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American Institute for Plastic Surgery Uses Artefill for Wrinkle Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 16, 2009

BBE038Artefill is among the leading injectable fillers used in the United States because it delivers instant, natural-looking results and can be used on almost all skin types.

The American Institute for Plastic Surgery, a well-known plastic surgery center in the Dallas metro area, is using Artefill for many of its patients that want to fight wrinkles. A recent article in Medical News Today reports that Artefill is only available at a select number of physicians’ offices, and that the American Institute of Plastic Surgery is using it this filler to help treat smile lines, deep wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Dr. Raphael of the American Institute for Plastic Surgery made this statement about using Artefill at his practice: “As surgeons, we are drawn to products that offer long-term solutions and Artefill fills this need for our patients that want a lasting solution for wrinkle correction. We find Artefill offers enormous value as it lasts longer than any other filler on the market today.”

Artefill is the first and only FDA-approved collagen filler made with microspheres, and works by not only augmenting the treated area, but also stimulating collagen production in the skin tissue so that wrinkles and fine lines become less noticeable over time. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers on the market, Artefill lasts for more than a few months and takes only about fifteen minutes per injection. The microspheres are not absorbed by the body, so the skin remains supported for several weeks and months after the treatment.

Anyone interested in getting Artefill injections will need to undergo a skin allergy test to make sure they are not allergic to the collagen compounds in Artefill. Once approved, they can undergo as many treatments deemed necessary to achieve their youthful appearance. More information about Artefill can be found here.


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Demand for Dermal Fillers Remains Strong Despite State of the Economy

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 9, 2009

42-15717262While many prospective patients are waiting for a better economic climate before forking over a few hundred dollars for plastic surgery, those in need of a quick fix are still heading to the cosmetic surgeon’s office for a more affordable treatment. Demand for dermal fillers remains strong in these turbulent times, and the Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in San Diego reports a 30% increase in requests for dermal fillers this year.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) had previously issued a report about demand for injectables this Spring, concluding that many people would still be seeking out alternatives to pricey surgery. The statistics from the Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery confirms that this has been the case for the latter half of 2009.

Some of the most sought-after injectables include Botox, Artefill,  and Restylane. Hyaluronic acid fillers are most commonly used for treating fine lines and wrinkles around the face, while Botox is most commonly used to fill out deep grooves on the forehead. Artefill is among the longer-lasting fillers that is commonly used to treat smile lines and fill the lips. Various collagen and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have been approved by the FDA for the correction of lines and wrinkles, and some doctors also use them in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments to enhance results.

Most dermal fillers take between 15 to 30 minutes to administer, and typically deliver immediate results with no downtime. This makes them a convenient option for many men and women on the go, and the lower price points – anything from $300 to $600+ per treatment – also make this an affordable choice for many during these tough economic times.

Dr. Alavi, the medical director at the Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, points out that injectables like Artefill also last approximately six months, so patients can make an investment now and enjoy several immediate, short-term benefits.

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Dermal Fillers Prove to Be Valuable Alternative to Eyelid Lift Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 6, 2009

j0284951If you’ve noticed the skin above and around your eyes is beginning to sag, you may be a good candidate for eyelid lift surgery. This surgery works by removing excess fatty tissues from around the delicate eye area, and lifting up the skin to create a more wide-eyed, youthful appearance. However, some doctors believe that going under the knife to achieve this youthful look isn’t your only option.

Dermal fillers are proving to be a valuable alternative to eyelid lift surgery and can take years off your appearance after just a single treatment. Injectable fillers can help to raise the upper eyelid and brow area, making the eyes appear more prominent. The injectable also adds more volume to the face, which can help those who have sagging, loose skin around the eye area.

Dr. Val Lambros, author of an article that appeared in the most recent issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, explains how hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can provide reliable, consistent and exceptional results for improving the eye area, and may be a valuable alternative to surgery fro many people.

This procedure works by adding volume to the brow line and upper lid, and the soft filler helps create a contoured, natural appearance. By increasing volume in the brow, the eyes are naturally lifted and can create a more youthful look.

This ‘nonsurgical brow lift’ can be performed with local anesthesia, and typically takes under an hour. Most patients experience only a light soreness or redness at the treatment site, and this will disappear within a few hours. The filler can remain in the body for up to 8 to 12 months, but touch up treatments may be required every six months in some people.

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UK Researchers Report on Complications of Dermal Fillers

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 13, 2009

j0321156Dermal fillers continue to be some of the most sought-after procedures for men and women who want to get rid of wrinkles without surgery, and are becoming an in-demand procedure for many who want to side-step the effects of the recession and achieve results with an affordable makeover. However, a recent report for the UK suggests that many people experience a variety of complications with permanent cosmetic fillers than with any other types of cosmetic injections on the market.

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS), 38.5% of surgeons who saw 1 to 3 patients over the past year experienced significant complications with permanent facial fillers, and 23% of surgeons who saw 1 to 3 patients in the past year had complications so severe that surgery was needed to make the corrections.  (Source:

Doctors in the United States encourage patients to make sure that the person who will be administering the injections has years of experience and is licensed to perform the procedure. Cosmetic injections such as Botox, Juvederm, Restylane and other fillers are now readily available at medical spas, and even some day spas, around the country. However, inexperience often leads to many of the complications that first-time patients experience.

