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Facial Exercises Can Help You Stay Looking Young

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 16, 2010

If you want to maintain a fresh and youthful appearance but don’t have the funds for facelift surgery or other cosmetic enhancements, you may be able to maintain your youthful look by doing facial exercises on a regular basis. Facial exercises that strain and stretch your skin and contract your muscles can help to keep your skin looking smooth, resilient and toned, and doing these exercises regularly can help to minimize sagging skin and wrinkles.

The reason why certain types of facial exercises work is because they help to increase blood circulation around the face and neck area, and also help to trigger the cell renewal process. Skin that appears dull or dry may be covered by a thick layer of dead skin cells. These skin cells can be sloughed away with a high quality exfoliant and manual massage, which helps to increase circulation and also helps to improve the skin’s complexion. Softer, more youthful skin will be able to absorb more moisture and wrinkles and lines will become less noticeable.

Those who are dealing with acne or acne scars can improve the condition of their skin by exfoliating regularly, and also by performing facial exercises that promote cell turnover. Increasing cell turnover helps the skin heal and renew itself so that damaged skin is less noticeable.

Many dermatologists and medical spas recommend applying nutrient-rich serums and compounds to the skin in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of aging. Facial exercises can be performed as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of lines and wrinkles, and can also keep the skin looking supple, flexible and strong. Maintaining a facial care regimen of exercises, topical anti aging products, and professional facials can help to promote collagen production and reduce the effects of aging.

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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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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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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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American Academy of Dermatology Meets in Miami

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 11, 2010

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) held its annual meeting in Miami, Florida during the first weekend in March, bringing together hundreds of physicians from around the country to discuss the latest innovations in laser skin resurfacing devices and techniques, and the latest advances in treating aging skin.

Several vendors and exhibitors unveiled new devices over the course of the event.

Johnson & Johnson demonstrated its CYTOMIMIC Technology that combines essential minerals to deliver biological levels of electric signals deep into the skin to match the skin’s bioelectricity. The technology is designed to rejuvenate, repair and renew the skin from inside out, and clinical studies showed a significant improvement in the skin’s appearance starting within minutes of the application. The technology promotes an increase in cellular activity by triggering the production of collagen and elastin, while reducing the signs of aging.

Another highlight of the meeting was the unveiling of data evaluating the safety and effectiveness of psoriasis treatments STELARA and REMICADE. Both of these products had been tested for approximately 18 months and results of the study showed that STELAR, a prescription medicine that affects the immune system, and REMICADE, the first anti-TNF-alpha treatment to be approved in gastroenterology, dermatology and rheumatology, offer some attractive options for managing the chronic disease.

Fractional resurfacing devices were also a hot topic at this year’s meeting, and Syneron unveiled its e2 sublative laser system that works at the epidermal and dermal levels to reduce the signs of aging and improve the skin’s appearance. The e2 device is an innovative non-invasive laser resurfacing procedure that helps remove moderate lines and wrinkles, and also increase collagen production so the skin appears more resilient and toned.

Demand for fractional resurfacing treatments with little downtime is still strong, as more patients search for non-surgical options for removing lines and wrinkles.

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Syneron Unveils e2 Device for Skin Rejuvenation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 10, 2010

Syneron, the makers of the VelaShape body contouring system and eMatrix aesthetic medical devices, unveiled a new fractional laser treatment at the American Academy of Dermatology this March.

The e2 device is a combination of fractional epidermal and dermal sublative laser treatment, and promises to help improve the texture and tone of the skin while reducing wrinkles.

The e2 device is designed to treat patients with mild to moderate scarring, pigmentation, skin laxity and wrinkles, and is most suitable for patients who do not want to undergo more aggressive treatments such as the Fraxel laser resurfacing procedure or the Erbium laser.

Syneron’s e2 device is performed using the eMatrix system that uses two different treatment tips for epidermal and dermal rejuvenation. The system is designed with the Sublative RF Dermal Rejuvenation tip and the Sublative RF for Epidermal Rejuvenation tip. The Sublative RF Dermal Rejuvenation tip can be used as a standalone treatment, or in conjunction with the epidermal tip to improve the skin tone and get rid of traces of scars. Since it is a non-invasive procedure, patients enjoy very little downtime and do not experience a significant amount of discomfort.

According to Dr. Lori Brightman, a board-certified dermatologist at the Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York, “Our e2 treatment clinical trials yield impressive results for multiple indications in the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin including scar revision and textural irregularities…I can address a complete range of skin rejuvenation concerns with reliable, consistent results from one system.” (Source: Syneron Asia Blog)

The sublative rejuvenation treatment program is a good match for darker skin types because there is little risk of excessive scarring or pigmentation with the procedure. Most people complete the healing process within a week to two weeks after the treatment, and the procedure can be administered by a board-certified dermatologist or licensed medical aesthetician.

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Coolaser Offers New Option for Treating Crows Feet

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 25, 2010

The small wrinkles that develop around the edges of the eyes and around the lash line are among the telltale signs of aging, but there are several cosmetic procedures that can help to reduce the appearance of these lines – also known as crows feet – or eliminate them altogether.

Skin tightening treatments and Botox injections can provide temporary wrinkle relief, but an innovative laser that works by promoting collagen regrowth may also offer some benefits.

The Coolaser device is desgiend to deliver laser energy deep into the top layer of the skin and causes the skin tissues to contract. In this procedure, the entire surface of the skin is first cooled using a special device, and then a series of light pulses are emitted onto the skin’s surface. The skin cells absorb the light energy to completely vaporize the cells. As the physician passes this light over the skin, small amounts of tissue are removed. Since this is perceived as damage to the skin, collagen production increases. This tightening effect helps to strengthen the skin and restores elasticity.

