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Cosmetic Foot Surgery Deemed a “Cinderella” Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 4, 2010

Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.

The cosmetic procedure has been deemed a “Cinderella” procedure by England’s the Daily Mail, and is now becoming a popular procedure both in Europe and in the United States.

The “Cinderella” procedure is a preventive bunion correction procedure, and can include a toe-shortening operation, and fat injections to create a cushion under the feet. The procedure can be performed by cosmetic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons, and may be able to correct certain foot deformities and reduce pain.

Some cosmetic surgeons also administer Botox injections to the feet. Botox injections can help to reduce sweating, inhibit fungal growth and also improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. Some women prefer to simply have their toes trimmed or lengthened.

Those who aren’t quite ready to go under the knife do have some alternative treatment options. Physical therapy can help to increase the range of motion in the joints and also reduce swelling and pain. Prescription orthotics-molded inserts can help to correct foot abnormalities and redistribute weight so that there is less pain or friction. Ultrasound-guided cortisone injections serve as an anti-inflammatory medication and can help to treat Achilles tendons, pain the heels and toes.

Interest in cosmetic foot surgery has increased slowly since the 1980s, and can help to address a number of problems with the foot. Many problems associated with high heels can be prevented, but women who have been wearing heels for several years and are now suffering from pain or the inability to wear heels without pain have several options.

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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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Cytori Receives Stem Cell Order from Japanese Cosmetic Surgery Center

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 6, 2010

Stem cell surgery options and procedures continue to evolve at a rapid rate, and companies such as Cytori Therapeutics are making preparations to serve more medical centers and cosmetic surgery facilities with stem cell orders in the oncoming years. Most recently, Cytori has received an order for a StemSource Cell Bank from Cosmetic Surgery Seishin in Japan.

The order request is for the patented Cell Bank which includes a complete StemSource processing system, equipment, software, a database, and protocols needed to freeze and preserve patient’s adipose-derived stem cells. Since stem cell and regenerative cell preservation is such a delicate process, it is critical that the cells are stored under the perfect temperature and extracted using very special techniques and tool.

Chief Medical Officer of Cosmetic Surgery Seishin Dr. Tatsuro Kamakura reports, “I have been using Cytori’s products for over three years and they have become an integral part of my practice…I have seen an increasing demand among my patients for the ability to bank their cells on their own future use. Having a StemSource Cell Bank will further distinguish our growing practice.” (Source: TradingMarkets.com)

Cytori is one of the world leaders in regenerative medicine and has been providing hundreds of physicians with the latest innovations in medical technology and stem cell resources such as the StemSource Cell Bank. The bank allows doctors to use adult regenerative cells that are extracted directly from the patient’s adipose tissue, and use them in procedures such as stem cell breast augmentation, skin resurfacing procedures, and facial plastic surgery procedures that demand rapid regeneration of cells and skin tissue.

The Cell Bank will be installed at Cosmetic Surgery Seishin within the next few months, and the center will be using the stem cells derived from liposuction procedures that are performed at the practice on a regular basis.

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American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Releases “New You” Magazine

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 16, 2010

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery debuts the “New You” magazine this month, a publication dedicated to educating consumer about the latest developments in plastic and cosmetic surgery. The magazine will feature a wide range of procedures with an objective view on procedure costs, side effects, risks and benefits.

According to Patrick McMenamin, President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the magazine’s editor, “the magazine will be about ‘real doctors, performing real procedures’ with an emphasis on giving potential patients a set of realistic expectations about plastic surgery…stressing patient safety will be a high priority.” The editor-in-chief emphasizes that the magazine and website that complements the publication will not be “celebrity driven” but designed to provide everyday consumers with solid information about the latest procedures.

Jeff Knezovich, executive vice president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, states, “Our goal is to educate the public about their choices in cosmetic procedures. Whether our readers want to reduce wrinkles to look younger, or change something more fundamental with a facelift or liposuction, we want them to be fully informed about the costs, the results and the safety issues.”

The first edition of the magazine includes a questions and answers section about operations that a patient might consider, a “Doctor’s Notebook” that offers a doctor’s perspective on some of the latest treatments, and “Famous Faces” where doctors and editors take a close look at some of the latest celebrity cosmetic surgery procedures.

