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Dermatologists Recommend Skin Resurfacing and Radiofrequency Combo for Facial Rejuvenation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 15, 2010

Many cosmetic dermatologists and anti aging professionals who treat men and women with aging skin recommend laser skin resurfacing procedures, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and other deep exfoliating treatments to keep skin looking youthful. The latest skin anti aging technologies include radiofrequency and skin tightening treatments that help to boost collagen production and make the skin appear youthful and resilient. Now, many dermatologists are recommending a combination of skin resurfacing procedures and radiofrequency treatments for facial rejuvenation.

This new approach to improving the texture and tone of the skin was presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Summer Academy Meeting 2010 in Chicago. Dermatologists recommended that a combination of soft tissue fillers, such as Restylane, Botox and Juvederm, and skin tightening techniques that involve radiofrequency, would be most effective for improving the appearance of the face and for minimizing side effects associated with other procedures.

One of the keys to success with these procedures is to focus on increasing cheek tissue volume. Volume loss in the cheeks is one of the telltale signs of aging, and many patients who want to achieve a more youthful appearance can benefit from injections of soft tissue fillers in the cheeks. Fuller cheeks reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth, and also help create a more youthful-looking facial profile.

Radio frequency fractional resurfacing devices use heat energy to stimulate collagen production deep under the skin’s surface, which in turn helps the skin tissue contract and tighten. This creates a smooth, rejuvenated appearance and also helps diminish any existing wrinkles and folds in the skin.

Many people undergoing these types of procedures will notice a significant improvement within a few weeks after treatment, and progressive results for several months after their procedure. Touch up treatments with injectable fillers will be necessary to maintain results.

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Xeomin Botox Alternative Receives FDA Approval

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 14, 2010

Botox continues to be one of the most sought-after anti aging procedures, and many Americans pay upward of $300 to $400 per injection to get rid of unwanted lines and wrinkles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved the drug Xeomin that offers similar benefits as Botox and may now be a new competitor in the injectables market.

Xeomin is similar to Botox in composition, and was initially approved for the treatment of cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. The compound can be injected into the skin to stop muscle spasms, and may be effective for reducing nerve impulses and in several parts of the face. Xeomin does differ from Botox in some ways. It does not require refrigeration before use, and the protocol for injecting the compounds is simpler.

Even though Xeomin is very similar to Botox in its composition and the results it can produce, it has not been approved for cosmetic use in the United States. It will still need to undergo testing and trials before it will be available on the market, but some physicians may soon be able to offer it as an off-label procedure.

Xeomin was launched in the United Kingdom in 2008, and is the third botulinum toxin type A available in the UK. It is made from purified Type A neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum and proteins are removed from the compound through a purification process. It is only available by prescription in the UK, and can only be administered by trained members of the medical profession. Some people may not be good candidates for treatment.

Patients who have generalized anxiety disorders of muscle activity, those who are taking aminoglycoside antibiotics, pregnant or lactating women, and those who have bleeding disorders cannot have Xeomin injections.

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Experts Warn Beach Umbrellas Don’t Block Out UV Rays

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 3, 2010

If you’re one of the many people who head to the beach with plenty of sunscreen and a beach umbrella, you may still need to take extra steps to ward off harmful UV rays. According to a recent study published in the Photochemistry and Photobiology journals, beach umbrellas block out only about 70 percent of UV rays.

Even though the umbrella intercepts the direct radiation that comes from the sun, diffused radiation is able to reach the skin throughout the day and can still cause extensive skin damage.

According to Jose Antonio Martinez-Lozano, co-author of the study and coordinator of the Research Group of Solar Radiation in UV, “The umbrella intercepts the direct radiation that comes from the Sun, but part of the diffused radiation, which makes up approximately 60% of the total, reaches the sensor from the sky not covered by the umbrella.” He also states that he and his team have proven that irradiance that reaches the ground covered by an umbrella is about 34 percent of the total.

The team created a geometric model to obstruct the sky to calculate the level of irradiance received on different planes under the umbrella. The different configurations helped to simulate the effects of the sun’s rays on real people who are lying down under sunshades.

These types of studies can help scientists gain a better understanding of the development of skin cancers and the appearance of melanoma. Dermatologists recommend staying out of direct sunlight and applying sunscreen regularly in order to avoid excessive skin damage and photoageing. Excessive sun exposure can cause several different eye disorders, weaken the immune system, and also cause DNA damage.

In addition to using a beach umbrella, sun worshippers can wear a wide-brimmed hat, cover up with lightweight clothing when they are not hitting the water, and apply waterproof sunscreen frequently throughout the day to protect the skin.

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Physicists Find Clues to the Evolution of Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 24, 2010

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst have been studying the evolution of wrinkles in a recent dermatological study, and have published several papers in the current issue of Physical Review Letters about their findings. Scientists are attempting to understand the formation of wrinkles in biological tissue, and looked at how wrinkles in a sheet adapt to an edge that tends to be flat.

In a related study, researchers looked at the transition from soft wrinkles to sharper folds, and proved that folds in the tissue, like the edges of a neatly made bed, strain the sheet and help to smooth out wrinkles.

