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Experts Suggest Makeup Instead of Surgery for Under Eye Circles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 30, 2010

Under eye circles can be the result of genetics, poor sleep or an unhealthy diet, and there are a number of cosmetic surgery procedures that can help to lighten up the skin under the eyes and create a more refreshed, rejuvenated look. Still, some experts say that makeup can be just as effective for covering up under eye circles and may be a convenient alternative to cosmetic or plastic surgery.

According to recent surveys and commentary from Judith August Cosmetic Solutions, “For a number of years, cosmetic surgery grew in popularity as the option of choice for eliminating under eye discoloration. According to recent surveys, however, the recession has caused a shift toward women, and men, opting instead for cosmetic coverage solutions.”

Men and women who want to cover up under eye circles can use custom-blended makeup and products designed to blend and match their natural skin tone. Camouflage makeup products can be particularly effective for covering up under eye circles and darkness around the eye area. These products can be blended with liquid foundation or cream foundation to create a smooth, contoured appearance.

Concealer is another convenient alternative to cosmetic surgery for lightening up the area under the eyes. Concealer can be applied directly under the eyes to lighten up the skin, and then blended with foundation to create a natural look. Several companies have developed corrective cosmetic makeup to hide wrinkles, discoloration and other skin problems in and around the eye area. When applied correctly, these products can help to create a rejuvenated look and cover up some serious skin flaws.

Cosmetic coverage makeup may be a budget-friendly and risk-free solution for many people dealing with puffy eyes, dark under eye circles and discoloration around the eyelid. A consultation with a skincare and makeup specialist can help to determine what products are most appropriate for the individual’s skin type and condition.

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FDA Panel Recommends Banning Tanning Beds for Teens

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 3, 2010

Skin cancer continues to be the most common form of cancer in the United States, and approximately 3.5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

People that use tanning beds on a regular basis are predisposed to developing skin cancer at some stage in their lives, as the beds emit high-powered ultraviolet radiation that severely damages the skin cells and makes them more vulnerable to ongoing damage, and then skin cancer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s advisory panel wants to impose new restrictions on the use of tanning beds and tanning devices, especially for children and teens. The General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel, a part of the FDA’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee, met in mid-March to discuss the possibility of increasing restrictions of the use of tanning beds across the United States.

Allan Halpern, Vice President of the Skin Cancer Foundation, reports that there is significant evidence linking tanning beds to melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and that many young women who use tanning beds do develop melanoma at some stage of their lives.

Currently, the only restrictions on using tanning beds are to wear goggles while tanning. Some panelists want to ban the use of tanning beds for those under 18 completely, while others want stricter guidelines and restrictions on artificial tanning, either by requiring parental consent, or reclassifying tanning beds as a “Class 2” device that would require special labeling requirements and must meet certain performance standards.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) based in France, has already reclassified tanning beds to a high-cancer risk category, and has stated that the UV rays emitted by the beds are carcinogenic to humans. Some European countries have already imposed limits on the use of tanning beds for individuals under 18 years of age, and some are taking steps to ban the use of UV beds and devices for teens altogether.

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Beauty Layaway Plans on the Rise During Economic Recession

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 8, 2009

piggy-bankIf you thought layaway plans were just another convenience from the retail industry, think again.

Cosmetic and plastic surgeons around the country are now offering ‘beauty layaway’ plans to attract patients and fill up their appointment calendars.  The tough economic times are making people more conscientious about luxury spending, getting breast implants or liposuction aren’t the priority purchases they once used to be.  However, those on a tight budget might be able to get their pricey cosmetic treatments with less of an immediate impact on the pocketbook.

Scottsdale cosmetic surgeon Semone Rochlin is one of several doctors who is setting up installment plans and downpayment plans to help patients get the cosmetic surgery procedure they want sooner than later.  These plans do not necessarily involve a credit check, and patients may not even need to resort to patient financing programs; the financial plan is simply a type of ‘savings account’ that a patient can set up for their procedure and pay back in monthly installments.  This secures their treatment schedule, and also allows the physician to book up several partially-paid procedures with peace of mind. (Source: Arizona Daily Star)

The economic downturn has had a severe impact on the plastic and cosmetic surgery industry; national statistics show that demand for procedures decreased over 60 percent in the first half of 2008, and fewer consumers are turning to once-popular procedures such a liposuction, breast augmentation and facelift surgery.  However, there has been a significant demand for alternative procedures and more affordable treatments; many people are turning to the ‘liquid facelift’ to get rid of wrinkles without surgery, or settling for cellulite reduction procedures to help improve their figures.

Still, those who are confident that market conditions will improve in 2009 can secure their procedure appointments with a layaway plan without penalties, fees and interest charges associated with credit cards, personal loans or patient financing programs.

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‘Beautification Engine’ Will Help Surgeons Achieve Model-Like Looks

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 16, 2008

Do you know what your ‘ideal self’ really looks like?  Many people resort to surgery or cosmetic enhancements to improve their appearance, but few people can replicate the looks of a cover model – the balanced proportions, perfect silhouette and ideal ratios that set these people apart from the average gene pool.  No matter how talented a plastic surgeon may be, they cannot defy nature 100% of the time.  However, researchers at the Blavatnik School of Computer Sciences at Tel Aviv University may soon be unveiling a new tool for plastic surgeons whowant to obtain the exact mathematical ratios and dimensions when patients demand drastic changes; and it can all be done with the ‘beautification engine’.

This ‘beauty machine’ works by transforming an ordinary face into its cover model equivalent; the digitized image is morphed into a new face by taking the specific measurements of key facial features into consideration.  According to Professor Cohen-Or, the lead researcher of the Blavatnik School of Computer Sciences,

“Beauty can be quantified by mathematical measurements and ratios. It can be defined as average distances between features, which a majority of people agree are the most beautiful.” (Source:  Medical News Today)

Software programs like Photoshop can airbrush and smooth out imperfections in an instant, but many of these photographs don’t have a realistic quality to them. The beauty machine allows surgeons to truly achieve the beauty ideal by calculating the ratios and distances of facial features and designing a cover-model style face. The images rendered from this machine produce an ‘unmistakable similarity’ to the original picture, providing a more realistic guideline or blueprint for plastic surgeons and cosmetic professionals.

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