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Study Reports Body Dysmorphic Disorder Patients Often Seek Out Plastic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 23, 2010

Individuals suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) experience extreme anxiety about a perceived flaw in their appearance or body part. These individuals are often excessively concerned with or extremely dissatisfied with their appearance, and may experience a level of anxiety that reduces their quality of life. According to recent research from scientists at the Fernand-Seguin Research Centre of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital, those who have body dysmorphic disorder may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy so that they become less-fixated on their perceived flaws.

Researchers have found that many patients with BDD experience depressive symptoms, and that many also seek out plastic surgery in an effort to fix their flaws. However, therapy may provide more benefits than any type of plastic surgery, especially if the individual has become reluctant to go out in public. Approximately 1 to 2 percent of the general population is affected by body dysmorphic disorder, but many cases simply go unreported. Recent statistics show that the disease affects over 350,000 Canadians, and many suffer from persistent fears that turn into rituals, and also turn to cosmetic procedures in order to avoid the true nature of their illness.

Preliminary findings of the study at the University of Montreal show that those who underwent specialized therapy for 20 weeks had an average reduction of 46 percent in appearance-related fixations, and an average reduction of 53 percent in ritualized behaviors such as picking the skin, applying makeup and looking in the mirror. Those who completed the therapy sessions also experienced an average reduction of 34 percent in associated depressive symptoms.

Plastic and cosmetic surgeons can detect signs and symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder during the initial consultation. Patients who appear to be mentally unstable and fixated on a particular body part or their appearance may not be suitable candidates for the procedure, and may be referred to a counselor or therapist before they are permitted to undergo treatment.

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ASPS Annual Meeting Cuts Through the Hype About Laser Lipoplasty

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 8, 2010

Laser lipoplasty, also known as laser lipolysis and laser liposuction, is among the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in the United States.

Many plastic surgery centers and medical spas now offer this procedure on an outpatient basis, and advertise it as one of the quickest and most effective ways to permanently reduce body fat. The pros and cons of this innovative procedure were recently discussed by experts at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center this past April.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s statistics show that lipoplasty is currently the second most popular surgical procedure in the United States. Over 283,700 procedures were performed in 2009. Still, plastic surgeons are divided on whether this procedure is equally as or more effective than traditional liposuction.

According to Dr. Franklin DiSpaltro, MD, former president of the ASAPS, “the past two decades have been highly technology-driven, with the introduction of many advanced liposuction-assisting devices…each new technology has spurred great interest and enthusiasm. It is our role to determine if it is hype, or a useful tool.” (Source:

Laser-assisted lipoplasty works using a laser probe that is inserted into the fatty tissue through a very small incision. When the laser is fired, the fat cells rupture and are easy to extract with a cannula. The heat from the laser affects the surrounding tissue and causes it to contract. As the body heals from the surgery, the tissues become more tightened, toned and the overall result is a more sculpted, sleeker appearance.

While initial data showed that laser-assisted liposuction was no better than traditional liposuction, today’s advances and newer technology are offering more promising results. Surgeons must be trained with a special teaching protocol to effectively perform this procedure. Patients are advised to look for a skilled, experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon when considering liposuction and laser lipoplasty.

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Fat from Love Handle Area Can Be Used in Breast Reconstruction Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 27, 2010

Women interested in undergoing a breast reconstruction procedure after a mastectomy, or after botched implants, now have more options for achieve a natural, sculpted look.

A new surgical technique listed in the print issue of the Microsurgery journal indicates that doctors can extract body fat from the lower waist, or “love handles”, and re-inject it into the breast tissue. This procedure would eliminate the need to insert silicone or saline implants, and to perform extensive tissue manipulation procedures when reconstructing the breast.

