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Ideal Beauty Standards Vary by Race, Study Says

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 23, 2009

sexy country girlResearchers have long pointed out that the Western ideal of beauty differs significantly compared to other regions of the world, but a recent report presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO in San Diego showed that the esthetic impressions of people of different races also shows a significant variance.

The study involved reviewing the preferences of a group of health professionals who work with facial esthetics compared to the preferences of artists and sculptors, and a group of general citizens with no affiliation to the facial esthetics industry. Participants in the study were asked to review six images of six women between the age of 18 and 30 years. Each woman had a different nasal height root variation.

The preferences of each group showed that the women with a low nasal root were considered to be ‘most beautiful’ by Brazilian health professionals, artists and the general public, followed by the women who had a regular position of the nasal root. The least beautiful women were those that had a high position of the nasal root. Nasal root was measured between the upper eyelid crease and the pupil level.

The findings of this study were presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO primarily to help surgeons understand how to tailor their procedure to meet their patient’s needs and achieve the ‘ideal’ facial appearance. While this study was designed to review the preferences of Brazilian health professionals and citizens, similar studies are underway to find out what the general populations in North America, Europe and Asia consider to be the ‘ideal’ beauty based on nasal root positioning and other key features. The results of these studies may be significantly different than the results of the Brazilian study.

(Source: MedicalNewsToday)

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Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 Pageant Set for October

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 22, 2009

While many people frown upon beauty pageants and the Western ideal of physical perfection, others aren’t afraid to step up to the stage and show off their looks – real, or not. Hungary has announced the first ever plastic surgery patient, only open to women between the ages of 18 and 30 who have undergone at least one cosmetic procedure that required general or local anesthesia. The Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 pageant is scheduled for October and is designed to be a showcase of the latest plastic surgery techniques and options available in Hungary.

Demand for plastic surgery in Hungary has remained steady over the past decade, and women make up the majority of patients. Many Europeans also travel to Hungary to get plastic surgery to save on costs. The Plastic Surgery Channel reports that the cost of a face lift in some parts of Hungary is less than half the price of the same procedure in the United Kingdom.

The Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 pageant is scheduled for October 9, 2009 and has been deemed the first ‘plastic’ beauty contest of the world. The pageant website reports that in addition to meeting the criteria of having had plastic surgery, the contestant must “show a perfect harmony of their body and soul.” The company behind the contest agrees that this is an unconventional beauty contest, and the event will be blogged about and feature live online.

The grand prize winner of the Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 contest will receive a brand new apartment, while the second and third-place winners will receive a valuable prize (yet to be determined). The plastic surgeon that performed the procedures of the winners will also receive a prize. All judging will take place on the day of the event by a professional, pre-selected jury.

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Spending for Anti Aging Products Remains Strong During Tough Economy

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 18, 2009

42-15530293In the midst of job-cut anxiety a nervous consumer market, and hundreds of businesses closing their doors, many consumers are still forking over the cash to look good.

Recent market research trend reports point out that many people are turning to affordable anti-aging treatments such as Botox, injectable fillers and over-the-counter anti-aging products in hopes of giving their looks, and their careers, a boost. Job seekers are paying attention to how they look so they can land a job with a more youthful appearance, and as the job marketplace becomes more competitive, more people are heading to the drug store or beauty counter to make the best of their looks.

Companies including Proctor & Gamble and Estee Lauder have been spearheading the supply for the ongoing demand for anti-aging products.  According to Mintel, a consumer market research company, the anti-aging market looks promising for beauty product manufacturers, even during these tough economic times. In 2008, nearly 32 percent of all facial skincare launches were for anti-aging products, and the recent release of in-demand product lines such as the Oil of Olay Pro-X by Proctor & Gamble, is fueling the demand for ‘prestige’, high-end products at the drugstore.

Innovative ingredients such as peptides, pure forms of vitamins and minerals, and compounds that mimic ingredients such as Retin-A are showing up in anti-aging treatments available without a prescription – and consumers are stocking up on them, even at a higher price point.

People simply aren’t willing to give up their beauty regimen during the recession, and companies are in the process of developing and releasing a number of premium skincare lines to accommodate for this ongoing demand. Growth rates for sales of these products are expected to remain strong for the rest of the year.

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Doctor Says Pro-X by Olay is an Effective OTC Anti-Aging Cream

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 14, 2009

olay pro xFor the millions of women who simply don’t have the budget for plastic or cosmetic surgery to get rid of wrinkles, over the counter anti-aging creams may be the next best thing.

There are now thousands of different anti-aging and skincare products on the market, and many contain a number of wrinkle-defying ingredients.  However, only a few actually work.  While some promise to repair skin from inside out, researchers say this is impossible, because these creams are too thick to penetrate the skin at a deeper level and do not truly make a difference.

Still, there is one cream that delivers prescription results, and it costs a fraction of most anti-aging procedures at the doctor’s office.  Dr. Mary Lupo, a dermatologist from New Orleans, says that the Pro-X skincare line from Oil of Olay is one of the most effective, non-prescription creams on the market for aging skin.

