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UK Cosmetic Surgery Group Cures Sweaty Palms with Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 31, 2010

People who become self-conscious about sweaty palms may not have to deal with the anxiety and nervousness associated with clammy handshakes for much longer.

Transform Cosmetic Surgery group from the UK has developed the Palm-tox procedure, a Botox treatment that helps to stop moisture production in the palms by blocking the nerve impulses going to the sweat glands.

The team of experts at the Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group reports that the Palm-tox procedure can help at least 1% of Britain’s population find relief from sweaty palms and wet handshakes. Botox works by blocking the signals getting to the moisture glands so that the body can no longer produce sweat.

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a medical condition where the individual sweats excessively even when the temperature is cooler. The condition is characterized by abnormally-increased perspiration, and typically effects the hands, feet, armpits and groin. The primary cause of hyperhidrosis is unknown, but some medical professionals believe it is caused by over activity of the sympathetic system. Certain foods may also trigger excessive sweating, as well as the consumption of nicotine or caffeine.

Treatment options for the condition include application of highly-concentrated antiperspirants, and anticholinergic drugs, such as Oxybutynin, Glycopyrrolate and propantheline bromide. Still, the UK cosmetic surgery group believes that Botox injections may be an effective treatment for managing the condition.

Gwen Davies, Transform’s manager for non-surgical procedures, states, “We’re seeing more hyperhidrosis sufferers every year who are desperate for an effective treatment that will allow them to lead a normal life. We had introduced the procedure to treat excessive sweating in the armpits, which is estimated to affect one of a hundred Britons…we also want to warn the public that these procedures should never be performed by anyone other than an experienced professional.”

(Source: Whitehaven News)

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Dr. Dave David Shares Top Procedures for Summer

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 29, 2010

With warmer months right around the corner, many men and women are considering going under the knife to improve their appearance.

However, there are now several procedures available that do not demand much downtime and can be performed within a few hours. These may be attractive options for those who want to enjoy a mini-makeover before the summer months, and avoid the risks and complications associated with more extensive procedures, such as facelift surgery, traditional liposuction and other body contouring procedures.

Dr. Dave David recently appeared on The Rhode Show on Fox Providence to discuss some of the latest procedures for the season. He recommends VASER Lipo, instead of conventional liposuction for those who want to lose a few pounds and inches before the summer begins. VASER liposuction is an ultrasound liposuction procedure designed to remove body fat without requiring general anesthesia.

The procedure helps remove unwanted body fat from the hips, thighs, stomach, buttocks and waist. It is considered to be a ‘next generation’ procedure in body contouring, using ultrasonic energy to break up fatty deposits and easily remove the fat cells. Some doctors also report that this procedure helps tighten and tone the skin naturally, creating a more sculpted, contoured appearance. This type of liposuction procedure also promises minimal downtime.

Botox is an attractive option for those who want to reverse the signs of aging without getting a facelift. Botox injections can be administered on the forehead, and also injected into other facial compartments to temporarily get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Dave David reports that Botox is another popular procedure for the season, and is particularly effective for correcting wrinkles on the forehead and nasolabial folds.

Both of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis and Botox can be performed over the lunch hour.

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Study Shows Older Patients More Likely to Be Satisfied with Plastic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 28, 2010

While baby boomers make up most of the target market for plastic and cosmetic surgery, not all patients are satisfied with the results. The American Society of Plastic Surgery encourages patients to set up consultations with prospective surgeons and learn about the procedure so that they have realistic expectations about the results, and are more satisfied.

A recent study published in the May/June issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, reports that demand for cosmetic surgery has increased steadily over the past decade in the United States, approximately four times as much as a decade earlier.

Dr. Jill L. Hessler of Premier Plastic Surgery in Palo Alto conducted a study that surveyed 51 patients who underwent facial cosmetic surgery in 2007 and 2008.

The participants answered many questions for several months after their procedure, and the study results show that patients who were 53 and older were more satisfied with the their results than younger people. The study’s authors also point out that people who were being treated for depression were more likely to report being satisfied with their procedure, than those who were undergoing treatment for depression.