According to study co-author Dr. Ariel N. Rad, an assistant professor of cosmetic surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, “When implants aren’t used, the most common technique for reconstructing breasts after a mastectomy is to make breast tissue from a flap of fat and skin from the abdominal region…thin, athletic women don’t have enough tissue there. But even they often have some excess fatty tissue in that space between the hip and waist. For them, using those love handles is a new option.” (Source:

The procedure is relatively simple, and serves as an alternative for extracting fat from the buttocks or other parts of the body, that often become deformed after such a procedure and also require post-procedure treatment. Women that undergo this procedure may also benefit from achieve a more sculpted waistline and balanced appearance around the hips and waist.

The fat is removed using an innovative liposuction procedure, and involves only a few incisions around the lower waist area. The fat is extracted and purified, and then reinjected into the breast area so that it can adapt to the existing tissues. Some women may need to wear compression garments to speed up the healing process, and results are noticeable within a few days after the procedure.

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Zeltiq Liposuction Alternative Enters U.S. Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 3, 2010

Cyrolipolyisis is one of the latest techniques for removing fat permanently, and is a patented cooling technique that is now used in the Zeltiq procedure.

Zeltiq has recently entered the U.S. market as an alternative to liposuction, and may soon become the latest competitor for Zerona and other non-invasive fat removal options available at medical spas around the country.

The Zeltiq procedure works by inducing the death of fat cells in the treated area using a suction cup that vacuums and sucks in folds of fat and then rapidly cools them for a full hour. This innovative procedure is only available at select plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in the United States and Canada, and is a non-invasive, painless procedure that may be a good match for men and women struggling to lose a few stubborn pounds.

The Zeltiq procedure can be performed on almost any area of the body that has an abundance of fat cells, and works on the underlying layers of fat, not just the subcutaneous levels. This results in a visible reduction of fat in the treated area, and most people see full results within a few months.

Zeltiq is currently available at the Naficy Plastic Surgery and Rejuvenation Center in Bellevue, Washington. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and does not require any anesthesia. Patients do need to complete the full hour cycle on each treated area in order to achieve results, and they can return to their regular activities and resume physical activities including exercise immediately after the treatment. In order to achieve optimal results, patients also need to adhere to a well-balanced diet and maintain a healthy exercise regimen.

More information about the latest liposuction procedures and non-invasive body contouring procedures can be found here.

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Body Jet Water Assisted Liposuction Now Available in Canada

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 2, 2010

Body Jet water assisted liposuction is already making waves in the United States, and has recently been introduced to medical centers and plastic surgery clinics in Canada. Dr. Sean Brian Rice is the first plastic surgeon in the country to offer Body Jet water assisted liposuction to patients, and is reporting exceptional results.

The innovative liposuction technique uses the power of pulsated water to dislodge the fat from the treatment area before it gets removed. This is an alternative to laser-based procedures that run the risk of burning the skin and tissues, and works by preserving the blood vessels and nerves for a more favorable outcome. The natural water pressure helps minimize trauma and also reduces the amount of downtime. The entire procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, and in some cases, recovery time is much faster than traditional procedures including SmartLipo and laser liposuction.

Dr. Rice reports that, “We’ve had tremendous interest in the Body-Jet procedure already…patients are intrigued by the new “water lipo” procedure that offers a more natural way in which patients can achieve results. As well, the revolutionary opportunity to repurpose unwanted fat and a faster recovery time are both of great appeal to our clients.”

The Body Jet procedure is designed primarily for people that want to lose a small amount of “stubborn fat” around their stomach, hips, thighs and arms. The procedure can be performed within a couple of hours, and does not leave much swelling or bruising because it only requires a few incisions. The average healing time is between two and five days, depending on how much fat has been extracted, and there is little risk of indentations on the surface of the skin after the procedure. Once the fat has been removed, the patient does not regain the fat in the treated area when they put on weight. As long as the patient maintains a healthy diet and exercise program, they can continue enjoying results of their procedure.

