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Texas Company Offers At-Home Cosmetic Procedures

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 7, 2010

If you haven’t been able to make it to your nearest cosmetic surgeon’s office for a wrinkle treatment lately, you may be able to get your treatment at home. One of the leading cosmetic companies in Dallas, Texas has created a CosmeticCAReConcierge program that provides local residents with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the comfort and privacy of their home or office.

Patients can now schedule their collagen injection treatment, lip augmentation procedures and other minimally invasive cosmetic enhancements without having to take a trip to the doctor’s office.

According to Blake Andrews, Founder and CEO of CosmeticCAReConcierge, “We saw more and more people who just didn’t have the time to go to a doctor’s office for their cosmetic surgery needs.”

Clients have the option to travel to the office if they wish, and meet with a qualified team of professionals to set up their consultation.

The CosmeticCAReConcierge program is supported by over 45 years of combined professional home care and non-invasive cosmetic experience, and only licensed professionals are assigned to perform each treatment. Clients can choose from the latest innovative dermal filler treatments including Perlane, Dysport, Restylane and Botox, as well as skincare products such as the Obagi skincare line that leaves the skin looking healthier and more youthful looking.

The CosmeticCAReConcierge website reports that many treatments start at $150 after a manufacturer’s rebate, and the company has partnered with the best in the industry of medical cosmetics to provide the latest cosmetic treatments for its patients. Consultations with a Cosmetic Specialist are free, and the treatment plan includes post-procedure maintenance.

The company is one of just a handful of cosmetic and aesthetic surgery centers around the Dallas and Fort Worth areas to offer the Dysport treatment package, an affordable alternative to Botox. The price of Dysport is just $5 per unit, and must be administered by a licensed professional.

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Airbrushing Replaces the Scalpel for Budget-Conscious Patients

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 12, 2009

j0438376During times when budgets are getting tighter and fewer people are heading to the cosmetic surgery office for a procedure, some are looking for inventive ways to enjoy a few quick-fixes for their appearance. Airbrushing is becoming an increasingly popular option for beach-bound men and women that want to appear slimmer in a bathing suit. The technique works by creating artificial shadows and contours on various parts of the body so that the area appears more toned, and in some cases, slimmer.

According to a recent article in the UK Times Online, airbrushing was once reserved only for celebrities and models that needed to look slimmer for a movie or a magazine shoot. However, many consumers are willing to shell a few extra dollars to have their photographs airbrushed, in lieu of plastic surgery. One photography chain in Britain reports a 550% increase for airbrushing services before a vacation. (Source:

Airbrushing makeup techniques are also an option for the self-conscious among us. Airbrushing can make the midsection look more toned and slimmer, and can also enhance the chest area – no surgery necessary. It’s a simple, non-invasive procedure that can produce profound results within minutes, and is relatively harmless to the skin.

Critics of airbrushing photography and airbrushing makeup believe they’re both just another part of the Western culture’s obsession to look like a celebrity, a vain attempt to improve one’s appearance. However, others think that airbrushing and other ‘imitation’ procedures such as teeth whitening and eyebrow tattooing are becoming more acceptable in some social circles, and may even become a trend in the oncoming years.

Airbrush makeup and tanning services are available at many day spas and salons around the United States and Great Britain, while full-body airbrushing services are often available through photography studios and makeup artists. Costs can range anywhere from $100 to $300+ per session depending on the area and amount of product needed to achieve results. Airbrushing photography service packages vary depending on the photographer and number of photographs that need to be modified.

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Facelift Alternatives May Be Safer for Patients Under 65

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 23, 2008

Mature woman beachWhile thousands of men and women undergo facelift surgery each year to tighten up sagging skin, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and regain their youthful looks, some doctors arre encouraging patients to steer clear of the surgeon’s table.

Facial rejuvenation procedures that do not involve any surgery or incisions are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to the conventional facelift, and more surgeons are perfecting their technique for administering Botox injections, photo rejuvenation facials and other treatments to help eliminate or reduce wrinkles.

