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Madonna Lift Helps Patients Maintain Youthful Looks

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 13, 2010

Many patients who notice the signs of aging creeping up around their eyes, nose, chin and on the forehead turn to a facelift or injectable fillers to achieve a more youthful look. Some plastic and cosmetic surgeons around the country have introduced a facelift alternative called the Madonna Lift, a laser procedure that helps to eliminate crow’s feet and helps the patient achieve tighter, toned and more youthful-looking skin.

Many people who develop crow’s feet and sagging skin around the eyes have skin that has become damaged from too much sun exposure, smoking, an unhealthy diet, and other lifestyle factors. Crow’s feet can be minimized or eliminated with a combination of fractional laser treatments and injectables that tighten and strengthen the skin.

The Madonna Lift is a combination procedure that involves the administration of the Coolaser fracational laser treatment, and in some cases, a series of injections around the delicate eye area to strengthen and tone the skin. This procedure works by triggering collagen production deep within the skin’s surface. More collagen under the skin helps make the skin become more resilient, thicker and stronger.

The Madonna Lift promises minimal downtime and there is no scarring involved. Many people undergoing this procedure also notice dark circles disappearing, and will see progressive results as the skin continues to heal.

This innovative facelift alternative may be suitable for patients who are noticing the premature signs of aging and are not ready to undergo a complete facelift surgery. Those who want to maintain results may need to undergo a second laser resurfacing procedure within a year for their first treatment, but can maintain results by getting injectable fillers such as Botox or Restylane.

The Madonna Lift was developed by Dr. Bruce Katz of Juva Skin in New York.


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AAFPRS Reports More Women Looking for Inexpensive Cosmetic Surgery Options

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 15, 2010

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) recently conducted a survey in conjunction with Dermik Laboratories, and found that more than half of women considering facial plastic surgery turned to injectables and other non-surgical cosmetic procedures to save money during the economic downturn.

Among the most sought-after procedures for women in this category were Sculptra, an innovative injectable that can treat wrinkles and reduce the appearance of deeper lines and folds in the skin, and fractional resurfacing, a treatment that can help remove the top layer of skin and also reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Other popular procedures include Thermage skin tightening treatments that help to strengthen and tighten the skin by promoting collagen growth. Reaction by Viora, another innovative anti-aging procedure, uses radiofrequency energy to promote collagen production and also strengthens, tightens and tones the skin.

Traditional facelift surgery can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000+ depending on the location of the surgery center, doctor and the extent of the procedure. Alternatives to facelift surgery can cost less than $1,000 in many cases, but some only offer temporary results that do require touch-up treatments to maintain the youthful appearance. Among the top minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures are Botox, the “liquid facelift” that consists of a series of fillers injected into the facial compartments, and IPL skin rejuvenation procedures.

All of these facelift alternatives promise less downtime, minimal pain, and can be a cost-effective option for those who do not want to undergo traditional surgery and deal with the side effects. In most cases, non-invasive options can produce instant results, or noticeable results within a two or three week time frame. Skin tightening and radio frequency treatments offer gradual improvements over a three to six month period, and in some cases, the effects can last for up to a year or more.

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Simoni Lift to Be Revealed at Facial Cosmetic Surgery Symposium this Summer

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 5, 2010

Today’s facelift surgery alternatives include the Threadlift and the liquid facelift where doctors administer a series of dermal fillers into various facial compartments to get rid of wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance.

A new facelift alternative is on the horizon and will be unveiled at the 6th Annual Facial Cosmetic Surgery International Multi-Specialty Symposium in Las Vegas this summer. Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon Payman Simoni, MD, FACS will be showcasing an innovative procedure and demonstrating techniques of the Simoni Lift™.