Physicists are looking primarily at the superficial causes and effects of wrinkle formation, but for many years, researchers have also taken a close look at the effects of toxins in the environment, the role of antioxidants in the diet, and the effects of various skin care products in the formation of wrinkles. Many experts suggest that wrinkle formation is largely the result of genetics and lifestyle factors, such as smoking, diet and exercise.  Wrinkle treatments such as laser skin resurfacing and skin rejuvenation procedures can help to reverse many of the signs of aging.

Individuals who spend a lot of time in the sun do increase their risk of getting wrinkles because UV rays can break down collagen in the skin which makes the skin weaker. Overexposure to the sun can cause premature wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and nose, and also increase the chances of skin cancer.

Some experts suggest that a balanced diet that contains a high concentration of antioxidant-rich foods can also ward off wrinkles and improve the skin’s appearance. Foods that are high in antioxidants may help to increase the firmness of the skin and increase skin elasticity. Some foods that are high in antioxidants and also contain iron can help bring oxygen to the skin and prevent premature aging.

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AmStem Reports Positive Results from SteMixx Consumer Study

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 21, 2010

AmStem is one of the world’s leading providers of cosmetic stem cell products, and is currently conducting several stem cell research tests and trials to create treatments for skin rejuvenation and for correcting several skin problems. The company recently conducted a study for SteMixx, a product that helps to improve the look and appearance of the skin, creates a more seven skin tone, and also helps reduce the signs of aging.

According to David Stark, President of AmStem International, Inc., “During the first few days, we asked participants of our initial consumer study of SteMixx™ for their initial impressions. We were not surprised but certainly pleased at how positively they responded.” Participants reported a number of positive effects, including the reduction of hyperpigmentation, less skin redness, clearer skin, tighter and less puffy skin, and a softer, more youthful complexion.

Twenty one women participated in the SteMixx™ study, and were asked not to use any other type of facial skin care products during the study period. Participants were permitted to use cleanser and sunscreen. The SteMixx™ product will now be available for retail consumers in the United States, and is currently being investigated by the Scottsdale Institute for Cosmetic Dermatology.

According to Dr. Shelly Friedman of the Scottsdale Institute for Cosmetic Dermatology, “This study will provide information to help decide what claims we will make in our labeling and advertising of SteMixx™”.

The SteMixx™ skin rejuvenation product and other cosmeceutical products from AmStem were developed by Dr. Han Hoon, CEO of Histostem, Ltd., in Seoul, Korea. The company operates one of the largest cord blood banks in the world. The SteMixx™ cream has been approved by the FDA in Korea for the treatment of facial skin disfiguration, including the signs of aging. The cream has not been reviewed by the FDA in the United States.

(Source: AmStem Press Release)

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Hyperoxia May Slow Down Formation of Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 16, 2010

A recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology shows that oxygen infusions to the skin may help reduce the formation of wrinkles and also reduce the risk of tissue damage from UVB rays. Many people who exhibit the visible signs of aging, including wrinkles and lines around the eyes, nose and mouth, and a thickening of the outer layer of the skin, have been overexposed to UVB rays.

In this study, mice who were exposed to UVB radiation and then placed in an oxygen chamber showed fewer signs of tissue damage and wrinkles than those who were exposed to UVB radiation without time in the oxygen chamber. The researchers assigned 24 hairless mice into three groups for testing, and those that were exposed to UVB radiation were placed under a special fluorescent lamp three times per week, for five weeks. Some were then placed in an oxygen chamber or two hours after each session under the lamp.

Researchers found that all of the mice exposed to UVB rays did develop wrinkles over the five week period, but those who did not spend time in the oxygen chamber showed more pronounced wrinkles and an increase in epidermal thickness. Researchers note that additional studies are required to form any conclusions, but in the meantime, it is still a good idea to avoid excessive UVB exposure by wearing sunscreen.

While many people who spend a lot of time in the sun do develop wrinkles more readily, there are several ways to protect the skin, and even reverse the wrinkle formation process. Dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen and staying out of direct sunlight or tanning bed. Skin tightening treatments such as Thermage or Titan, and skin rejuvenation procedures such as Fraxel laser skin resurfacing can effectively get rid of wrinkles for good.

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“Face It” Guide Addresses Psychological Issues Behind Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 1, 2010

Two models turned psychotherapists have published a book called “Face It”, a guide for women that are struggling with their self-image as they age.

Dr. Vivian Diller and Dr. Jill Muir-Sukenick make it clear that no matter how successful a woman may be, the superficial still plays a leading role in how a woman feels about herself. The book discusses the dilemma of two opposing societal views of beauty which encourage different perspectives on how women are supposed to feel as they get older.

The authors call this “The Beauty Paradox” and say that this dilemma is what leaves many women “feeling stuck” and can even negatively affect their self-esteem.

Vivian Diller provides a step-by-step guide for women that are dealing with the difficult emotions  of a changing body and face, and encourages women to take a close look at the deeper issues behind their need to undergo cosmetic surgery, or even purchase expensive beauty products.