The cream is designed to tighten and tone up the skin overnight, and contains several anti-aging peptides, vitamins, and a compound that mimics the effects of Retin-A.  Overall, this cream helps to heal damaged skin, and also delivers a generous dose of moisture to the top layer of skin.

According to Dr. Elizabeth McBurney, a dermatologist in Slidell, Louisiana, Pro-X is effective for “taking away the brown spots. It can help stimulate new collagen. It can be used on very fine lines.  Now,  it’s not the same as going to get a prescription for Retin-A,  but it does offer our patients something that they can buy over the counter that’s fairly easy to use.” (Source:

The Oil of Olay Pro-X line may truly be a remarkable anti-aging product for the times, and continues to deliver impressive results in clinical studies, and is getting rave reviews from the general public. The Olay Professional Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol Kit that contains the Age Repair Lotion, Wrinkle Smoothing Cream and Eye Restoration Complex currently retails for $68, but is available at a discount from select online retailers.

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Survey Says More Teens Fueling an Obsession with Beauty

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 2, 2009

j0438459Do you have a teenager who has become obsessed with their looks? Most teens go through a period of teen angst where they become particularly self-conscious about their looks, and often turn to friends and the media to support their goals of looking their best.

According to a recent article in Newsweek titled ‘The Beauty Breakdown; What a Lifetime of Cosmetic Maintenance Will Cost a Modern Diva’, women start to spend a significant amount of money on their hair, face and body, as early as their ‘tween’ years, the few years before they become a teenager. The report in Newsweek suggests that tweens spend an average of $7,170 throughout this phase, just to look and feel better about themselves.

Over the course of a lifetime, the average woman spends nearly half a million dollars on beauty and hair treatments alone, say the editors at Newsweek. This may include popular cosmetic procedures such as microdermabrasion, Botox injections, lip plumping treatments, and other skin rejuvenation procedures. Some women spend a significantly larger amount if they undergo pricey plastic surgery procedures such as breast implants, facelift surgery or liposuction.

However, this research shows that many pre-teens and teens are fueling today’s obsession with beauty, especially when they start buying into media ideals – literally – at such a young age. Mental health professionals have been studying the effects of the media and the self-esteem of young girls for several years, and point out that several developmental problems, including eating disorders, depression and anxiety, may be linked to society’s pressure to look beautiful at all costs.

Those who can afford to pay for pricey haircuts, expensive makeup and other treatments are counting on this outside support to help them feel better about themselves. However, this could pave the way for a poor self-image in the long run, and also make it difficult for the young woman to prioritize ways for staying emotionally and financially balanced.

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New Wave of Beauty Innovations Presented at AAAS Annual Meeting

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 28, 2009

42-16020607The AAAS Annual Meeting took place in Chicago from February 12-16, 2009 to provide some insights on the latest beauty innovations on the horizon. Scientists from P&G Beauty & Grooming presented research and product demonstrations for several advanced beauty and grooming products, giving show attendees a preview of some of the latest technologies and products for anti aging, skin rejuvenation and facial enhancement.

According to a press release about the event from Medical News Today, top topics included: color science, genomics of skin aging, hair science and grooming science.

The color science presentation provided information on how skin defects such as under eye circles, age spots and skin discoloration vary across different populations and regions, and how this knowledge can be used to create natural-looking cosmetic foundation. Light absorption and light scattering principles are some of the key factors involved when using cosmetic foundation to hide flaws and create a natural appearance, and researchers are focusing on ways to optimize compounds in foundation so that it can provide the most flawless finish.

The genomics presentation offered insights on how gene expression patterns can change when exposed to the sun, and how this effects the aging process. UV light and photo-aging are of tremendous concern to those who live in sunny environments, and the next generation of products may include age reversal and intensive photofacial treatments.

The hair science presentation covered topics about how hair becomes damaged, and what products can help to restore or strengthen the hair fibers. Coloring, bleaching and excessive sun exposure are some of the most damaging factors of all hair types, and researchers are working on liquid crystal technology solutions that may be able to prevent or reverse some of this damage.

Finally, the grooming science presentation took a close look at the value of five-blade razors, a concept that has taken almost 90 years to perfect. Multi-blade razors may be able to produce a very close shave and leave the skin looking flawless and smooth. This could set a new standard or the grooming industry, and is currently under development by P&G.

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Obagi Launches Rosacea Skincare Line

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 10, 2009

obagi-rosaclearRosacea affects over 14 million men and women of all ages, and there are very few effective topical treatments available.

Rosacea causes an uncontrollable flushing and redness of the skin, which can be exarcebated by the sun, alcohol and other conditions that affect the blood pressure.

Some sufferers can make changes to their lifestyle to manage their skin condition, but Obagi Medical Products now offers an alternative solution for individuals who have not experienced results with physician-recommended products.

