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VaserShape Device Contours Body Without Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 24, 2010

Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

Unlike other cellulite reduction systems, the VaserShape procedure uses two ultrasound heads positioned next to each other, and the ultrasound energy penetrates deep into the skin tissues to disrupt the fat cells. The power setting is low enough to cause minimal damage to the skin tissues, and most people see results right away.

Most patients will need to undergo at least five to seven treatments in order to see significant results, and many will require maintenance treatments every few weeks. Each treatment session is about 30 minutes long, and can be performed once per week. The VaserShape device is designed for those who are of average weight, but can be effective for those who are slightly overweight and are following a weight loss plan.

The painless procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and there is no downtime involved. Patients can resume regular activities immediately after the procedure, and for many, it feels like a deep tissue, soothing massage. As of August 2010, the VaserShape treatment costs approximately $500 per treatment, and some doctors are offering discounts on treatment packages. Most packages cost between $2,500 to $4,000 depending on the number of sessions required and the doctor performing the procedure.

VaserShape offers a convenient, non-surgical alternative to liposuction and invasive cellulite removal treatments, and may soon be available at many medical spas, cosmetic surgery centers and plastic surgery offices around the country.

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Bollywood Star Undergoes Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 7, 2010

Bollywood star Celina Jaitley has undergone cosmetic surgery to enhance her facial features in preparation for her new film, “Hello Darling” that will be released next month. According to the Mid Day gossip site, Celina was spotted with her new look at a promotional event for the movie.

In 2007, the actress denied that she had had any type of cosmetic surgery and was not even interested in pursuing Botox or other types of plastic surgery to improve her appearance. However, recent reports indicate that the actress has undergone some type of facial plastic surgery or cosmetic enhancements to maintain her youthful looks.

Demand for cosmetic surgery in Bollywood’s circles is still going strong, and many of the top Bollywood stars have undergone liposuction, rhinoplasty, or laser skin resurfacing procedures to achieve a more westernized look. Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty has undergone liposuction and rhinoplasty, while actress Kareena Kapoor underwent surgery to achieve a sharper jaw line and have her teeth aligned. Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant has had silicone implants.

Plastic surgery is still frowned upon in some parts of India and the Middle East, but many Bollywood stars still go under the knife and are not afraid to share what procedures they have had with the public. According to RadioSargam.com, eight out of ten Bollywood celebrities have had some form of plastic surgery, and many Bollywood fans still question whether the beauty is natural or artificial.

Plastic surgeon Vijay Sharma claims that 80% of Bollywood actors and actresses achieve and maintain their looks by getting some type of cosmetic or plastic surgery. Popular procedures include breast enlargement, rhinoplasty and liposuction. Many celebrities do get cosmetic and plastic surgery after they have had children so that they can get back into their pre-pregnancy shape and secure a new role.

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Rutgers Psychologist Links Reality TV with Teen Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 29, 2010

Teenagers are known to be preoccupied with their appearance, and their changing bodies can trigger an obsession with changing the way they look. A recent study by a Rutgers-Camden psychologist that was published in the Body Image academic journal links reality television with an increased demand for teenage cosmetic surgery.

According to Charlotte Markey, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers-Camden, reports that “When we think of cosmetic surgery, we don’t think of it as a lifetime issue. There is lots of pressure to look a certain way and I don’t blame them for succumbing; we’re all guilty of feeling vulnerable…what troubles me is that there’s no conclusive data that cosmetic surgery even makes people happier, what has been documented is that it makes repeat customers.” (Source: Media-Newsire.com)

The psychologists who conducted the study surveyed almost 200 participants on their responses to reality TV shows that involved extreme makeovers, and concluded that women were more likely to want cosmetic surgery than men, and that those who watched the cosmetic surgery show were more comfortable with having the procedure themselves.

The experts also concluded that many young men and women seek out plastic surgery because they are attempting to fix their outward appearance, but this approach can quickly turn into an obsession that makes them feel worse about themselves. They state that there is a strong cultural pressure to not be satisfied with the physical self, and that many teens who are influenced by the media may not have the chance to develop a healthy self-esteem.

The extreme makeover shows also set unrealistic expectations for many people, and these types of media influences don’t necessarily portray real life. The psychologists state that children today need to develop a healthy self-esteem by focusing on more positive messages about their bodies, and their lives.