Dr. Jeffrey Kronson, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons recently stated that; “there is no reason for a face-lift if you are under 65 years old. When a doctor invades the cosmetic envelope, cutting tissue, inflammation is created which needs to be repaired. There is inevitable scarring and removal of skin which can’t be replaced.” (Source:

One of the latest facelift alternatives that can help reduce the risks associated with surgery is the ‘liquid facelift.’  This facelift alternative makes use of a set of different injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox to increase facial tissue volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  While results are not permanent, this type of ‘facelift’ does provide instant results and does not involve any recovery time.

A set of treatments may also be purchased as a package, further reducing the total costs of treatment and allowing patients to stay within a smaller budget.  Dr. Kronson explains that these small fixes may be all it really takes to boost self-confidence and enjoy the benefits of cosmetic enhancements with little or no risks.

Other beauty enhancements on the radar of patients who do not want to undergo surgery to look younger include laser facial rejuvenation, Intense Pulsed Light treatments, and injection rhinoplasty.  All of these treatments also cost less than the standard facelift, and the procedures are available at several medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

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Eyelash Extension Drug Receives FDA Approval

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 21, 2008

eyelashEyelash extensions are one of the latest trends in cosmetic enhancements, a treatment that allows women to forgo their usual mascara routine in order to achieve a more youthful look.

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent lashes that are attached to the natural lashline using a specialized bonding agents, and the treatment is currently available at many medical spas, day spas and some cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

However, women interested in achieving the celebrity-inspired look of enhanced, voluminous lashes may soon be able to brush on a special hair-growth formula to achieve long-term results, even forgoing surgery and bonding gels altogether.

The FDA has recently approved an eyelash-boosting drug made by Allergan, the same company that makes Botox Cosmetic injections.  The drug is designed to make eyelashes grow longer and fuller, and is expected to reach the consumer market by the middle of 2009.

Allergan will be marketing the drug under the brand name ‘LATISSE’. LATISSE is designed to increase the thickness and darkness of the lashes, and also stimulate the hair so that lashes grow longer and fuller.

According to Scott Whitcup M.D., Allergan’s Executive Vice President of Research and Development. “Recently, unapproved eyelash products containing active drug ingredients have appeared on the market. If approved, LATISSE™ will offer consumers an FDA-approved product which has been extensively studied in well-controlled clinical trials, is manufactured to pharmaceutical standards, is appropriately labeled for use, and is regulated as a prescription product.” (Source:  Allergan Press Release)

The formula will likely be a prescription-only product and made available for those who may have lost their eyelashes due to an accident, or for those who want to stimulate natural eyelash growth.  The product has undergone a number of clinical trials and is still being tested for safety. The price of LATISSE has not yet been disclosed.

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Fraxel C02 Laser Offers Anti Aging Results in 10 Days or Less

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 7, 2008

Reducing the signs of aging with facial treatments such as microdermabrasion and dermal fillers can provide temporary results, but innovative procedures such as Fraxel C02 show more promise for those who want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles for the long-term.

Recent trends in anti-aging cosmetic surgery indicate that Fraxel lasers, an intensive skin resurfacing treatment can target key areas of the face that are showing signs of premature aging, and the treatment can also address problems such as acne scars, pigmented skin and deeper wrinkles.  The Fraxel C02 Re:pair system is becoming so popular that many people are foregoing the traditional facelift in favor of a laser treatment. The procedure improvements in the skin over time, and some patients see a noticeable difference immediately with dramatic improvements in just ten days.

Dr. Michael Perskey, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Encino, California provides some insights on Fraxel in a recent interview:

Fractional CO2 laser skin rejuvenation is where facial cosmetic surgery is heading for at least the next ten years…The advantage of Fraxel re:pair over the current similar lasers and the many to soon be released is Fraxel’s research over the past 4 years.Fraxel is the only laser that is applied to the skin in a continuous roller fashion while all other laser use a “stamping” application that is less consistent, only more time consuming. Fraxel is the technology that other laser companies are racing to match. (Source:

Fraxel laser treatments typically cost between $3,000 – $8,000 depending on the location of the doctor and number of treatments required.  The procedure has been deemed as ‘safe’ by many board-certified cosmetic surgeons and is FDA-approved;  can help even help treat younger patients who want to ward off the signs of aging and maintain their youthful look.

