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Woman Files Lawsuit After Getting Evolence Injections

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 30, 2009

Mara Micevic of Oakville received Evolence injections in January 2007 from a local laser and spa clinic after the center promised she could improve her looks and achieve a more youthful appearance. Ms. Micevic states that “she didn’t think twice” about getting the injections because she had known many women who had gone to these types of clinics and had been able to improve their appearance.

However, Micevic reports that immediately after Evolence was injected into her lips, she could feel a set of “small balls” under her skin and was assured that they would disappear. Eight months later, she developed a bump under her top lip that began to ooze pus and blood. Soon after, her whole face was swollen and she got infections over her entire face.

Ms. Micevic contacted the manufacturer in 2008, she found out that Evolence was not indicated for use in the lips at all.  However, the filler had been marketed as an all-natural filler for lip augmentation in the United States and in Canada, and was made available at several medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

Evolence is among the newest dermal fillers on the market, an injectable that promises to fill out fine lines and wrinkles instantly and produces natural-looking results. It costs approximately $500 per injection, and according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Americans are spending approximately $800 million per year on injectables.

Some injectables, such as collagen fillers, do have a high risk of allergies and doctors may need to do a test before administering the entire injectable.

For Micevic, the side effects were enough to prompt a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and related companies who are failing to warn the public about the risk of injury, scarring, infection and disfigurement from using Evolence.  Two other women in Richmond, B.C. have also launched a notice to sue over Evolence in December 2008.

On November 3, 2009, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would discontinue the manufacture and marketing of Evolence products.

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ASAPS Predicts Increase in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in 2009

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 11, 2009

forecastIn spite of the turbulent economy in 2008 and the gloomy outlook presented by financial analysts and economic experts, Americans may still be fueling a few spending streaks in 2009.

The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) is predicting a significant increase in demand for certain types of cosmetic and plastic procedures, in addition to trends where consumers are prepared to ‘try’ new and innovative procedures entering the market.

In a December 2008 press release, the ASAPS highlights the increasing growth and popularity of cosmetic fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Evolence, especially as more injectable fillers enter the market.  Reloxin, an alternative to Botox, has been under FDA review and may be the latest competition for Botox and other wrinkle removal treatments.

Injectable fillers are a convenient, non-surgical option for many men and women who do not want to undergo extensive surgery to get rid of wrinkles – and even save a few thousand dollars on a facelift. Wrinkle fillers are most suitable for baby boomers and those are seeing signs of premature aging; this market segment will make up most of the consumer market for injectables, and some of the demand may simply driven by the desire to save money on a procedure.

Consumers may also be likely to try innovative techniques and procedures that are only just entering the U.S. market (or undergoing clinical trials).   Anyone who has been interested in liposuction may be able to forgo surgery altogether with procedures like UltraShape.  UltraShape has recently gained mass appeal in the United Kingdom and Canada, but has not met FDA approval for patients who want the procedure in the United States.  The procedure is designed to break down body fat using ultrasound technology, and can be targeted to specific areas of the body.  Once the body fat is broken down, it is eliminated through the patient’s lymph system.

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Evolence Collagen Fillers Offer Alternative to Juvederm, Restylane

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 10, 2008

While thousands of people continue to pursue BOTOX injections and injectable fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines, a new generation of collagen-based fillers are offering more natural-looking results.

EVOLENCE®collagen fillers received FDA approval in June 2008, and may be a valuable alternative to conventional wrinkle removal procedures. This cosmetic filler made with natural sugar, and the compounds injected into the skin are designed to mimic the body’s natural collagen; the solution binds better than other hyaluronic fillers, and quickly integrates with the skin’s tissues for a firm and even appearance. Read the full press release here.

Dr. Sachit Shah, a Cosmetic physician in Vancouver explains that EVOLENCE® may even be a better choice than Juvederm and Restylane because results look natural and last much longer. The costs are also roughly the same as other leading dermal fillers on the market (Source: RealSelf.com).

For those who only want to get rid of finer lines and wrinkles, EVOLENCE® Breeze is another product developed by the makers of EVOLENCE®, and works on the lighter signs of premature aging instead.

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