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Cosmetic Surgery in China Increases with Desire to Achieve Western Ideal

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 7, 2010

As the desire to maintain Caucasian looks continues to fuel many dreams in the Far East, cosmetic surgeons are noticing a steady increase in demand for cosmetic procedures that help young women, and even some men, achieve the “Western ideal” of beauty. A recent story in the Miami Herald summarizes the latest trends in China, pointing out that thousands of young Chinese women and men are undergoing extensive procedures including eyelid reconstruction, breast enlargement and nasal bridge augmentation in an effort to get a better job or attract a mate.

Many young adults in cosmopolitan cities including Shanghai have grown up around the Western ideal of beauty. The upscale retail and entertainment districts around the city feature several Western retailers, including H&M and Zara. A recent explosion of wealth in China has put plastic and cosmetic surgery within easy reach for many young professionals, and other residents of the city.

Dr. Yang Yunxia, director of the New Generation cosmetic surgery unit and a leading cosmetic surgeon, recently interviewed with the Miami Herald, and indicates that she and her team have performed approximately 40,000 procedures per year. Dr. Yunxia states that in many cases, the procedures are designed to correct perceived disfigurations, such as small eyes or a lack of a nasal bridge. Many women simply want bigger eyes and a straight nasal bridge, which right now, are currently the leading signs of beauty in Asia.

While these types of cosmetic procedures are readily available, not all cosmetic surgery centers meet safety standards and guidelines. Over 200,000 lawsuits have been filed to date for disfiguration after bad cosmetic or plastic surgery, and some patients have to undergo corrective procedures which cost thousands of dollars. Still, many patients are lucky enough to find a cosmetic or plastic surgery center that can complete a sought-after procedure successfully.

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Surgeons Issue Warning on Dangers of Cosmetic Foot Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 5, 2010

“Foot facelifts” are a growing trend around the globe, a procedure that can help to narrow the feet so that they fit better in heels or smaller shoes. However, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society has issued a warning about these procedures, indicating that this type of surgery can cause extensive nerve damage and pain, and may lead to other problems.

Dr. Michael Pinzur, a surgeon at the Loyola University Health System, reports that “the risk of surgeries – including infections, pain, scarring and nerve damage – are much greater than the benefits…I hope patients will follow the Foot and Ankle Society’s recommendation that surgery never be performed just to improve the appearance of the foot.”

Cosmetic foot surgery involves shortening the second toe so that it is not longer than the big toe. This makes it easier for the foot to accommodate high heels, and can reduce pain and discomfort when wearing heels for an extensive period of time. However, the procedure can cause a significant amount of pain and nerve damage in itself, and poses many risks. Complications of foot surgery include infection, corns, and chronic pain when walking. In some cases, the bones and tendons can become inflamed or may even shift, requiring more cosmetic surgery.

The procedure is also known as restorative foot surgery, because it is designed primarily to enhance the physical appearance of the foot. Some procedures involve removing fat from the heels and around the sides of the foot, so that the foot looks better in high heels. Other procedures involve the injection of fat into the balls of the feet so that the individual has a more shapelier foot and feels more comfortable in heels. Some surgeons also perform bone restructuring procedures, or administer procedures that narrow the base or tip of the feet.

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Two Sisters Charged with Running Illegal Cosmetic Surgery Operation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 3, 2010

Two sisters from Sylmar have been arrested on suspicion of running an illegal cosmetic surgery operation from their home, according to a Los Angeles Police Department police report. The sisters had been injecting cosmetic fillers into patients that hardened into solid plastic. Neither one holds a license to perform injectable procedures, and they have been booked on charges of running an unauthorized medical practice on their property. Bail is posted at $20,000.

All prospective cosmetic and aesthetic surgery patients are advised to do research about their medical practitioner before undergoing cosmetic services, including minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox, dermal filler injections and other skin rejuvenation procedures. Red flags in this industry include discounted rates, extremely low pricing on packages, and discrete locations of the medical center.

Anyone who is administering Botox, injectables or offering various types of cosmetic procedures must hold a state license and have completed formal training. If the individual cannot provide proof of licensure, they are unlikely to have the authorization and training needed to perform cosmetic procedures.

Men and women undergoing more extensive procedures, such as liposuction, facelift surgery and other procedures can check for board-certification of their doctor online. Board-certified doctors are required to complete a certain number of years of training and maintain their credentials by taking continuing education classes and attending workshops and events. Board-certified plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and medical professionals are also qualified to perform revision surgery if the first procedure does not produce desired results.

