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Oral and Topical Agents Can Prevent UV-Induced Skin Cancer

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 19, 2010

Topical agents, diet and certain medicines presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting 2010 in Chicago is showing promise for preventing UV-induced skin cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, and dermatologists are now encouraging the public to be conscientious about the amount of sun they are exposed to, and taking extra steps to use broad-spectrum sunscreen on a regular basis.

Still, incidences of non-melanoma skin cancer continue to rise, and researchers are investigating the effects of certain foods, vitamins and medicines that may prevent skin cancer.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham shared the results of some of the latest research initiatives that showcase the benefits of medicine and diet in preventing UV-induced skin cancer. According to dermatologist Craig A. Elmets, MD, FAAD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology and Director of the Skin Diseases Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Based on the research conducted thus far, it appears that several different agents have the potential to be effective in providing enhanced sun protection and preventing non-melanoma skin cancers…while the way these agents work are different, we have seen encouraging results with both oral and topical agents, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), eflornithine and certain types of natural antioxidants.” (Source: Medical News Today)

Dr. Elmets explained that oral medication can be effective at preventing basal cell nevus syndrome, a genetic defect that triggers the development of basal cell carcinoma at a very early age. Other drugs can be injected into the skin to inhibit cancer cell formation. A number of antioxidants were also evaluated for their chemopreventive properties, and some were found to destroy free radicals and compounds in the body that damage the DNA. Several clinical studies suggest that polyphenols in grape seed extract and green tea can help to prevent the growth of certain types of skin tumors.

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ISAPS Releases Global Plastic Surgery Statistics

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 18, 2010

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is a global leader in plastic surgery and has recently published the results of its ISAPS Biennial Global Survey™ for the first time. The survey includes information about plastic surgeons and procedures in the top 25 countries and regions representing 75% of all procedures performed around the globe in 2009. This is the most reliable source of plastic surgery data and statistics, and provides several insights about the most popular surgical and non-surgical procedures around the globe.

According to the ISAPS survey, the top ten countries with the most surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures include the United States, China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Turkey and Spain. The United States continues to dominate in this field, but many countries that are not always considered to be popular destinations for cosmetic procedures still made the top 25 list. Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Portugal and Thailand are among the world’s top destinations for plastic and cosmetic surgery.

The ISAPS Global Survey also reveals that liposuction is among the most sought-after surgical procedures around the globe, followed by breast augmentation, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty and abdominoplasty. Certain procedures were more popular in countries including Brazil, China, Mexico and Japan, and the number of non-surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons around the globe is higher than the number of surgical procedures.

The top five, most sought-after non-surgical procedures include Botox and Dysport, hyaluronic acid injections, laser hair removal, autologous fat injections, and IPL treatments. Many of the non-surgical procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, and there is little to no downtime involved.

The survey was conducted through a professional survey company, and results were compiled, tabulated and analyzed by an independent research firm in Columbus, Ohio. Representatives from National Societies provided the counts for over 75 percent of the 31,000 total estimated plastic surgeons participating in the survey.

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Breform Internal Bra Helps Women Maintain Youthful Silhouette

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 17, 2010

Many women find that wearing a bra is very constricting and can have difficulty finding a bra that fits them properly. Those who undergo plastic surgery to get breast implants or have their breast size reduced also find it challenging to find a bra that provides the support and comfort they need. Cosmetic surgeons have  now developed an innovative breast lift procedure that may reduce the need for wearing a bra altogether.

The “breform” procedure works as an internal bra to support the breast tissue and keep it in place. This bra is placed under the skin layer of the breasts to act as an internal support system. It is made of a polyester material and is inserted right into the tissue without risk of breaking down. The internal bra is inserted into the tissue after a small incision is made around the areola. The cup is designed to cover the fat and tissue of the breasts completely, and then is sutured in place to create a smooth look.

The breform procedure works as a permanent bra, and can reduce the need to be completely dependent on wearing a real bra for support. The material used to create the bra in this procedure is safe to use as an implant and poses few hazards and side effects for the patient. It is a cosmetic procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. In most cases, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, but some surgeons may recommend general anesthesia depending on the size of the breast tissue and the health of the patient.

This innovative breast lift procedure is designed for women who have sagging breasts, but may not be effective for women with very large breasts. Women who are a C cup, D cup or larger may need to undergo breast reduction surgery before they are suitable candidates for the breform procedure.

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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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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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Madonna Lift Helps Patients Maintain Youthful Looks

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 13, 2010

Many patients who notice the signs of aging creeping up around their eyes, nose, chin and on the forehead turn to a facelift or injectable fillers to achieve a more youthful look. Some plastic and cosmetic surgeons around the country have introduced a facelift alternative called the Madonna Lift, a laser procedure that helps to eliminate crow’s feet and helps the patient achieve tighter, toned and more youthful-looking skin.

Many people who develop crow’s feet and sagging skin around the eyes have skin that has become damaged from too much sun exposure, smoking, an unhealthy diet, and other lifestyle factors. Crow’s feet can be minimized or eliminated with a combination of fractional laser treatments and injectables that tighten and strengthen the skin.