Dr. Julies Few, a plastic surgeon in Chicago, also points out that the challenge of getting a permanent filler is that the outcome can begin to change as the rest of the body and face ages over time. The only permanent filler with a proven safety record is fat injections, especially if the fat is from the patient’s own body.

Still, non-permanent fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, Cosmoderm, Evolence and Juvederm had very few complications, and many believe this is because the results do diminish over time. Consumers need to be aware of the potential dangers of synthetic dermal fillers, and make sure that they are not getting their injections from an unqualified practitioner.

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Experts Say Liquid Facelift Alone Won’t Create Youthful Look

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 16, 2009

liquidfaceliftThe Liquid Facelift has become a popular procedure in the midst of the economic downturn because it is usually priced much lower than conventional facelift surgery, and offers instant results.

Many people who want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and achieve a more youthful look can enjoy significant result with a series of dermal fillers injected into various compartments of the face. Many surgeons today use a combination of Restylane, Juvederm, Botox and Hylaform to create a sculpted, toned and rejuvenated appearance.

However, some doctors believe that fillers alone cannot restore volume as effectively as surgery, and that patients will receive the best results with a combination of light surgery and filler treatments. According to Dr. James Zins, department chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, “In a ‘liquid facelift’, there is no lifting of the tissue – this term is inaccurate and we have to be careful about misconstruing and giving the patient false, misleading information.”

Even though some injectable fillers have the power to increase collagen production and improve the skin’s appearance naturally, others only fill up the cheeks and tissues temporarily, so more sagging may occur when the filler disappears. Since fat atrophy and poor skin texture are to blame for wrinkles and fine lines, some surgeons believe that injectables alone aren’t enough. Skin tightening treatments such as Thermage, and procedures like the Threadlift that involve inserting sutures into the face to tighten the skin naturally may be a better solution for many.

Does this mean the liquid facelift is ineffective? That depends. Age, genetic makeup and the overall condition of the skin all play a role in what the outcome will be, and results vary significantly for each person. A patient must have a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon or anti aging specialist to determine if their skin will be able to tolerate various types of fillers, and whether facelift surgery may be the only viable treatment option for them.

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Study Shows Patients Not Afraid to Admit to Dermal Filler Treatments

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 14, 2009

42-15641051Going to the plastic surgeon’s office or medical spa was once considered a taboo subject, and only some people would readily disclose the facts and details about their visits to friends and family. However, times have changed, especially when it comes to minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers.

A survey conducted by the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation shows that of 687 patients who received Botox Cosmetic or hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Perlane, Evolence, Restylane, Prevelle Silk, Captique or Hylaform, 87% say they had confided in close friends or family members about the procedure.

More than 70% of those who said they shared the details about their dermal filler treatment found that friends and family members had been supportive about their decision, while the remaining 12% received a more critical response.

Botox continues to be the most sought-after minimally invasive procedure in the United States, and millions of injections are administered by licensed doctors and medical aestheticians every year.

Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Evolence are now used in ‘liquid’ facelift procedures where the surgeon can target certain areas of the face to create a lifted appearance. Some fillers are also used for lip augmentation, and to reduce deep wrinkles in the forehead. These fillers do have some mild side effects in some people, but all must be administered by a licensed professional in order to avoid migration of the compounds, and to ensure that the injection site does not become infected.

Dermal fillers are a convenient, and even affordable option for many people looking for a quick and effective anti-aging fix. Most people who want to maintain results must receive touch-up treatments at least every four to six months. Results are immediate, so in most cases, friends and family members are bound to notice that something has been done.

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Forbes Reports on Latest Options in Dermal Fillers

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 4, 2009

Now that Botox has a new contender on the market, many people are considering alternatives to the standard Botox treatment to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. Dysport is the newest injectable that promises to zap away the signs of aging and create a more youthful appearance, and there are several other options in anti-aging. recently reported on seven of the most popular FDA-approved treatments on the market. Here’s a rundown of their findings:

1. Restylane – an injectable that has been injected over 10 million times since its introduction in 2004, Restylane has become a popular choice for many people ready to stop the clock without getting a facelift.

2. Perlane – this injectable made its way to the U.S. market in 2007, and is designed primarily for treating deeper wrinkles. Most people do not need touch up treatments of Perlane for about six months.

3. Radiesse – this thick compound is made with the same materials as bones and teeth, and reportedly stimulates collagen production. This helps create a more youthful, contoured appearance.

4. Evolence – one of the newer injectables on the market, Evolence is made with pig collagen, and helps create plumper cheeks and lips, and a more youthful appearance.

5. Prevelle Silk – this gel filler is made with hyularonic acid, and is commonly used for lip augmentation treatments.

6. Juvederm – Like Perlane, this filler is designed for deeper wrinkles and to create more contours on the face.  It is often used as part of a ‘liquid facelift’ treatment.

