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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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Hyperoxia May Slow Down Formation of Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 16, 2010

A recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology shows that oxygen infusions to the skin may help reduce the formation of wrinkles and also reduce the risk of tissue damage from UVB rays. Many people who exhibit the visible signs of aging, including wrinkles and lines around the eyes, nose and mouth, and a thickening of the outer layer of the skin, have been overexposed to UVB rays.

In this study, mice who were exposed to UVB radiation and then placed in an oxygen chamber showed fewer signs of tissue damage and wrinkles than those who were exposed to UVB radiation without time in the oxygen chamber. The researchers assigned 24 hairless mice into three groups for testing, and those that were exposed to UVB radiation were placed under a special fluorescent lamp three times per week, for five weeks. Some were then placed in an oxygen chamber or two hours after each session under the lamp.

Researchers found that all of the mice exposed to UVB rays did develop wrinkles over the five week period, but those who did not spend time in the oxygen chamber showed more pronounced wrinkles and an increase in epidermal thickness. Researchers note that additional studies are required to form any conclusions, but in the meantime, it is still a good idea to avoid excessive UVB exposure by wearing sunscreen.

While many people who spend a lot of time in the sun do develop wrinkles more readily, there are several ways to protect the skin, and even reverse the wrinkle formation process. Dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen and staying out of direct sunlight or tanning bed. Skin tightening treatments such as Thermage or Titan, and skin rejuvenation procedures such as Fraxel laser skin resurfacing can effectively get rid of wrinkles for good.

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Demand for “Drive-Thru” Cosmetic Procedures Remains Strong

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 2, 2010

In spite of tighter personal budgets and busy schedules, many men and women are still heading to the cosmetic surgeon’s office for a nip and tuck – as long as it’s done over the lunch hour. According to a recent story by The 33 TV channel in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, demand for “drive-thru” cosmetic procedures is still strong.

Dallas cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bill Johnson states, “This is the new wave…patients want downtime like they want cellulite. They’re not interested in an unnecessary hospital bill. The ability to do it (cosmetic procedures) in the office makes it much less expensive because we don’t have to have a surgery center charge. You don’t have the extra expenses when they’re safe to do in the office.”

Some of today’s most popular “drive-thru” procedures include non-invasive liposuction that can be performed in under an hour, cellulite treatments that help reduce the appearance of unsightly bulges, and skin tightening procedures that help shape and contour the skin tissues. Procedures that can be performed under local anesthesia allow the patient to return to regular activities within hours of their procedure, and in some cases, they can undertake exercise or other physical activities within a few days.

Other options for “drive thru” procedures include facial skin tightening treatments, nonsurgical facelifts, and skin rejuvenation procedures that help to ward off the signs of aging. Microdermabrasion and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy are just two skin rejuvenation procedures that can help to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, and also improve the texture and tone of the skin – and all within an hour. In many cases, the side effects are mild redness and swelling which subside within a few hours.

Patients considering a quick fix procedure still need to undergo a formal consultation with a qualified physician before booking an appointment.

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“Face It” Guide Addresses Psychological Issues Behind Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 1, 2010

Two models turned psychotherapists have published a book called “Face It”, a guide for women that are struggling with their self-image as they age.

Dr. Vivian Diller and Dr. Jill Muir-Sukenick make it clear that no matter how successful a woman may be, the superficial still plays a leading role in how a woman feels about herself. The book discusses the dilemma of two opposing societal views of beauty which encourage different perspectives on how women are supposed to feel as they get older.

The authors call this “The Beauty Paradox” and say that this dilemma is what leaves many women “feeling stuck” and can even negatively affect their self-esteem.

Vivian Diller provides a step-by-step guide for women that are dealing with the difficult emotions  of a changing body and face, and encourages women to take a close look at the deeper issues behind their need to undergo cosmetic surgery, or even purchase expensive beauty products.

The book features dozens of stories from patients who are surprised with feeling any type of emotion regarding their looks as they age, and identify key moments in their lives when they started worrying about certain parts of their body. Even those that were raised or lived in a home environment where caring too much about one’s appearance was deemed excessively superficial, reported that they still spent a significant amount of time and money taking care of their appearance.