Other highlights of the magazine include: insights on safety and how to deal with negative results or bad plastic surgery procedures, advice on how to choose a physician you can trust, interviews with the top cosmetic surgeons in the country, and real-life patient experiences.

New You is published by New You Publishing, a division of Knightsbridge Media, LLC.

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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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Teeth Whitening Tops Cosmetic Makeover Wishlists for 2010

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 5, 2010

For the thousands of Americans  considering plastic or cosmetic surgery in 2010, procedure such as tummy tucks, breast implants and Botox treatments are surprisingly lower on the list than teeth whitening.

According to Harris Interactive, a consumer polling agency, of the 2,227 U.S. adults surveyed, about 52% of adults would choose teeth whitening followed by tummy tuck surgery and liposuction.

The survey reports that 55% of men and 51% of women would be interested in teeth whitening procedures in 2010 if money were not an issue. 29% of adults surveyed would undergo a tummy tuck or liposuction, while 25% would sign up for hair removal treatments.

Other popular procedures that make the top ten list for 2010 include face lift surgery, laser skin treatment, hair replacement, cellulite treatment, breast implants and Botox injections.

Teeth whitening procedures are among the most affordable cosmetic enhancement procedures available and treatments are available at medical spas, cosmetic dentistry centers and even some spas and hair salons around the United States.

Today’s innovative treatments include the BriteSmile teeth whitening system and Zoom! teeth whitening procedures.

In-office procedures can cost about $1,000 for the complete treatment plan, while in-home treatments such as whitening strips, in-home tray bleaching and treatments at a kiosk can cost between $25 to $150 per session.  In-office procedures can be performed in under an hour, while at home whitening sessions can last between two to three hours depending on the system.

Dental insurance typically does not cover the cost of a teeth whitening procedure, which is why this treatment falls under the elective treatment category. Since teeth bleaching is a chemical process, the teeth do need to be in relatively healthy condition in order for the treatment to work. Many dentists require the patient to undergo an oral examination before the treatment can begin. In most cases, the teeth whitening treatment offers instant results.

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Survey Says Most Oppose Cosmetic Surgery Tax

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 16, 2009

The latest health reform bill includes a 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery procedures, and many plastic surgeons and prospective patients are rallying against it. The tax, also known as “Botax”, may go into effect as early as 2010 and will be added to procedures and treatments that are not covered by health insurance.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently conducted a survey through the Opinion Research Corporation, and results show that 64 percent of surveyed adults did not agree with the proposed changes. 1,014 U.S. adults (506 men and 508 women) were surveyed, and the results indicated that a “cosmetic medical procedures tax has no place in healthcare reform, since these procedures are not covered by health insurance.” (Source: UPI.com)

The “Botax” is expected to raise nearly $6 billion over the next ten years, and many people believe that it is a form of a discriminatory tax because it will have the most impact on the people who seek cosmetic surgery the most – middle-class women between the ages of 25 and 35.

Several plastic surgery centers and cosmetic surgery clinics are encouraging their patients to speak out against the tax by contacting their local senator. Plastic surgeons and medical professionals that are a part of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are also taking a stand against the tax. Dr. Michael McGuire, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that, “These numbers confirm what the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has been saying all along, that many people mistakenly believe that this is a luxury tax.”

If approved, the Botax will add a few dollars – and a few hundred dollars, in some cases — to the price of Botox, breast implants, facial plastic surgery, liposuction, cellulite treatments and teeth whitening treatments. More information about the latest developments on the botax can be found here.

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More Cosmetic Procedures Now Available at the Strip Mall

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 19, 2009

CBR001224Cosmetic procedures such as Botox, collagen injections and skin resurfacing treatments that were once reserved for the doctor’s office are now appearing in strip malls across America. As long as the practitioner is licensed, there are few rules and regulations regarding the presence of a ‘Botox shop’ in the local mall or shopping plaza.

Many quick-fix procedures can be performed in under 30 minutes, making them a valuable option for anyone who wants to get their treatment over lunch break. Procedures available at strip malls and the local mall are typically licensed by the state as electrology facilities and not health care clinics, so if you experience any complications with the procedure, you may need to go elsewhere to receive the care you need.