This minimally-invasive face lift procedure can be performed within an hour or 90 minutes and does not require any anesthesia. The doctor makes a series of small incisions around the patient’s ears so that they can then tighten loose facial tissues around the neck, jowls and the middle of the face. Dr. Simoni explains that this procedure is very different than a lunchtime lift or a mini facelift, and that he is “able to achieve results that are just as good, if not better than a traditional facelift using these methods.”

The key benefits of the Simoni Facelift include shorter recovery times than traditional plastic and cosmetic skin rejuvenation procedures, less bruising and swelling, and reduced health risks associated with procedures that involve general anesthesia.

The patient stays wide awake during the entire procedure, and it is performed in an inclined position. The best candidates for the Simoni Lift may be those who are noticing the premature signs of aging, and have loose or sagging skin around the neck, jawline and lower facial region. This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and promises very little downtime, making it easier for patients to return to regular activities shortly after their surgery.

Dr. Simoni is the founder of the Simoni Plastic Surgery Center in Beverly Hills and has been featured in The New York Times, OK! Magazine, and on The View and Entertainment Tonight for his work.

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Physicians Recommend Facial Implants Plus Facelift for Better Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 31, 2010

While facelift surgery can help to eliminate deep wrinkles and fine lines while sculpting the face and neck area, plastic surgeons may be able to get better results by adding facial implants to the surgical procedure.

A recent study presented at the American Association of Plastic Surgeons points out that simply tightening the loose skin by pulling it back is not enough to create the youthful appearance many patients want.

Since the underlying structure of the face is not modified with the facelift procedure, it may be necessary to add facial implants or use soft tissue fillers to create a contoured, streamlined appearance that appears more youthful.

Physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and researchers from Harvard and Stanford Universities, have been taking a close look at the bone structure of people as they age, and have stated that loss of definition in the lower area of the face is what contributes to an older appearance. As a result, it’s important for plastic surgeons to focus on recreating a more defined jawline, and in some cases, extended the length and width of the jaw bone using various surgical techniques.

According to Howard N. Langstein, MD, professor and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, measurements show “a significant decline in the jaw’s volume as a person ages, and therefore less support of soft tissue of the lower face and neck….though we have always known that bones change over time, until now, the extent to which it causes an aged appearance was not appreciated.”

Researchers that conducted the study believe that plastic surgeons must find other ways to restore the underlying structure of the face when performing facelift surgery, in order to achieve the most contoured and sculpted appearance. Facial implants may offer promising results for hundreds of men and women considering facelift surgery.


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Michigan Cosmetic Surgeon Offers Small Scar Facelift

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 18, 2010

Many people that want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, and take a few years off their appearance turn to facelift surgery for a complete transformation. Traditional facelift surgery offers several benefits but can be a painful procedure that requires a lot of downtime and may result in permanent scars that are difficult to hide. Many cosmetic surgeons now offer a procedure called the small scar facelift that delivers similar results with minimal incisions.

A Michigan Cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Burke, is among the first in Ann Arbor to offer the small scar facelift and reports that patients are seeing exceptional results. Dr. Burke explains, “I place small incisions in front and behind the ear…the incision in front of the ear is hidden in a natural skin fold.” The muscles are then naturally tightened as the skin is lifted back to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Dr. Burke performs this procedure using local anesthesia, which means patients can go home the same day and recovery quickly than with a traditional facelift that requires general anesthesia.

The small scar facelift can be performed with other procedures including blepharoplasty, which helps rejuvenate the upper eye area, and CO2 laser resurfacing which helps to smooth out the skin below the eye and around the cheeks and jawline to create a more youthful appearance.

The small scar facelift costs between $4,000 to $5,000, and most patients need about a week to ten days to recover from the procedure.

The best candidates for the procedure are individuals in their early forties that want to look younger, and those who do not smoke or have any severe health or medical conditions that would interfere with the effects of the procedure. Patients need to wear a headband for about 24 hour after their procedure to support recovery.