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Cytori Receives FDA Approval for PureGraft System

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 13, 2010

Cytori Therapeutics, Incorporated is one of several pharmaceutical and medical companies that has been experimenting with the idea of using a patient’s own fat for certain anti-aging and skin rejuvenation procedures.

Fat injections can be the best solution for some people that want to get rid of wrinkles without surgery, but there has been a lot of controversy over whether this is indeed a safe process.

Cytori has now received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell a device in the United States that uses a patient’s own fat for cosmetic purposes. Cytori’s PureGraft system allows a physician to harvest a patient’s fat for about 15 minutes before re-injecting it into another part of the body. This may help reduce surgery time for certain procedures, and also reduce the amount of dead cells that accompany the fat extraction process.

The PureGraft device is capable of handling both small and large volumes of fat ranging from 50ml to 250ml, and helps to keep the cells sterile before re-injection. The PureGraft system washes the graft and drains all of the tumescent fluid in the treatment site, making the entire process much safer and more efficient.

According to Marc H. Hedrick, M.D., President of Cytori Therapeutics, “FDA clearance provides us with a strategically important product in addition to the CelBrush™ to help establish our brand and build relationships with U.S. plastic and reconstructive surgeons.”

The company reports that more than 46,000 fat-grafting procedures were performed in the United States last year, and that there is now a greater demand for cosmetic procedures that require the use of a patient’s own fat cells to achieve the best possible results.

After receiving FDA approval, shares of Cytori Therapeutics, Incorporated rose 19%. The company will begin working on gaining market approval for the PureGraft system in Europe later this year, and the product will be available in the United States by the end of the first quarter of 2010.

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VASER Liposuction Featured on FOX Denver

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 1, 2010

VASER Liposuction is among the most innovative permanent fat removal procedures available and was recently spotlighted in a news segment on FOX Denver. The ultrasonic liposuction procedure was featured on a segment that explores the phenomena of “Cougars” – the type of woman that dates men about 10 to 15 years younger – and reports that one of the growing trends for this market of women is to undergo the VASER procedure to ward off the signs of aging.

According to Drs. John Millar and David Broadway that appeared on the show, clients from around the country and many foreign countries are flocking to their practice to undergo the VASER ultrasonic liposuction procedure to battle the clock. The VASER procedure can be performed to sculpt a particular body part, remove or transfer fat for breast augmentation procedures, and also be used as part of a facelift procedure.

Dr. David Broadway reports that, “the miracle of VASER’s gentle ultrasound technology allows the physician to perform a complete body makeover, and then perform fat transfer augmentations, all in the same operation…VASER’s precise and gentle technology has revolutionized the industry, giving us unprecedented control and capability to sculpt a muscular and youthful appearance. And that bodes well for anyone out there wishing to enhance their bodies, no matter their dating lifestyle.”

The doctors use the VASER technology as part of their “bodevolve” treatment program that promises to be the new generation of body sculpting and body design. The procedure is followed by a complete lifestyle and exercise program with treatment s at a medical spa, personal trainer assessments and evaluations, and guidance from the doctors and other experts to help the patient maintain their new physique. Both doctors are recognized as preeminent Colorado plastic surgeons and offer other popular “makeover” procedures including Smart Lipo, Brazilian Buttock Augmentation and Pro Lipo.

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Laser Liposuction Deemed Safer than Traditional Procedures

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 26, 2009

Laser liposuction is among the most innovative techniques available for individuals undergoing permanent fat removal procedure.

Laser-assisted liposuction helps to remove excess fat and tightens up the skin during the process, allowing for more precise body contouring and minimal downtime. Experts say that it is generally safer than traditional procedures and is a versatile option because it can be performed on the abdomen, buttocks, waist, hips and flanks. In addition to serving as a first-time procedure, laser liposuction can be performed on people who have loose skin from a traditional liposuction procedure to provide a much better silhouette.