More information about Fraxel can be found in this brief video:

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Darker Tan with an Injection – Melanotan-1 Shows Promise

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 28, 2008

Instead of hitting the tanning bed this season,  achieving that sun-kissed glow could be as simple as a quick injection.

Researchers at the University of Arizona, Tucson are working on a new drug that may provide an instant tan.  Melanotan-1 and Melanotan II are currently undergoing clinical trials and are already showing positive results during the testing phases.

According to MelanoCorp International, Melanotan II helps stimulate the hormones that cause skin to turn darker.  Taking the drug could reduce the need for excessive sun exposure that often leads to skin cancer, and the process can also help the body create a protective layer to reduce the impact of UV exposure.  Healthy skin management coupled with a safe and effective tanning routine can help create healthy, strong and youthful looking skin.

The product is a synthetic version of the hormone that helps release melanin into the cells, and can help many people simply get darker, faster.  Exposure to sunlight and tanning beds after taking the drug may accelerate the tanning process and make it easier to achieve a natural, healthy-looking tan within a few days.

Results of the tests have been published in the Archives of Dermatology, and all but one volunteer from the test sample tanned more quickly than average.

More information about the drug and its effects can be found in this video:

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AACS Warns Against Revision Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 15, 2008

When you undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery but aren’t happy with the results, an appointment for a revision procedure may be necessary. Revision cosmetic surgery is most common in for procedures such as breast implants, tummy tucks and rhinoplasty, but The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery warns that there are several precautions to consider before pursuing surgery.

Results from cosmetic surgery an be considerably different than before and after photos, and can vary with time and during the recovery period. Doctors who do not explain this to prospective patients may mislead many into thinking they will get their ‘dream’ results.

Dissatisfied patients are a natural outcome of many delicate procedures, and many are simply unhappy because their expectations were unrealistic. Finding a doctor that will educate the patient and encourage them to express their expectations and results of the treatment can take time, but the AACS suggests that patients do take the extra steps to find a doctor that provides enough honest information.

Revision surgery should not be pursued as a ‘fix’ for every procedure that does not turn out perfectly because it still poses a number of health risks and unwanted side effects.

According to AACS President, Steven Hopping: “The patient must also keep in mind that some results are completely unattainable. Especially those who seek cosmetic surgery as a quick fix to alter their appearance or want to have multiple procedures done at once need to be educated on the risks. On the other hand, doctors have to push ego aside and realize that he or she may not be able to ‘fix’ everything and relay that honestly to the patient.” (Source:

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Beautiful People Earn Up to 15% More Than Average-Looking Employees

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 2, 2008

If you need a reason to justify the high price of cosmetic or plastic surgery, maybe it’s time to blame the boss.

Attractive people are more likely to get a raise, obtain higher positions within the company, and enjoy preferential treatment compared to ‘average-looking’ employees, according to psychologists and researchers who study the role of beauty in society.

While it’s natural to be attracted to those blessed with good genes, making solid business decisions based purely on stereotypes could mean many people miss important career opportunities such as promotions and even a larger paycheck. The difference in salaries could be as much as 15%, say the bloggers at The Digerati Life.

The solution? Enhance your looks with cosmetic or plastic surgery to keep up with the beautiful people and compete for those attractive positions. U.S. News reports on the value of this approach in How Plastic Surgery Can Boost Your Career. Recent studies show that more Americans are turning to plastic and cosmetic enhancements to look more attractive and take off a few years to compete with new recruits at the workplace.

Investing in your looks with cosmetic or plastic surgery could help you stay competitive, boost your performance at work –

– and even get you that raise.

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