Dr. Hessler states, “Currently, there is an emphasis in the plastic and facial plastic surgery literature on surgical techniques to improve surgical results. A relative improvement in surgical outcomes, however, tends to be subjective and patient and/or surgeon satisfaction can be highly unpredictable.” (Source: BusinessWeek.com)

Since patient satisfaction can be highly subjective, it can be difficult for plastic surgeons to determine whether the outcome is a successful one. Still, plastic and cosmetic surgeons are responsible for educating the patients about the outcome and risks, and some use visual software programs that allow them to predict what the outcome will be. Patients are advised to take the time to learn as much as possible about their procedure, and consult with several plastic surgeons so that they can make the most informed decision.

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Sharon Stone Shares Botched Cosmetic Procedure Experience

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 27, 2010

Hundreds of celebrities choose to go under the knife each year, improving their appearance with popular procedures including Botox, liposuction, breast implants and tummy tucks.

However, not all procedures go smoothly, and many a celebrity has been put under the media spotlight to serve as an example of plastic surgery gone bad. Sharon Stone recently interviewed with More Magazine, and admitted that she had cosmetic surgery that ended up making her look “like a trout.”

The 52-year-old actress told Phil Bronstein, an editor of the San Francisco newspaper, that she began to feel insecure about her appearance after her divorce in 2004. She tells More Magazine, that “Nobody loves me. I’m 103. My life would be better if I had better lips.” The actress underwent lip augmentation surgery as a result, and her lips ended up becoming excessively large and unshapely. She admits that the procedure was done in her ‘moment of weakness’ and that she promises never to get plastic surgery again because the procedure made her look ‘like a trout.’

Botched procedures are nothing new, even for celebrities. Stars including Heidi Montag, Joan Rivers, Bruce Jenner, Dolly Parton and Donatella Versace have all been criticized and ridiculed about their cosmetic surgery makeovers in recent years, and some even serve as a poster child for bad plastic surgery. While some plastic surgeons can perform reversal procedures, some celebs just aren’t that lucky. In many cases, the botched procedure means the celebrity needs to spend a significant amount of time recovering while nature takes its course, or undergo a completely different procedure to correct and modify the results of the previous one.

In spite of the risks involved, celebrities and the average consumer alike are still making their way to the plastic surgery office for liposuction, Botox, breast implants and other procedures. As the economy recovers, many consumers are ready to make the investment for plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures – even with the inherent risks involved.

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Visian Implantable Collamer Lens Receives CE Mark of Approval

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 26, 2010

STAAR Surgical Company, a medical manufacturer that produces minimally-invasive ophthalmic products, has received the CE Mark of Approval for the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL). The company has made several improvements to the original lens, including the Hypertorpic Toric ICL, designed for patients who are farsighted, and for those that who astigmatism. Both conditions can be treated with a single implantable collamer lens procedure.

STAAR’s CEO Barry Caldwell states the following about the recent changes: “We believe these expanded offerings will provide the broadest correction approval of any refractive technology for surgeons in countries where the CE Mark applies and will allow the surgeon to treat virtually any patient who is a candidate for refractive surgery.”

In addition to providing benefits for patients, the improvements allow the surgeon to perform the procedure with greater precision and ease. The perforating holes in the lens can assist with the removal of viscoelastics, while the improved lubricity on injector cartridges will make it easier for the surgeon to insert the lens into the area. Surgeons will be able to perform the implantation with greater accuracy with new laser marks for the implantable collamer lens.

The implantable collamer lens can be a valuable alternative for patients who are not well-suited for LASIK. STAAR promises that High Definition Visian lenses can provide sharper, clearer and more vivid vision than LASIK. The company also reports that eyes treated with LASIK typically have three times more spherical aberration and two times more coma than those treated with Visian ICL lenses.

