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Neurocosmetics Entering the Market in 2010

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 21, 2009

While demand for facial rejuvenation procedures such as Botox, laser skin resurfacing treatments, microdermabrasion and the “liquid facelift” continues to remain steady, cosmetic companies are venturing into new territory to offer anti aging treatments that don’t require a trip to the surgeon’s office. One of the emerging trends in aesthetic and plastic surgery for 2010 is the addition of beauty products called “neurocosmetices.”

These cosmetics are designed to not only make you look good, but also to boost your mood. The results of a survey by market research group Mintel show that these mood-enhancing beauty products act on the brain’s neurotransmitters to provide exceptional results. These go beyond aromatherapy to boost the mood, and are designed to not only make skin look flawless, but also improve sleep quality and increase feelings of well-being.

According to this report in, neurocosmetics are capable of having a profound effect on the mood and can help create significant shifts in a positive direction within a few minutes.  The products may soon be available in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.

Key ingredients in these innovative beauty products include Idebenone, a skincare active that has the ability to stimulate information transfer across the right and left brain hemisphere, and a range of nootropics that can help to boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine to reduce stress and improve the mood.

Other emerging trends in the beauty and skincare department include the addition of chromotherapy based products that help to enhance the mood and balance energy levels using certain colors. Kroia, the company behind the Chromotherapy Renewal Active Foaming Moisturizer, has created a line of products made with topaz crystal, neroli flower extract, and ginseng, and they are available in three different color blends to provide different results. The moisturizer is available in yellow for energizing effects, pink for anti-aging benefits and blue to soothe and relax the mind.


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Medical Group’s Survey Reports More People in the UK Keep Plastic Surgery a Secret

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 18, 2009

While many Americans aren’t afraid to share which cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures they have recently had, a recent study in the United Kingdom suggests that many UK patients prefer to keep their surgery a secret.

The Harley Medical Group, the largest cosmetic surgery provider in the UK, has surveyed a thousand patients and found that about 85 percent of them did not share any information about their procedure with friends and associates until after recovery.

According to the survey results, approximately 19 percent of those surveyed also kept their surgeries a secret from family members. Many admitted that they would feel awkward after admitting to having plastic or cosmetic surgery.

The director of Harley Medical Group speculates that while many celebrities are fairly open about getting a makeover, many regular citizens are fairly shy about showing off their results. However, many do end up opening up about their procedure.

Current cosmetic and plastic surgery trends in the UK include an increase in demand for non-invasive liposuction, facial plastic surgery, and a continuing trend for breast implants. Some UK patients do travel overseas to other parts of Europe for more affordable options, and many head to the United States to take advantage of the latest treatment options and technologies.

The Harley Medical Group specializes in the latest cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, and is the leading organization in the United Kingdom to provide non-surgical cosmetic procedure such as microdermabrasion, skin peels, Botox treatments and laser hair removal.

The company has over 27 clinics in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and has been offering a wide range of treatments for over 26 years, treating over 450,000 patients. Patients can set up a local consultation in cities including Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Chester, Harley Street, Liverpool and Reading amongst others.

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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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YWCA Reports Young Girls Obsessed By Beauty Fixes

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 25, 2008

The beauty business continues to be a booming industry, accounting for over $7 billion of sales each year.  More and more women turn to beauty products, cosmetics and even cosmetic surgery to enhance their looks – and possibly their self-esteem – and are willing to pay a high price for their ‘fix’, according to a recent report by the YWCA.

The YWCA, a nonprofit organization that helps empower young women and girls, recently published its ‘Beauty at any Cost’ report, indicating that the average woman spends about $100 per month on beauty products.  Some of these female consumers are willing to pay a high price for cosmetic procedures that not only cost thousands of dollars, but also put their emotional and physical health at risk.

Chief Executive Dr. Lorraine Cole of the YWCA states, “We believe that the obsession with idealized beauty and body image is a lifelong burden that takes a terrible toll on all young girls and women in this country.” (Source:

The Beauty At Any Cost report indicates that “the diet, cosmetic and fashion industries are often willing to exploit these narrow beauty standards so women and girls will become cradle-grave consumers of beauty products, cosmetic surgery and diet programs.”

The real cost to women who pay a high price to go to achieve physical ‘perfection’ include: undergoing risky cosmetic procedures; participating in unhealthy competition with other girls and women; and putting themselves at risk with unhealthy cosemtic ingredients.

The Beauty At Any Cost report can be found here.

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