The Obagi Rosaclear System is the first prescription-based system designed specifically for the treatment of rosacea.  The products are designed to minimize visible redness, blotchiness and irritation, and will not clog pores.

The Rosaclear System is comprised of three products:

– Gentle Cleanser – soothes and softens the skin while removing bacteria and other irritating residues

– Metronidazole Topical Gel USP, 0.75% – for the treatment of inflammatory acne-like pimples often experienced with rosacea

– Hydrating Complexion Corrector – ucontains calming agents to protect and moisturize the skin, as well as minerals to minimize redness

One of the key products is the Metronidazole Topical Gel; this highly-concentrated gel helps reduce the size of papules and pustules that often accompany rosacea.  The calming lotion solution  contains lavender and aloe to soothe the skin and stimulate the healthy healing process. Obagi has also develoepd a Rosaclear Sun Protection solution to further reduce inflammation after sun exposure, and this can be used on top of the gel and Corrector lotion throughout the day.

According to a recent press release, the Obagi Rosaclear System was available through physicians as of January 2009. Test results and studies show that over 90 percent of test subjects experienced a significant reduction in redness and ongoing improvements in the condition of their skin for up to four weeks.

The set of thre products retails for $150.00, and will is available at select medical spas, cosmetic surgery and dermatology offices throughout the country.

Some dermatologists also recommend Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and other light-based treatments that help to rejuvenate the skin from inside out and reduce the rosacea breakout cycle.  However, the Obagi system is showing promising results and may be a valuable alternative to high-priced treatments.

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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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Plastic Surgeon Launches ‘Dr. Heidi’s Anti-Aging Cookbook’

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 7, 2009

phoenixplasticsurgeoncookbookIf 2009 is your year to clean up an unhealthy diet and embark on new routines towards a healthier lifestyle, an anti-aging diet could be part of the regimen.  Dr. Heidi Regenass, a plastic surgeon from Phoenix, Arizona has recently released “Dr. Heidi’s Anti-Aging Cookbook“, a set of guidelines for healthier living that can help you look and feel beautiful from inside out.

Dr. Regenass explains that many foods that we eat on a regular basis actually speed up the aging process; diets full of sugars, alcohol and saturated fat can trigger the aging response, which means you may be a candidate for premature aging.

She recommends proper nutrition with a variety of ‘power foods’ to help reduce the symptoms of premature aging.  Her cookbook features recipes made with several ‘superfoods’, giving the body a chance to reach an optimal state with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Dr. Regenass states that;  “We have to use the power of our food ingredients to slow down the aging process. Antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients all play a significant role in our health which also reflects in the severity of our fine lines and wrinkles and our skin elasticity.”  (Source:

While the plastic surgeon does encourage eating a healthy diet and maintaining an exercise regimen in order to look better, she also explains that this self-care strategy also complements both surgical and non-surgical plastic and cosmetic surgery treatments.  Since the body has a stronger chance of healing and repairing itself after surgery, results of many surgeries and treatments may be much better.

still, individuals who want to slow down the aging process using a natural approach may benefit from the recipes and tips outlined in the book.  The book features several different styles of cooking and easy, step-by-step recipes for almost all culinary skill levels. The book can be purchased directly from

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Oxygen Prepares to Launch ‘Addicted to Beauty’ TV Show

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 17, 2008

oxygen_2008_logoFor those who are curious about the latest cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery procedures, 2009 is the year for yet another television show showcasing the latest quick fixes. “Addicted To Beauty” is a reality TV-inspired show that takes place in a full-service medspa.

The show is focused on the staff’s perception of their clients and the latest beauty fixes available; the most popular picks at this spa include Botox, lip implants and the basic spray tan, but the show will highlight the hordes of women who head to this beauty destination to feed their addiction to looking younger.

“Obsession with beauty is addictive to watch and “Addicted to Beauty” gives our audience a vicarious glimpse into that fascinating world,” said Introcaso-Davis, Senior Vice President of Programming and Development for Oxygen. From RDF USA, “Addicted to Beauty” is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Greg Goldman, and Mike Duffy for RDF (“Secret Millionaire,” “Wife Swap”), Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill (”Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Sunset Tan”) and Scott Dunlop (“Real Housewives of Orange County”). (Source: Oxygen Press Release)

According to Reuters and Hollywood Reporter, Oxygen has ordered eight hourlong episodes of the show with hopes of capturing this growing market of eager viewers. The reality series is set to debut in 2009, and will be the second new series to be added to the network’s revamped schedule for the year.

The show will be following other popular reality TV hits related to plastic and cosmetic surgery such as Nip Tuck, and Dr. 90210.

The participants in Addicted to Beauty are all women who are spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars to fuel their addiction to look and feel great; they will be sharing their stories and perspectives on what they do to get their ‘fix’, and viewers can learn more about the latest treatments from the brief segments that spotlights staff members at the spa during each episode.

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