The American Society for Plastic Surgeons advises all patients to work only with ASPS member surgeons, because these doctors have more than six years of surgical training and experience, and at least three years of training specifically in plastic surgery. Prospective patients can find an ASPS member surgeon here.

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DIY Botox Website Gets Shut Down

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 16, 2010

A woman from Texas was caught selling popular dermal fillers including Restylane, Dysport and Botox online in October 2009, and also posted videos on YouTube on how to self-administer these injectables.

The Texas Attorney General filed a lawsuit against her, and sued the woman and her business because it is illegal to market cosmetic devices and prescription drugs online. Many of the products she was selling did require a prescription, but she had made them readily available for any consumer to purchase.

The website has now officially been shut down, thanks to the lawsuit and the Texas Attorney General’s requests. The former entrepreneur has now been charged for multiple violations of the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, as well as the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. She is paying approximately $125,000 to the state in civil penalties, attorney fees and other costs

It is illegal for anyone in the United States to prescribe drugs to individuals or dispense drugs to consumers, unless they are a licensed doctor or nurse practitioner. Many sellers online find it easier to sidestep some laws and rules in their state by setting up online stores, but state attorney generals and the FDA are cracking down on sites like these as soon as they learn about them. The National Assocation of Boards of Pharmacy also tracks thousands of sites selling prescription drugs, and ensures that they are meeting the standards of brick-and-mortar shops.

DIY Botox and other injectables are generally a bad idea because of the risk of overdose and hazards involved in breaking the skin without supervision. Many injectables contain harsh chemicals that can cause severe side effects when they are not administered correctly.

Last October, Wired.com reported on the website and videos, pointing out that the company had more than 2,000 customers. The website was called Discountmedspa.com, and sold several types of injectables and prescription drugs.

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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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Summer Season Means Increased Demand for Breast and Body Enhancements

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 13, 2010

With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast enhancement procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

Dr. Niccole reports, “Many of the patients requesting breast augmentation, breast lift or liposuction explain to me that they need to have surgery before summer weddings, beach parties and vacations begin. Unfortunately, if they don’t plan far enough in advance, they panic when they find it difficult to fit surgery into their schedule between work, family obligations and summer activities.”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons  2009 survey reports that breast augmentation and liposuction have been among the top cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, along with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, encourage patients to thoroughly evaluate the background of the plastic surgeon before booking their appointment, and ask for proof of board-certification and other credentials to determine if the doctor has a significant amount of experience performing these types of procedures.

Women who find that they do not have enough time to make an appointment and plan for downtime associated with surgery, may consider a non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedure instead. Skin tightening procedures such as Thermage, and cellulite reduction treatments such as VelaShape and SmoothShapes can help to improve the tone and texture of the skin without surgery. These procedures also  demand very little downtime, so patients can resume regular activities – including heading to the beach – within a day after their procedure.

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Americans Spent $10 Billion on Plastic Surgery Procedures in 2009

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 6, 2010

Even in the midst of the recession, Americans didn’t hold back on spending on plastic surgery procedures.

While spending for plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures was down 3 percent from 2008, many Americans still went under the knife or elected to have minimally-invasive procedures to improve their appearance.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, demand for liposuction, tummy tucks, breast enlargement, nose jobs and eyelid surgery showed the biggest decline. Still, breast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction and tummy tucks made it to the top five most sought-after procedures.

Adults weren’t the only ones heading to the plastic surgery office this past year. According to data provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 210,000 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 also underwent cosmetic surgery, accounting for approximately 2 percent of the total procedures.

Demand for Botox, wrinkle fillers and other minimally-invasive procedures did show a steady increase in 2009, as more Americans looked for ways to save money on their procedure while still enjoying good results. Wrinkle fillers and Botox served as a temporary replacement for the otherwise-pricey facelift surgery. VelaShape and Endermologie treatments helped men and women get in shape and lose a few inches without liposuction. Skin tightening procedures helped many achieve a more sculpted appearance without surgery, and also helped to eliminate cellulite.

The ASPS reports that many women were still interested in undergoing the “mommy makeover” which involved tummy tucks, liposuction and breast lifts. However, the $5,000+ price tag may mean that these women postpone their procedures until late 2010.

Plastic surgeons across the country attempted to attract patients by offering attractive financing plans, and discounts on select procedures. However, the final numbers still showed a significant decrease in demand for 2009.

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