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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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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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First Stem Cell Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed in Boca Raton

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 30, 2010

Earlier this month, Stem Cell Assurance, Incorporated announced that Arthur Handal, MD, F.A.C.S., has performed the first ever regenerative cell breast augmentation procedure through the Stem Cell Assurance physician network. The procedure was successfully performed at the Handal Plastic Surgery clinic in Boca Raton, Florida.

The goal of the procedure was to increase the patient’s breast size by one cup. Fat was extracted from the patient’s hips and thighs through a conventional tumescent liposuction procedure, and transplanted into the breast tissues for assimilation.

Shortly after the procedure, Dr. Handal stated that, “Today is a defining moment in breast augmentation surgery. The offering of this pioneering procedure through a collaborative national physician network is an important milestone that marks major improvement on current technology and the way in which it is delivered to the patient.”

Dr. Handal was able to create a natural-looking set of breasts using certain techniques that would insure the breast tissues would adapt to the introduction of the fat and regenerative cells. Since the procedure does not involve introducing a foreign implant, there was no risk that the body would reject it. According to a press release from the Stem Cell Assurance, Inc. network, the fat volume retention rate is approximately 80% or more compared to the 30-50% survival rate of fat retention in other fat grafting procedures.

Stem Cell Assurance, Inc. is the first U.S.-based company to offer adult stem cells for physician use. The company offers several services including adult stem cell research, stem cell collection, cryogenic storage and cosmetic therapies.

Dr. Handal is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is dedicated to the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. The patient that underwent the procedure has been monitored closely with scheduled follow up visits with Dr. Handal, and more information about the outcomes of the procedure will be posted on the Stem Cell Assurance website.

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Doctor Demystifies Anesthesia in New Book ‘Before the Scalpel’

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 20, 2009

before-the-scalpelIf you’ve considered having a tummy tuck, getting breast implants or having liposuction, your surgeon will most likely perform the entire procedure under general anesthetic.

Anesthesia is a procedure in itself, a powerful sedative that ensures you won’t feel a thing when going under the knife.  However, some people experience an adverse reaction to the narcotics and drugs administered during the procedure; others experience powerful hallucinations and lucid dreaming days, even weeks after the drugs wear off.

For many people undergoing surgery, their biggest fears are waking up in the middle of the procedure or feeling pain. One doctor hopes to demystify the anesthesia process in a new book, Before the Scalpel: What Everyone Should Know About Anesthesia. Dr. Panchali Dhar talks about the issues surrounding different types and uses of anesthesia, and ways in which it is used specifically for cosmetic surgery, dental treatments, and during labor.  The doctor provides solid, factual information about what happens to the body under anesthesia, and why some people do in fact, wake up during their procedure.

In a recent press release about the book, Dr. Dhar states that, “By the age of 50, most people have had at least three encounters with some form of anesthesia. Before you or a loved one undergoes another surgery or medical procedure, it’s important to empower yourself and learn the basic questions to ask about anesthesia in order to ensure a safe and pain-free experience.”

The book also contains a list of questions to ask the anesthesiologist before treatment, and tips for becoming a more informed patient.  Overall, it is a source book for patients who want to learn as much as possible about their operation, and offers tips for handling post-operative problems such as nausea, headaches and other ailments. Each chapter ends with a checklist that the doctor names ‘prescriptives’, so that patients can take notes as they read along and even make a copy for future reference.

Dr. Dhar is an anesthesiologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, and assistant professor of anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Before the Scalpel: What Everyone Should Know About Anesthesia sells for a list price of $24.95, and is available online and offline from all major booksellers.

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Facelift Alternatives May Be Safer for Patients Under 65

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 23, 2008

Mature woman beachWhile thousands of men and women undergo facelift surgery each year to tighten up sagging skin, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and regain their youthful looks, some doctors arre encouraging patients to steer clear of the surgeon’s table.

Facial rejuvenation procedures that do not involve any surgery or incisions are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to the conventional facelift, and more surgeons are perfecting their technique for administering Botox injections, photo rejuvenation facials and other treatments to help eliminate or reduce wrinkles.

