles and changes over time. The mole map can be found here. Other ways to minimize skin cancer include seeking shade between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, wearing protective clothing, and wearing  broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

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Azfibrocel-T Reviewed by FDA for Wrinkle Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 25, 2009

Today’s innovative treatments for wrinkle reduction include laser skin resurfacing treatments, facelift surgery and dermal fillers such as Restylane and Botox. However, cell therapy may be another option for men and women in the United States in the near future.

Fibrocell Sicence, Incorporated, a biotechnology company focused on developing regenerative fibroblast cells for aesthetic, medical and scientific application has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee is reviewing azfibrocel-T, an autulogous cell therapy for the treatment of nasolabial fold wrinkles in adults.

The FDA is currently evaluating the treatment under the brand name, Laviv ™. The treatment works by using the patient’s own natural fibroblasts. The fibroblasts are extracted, multiplied and then re-injected into the skin as a personalized treatment, allowing for the formation of new cells and stronger connective tissue fibers. Over time, this results in a significant reduction of wrinkles and fine lines, and creates a healthier, more rejuvenated appearance. Fibrocell Science, Incorporated is planning to continue studes for additional aesthetic and therapeutic sues.

Fibrocell Sicence, Incorporated is the result of the reorganization of Isalogen, Incorporated, a company emerging from bankruptcy. Azfibrocel-T was the sole topic of discussion at the Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee Meeting on October 9, 2009 in Maryland. In may 2009, the FDA accepted azfibrocel-T for the treatment of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles for full review. The target date for an FDA response under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act is January 4, 2010.

If Laviv ™ becomes available in 2010, the treatment will be joining the ranks of fat transfer procedures, laser skin resurfacing and other skin rejuvenation treatments. Laviv ™ would be made available at many plastic surgery centers and aesthetic centers around the United States.

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Blue or Red Cotton Can Protect Against UV Radiation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 24, 2009

CB100678If you’re concerned about protecting yourself against skin cancer when spending time outdoors, choosing certain pieces of clothing may lower your risk of UV damage.

According to scientists in Spain, cotton that is dyed a deep blue or red offers more UV protection than yellow and other lighter colored shades. The results of the study will be published in the November issue of the ACS’s Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research journal.

The lead researcher of the study Ascension Riva says that there is little scientific information on how color interacts with other factors that determine how much ultraviolet light is blocked at any given time. However, researchers have been able to use computer models that relate the level of UV protection achieved with three fabric dyes that change the UPF of fabrics. Darker-colored fabrics, especially deep blue shades, have the ability to absorb more UV light, while lighter shades such as yellow offer the lowest rates of absorption.

Scientists conclude that this information can help clothing manufacturers make better decisions when they are designing sun-protective clothing. Currently, manufacturers use elements such as zinc oxide to enhance the fiber of the fabric and deflect both UVA and UVB rays.

These fibers can help to protect the skin from sun damage, which in turn slows down the aging process while reducing the risk of skin cancer. Sun protective clothing made with deep blue or red dyes may be the best option for anyone who wants to protect their skin. In addition to wearing sun protective clothing, experts say it’s still important to wear sunscreen underneath clothing, and to reapply it every four to five hours. Dermatologists also recommend applying sunscreen to the face at least every two hours if the individual is not wearing a hat or other protective gear.

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Ideal Beauty Standards Vary by Race, Study Says

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 23, 2009

sexy country girlResearchers have long pointed out that the Western ideal of beauty differs significantly compared to other regions of the world, but a recent report presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO in San Diego showed that the esthetic impressions of people of different races also shows a significant variance.

The study involved reviewing the preferences of a group of health professionals who work with facial esthetics compared to the preferences of artists and sculptors, and a group of general citizens with no affiliation to the facial esthetics industry. Participants in the study were asked to review six images of six women between the age of 18 and 30 years. Each woman had a different nasal height root variation.

The preferences of each group showed that the women with a low nasal root were considered to be ‘most beautiful’ by Brazilian health professionals, artists and the general public, followed by the women who had a regular position of the nasal root. The least beautiful women were those that had a high position of the nasal root. Nasal root was measured between the upper eyelid crease and the pupil level.

The findings of this study were presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO primarily to help surgeons understand how to tailor their procedure to meet their patient’s needs and achieve the ‘ideal’ facial appearance. While this study was designed to review the preferences of Brazilian health professionals and citizens, similar studies are underway to find out what the general populations in North America, Europe and Asia consider to be the ‘ideal’ beauty based on nasal root positioning and other key features. The results of these studies may be significantly different than the results of the Brazilian study.

(Source: MedicalNewsToday)

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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Can Improve Quality of Life

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 22, 2009

Beautiful woman smiling as she is wine tasting on a summer day.Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a popular procedure for men and women who have droopy eyelids and sagging skin around the eyes and upper facial area. This procedure involves the removal of excess fatty tissues around the eyes and a lifting of the upper lids to create a more youthful appearance.

A recent paper presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO in San Diego reported that in a survey conducted on adult patients who underwent cosmetic eyelid surgery, most participants said that they felt better about their appearance, and also noticed an improvement in self-esteem.

Blepharoplasty is performed by removing excess skin, muscle and fat around the tissues, and also lifts sagging skin in a similar ways as facelift surgery. The procedure can help to improve the overall appearance of the eyelids and eyebrows, and also restore lost elasticity from the aging process.

The results of the questionnaire showed that blepharoplasty had a positive impact on the quality of life for patients in the study, and that the patients received the same quality of life benefits they hoped to achieve with plastic surgery. The survey did not include patients who were undergoing surgery for non-cosmetic indications, or those who were having more than the cosmetic eyelid surgery procedure performed.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery offers both aesthetic and functional benefits. In addition to correcting fine lines and wrinkles developing around the eye area, the procedure can help to improve the person’s vision and restore peripheral vision that may have been lost because of the sagging skin over the eyelids. If the procedure is performed to restore vision, the surgery may be partially or fully covered by an insurance company.

More information about eyelid surgery can be found here.

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