Most laser liposuction procedures are performed using only local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The procedure may be performed in less than an hour and requires only very small incisions in the treatment area. The heat from the laser helps to break down the fat cells and also makes the skin tissues around the treatment area contract. This tightens the skin shortly after the procedure and for several weeks after the procedure to improve results. The precision of the laser preserves the surrounding tissue and gives the surgeon more control over the fat removal process. Laser liposuction is generally safe for treating small areas such as the chin, neck and knees.

Since there is very little downtime or recovery associated with this procedure, most patients can return to regular activities within days after their procedure. These procedures are often marketed as “fat melting” systems and may use a combination of radio frequency energy and heat to create a smooth, contoured appearance.

Recovery times vary by individual and the size of the treatment area, but in most cases, the procedure involves only a few weeks or recovery and the patient does not need to wear bulky compression garments throughout the procedure.

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28-Year Old Woman Dies After Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 26, 2009

A 28-year old woman from Redmond was busy making preparations for her wedding day and decided to have laser-assisted liposuction to improve her appearance.

Laser-assisted liposuction has been available in the United States for several years, and is among the most sought-after procedures for men and women that want to get rid of a few ‘vanity’ pounds and improve their silhouette. This procedure is attractive to many because it is less invasive than traditional liposuction that requires the use of general anesthesia, and the procedure promises lasting results with less downtime and a lower risk of side effects.

Sadly, Ms. Aura Javellana of Redmond, a healthy bride-to-be, passed away recently shortly after her laser-assisted liposuction procedure from the Sono Bello Body Contour Center in Bellevue.

Sono Bello claims that they have “ruled out the major risk and complications that existed with traditional liposuction by introducing the use of new micro-instruments and laser assistance.” The center promotes the fact that patients can walk and walk out of the center the very same day, and that they can even return to work and resume regular activities the following day.

Unfortunately, these claims did not hold true for the 28-year old who simply wanted to get rid of a few unwanted pounds before her big day. On May 26, 2009, Ms. Javaellana underwent a 3.5 hour procedure that cost $8,000 to remove fat from her abs, love handles and upper arms. She checked into a hotel to recover from the procedure shortly after the procedure, but by the next morning, she was dead. Maids found her when they opened the door to clean her room.

The King County Medical Examiner reports that it was the procedure that killed her, and she died from “acute lidocaine intoxication”. She had lost blood and body fluid from the 11 puncture wounds that were left behind from the liposuction tubes used in the procedure.

The Corporate Medical Director of Sono Bello continues to claim that the woman’s death was of no fault of the clinic.

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Dermatologists Say Ultrasound Technology Best for Fat Removal

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 24, 2009

Current fat reduction and removal methods include a combination of exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and undergoing liposuction to remove stubborn body fat. While some people need to undergo stomach stapling and counseling to get their weight under control, many are better candidates for localized fat removal using liposuction and lipoplasty methods that remove fat cells permanently. Dermatologists that met at the American Academy of Dermatology’s SKIN Academy in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts claim that ultrasound technologies that promote non-invasive fat removal may be  a better choice for many people struggling with a few ‘vanity’ pounds.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Dover, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut and adjunct professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire, “There is a strong demand for non-invasive procedures that can address the concerns of people who are not considered overweight, but despite diet and exercise, have pockets of fat that bother them…while traditional liposuction and laser liposuction are invasive surgical procedures that are designed for overall fat reduction, new procedures are emerging that are non-invasive and showing promise in clinical studies for removing fat without the potential risks and downtime of invasive procedures.” (Source:

High-intensity focused ultrasound systems – that are currently not available in the United States – are considered to be an effective new technique for fat removal because they are capable of selectively destroying fat beneath the skin without damaging surrounding tissues or requiring any incisions. The ultrasound energy is able to deliver thermal energy into the tissues and dissolves the fat cells. The fat cells can then be eliminated out of the body naturally.

Ultrasound liposuction techniques are still being tested, but may soon become a viable option for people that want to target specific areas of fat without undergoing surgery.

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