The Madonna Lift is a combination procedure that involves the administration of the Coolaser fracational laser treatment, and in some cases, a series of injections around the delicate eye area to strengthen and tone the skin. This procedure works by triggering collagen production deep within the skin’s surface. More collagen under the skin helps make the skin become more resilient, thicker and stronger.

The Madonna Lift promises minimal downtime and there is no scarring involved. Many people undergoing this procedure also notice dark circles disappearing, and will see progressive results as the skin continues to heal.

This innovative facelift alternative may be suitable for patients who are noticing the premature signs of aging and are not ready to undergo a complete facelift surgery. Those who want to maintain results may need to undergo a second laser resurfacing procedure within a year for their first treatment, but can maintain results by getting injectable fillers such as Botox or Restylane.

The Madonna Lift was developed by Dr. Bruce Katz of Juva Skin in New York.

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Introduces Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 12, 2010

Many women considering breast implants or breast enhancement procedures are hesitant to go under the knife because of the long recovery process and pain associated with the procedure.

A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon has developed the flash recovery breast augmentation procedure as an alternative to traditional breast implant and revision procedures.  Dr. Ashkan Ghavami has developed this trademarked procedure that involves less trauma and promises speedy recovery.

According to Dr. Ghavami, “The goal of the Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation is to give my patients a rapid, painless recovery, with the least amount of trauma on the body possible…this procedure is superior to traditional breast augmentations in almost every way imaginable and I am conducting a prospective study to analyze its unique benefits.”

The reason why this procedure offers better results and a faster recovery time than conventional breast augmentation procedures is because it involves dissecting the breast tissue in a very precise way, and reduces damage to the surrounding tissue. The surgeon can develop a small breast pocket to hold the implant and thereby minimizes trauma to the tissues, muscles and rib cage. The entire procedure can usually be performed in under an hour, and in some cases, in under 30 minutes. The process involves cauterization of some of the tissue, which reduces trauma to the surrounding tissue and ensures that the implant is secured permanently in place.

Patients undergoing this procedure do not even need to take prescription pain medication, and there is no draining, binding or wrapping of the breast and chest tissue required. Most patients will be required to wear a surgical bra after the procedure. The bra helps to support the breast tissue during the healing process, and also helps to speed up recovery. In order to maintain results with Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation, patients need to maintain a consistent exercise and stretching program.

(Source: American Health and Beauty)

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Cytori Gets Approval for Stem Cell Device for Breast Reconstruction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 10, 2010

Cytori Therapeutics, a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company, has received the European approval CE mark for an innovative stem cell device. The Celution® System is a unique medical device that extracts and separates stem cells and regenerative cells from the patient’s fat tissue. This process is helpful for fat transfer procedures and can help with breast reconstruction. The Celution System may be very effective for repairing soft tissue defects, facilitating the wound healing process, and also for repairing the effects of Crohn’s disease.

Clinical data from Cytori’s RESTORE 2 breast reconstruction trial in Europe and several other wound repair clinical studies show that the previously-approved indications for use in the Celution® Steym are still active and unchanged. The system can be used to perform a number of different procedures, and may soon be marketed to clinics and hospitals in the United States.

The new indications covering the Celution® System for the digestion of adipose tissue can be used to prepare and implant autologous cell-enriched fat grafts for breast reconstruction procedures, and also deliver the Celution® System cellular output to facilitate healing of rectal and vaginal wounds resulting from Crohn’s disease.

According to Marc H. Hedrick, M.D., president of Cytori, “The expanded indications improve our ability to provide the Celution® System to European hospitals in addition to the private-pay plastic and cosmetic surgery clinics…these claims, coupled with our expanded focus on reimbursement, will make this technology more broadly available, not just for a wider range of procedures but to a greater population of patients.” (Source: MarketWatch.com)

Over 370,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Europe each year and the majority of these patients need to undergo some form of breast reconstruction procedure. The Cytori stem cell device may help many of these women undergo a successful procedure.

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Trend for Cosmetic Surgery After Divorce or Break Ups on the Rise

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 9, 2010

Many men and women who are going through a divorce are now turning to plastic and cosmetic surgery to feel better about themselves and obtain a new outlook on life.  According to a recent story in UK’s StyleList, those who are looking for a fresh start in their lives, and those who wish to seek revenge against their former mates, are heading to the cosmetic or plastic surgeon’s office for a pick-me-up makeover.

New York plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Freund indicates that many women head to the surgeon’s office when the breakup gets very ugly, or when the husband gets abusive. Women who are in a distressing situation will often turn to a cosmetic surgery makeover for a boost of self-esteem, and to increase their confidence.

The most popular procedures among divorcees include facial and neck rejuvenation, breast implants, laser skin resurfacing and other minimally-invasive procedures. Those who have won a settlement from the divorce often spend a significant amount of money to improve their looks. Those who cannot afford plastic surgery out of pocket may have the option to sign up for a payment plan or obtain patient financing to cover the costs of the procedure.

Both men and women can enjoy both the physical benefits and the emotional benefits of undergoing this type of procedure. Many feel like this the procedure provides them with a new beginning and gives them a “second shot” to find someone else.

Even those who are contemplating a divorce or a separation head to the plastic surgeon’s office to learn about different procedures so that they can build some self-confidence. The most popular procedures for women who are about to go through a divorce include breast augmentation, breast lifts and abdominoplasty, according to StyleList.

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