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Fractional Laser Receives FDA Clearance for Treating Stretch Marks

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 27, 2010

Since stretch marks are very difficult to treat topically once they have formed, many individuals that want to get rid of stretch marks permanently must pursue cosmetic procedures that improve the appearance of the skin from inside out.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the fractional laser for the treatment of stretch marks, which means that many medical spas and cosmetic surgeons that currently use the non-ablative laser for facial treatments can now begin offer stretch mark removal procedures.

The Lux1540™ Fractional non-ablative laser hand piece is the first device to have received clearance by the FDA for stretch mark removal. Results of clinical studies show that those who had been treated with the Lux1540 laser achieved a 51 to 75 percent improvement in the texture and tone of their skin. The results were based on a blinded review of photographs that compared the skin in its pre-treatment state, to the skin approximately three months after treatment.

According to Vic Narurkar, MD, a dermatologist in San Francisco, California and a former president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, “Our experience with the Palomar Lux1540 is consistent with the results seen in Europe…for the right patient, the Lux1540 provides a laser treatment option for stretch marks that offers significant improvement. The non-ablative fractional laser allows for comfortable treatments with little to no impact on the patient’s daily activities.” (Source:

The treatment process works with a single application of the laser device directly onto the skin’s surface. The heat and energy from the laser help to contract the dermal tissues and promote collagen production. Over time, this helps to restore the damaged skin and also resurfaces the broken skin so that it appears smoother and becomes more resilient.

More information about the fractional laser can be found here.


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Permanent Makeup Becomes In-Demand Cosmetic Enhancement During Recession

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 3, 2009

42-16546623Even though many people are skipping the liposuction or breast implants this year in order to save money, others are turning to more affordable cosmetic treatments in order to improve their looks. Permanent makeup is quickly becoming a popular option during the rough economy, and is helping both men and women achieve a more youthful appearance without extensive surgery.

According to a recent article in The Daily Telegraph of Australia, women in particular are turning to temporary tattoos that create the illusion of bold features such as perfectly-shaped eyebrows or pink lips by embedding colored pigment right into the skin. The procedure creates a more muted look than a traditional tattoo, and allows many people to enhance or create several features on the face.

Permanent makeup only requires a topical anesthetic, and healing can take up to two weeks depending on the type of tattoo. Many people achieve a more youthful appearance by enhancing their eyelids with permanent eye liner, or creating the illusion of fuller, younger-looking lips by filling in the lips with a shade of pink or red.

Some cosmetic tattooists say that these types of treatments can provide a boost of self-confidence, and in some cases, can take up to a decade or more off a person’s appearance.  Permanent makeup is now another quick-fix option for those who don’t want to undergo surgery in order to improve their looks.

Still, this treatment is not without its risks. Those who pursue a permanent makeup ‘makeover’ should only work with a licensed cosmetic tattoo artist, and preferably someone with several years of experience in applying permanent makeup. The treated area must be protected from the sun for several months after the treatment, and even more so during the healing period. In some cases, a touchup treatment or series of treatments may be needed to achieve the best results.

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Hair Removal with Ultrasound – Impresa Shows Promise

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 21, 2008

Today’s leading hair removal treatments include laser procedures that help slow down hair growth in several areas of the body, but the latest technology may be as simple as an ultrasound treatment. Boasting an average hair reduction of 38% after just one treatment, Applisonix, the makers of the Impresa system, claim that ultrasound hair removal is a safe and effective solution for those who want to eliminate unsightly hair for the long-term.

The technology is backed by several trials and studies conducted by Applisonix, and is proving to be even mroe effective than light-based treatments for hair removal.

Impresa works by delivering powerful ultrasound energy waves to the treatment area and deactivating the hair follicle. The treatment may even be less painful than conventional hair removal treatments, and can be used on all hair colors and skin types.  Other benefits of Impresa for hair removal include:

  • Surrounding skin unaffected by treatment
  • Reduced risk of damage to the hair follicle and skin
  • No side effects
  • Energy waves reach the root of the hair immediately for a targeted and accurate treatment


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