The authors also tackle the issue of what makes a woman a ‘sellout.’ The authors recently interviewed with the New York Times, and stated that “they were not against plastic surgery nor less-invasive efforts to slow time’s march.” But, it was “choosing an intervention out of fear or unquestioningly” that is the problem for many women today.

The authors also appeared on the “Today” Show on March 11 to discuss the book. “Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change” is now available in major bookstores including

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Physicians Recommend Facial Implants Plus Facelift for Better Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 31, 2010

While facelift surgery can help to eliminate deep wrinkles and fine lines while sculpting the face and neck area, plastic surgeons may be able to get better results by adding facial implants to the surgical procedure.

A recent study presented at the American Association of Plastic Surgeons points out that simply tightening the loose skin by pulling it back is not enough to create the youthful appearance many patients want.

Since the underlying structure of the face is not modified with the facelift procedure, it may be necessary to add facial implants or use soft tissue fillers to create a contoured, streamlined appearance that appears more youthful.

Physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and researchers from Harvard and Stanford Universities, have been taking a close look at the bone structure of people as they age, and have stated that loss of definition in the lower area of the face is what contributes to an older appearance. As a result, it’s important for plastic surgeons to focus on recreating a more defined jawline, and in some cases, extended the length and width of the jaw bone using various surgical techniques.

According to Howard N. Langstein, MD, professor and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, measurements show “a significant decline in the jaw’s volume as a person ages, and therefore less support of soft tissue of the lower face and neck….though we have always known that bones change over time, until now, the extent to which it causes an aged appearance was not appreciated.”

Researchers that conducted the study believe that plastic surgeons must find other ways to restore the underlying structure of the face when performing facelift surgery, in order to achieve the most contoured and sculpted appearance. Facial implants may offer promising results for hundreds of men and women considering facelift surgery.


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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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Lumixyl Treats Skin Discoloration without Side Effects

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 17, 2010

Many people with skin discoloration have turned to hydroquinone and other skin lightening agents to help brighten up the skin and reduce pigmentation. However, recent studies in Europe have shown that hydroquinone can be harmful to one’s health and may have some toxic side effects. Other skin lightening agents may cause hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation of the skin, resulting in an even more uneven skin tone.

Fortunately, there are now other options. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology this March, Keith Veseleny, Editor of American Health & Beauty, talked about the benefits of Lumixyl, a new skin lightening compound that can effectively reduce age spots, brown spots and signs of sun damage on all types of skin.

Mr. Veseleny explains, “Traditionally we have hydroquinone which is used for this purpose, but now we have something else. It’s really an exciting product…it’s exciting because it’s a natural peptide that’s used and it doesn’t have any cytotoxic properties, and it’s shown to be quite effective in helping with skin pigmentation.”

Lumixyl can be used to treat a number of pigmentation problems including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma and superficial pigmentation from the sun or scars. Dr. Ashish Bhatia, a board certified dermatologist in Chicago, reports that he is already using Lumixyl to treat sunspots and age spots, and it can even be used to treat seborrheac keratosis and lesions that are not responding to hydroquinone treatments.

Lumixyl can be used on all skin types, and is not irritating. It may be used in conjunction with a glycolic acid so that skin cells can turn over quickly, and can be delivered deeper into the skin using microdermabrasion and silk peels.

Dr. Bhatia says that Lumixyl is a “perfect compliment” to many other cosmetic procedures, and is an attractive option for patients that want to improve their skin tone and achieve results in a short period of time.

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Extreme Facials Use Snail Secretion and Synthetic Sperm to Correct Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 12, 2010

If you’ve been looking for non-invasive options to get rid of wrinkles, improve the tone and texture of your skin, and rejuvenate your face, a facial made with unconventional ingredients may be your best solution. The author of the The Beauty Cookbook recently appeared on The Doctors show to discuss the benefits of facial ingredients such as synthetic sperm, cereal and snail secretions.