The book features dozens of stories from patients who are surprised with feeling any type of emotion regarding their looks as they age, and identify key moments in their lives when they started worrying about certain parts of their body. Even those that were raised or lived in a home environment where caring too much about one’s appearance was deemed excessively superficial, reported that they still spent a significant amount of time and money taking care of their appearance.

The authors also tackle the issue of what makes a woman a ‘sellout.’ The authors recently interviewed with the New York Times, and stated that “they were not against plastic surgery nor less-invasive efforts to slow time’s march.” But, it was “choosing an intervention out of fear or unquestioningly” that is the problem for many women today.

The authors also appeared on the “Today” Show on March 11 to discuss the book. “Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change” is now available in major bookstores including Amazon.com.

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Tanda At-Home Light Therapy Featured on “The Doctors” Show

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 29, 2010

Light therapy has been used to restore the skin after trauma, and even to open up fatty cells to assist with the fat removal process in recent years. “The Doctors” show recently showcased the Tanda at-home light therapy device, an anti-aging treatment that promises to deliver results similar to the fractional devices used in physician’s offices.

The Tanda device makes use of low-level light therapy to stimulate collagen and elastin growth, and rejuvenate the appearance.

Tanda’s device delivers infrared light deep into the skin’s layers to trigger the production of collagen and tighten up the skin. Over time, this process helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and can also help to improve the overall skin tone.

The Tanda at-home light therapy system costs about $275, and is suitable for most skin types. This is a significantly lower price than fractional resurfacing treatments and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy that can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the level of treatment required. The home-care tool has been approved by the FDA, and comes with two treatment heads. One is designed to treat acne, while the other is designed for wrinkles. Each treatment head can be used for up to 10,000 treatments, and the portable device comes with a recharging unit that can be plugged into any wall outlet.

The restorative light in the Tanda Red light treatment is designed with a 660nm red LED light source. This type of light has been proven to accelerate the skin’s natural healing process, and also stimulates the production of collagen for skin rejuvenation. When the light penetrates deep into the skin tissue, it synthesizes the fibroblasts and releases collagen, which in turn results in smoother, younger-looking skin. Scientific studies show that this particular device can accelerate healing by up to 40 percent.

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Nanotechnology Increases Effectiveness of Skin Products

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 16, 2010

Nanotechnology may have a future in cosmetic products, as researchers continue to study the effects of nano-sized particles in topical skincare solutions including sunscreens and anti-aging serums.

Several major cosmetic manufacturers are waiting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the safety of the technology, and are still researching the side effects and outcomes of certain applications.

Products that incorporate nanotechnology are being manufactured at a steady rate, and many clothing manufacturers are already making use of the nanomaterials to increase wrinkle resistance and water repellance in certain types of clothing. The cosmetic industry has begun developing products that can enhance the effects of sunscreen, lipstick, eye shadow, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and even certain types of perfumes.

Dermatologist Adnan Nasir, MD, PhD, FAAD, clinical assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, presented an overview of nanotechnology and how nanoparticles may eventually be used in cosmetic products at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Miami this past month. Dr. Nasir states, “Research in the area of nanotechnology has increased significantly over the years, and I think there will be considerable growth in this area in the near future…the challenge is that a standard has not been set yet to evaluate the safety and efficacy of topical products that contain nanosized particles.”

Dr. Nasir reports that nanotechnology does offer a number of benefits for use in anti-aging products, and when properly engineered, may be able to deliver topical products such as retinoids and growth factors deep into the skin’s layer for enhanced skin rejuvenation benefits. For the consumer, these products may be a little more expensive than traditional products, but may be more effective in the long-run because they can produce better results and improve the health and resilience of the skin overall.

(Source: Medical News Today)

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Research Reveals How Skin Fillers Stimulate Collagen Production

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 15, 2010

Demand for minimally invasive procedures including Botox, Restylane and other injectable fillers continues to be strong in the United States and abroad, even more so in the wake of the economic recession.

Soft tissue injectables are not only effective for getting rid of wrinkles, reducing the appearance of fine lines and plumping up the skin, but can also help to improve the appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin by making the skin appear more resilient and smooth.

At this year’s American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, dermatologist Dana L. Sachs, MD, FAAD, associate professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan presented findings of a study that demonstrated how certain types of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can stimulate collagen production and help to repair the skin. These may be some of the known side effects of certain fillers, and can help some patients achieve a more youthful look after a single treatment.

Structural damage to the skin is one of the most significant effects of the aging process, and the breakdown of collagen and elastin only increases at a steady rate as the individual ages. The common effects of aging include fine lines, skin laxity and pigmentation. Advanced stages of photoaging result in coarse wrinkles, redness and discoloration of sun-exposed skin. Some types of tissue fillers may be effective at changing the skin’s structure, reducing the effects of fragmentation and helping the tissues regenerate higher levels of collagen which creates a smooth and healthy appearance.

Dr. Sachs reports, “from a clinical standpoint, dermatologists know that soft tissue fillers work by restoring volume loss and smoothing wrinkles in aging and sun-damaged skin…the biochemical study of cross-linked hyaluronic acid conducted by researchers set out to explain what takes place at the molecular level to account for the observed clinical improvements.” (Source: Medical News Today)

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