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Ulthera Receives FDA Clearance for Eyebrow Lift

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 31, 2009

Men and women interested in getting an eyebrow lift no longer have to rely solely on plastic surgery to achieve results. An innovative device has recently been approved by the FDA for use by doctors, and clinical studies show that this eyebrow lift device has no adverse side effects and hardly any downtime. The Ulthera System is designed to deliver ultrasound energy deep into the dermis, treating the skin at a deep level. The energy waves help to firm, tighten and lift the skin tissue, and can produce noticeable results after just a single treatment.

According to the research studies backing the device, the DeepSEE technology used in this system allows the physicians to see and treat deep below the skin without a single incision. Ultrasound imaging is used to target different areas of the skin, and the device is safe enough to use around the delicate eye area. The highly focused and targeted ultrasound energy triggers the body’s natural healing response, triggering collagen growth and tightening and lifting the skin over time.

There is no anesthesia required, and the upper layers of the skin are left untouched. The patient will not feel any discomfort throughout the procedure, since the energy waves from the applicator deliver very small, controlled amounts of energy into the soft tissues of the skin. The medical professional delivering the treatment simply moves the applicator over each area of the face to deliver the energy waves deep into the skin’s surface.

The entire procedure takes only about 30 minutes, and some people will need to undergo a series of treatments in order to see desired results. The Ulthera device may be an attractive alternative for people who do not want to undergo facelift surgery or get a Threadlift to correct sagging skin around the eye area.

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Oralift Offers Alternative to Facelift Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 8, 2009

Dr. Nick Mohindra, a London dentist, has invented a plastic mouthguard called the Oralift that’s designed to help patients look younger by sculpting the facial tissues and increasing the strength of the jawline and facial muscles. The Oralift mouthguard is placed in a microwave to soften the plastic and then fitted to the lower teeth. The mouthguard helps to prevent the grinding of teeth and also helps to stretch the freeway space between the back teeth so that the facial muscles become stronger.

According to the Oralift website, this ‘dental facelift’ offers an alternative to facelift surgery and promises to shift the facial tissues to creates a rejuvenated appearance. The Oralift ‘exercises’ help the facial muscles become stronger passively, and the mouthguard is worn all day long, even while eating. However, Dr. Mohindra recommends that the patient using the mouthguard should not allow their back teeth to rest on the Oralift’s platforms, and they should refrain from talking and eating while wearing it.

Some of the key benefits of the Oralift include reduced lines around the mouth, eyes and around the face, more prominent cheekbones, increased fullness of the lips and strenthing and firming of the jawline and neck.

The Oralift is currently available for £575 in London, and is cheaper than both surgical and non-surgical facelift surgery.  The dentist who is completing the fitting shows the patient how to train their mouth to accommodate for the mouthguard, and provides a recommended schedule for times that they should wear it. Most people need to wear the mouthguard for two 15-minute sessions for the first few days, and then build up to half an hour and then two hours as the facial muscles become stronger. The dentist performing the fitting will also monitor progress at several intervals to ensure that the mouthguard is still fitting properly.

More information about the Oralift can be found at

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Dubai Surgeon Performs 45-Minute ‘Silhouette’ Facelift

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 25, 2009

One of the most effective ways to get rid of lines and wrinkles, tighten up sagging skin and maintain your youthful appearance is to get a facelift. However, traditional facelift surgery can be expensive and typically requires a few weeks of downtime and recovery. One Dubai-based plastic surgeon is offering an alternative for people who want to get a facelift without the extensive recovery time with his Silhouette Lift, a 45-minute procedure that can be performed under local anesthetic.

According to a recent article in, the Silhouette facelift technique does not require any hospitalization and is performed by making a very small incision above the hairline. The surgeon then uses a special threading technique to lift up the tissues and inserts sutures along the hairline that secure the lifted tissue into face. reports that the Silhouette Lift can help to tighten up skin around the neck, jawline and the nasolabial area, and promises immediate recovery. Most patients can return to normal activities within 48 hours, and their face is fully reovered after just two weeks.