Many simple procedures such as Botox and skin resurfacing procedures do present some risks, even though they can be performed in a relatively short period of time. Botox and other injections may cause some redness and swelling, but these effects typically subside after a few hours. Collagen injections can cause an adverse allergic reaction in some people, so the practitioner may require a test injection before the complete procedure can be administered. Skin resurfacing procedures do run the risk of severe skin burns, and may require several days of recovery.

Strip mall procedures are on the rise as more people look for affordable, quick-fix procedures outside of the traditional medical spa setting. However, experts say that it’s still important for consumers to do some research about the practice or facility before considering undergoing skin treatments, getting Botox, or undergoing laser hair removal at a strip mall. Only state-certified practitioners are allowed to perform procedures such as laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and collagen injections. Electrologists are permitted to perform laser hair removal under the direct supervision of a physician on staff.

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Experts Say Branded Procedures Don’t Always Deliver Advertised Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 24, 2009

lifestyleliftSmart-Lipo, Thread-Tox and the Lunchtime Lift are just a handful of branded procedures that are heavily promoted on television, in magazines and on the radio. These procedures are often marketed to baby boomers and young mothers who are considering plastic or cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearance, and appear to be effective procedures backed by clinical studies. Still, experts say that consumers need to exercise caution when considering these procedures, even when the procedure or treatment is boasts a registered trademark or its own logo.

According to a recent article in MedicalNewsToday.com, brand name procedures may not really provide a legitimate solution for long-term results, and may just be a clever marketing ploy for the vulnerable consumer. Dr. Al Aly, a plastic surgeon in Iowa, points out that “These named procedures are used by the marketing entity to popularize the technique so that patients ask for it whether it fits their situation or not. This is a problem that can be very dangerous.” (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)

So how does a consumer find out if the procedure really does hold up to its name, or if it’s just a scam? Doing some online research about the procedure is the first step to finding out what the history of the technique and surgery is, and how long it has been available in the United States. The next step is to visit the website of the company behind the procedure and review any clinical studies or reports that back up the procedure’s claims. When it’s time to meet the doctor for a consultation, the consumer will be well-armed with knowledge and facts, and can then ask questions about the safety and efficacy of the procedure.

Plastic and cosmetic surgeons are required to disclose all risk factors involved with various procedures, but it is ultimately up to the patient to learn about the treatment and determine if the procedure is the right fit for them.

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Expert Explains Taboos of Cosmetic Procedures on ‘Authors Radio Show’

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 31, 2009

LoisSternCoverLois W. Stern, the author of the book, “Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery” recently appeared as a guest on the Authors Radio Show to discuss some of the taboo subjects about plastic and cosmetic surgery, and educate patients on the importance of researching the surgeon’s experience before going under the knife.

Ms. Stern talks candidly about many taboo topics including the attraction some patients feel towards their plastic surgeons, post-surgery sexuality and feelings that often go unaddressed, and the many emotional undercurrents associated with the plastic surgery process.

The book, “Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery” is in its second printing and covers several emotional and physical elements associated with plastic and cosmetic surgery. Ms. Stern provides a comprehensive guide for patients who are considering going under the knife; this includes checklists, quizzes, charts and also addresses common questions and answers associated with selecting and working with a plastic surgeon.

Some people overlook the importance of conducting in-depth research about a surgeon or practice, getting a recommendation from local patients, and reviewing before and after photos of the surgeon’s work when they are considering cosmetic surgery. However, no surgery can be perfect, and there are several inherent risks involved with even the simplest procedures. In addition to the physical risks, Ms. Stern encourages people to think about all of the emotional and social ramifications of their surgery.

Ms. Stern says, “I think it’s important for people to understand how cosmetic surgery can impact relationships in our daily lives, in the workplace, in our social interactions – even in the bedroom. There are many good reasons to consider cosmetic surgery. However, there are just as many bad reasons to consider having this surgery.” (Source: Press Release 5.19.09)

The radio segment will be running on the Authors Radio Show Radio program through November 7, 2009.

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