The Coolaser device is currently performed at the office of Dr. Simon Ourian, the Medical Director of Epione Medical Corporation of Los Angeles, and so far, has delivered very promising results.

In addition to treating wrinkles, the Coolaser is designed to remove superficial blemishes and can also even out an uneven skin tone. The treatment takes between 10 to 15 minutes, and the depth of penetration can be adjusted according to the person’s skin type.

Patients can turn to this innovative laser technology to eliminate wrinkles, but are also advised to take care of their skin by using Retin-A topical skin creams (available only by prescription), or by undergoing a skin tightening treatment that helps to tighten all of the skin around the face and neck area.

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FDA Accepts Application for Innovative Rosacea Treatment Gel

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 23, 2009

Rosacea is a common skin disorder in the United States and is identified by excessive redness of the skin, along with transient papules and pustules. This chronic skin condition affects about 14 million Americans and cause significant psychological and self-esteem problems if it is left untreated. Current rosacea treatments include Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL) and topical ointments. However, the FDA is currently reviewing a new drug by Sol-Gel Technologies that may offer multiple benefits for rosacea patients.

Sol-Gel has developed the DER45-EV Gel, a topical solution designed to enhance the efficacy and stability of topical drugs by creating a protective barrier between the drug and the skin. According to Dr. Stanley Shapiro, Sol-Gel’s Head of Skin Care Science and Technology, “As Sol-Gel’s microcapsulation forms a protective barrier between the drug and the skin, we expect it to reduce irritation when applied to the relatively sensitive skin of rosacea patients.”

The FDA has acknowledged receipt of this drug as an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for the topical treatment of rosacea. People who were eligible for this study had to be 18 years of older, have facial rosacea with 15 or more inflammatory lesions, have moderate or severe ratings (a 3 or 4) of rosacea on the IGA, and could not have any allergies or sensitivities to ingredients in the test product. The gel was applied topically once per day to the facial area only for a course of 12 weeks. Women who were pregnant, breast feeding or planning pregnancy, and those with other dermatological conditions of the face were excluded from the trial.

The Sol-Gel study was first received on July 14, 2009 and is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More information about the latest rosacea treatments and dermatologic solutions for patients with rosacea can be found here.

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Skin Rejuvenation with Stem Cells Offers Promising Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 5, 2009

j0390226Stem cells are becoming the vital solution for many surgeries and treatments that involve the regrowth of skin tissues, and are now being studied for their effects on skin rejuvenation procedures.

Retail skin rejuvenation products typically contain a combination of liquid collagen, hyaluronic acid and other ingredients that help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and firm up the skin.

A recent study now suggests that stem cells could be a key ingredient in these topical products, and can effectively help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while enhancing the skin’s texture and firmness.

Scientists and clinical researchers at the International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCC) recently revealed the preliminary results of Parthenogenic Stem Cells for skin rejuvenation treatments. The products made from these compounds contain a combination of stem cells and other ingredients that affect how the sin retains moisture, and how the cells turnover. Continuous use of the product may help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, increase collagen levels, and improve the texture and tone of the skin.

Further testing is needed to determine what can be expected with long-term use of the treatments, but the preliminary data looks very promising. The Parthenogenic Stem Cell discovery is just one of several research programs underway at the research center, and the products are wholly owned by Lifeline Cell Technology. If the products do make it to the consumer market, the company plans to launch a complete skincare line that is supported by the stem cell research.

According to an article in Medical News Today, plastic surgeons are already taking note and looking forward to adding these types of products to their retail lines. Dr. Gregory Keller, a facial plastic surgeon, says that these are just the early stages of a breakthrough in skincare, and may provide some significant long-term benefits in reducing the visible signs of aging.

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Dermo-Analyzer Helps Assess Skin Conditions

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 5, 2009

vichy-dermo-analyzerMany dermatologists and aestheticians use skin analysis tools to determine the condition of the skin and offer treatment options for their patients.

However, many of these tools only provide information about the top layer, or dermis of the skin.  Dermatologists may soon be able to assess the condition of deeper layers of the skin using a device known as the Dermo-Analyzer.

Key indicators of aging skin include extensive dehydration, pigmentation, sun spots, acne scars that do not heal, and a patchy or uneven skin tone. The Dermo-Analyzer is designed to  compile these conditions and determine the individual’s skin type within minutes.  The device is capable of providing detailed feedback about the condition of the skin based on the skin’s oil distribution, color, type and light sensitivity.  The tests are used to determine the ‘real age’ of the skin, and identify any signs of premature aging.

The machine was introduced to skin practitioners and the public at the World Trade Center in Causeway Bay in December 2008, and is currently available as part of the Derma Skincare Centre treatment plan. Dermatologists often use computer-assisted skin analysis machines and computer imaging software to ‘grade’ the condition of the skin and make recommendations for appropriate treatments.

The Dermo-Analyzer is part of a state-of-the-art skincare centre that uses data from over 7,000 people. The Standard reports that: “The six main tests are for skin age, color, sensitivity type, sensitivity to light, moisturization and oil distribution. Using the data, pharmacists and skin-care advisers can offer tailor-made treatments to each individual customer.

Vichy and La-Roche Posay, the skincare company that created the device currently offer in-depth skin analysis tools on their website.  Patients answer a series of questions about their skin type to determine what their skin type is, and what products may be most suitable for them.  Questions cover the topics of acne, dehydration, aging and sun sensitivities; the Dermo-Analyzer device may help speed up this process and help skincare specialists offer a more comprehensive skin analysis and consultation.

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