Dr. Jeffrey Kronson, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons recently stated that; “there is no reason for a face-lift if you are under 65 years old. When a doctor invades the cosmetic envelope, cutting tissue, inflammation is created which needs to be repaired. There is inevitable scarring and removal of skin which can’t be replaced.” (Source:

One of the latest facelift alternatives that can help reduce the risks associated with surgery is the ‘liquid facelift.’  This facelift alternative makes use of a set of different injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox to increase facial tissue volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  While results are not permanent, this type of ‘facelift’ does provide instant results and does not involve any recovery time.

A set of treatments may also be purchased as a package, further reducing the total costs of treatment and allowing patients to stay within a smaller budget.  Dr. Kronson explains that these small fixes may be all it really takes to boost self-confidence and enjoy the benefits of cosmetic enhancements with little or no risks.

Other beauty enhancements on the radar of patients who do not want to undergo surgery to look younger include laser facial rejuvenation, Intense Pulsed Light treatments, and injection rhinoplasty.  All of these treatments also cost less than the standard facelift, and the procedures are available at several medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

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Laser Hair Removal a Top Choice for Holiday Beauty Fix

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 20, 2008

42-15590919If you need a quick mini-makeover for the holidays and New Year countdown, simple and affordable cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal and dermal fillers may be your best bets.

Researchers at the Harley Medical Group, the UK’s largest cosemtic surgery provider, are reporting that laser hair removal treatments and packages are some of the most sought-after procedures for the 2008 holiday season.

A recent press release from the Harley medical Group states that the quick and gentle procedure helps to remove small patches of unwanted hair right in time for the holidays.  While some people will need a series of treatments to achieve long-lasting results, the procedure can help get rid of a substantial amount of hair after one treatment, eliminating the need to use hair removal creams or wax for fuzz-free skin.

Botox and other dermal fillers are also convenient options for a quick pre-holiday fix, and many medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers are offering deep discounts on these treatments to lure in holiday shoppers during the tough economic times.  Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox can help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and all of them deliver instant results.  Since these fillers do not require any bandages or a significant amount of downtime, they could be an attractive treatment for those on a tight schedule this holiday season.

A single laser hair removal treatment can cost between $50 to $200 for small areas and $500 – $900 for larger areas.  Costs depend on the density of the hair, number of treatments purchased, and the location of the laser hair removal specialist.

The average cost of Botox and other dermal fillers ranges between $400 – $600+ depending on the type of injectable and the physician or aesthetic professional administering the injection.  Patients who do find discounted packages and special offers are advised to check the credentials of the provider and verify that the facility is using genuine products.

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Spa Pampering Packages Help Breast Augmentation Patients Recover With Ease

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 14, 2008

spaBreast augmentation procedures such as saline or silicone breast implants, or breast lifts that require a significant amount of incisions and surgery can leave patients in recovery for several weeks and months after the procedure. Most breast augmentation patients receive a recovery plan from the surgeon where they are required to get a significant amount of rest, eliminate activities from the daily schedule and avoid wearing certain types of clothing so that the incisions and tissues can heal at a healthy rate.

Some plastic and cosmetic surgery centers are taking the recovery process one step further by arranging for spa pampering packages as part of the treatment. The ‘post-op pampering plan’ concept is taking off in the UK as more patients turn to breast augmentation to improve their figures and enjoy a boost of confidence.

Cosmetic surgeons are teaming up with area spas to offer luxurious ‘Indulgence Day’ packages designed to give patients a mini-makeover after surgery. According to Brand New You Magazine, These four-hour sessions include a facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, eyebrow threading and a consultation with a professional hair stylist and makeup artist. The session allows patients to relax and enjoy their new bodies, and then have professional photographs taken as they play supermodel for the day.

In most cases, massage therapy and deep relaxation treatments can help the body restore itself naturally and may even reduce pain or discomfort that resulted from the surgery. Some surgeons even encourage patients to receive lymphatic massage which helps reduce swelling and eliminates water retention. However, all patients must be fully recovered before undergoing any type of vigorous body treatments.

Currently, the Indulgence Day packages are offered at the spa at the CityPoint Club in central London. Surgeons may soon begin referring patients to these types of programs as part of their post-recovery treatment.

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Revance Continues Research of Topical Botox Alternative

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 11, 2008

revanceEven though Botox continues to be one of the most sought after minimally-invasivie cosmetic procedures for both men and women, some people do experience a significant amount of discomfort from the procedure.  Botox injections can help to erase wrinkles and deep grooves on the forehead, fill out hollowed facial compartments and create a more youthful appearance.