7. Dysport – the newest filler on the market, this injectable is similar in chemical structure to Botox and is designed to get rid of wrinkles on the forehead, and tighten up sagging skin around the cheekbones and jaw. The injectable is now available in the United States.


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Inauguration Week Prompts Quickie Cosmetic Surgery Fixes

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 21, 2009

450px-inaugurationThis week’s Presidential Inauguration festivities have prompted more than patriotism across the country.

Hundreds of people have been heading to the local cosmetic surgeon’s office to freshen up their look for the week of partying and revelries surrounding the inauguration.

In fact, cosmetic surgeons in Washington, DC recently reported a surge in demand for Botox injections, microdermabrasion and other quickie cosmetic fixes for those who wanted to look their best for inauguration night and other events scheduled for this weekend.

USA Today reports that demand for Perlane and Restylane nearly tripled for a cosmetic surgeon in the D.C. area, and that inauguration events prompted many to finally get their facial rejuvenation procedure of choice. Both fillers help to downplay wrinkles, tighten up sagging skin and create a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. Restylane can also be used as a lip-plumping treatment, helping to create fuller, natural-looking lips while eliminating lines and wrinkles.

Black-tie events, galas and parties this Inauguration Week have prompted many people to focus on looking their best this season with a low-stress, low-cost, mini makeover.

Non-invasive and minimally-invasive procedures have become increasingly popular in recent months as more people track down procedures that won’t take their toll on the wallet.  The slowing economy and tighter personal budgets mean many are willing to pay a fraction of the cost of surgery for similar results; chemical peels, Botox injections, dermal fillers, mini-liposuction and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are just a few alternatives to facelift surgery and other procedures  – and all can be performed with little or no anesthesia, while delivering dramatic results.

Results can be seen almost immediately, and the treatments require little downtime and involve little or no pain.  These treatments continue to be a top choice for those who want to get rid of wrinkles or brighten up tired-looking skin before a big event.

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Biodegradable Wrinkle Fillers on the Horizon

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 4, 2009

Biodegradable FillersToday’s popular wrinkle fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox offer a number of benefits for men and women who want to rejuvenate their looks and enjoy a wrinkle-free appearance.

Wrinkle fillers made with collagen are also popular, because they readily adapt to the skin tissues and help create natural results.  However, collagen has been linked to adverse allergic reactions and may even ‘migrate’ to areas of the face shortly after treatment.

A number of injectable filler companies are now introducing a lineup of biodegradable fillers that are made with a combination of hyularonic acid and collagen, reducing the risk of allergic reactions.  These fillers may be a safer, more natural option for many.  Biodegradable fillers are absorbed by the body at a slower rate than purely-collagen fillers, and may even offer better results.  The fillers can be used to restore the volume of hollowed cheekbones, augment the cheeks and lips, or tighten up sagging skin around the eyes and jawline.

Dermatology Times reports explains the key benefits of using biodegradable wrinkle fillers for facial rejuvenation and as a complement to some procedures:

Injectable fillers that are biodegradable can be used to replace that fat, or fat can be harvested from other parts of the body to replace lost fat. One of the reasons that biodegradable fillers are preferred is safety. If complications occur, they will disappear spontaneously. Secondly, if individuals opt for surgical correction around the nose, for instance, the biodegradable nature of the fillers makes surgery still possible. With fillers that are not biodegradable, surgery may no longer be an option if fibrosis develops.”

These fillers do not require allergy testing, and can be used for several anti-aging and wrinkle reduction treatments.  According to Medical News Today, the release of these fillers in the American market could significantly reduce demand and usage of purely collagen fillers, and make it easier to enjoy the benefits of wrinkle removal without surgery.

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Laser Hair Removal a Top Choice for Holiday Beauty Fix

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 20, 2008

42-15590919If you need a quick mini-makeover for the holidays and New Year countdown, simple and affordable cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal and dermal fillers may be your best bets.

Researchers at the Harley Medical Group, the UK’s largest cosemtic surgery provider, are reporting that laser hair removal treatments and packages are some of the most sought-after procedures for the 2008 holiday season.

A recent press release from the Harley medical Group states that the quick and gentle procedure helps to remove small patches of unwanted hair right in time for the holidays.  While some people will need a series of treatments to achieve long-lasting results, the procedure can help get rid of a substantial amount of hair after one treatment, eliminating the need to use hair removal creams or wax for fuzz-free skin.

Botox and other dermal fillers are also convenient options for a quick pre-holiday fix, and many medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers are offering deep discounts on these treatments to lure in holiday shoppers during the tough economic times.  Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox can help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and all of them deliver instant results.  Since these fillers do not require any bandages or a significant amount of downtime, they could be an attractive treatment for those on a tight schedule this holiday season.

A single laser hair removal treatment can cost between $50 to $200 for small areas and $500 – $900 for larger areas.  Costs depend on the density of the hair, number of treatments purchased, and the location of the laser hair removal specialist.

The average cost of Botox and other dermal fillers ranges between $400 – $600+ depending on the type of injectable and the physician or aesthetic professional administering the injection.  Patients who do find discounted packages and special offers are advised to check the credentials of the provider and verify that the facility is using genuine products.

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