The Visian ICL procedure is a relatively short procedure performed on an outpatient basis. In most cases, it is performed within 15 minutes. The treatment also treats a wider range of myopia, from -3.0D to -20.0D, than other implantable lenses. Patients who wish to avoid the complications associated with LASIK and enjoy some better benefits may be good candidates for the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens procedure.

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Fractional Lasers Can Assist with Treatment of Severe Scars

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 25, 2010

Excessive scarring, particularly as a result of burns and acne, have been historically difficult to treat. However, the latest advances in fractional laser skin resurfacing procedures have made scar removal and the treatment of burned tissue much easier.

Dr. Jill Waibel, a dermatologist in South Florida, has been using fractional laser resurfacing devices to treat deep burn scars, and has found that fractional devices can help to not only make a scar thinner, but also lessens the redness and brown lesions that make the scars so pronounced. According to dr. Waibel, “The scar subject is really exciting now and I really see it going in two different directions – scar prevention – one of the neatest things is a fetus in utero does not form cars, so we know there is a model that exists for no scars…I’m doing some work right now at the University of Miami to prevent scars from forming or to fix them immediately, so I think there are some real advantages in that arena.”

Dr. Waibel reports that some lasers are capable of interrupting the scar formation process, which can help with the resolution of certain types of scars. In most cases, patients need multiple treatments to see any type of resolution of their scars. Today, ablative lasers are the most effective way to remove a bad scar and help the skin heal naturally.

With all types of treatments, patience is key. Most people need to undergo a series of treatments, for up to a year at a time, in order to see any significant results. Collagen remodeling, a process that involves injecting collagen into certain areas of the body to make the skin more resilient, can also help to produce lasting results. The collagen remodeling process can last anywhere from three to six months, and it can take up to a year to see a noticeable difference.

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Plastic Surgeon Unveils Non-Surgical Nose Job

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 24, 2010

Dr. Alexander Rivkin , an L.A.-based cosmetic surgeon, has revealed his innovative techniques for a non-surgical nose job procedure in the May 2010 issue of ELLE Magazine, and currently offers this permanent procedure at his L.A. office.

Also known as the 15-Minute Rhinoplasty procedure, the non-surgical nose job involves injecting a series of Botox and dermal filler injections around the nose to smooth bumps, lift drooping tips and create more definition for a sculpted appearance.

Dr. Rivkin founded the procedure in 2004, and has performed over 1,000 non-surgical nose jobs to date. He has also trained other surgeons on how to perform this technique, and has been featured on The Tyra Bank Show, and the TODAY Show to talk about his work.

The procedure begins with a topical anesthetic to the treatment area. Dr. Rivkin then injects Restylane and Radiesse – two of the most popular injectable fillers on the market – into the depressions of the nose to create a smoother, sharper appearance and to create the perfect angles. Dr. Rivkin is able to restore symmetry to the nose, and create a more balanced appearance simply by using different types of dermal fillers.

Most people can enjoy the results of the treatment for 8 to 12 months, depending on type of filler used. For those who want permanent results, Artefill may be a better option. Artefill is different from other fillers, because it contains Lucite spheres suspended in collagen. These spheres do not dissolve when injected into the tissues, so the patient can enjoy long-lasting results. In most cases, Artefill lasts for up to 15 years.

Other benefits of using fillers instead of undergoing plastic surgery include minimal downtime, reduced risk of pain and swelling, and minimal bruising. Most people don’t even need to wear any type of supportive bandages to promote the healing process.

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Mayo Clinic Reports Melanoma is Curable When Caught Early

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 22, 2010

It’s the deadliest form of skin cancer, but unfortunately, is becoming increasingly common worldwide.

One in 50 Americans will have to deal with melanoma at some point in their lives, according to the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource, the organization strives to provide information on treatment options, and the latest news about skin cancer so that individuals can reduce their risk.

Today, the only major treatment for malignant melanoma is to remove the entire tumor, along with some of the skin. Removing the tumor in the early stages can help reduce the rate of recurrence of the disease, and further damage. Almost 80 percent of skin cancer cases can be cured completely when they are discovered at an early stage. Once the cancer has spread, more aggressive treatment is required. Today’s treatment options include radiation therapy, lymph node removal, chemotherapy and immune-based therapy.