However, the injection does have some side effects including redness, puffiness, light bruising and in some cases, can trigger an adverse reaction on the skin.

Revance Therapeutics has recently received $8 Million in funding to continue researching a topical alternative to botulinum toxin.

The biopharmaceutical company first began its Phase Ib clinical trail of a proprietary botulinum toxin type A gel in November 2006, and studied how this gel could be absorbed into the skin to achieve lasting skin-tightening results.  Now, the company will continue with its next phase of testing and research to determine the exact quantity needed to achieve results that are similar to the traditional Botox injection, and what areas of the face may be most responsive to this type of topical treatment.

Revance is conducting preliminary studies of the RT001 product using its proprietary TransMTS technology. The Revance website reports that RT001 is an investigational product still in its clinical stages, an it is also undergoing the FDA approval process.

Using a gel instead of receiving an injection may be a convenient and more versatile alternative for thousands of men and women interested in getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles.  While there are hundreds of wrinkle removal and skin tightening products available over the counter, most cannot absorb readily into the skin to create a lasting difference.

A Botox gel could help many of the 11 million+ consumers interested in anti-wrinkle treatments achieve results with an alternative to the injectable.

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Nearly 40% of Men Want Wives to Have Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 10, 2008

Thousands of women undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery each here in hopes of looking more attractive, erasing the signs of aging and even improving their marriage. Researchers are now confirming that plastic surgery does improve a person’s love life, and could even save their marriage.

The Harley Medical Group of the UK recently reported that more than one in five men surveyed want their wives to have plastic surgery. The Group reports that;

“Almost a third of the men surveyed said if their wife were to undergo cosmetic surgery it would improve their sex life, while 19% thought that plastic surgery could save their marriage. Nearly a quarter of the men said they miss the body their wife had when they first met.”

Of all the different cosmetic surgery procedures available, liposuction (tummy and legs) and breast enlargement were the most important for men. Getting a face lift, neck lift or rhinoplasty was near the bottom of the list, and the buttocks lift was only important to 6% of those surveyed. These procedures were listed as the most important because they can help a woman maintain her youthful appearance and get rid of excess weight that often accompanies aging.

In most cases, men were willing to pay for the entire procedure, but The Harley Medical Group reports only 25% of those surveyed would even consider having plastic or cosmetic surgery done to improve their own appearance.

The Harley Medical Group conducts similar studies throughout the year to assess the overall public perception about plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures.  This particular study was completed before the release of the operetta called ‘Skin Deep’ which opens in Leeds, UK in January 2009.

(Source: Harley Medical News)

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Breast Enhancement Gum – An Alternative to Breast Implants?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 17, 2008

You chew on gum to freshen your breath or ward off hunger pangs, but what if you could also increase your breast size? Zoft Breast Enhancement Gum is now available, an all natural supplement that costs $11.95 per package. The gum is designed to trigger breast tissue production, and the “effects are likened to a second puberty for your breasts.”

After hormones stop shifting during puberty, the chances of increased breast growth rapidly diminish. Most women experience a significant increase in breast size during pregnancy and larger breasts are often the result of weight gain. Still, those who want to enhance their breasts naturally can turn to exercise, and many health supplements promise to enhance or trigger breast tissue production.

Zoft Breast Enhancement gum promises to create larger, fuller breasts within weeks of taking the supplement. The gum is designed to be taken after meals so that the body can absorb the ingredients directly into the bloodstream with ease. The company behind the product suggest it can also help to:

  • Improve digestion
  • Relax and reduce tension
  • Improve concentration
  • Help fight tooth decay
  • Freshen breath

The ‘suggested use’ is six months, enough time needed for the body to absorb the ingredients and trigger the breast tissue production cycle. Key ingredients in Zoft include fenugreek seed extract, L-tyrosine, saw palmetto berry, black cohosh root extract, Mexican Wild Yam Root, and hops flower. Together, these ingredients and compounds can increase estrogen in the body which may result in fuller, larger breasts.

Zoft gum hopes to be a nonsurgical solution for breast enhancement, but is not supported by scientific research or clinical trials. Those who wish to pursue breast augmentation can consult with a specialist to discuss surgery that provides guaranteed results.

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