Dr. Luiz Toledo, the surgeon who is now offering the procedure, states: “The Silhouette sutures are the most innovative sutures to date. They are not barbed which avoids any tissue damage and thanks to small re-absorbable cones which anchor themselves in deep tissue, a tension is produced which lifts the sagging tissue. The fibrosis around the suture produces a much stronger suspension mechanism than the traditional methods I have used over the past six years”. (Source:

Even though this procedure does not require extensive surgery, Dr. Toledo claims that it is effective enough to postpone the need for a ‘real’ facelift, and offers great results for both male and female patients. With little risk of tissue damage and almost immediate results, the Silhouette Facelift could be one the procedures of the future.

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Forehead Lift May Alleviate Migraines

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 13, 2009

j0178793Chronic headaches and migraines are often the result of nerve imbalances and stress, and when chiropractic treatments and over-the-counter medications aren’t helping to alleviate the problem, Botox injections may be an option. Botox has already been used to treat severe migraines and help people who suffer from frequent, debilitating headaches, but new research shows that forehead lift surgery may offer a permanent solution for getting rid of the pain.

According to the results of a study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, doctors have found a permanent solution for treating migraine symptoms, using a procedure that is similar to a forehead lift. This surgery involves removing certain parts of the upper facial area completely so that the nerves that are triggering the headaches can no longer function.

Results of the study show that of the 49 patients that had the surgery, almost 84% showed a significant improvement in migraine frequency, duration and intensity.

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and is typically completed within two to three hours. Almost all patients could go home immediately after the procedure and return to their regular activities shortly afterward. The scars from the incisions heal quickly, and are hidden strategically around the hairline.

While the forehead lift procedure for migraine relief offers several benefits, it may not be for everybody. The patients that underwent the surgery for this study were selected based on their response rates to Botox injections, which according to some doctors, is not necessarily a ‘typical patient.’

Researchers will continue to review this procedure and methodology to determine if migraine sufferers truly can benefit from cosmetic surgery, or if they may be better candidates for frequent Botox treatments. Whatever the case may be, some migraine sufferers may soon be able to enjoy a permanent solution for getting rid of migraine pain.

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Lifestyle Lift Fined for Posting Fake Reviews

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 8, 2009

lifestyle liftLifestyle Lift, a cosmetic surgery franchise that offers a branded facelift procedure, has been fined $300,000 by the State of New York as a result of accusations that the company had been posting fake reviews about its products and services on its own website.

This is the first case in the United States to be made against a company that has been taking advantage of website promotions by posting fake testimonials and reviews, and the results of the case show that the company went as far as having employees create personal websites that also contained false testimonials and reviews about Lifestyle Lift and its procedures.

The company has over 40 locations in the United States, and did not formally admit or deny being guilty during the course of the settlement case. The company has now removed all web content that serves as a testimonial or review, and is reportedly enforcing policies that will no longer tolerate this type of behavior. serves as the central hub for all of its franchises, and includes detailed information about the Lifestyle Lift facelift procedure, as well as a free online consultation for prospective patients. The company has posted a highly-visible “Lifestyle Lift Code of Internet Conduct and Assurance” badge on its home page, that states:

“Lifestyle Lift® pledges that all Internet communications accompanied by the trademarked Lifestyle Lift® logo are fair and accurately represent the latest in medical information about facial firming procedures. The comments and photographs are from actual patients and fairly represent the results and opinions of thousands of our patients. Lifestyle Lift® is proud to take a leadership role in establishing new standards of Internet conduct and communications. We promise that any Internet communication accompanied by our logo can be relied upon as true and accurate; and all communications originating from our practice will be clearly identified with the Lifestyle Lift® logo.”

Consumers are warned to review all websites outside of in detail to ensure that the Lifestyle Lift logo is visible.  Websites such as and other sites that do not bear the official Lifestyle Lift logo or trademark may not be legitimate review sites.

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