According to author Kym Douglas, these ingredients work by soothing and moisturizing the skin, unclogging pores and may even be able to lift and tone up the skin tissues. Douglas reports that the Sperm Facial, designed with a synthesized version of spermine, can soothe, moisturize and protect the skin while reducing the effects of sun damage. The synthetic sperm is manufactured in a lab and is made with the same proteins an carbohydrate composition as natural sperm. It is applied directly onto the face to sink into the pores.

The Snail Facial is designed to open up pores and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Douglas stated that snail secretions can help to treat dry skin and clogged pores, and the antioxidants present in the substance can reduce the effects of free radicals in the environment.

Pantry items such as cereal can also be used to cleanse and rejuvenate the face. Douglas says that Cheerios cereal ground up in a blender and combined with honey and lemon juice can moisturize and exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft, silky and smooth.

Extreme facials like these may not be readily available at all medical spas and aesthetic centers, but the author of the book encourages people to look beyond standard facials to explore some more effective options. Other proven, non-invasive treatments include chemical peels, Thermage skin tightening treatments and facial fillers such as Botox, Restylane and Juvederm.

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Purigenix Topical Collagen Treatment Helps Repair Signs of Aging

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 9, 2010

Purigenix is the only Type 1 collagen available in topical cosmetic form and can help to prevent and repair signs of aging and sun damage. The collagen treatment is applied directly to th surface of the skin and sinks deep into the dermal tissue to help rebuild connective tissues and improve skin elasticity.

Purigenix is the only topical collagen treatment that can effectively reduce skin discoloration, reduce the appearance of fine lines, eliminate acne scars and treat sun damage without a cosmetic procedure.

The company behind Purigenix currently offers two therapies: ICS Intensive Collagen Serum and ICM Ionized Collagen Mask. These products contain highly purified forms of atelocollagen, a non-immunogenic compound that can be tolerated even by sensitivie skin types.

Some plastic surgeons around the country are currently offering a Purigenix mask treatment that involves an application of the collagen product directly onto the damaged layers of the skin to increase collagen integrity. There are no needles involved with the procedure, and most patients begin to see results within a week after treatment.

The Purigenix treatment is available as a kit and the treatment not only helps restore collagen, but also infuses the skin with hyaluronic acid, a natural hydrating solution that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and also promotes cell regeneration. The treatment can help to lift the skin around the eyes, neck and jawline, and results can last for several months with ongoing care.

Dr. Kevin Brenner, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, offers the Purigenix mask at his clinic and charges approximately $1500 for a series of eight masks and eight serum applications. The treatment is currently available only through doctors and medical spas.

Rox Spa Aesthetics is another Beverly Hills plastic surgery center currently offering the treatment. This video explains how the treatment is performed, and what its key benefits are:

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Allergan Receives FDA Approval for Juvederm with Lidocaine

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 24, 2010

Juvederm is one of the most popular dermal fillers available at medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

The hyaluronic acid filler is administered to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and is especially effective for treating nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth area. Now, the injectable has been formulated with lidocaine to ward off pain and increase the patient’s level of comfort.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the dermal filler with lidocaine for use n the consumer market, making Juvederm the first and only dermal filler to have received FDA approval for up to one year from initial treatment.

According to Robert Grant, Corporate Vice President of Allergan and President of Allergan Medical, “We lead innovation in the dermal filler category with the first and only smooth-consistency gel hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved by the FDA to last up to a year. Now we have added lidocaine to Juvederm to provide the same smooth, long-lasting result, but with additional comfort for patients.”

Lidocaine helps to numb the treatment area within seconds of being injected into the skin, which means the administering physician or medical professional does not need to apply topical numbing agents to the area. Juvederm can be administered in several areas of the face at once, and produces instant results that can last for several months.

Before Juvederm was formulated with Lidocaine, it could take up to 30 minutes for the topical anesthetic to begin working, and many patients still tolerated a certain level of pain during and after the treatment. Lidocaine helps to minimize the effects of the acid going into the dermis, and also reduces pain from the injection’s needle.

Juvederm with lidocaine is now available nationwide, and is available only by a prescription by a certified medical practitioner.


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