By definition, melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes, and is the main cause of skin-cancer related deaths. It is caused by an uncontrolled growth of pigmented cells, or melanin. It is predominantly found in adults, and 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths are from malignant melanoma. People of all skin types are at risk for developing melanoma at some point in their lives, and it is typically found only in parts of the body that are covered by skin.

Dermatologists and doctors advise individuals to avoid the use of tanning beds, especially before the age of 35, and to avoid direct sun exposure if they have a history of sunburns. The Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource also points out that individuals should see a dermatologist immediately if moles begin to itch, bleed, or are changing in color. Variations in color from tan, brown, black, and even red or white may be indicative of skin cancer.

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UK Surgeons Develop 3D Skin Cancer Diagnosis System

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 21, 2010

Many dermatologists use a two-dimensional computer system to view the patterns of moles and potential melanoma on the skin, and to detect skin cancer.

A group of UK scientists have now developed a 3D test for identifying malignant melanoma, and have provided details about the system in the latest issue of the International Journal of Modeling, Identification and Control.

In the UK alone, the incidence rates of malignant melanoma have increased more than any other cancers in the country. Doctors and dermatologists around the world agree that successful treatment of melanoma relies on early detection. The 3D skin cancer diagnosis system is designed to scan the skin quickly and easily, and in some cases, may prevent a biopsy.

2D skin diagnosis systems typically look at the asymmetry, border, color and diameter of a mole or skin lesion to determine whether it is a benign growth, or if it is malignant. The 3D system may be much more accurate, and can quickly reveal any changes in the texture of the skin, including benign lesions such as moles or freckles. The device produces a 3D computer rendering of the skin texture patterns, making it easier for the doctor to look at the surface of the skin in great detail, and identify any potential risk areas.

The 3D computer-assisted diagnosis system has been developed by Lyndon Smith and colleagues at the Machine Vision Laboratory, Bristol Institute of Technology, University of the West of England, in collaboration with the Department of Plastic Surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust.

The non-invasive 3D system ultimately provides a more accurate assessment of the skin, than 2D pattern recognition alone. All of the information is analyzed by a laptop and compared to patterns recorded from known cases of melanoma. This process helps ‘train’ the software program so that it becomes much easier to detect skin problems.

(Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)

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MicroLight Laser Reduces Cosmetic Surgery Post Operative Downtime

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 20, 2010

For many patients undergoing cosmetic surgery, and even some dermatologic procedures, scarring and pain can be some of the most difficult side effects to cope with.

More than 12.5 million cosmetic procedures in 2009 involved some type of reconstructive surgery or rehabilitation from burns, scarring and the correction of birth defects, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While some plastic and cosmetic surgeons have learned certain techniques to minimize scarring and downtime, in some cases, there is no guarantee that the procedure will not cause significant scarring.

Now, plastic surgeons have the option to use a low-level laser to heat the tissue and cause vasolidation in the micro-capillary bed. This helps to reduce downtime in most cases, and may also increase the rate of post-operative healing.

Dr. Daniel Man has used the Patented ML830® laser for certain procedures, and reports that post-operative downtime for his cosmetic surgery patients has decreased significantly as a result. In addition to reducing pain, the laser helps reduce or eliminate post-surgical scarring, and also reduces patient discomfort.

Dr. Man published his findings after conducting 1,000 treatments with the laser on 125 patients during a four-month period. His findings indicate that most patients experienced an 80% improvement in scar reduction and overall pain.

The laser was designed and produced by the MicroLight Corporation, an exclusive manufacturer of the patented ML830® laser and the first company in the United States to have received FDA clearance to market low-level laser therapy. The MicroLight laser has received FDA clearance for the temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, arthritis, muscle spasms and joint stiffness. Several studies also show that the laser can accelerate the wound healing process, reduce post-surgical pain and prevent inflammation and muscle spasms after surgery.

(Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)

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