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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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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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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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NeoStem Files Patent for Stem Cell Face Lift

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 17, 2009

j0438505The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has granted a license to the newest stem cell collection center of the NeoStem network at the Giampapa Institute for Anti-Aging medical Therapy to open and maintain operations in the city, and file a a patent application for one of its innovative anti-aging treatments.

According to a recent press release, the director of the Giampapa Institute for Anti-Aging medical Therapy, one of the first anti-aging medical physicians in the world, has developed an innovative facial rejuvenation procedure that involves using stem cells to restore the skin and get rid of wrinkles.

The Stem Cell Face Lift would involve injecting plurpotent cells and stem cells, the types of cells that are directly involved with cell regrowth and regeneration, directly into the skin to increase their firmness and enhance the skin’s texture.  The pluripotent cells would be responsible for stimulating the growth of skin cells and  thereby reducing the prevalence of wrinkles.

This facelift procedure would not involve any major incisions or surgery, and could be performed under local anesthesia. Unlike the traditional facelift that involves manipulating the facial tissues and reshaping the face, this facelift procedure would involve an ‘inside out’ approach where the stem cells would get to work right away.  Most patients would only need about a week of recovery time, and may even be able to enhance results with a combination of dermal fillers such as Restylane and Botox.

NeoStem is currently the pioneer in collecting adult stem cells and has developed a network of adult stem cell collection centers where people can donate and share stem cells for personal use. The company is working on getting a patent for this procedure, because it uses proprietary stem cell technology, and has several benefits for cosmetic facial rejuvenation.

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MACS Facelift Offers Promising Results for Aging Skin

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 2, 2009

j0284951A unique European facelift technique has already transformed thousands of faces, and is now making waves in the United States.  The MACS facelift is an innovative facelift procedure that promises little recovery time and a reduced risk of scarring.  It was designed by two Belgian surgeons to address the problem of scarring and discomfort associated with the conventional facelift, and so far, has shown some dramatic results.

In a traditional face lift, the skin and facial tissue is pulled up at an oblique angle, and the tension creates very unnatural results.  Many patients who undergo the conventional facelift procedure notice that their eyes and sides of their mouth are now turned up at a peculiar angle.  In most cases, the patient also looks like they had surgery done.  The MACS face lift in contrast does not use extensive incisions or deep tissue manipulation, and will not pull the skin upward with such an angle.  So far, it has shown impressive results that look natural and still last as long as conventional procedures.

Dr. Donald Kress, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in Maryland, recently shared his thoughts about the procedure.  “Older approaches to face lift were problematic and time-consuming for both the surgeon and the patient. In some instances those techniques are necessary, but they often posed additional problems because they can compromise the integrity and shape of the face. You only have to look at celebrity photos in the checkout lane of the supermarket to see the kind of unnatural results associated with some of these older techniques.” (Source:

The MACS lift uses suspension sutures that are embedded into the skin so that when the skin heals, the sutures naturally tighten the facial tissues and create a more contoured appearance.  MACS techniques are already widely used in Europe, and are slowly trickling into plastic surgery centers around the United States.

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Surgeon Supports Facelifts for Under 40 Crowd

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 15, 2009

business teamComplete facelift surgery is often the right choice for seniors and individuals who are seeing extreme signs of premature aging.  Sagging skin around the cheeks, baggy eyelids and loose skin around the mouth can add several decades to the appearance, and facelift surgery corrects all of these problems by tightening up the skin and removing excess tissue.  The result is a healthier, rejuvenated appearance, and today’s innovative facial surgery techniques promise fast recovery times and dramatic results.

Dr. Bruce Connell, clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of California, Irvine is one of several surgeons that believe people under 40 are also good candidates for a ‘facelift’, especially if they are seeing fine lines and wrinkles developing, or noticing patches of sagging skin.   Many of today’s innovative techniques for facial rejuvenation do not even involve extensive surgery and incisions.

According to Dr. Connell, those who are under 40 years of age can benefit from ‘liquid facelifts’ that involve the application of dermal fillers into different facial compartments.  Brow muscles can be tightened and lifted using simple blepharoplasty techniques that do not require a complete facelift.  Many people who are appear angry or sad because of sagging skin around the brows benefit from this procedure, and it the surgery does not involve manipulating any tissues in the middle or lower parts of the face.

Another option for the under-40 crowd is the Contour Threadlift.  This procedure does not involve extensive incisions and is a progressive tightening of the skin using innovative ‘threads’ that are placed into the skin tissues.  Touch-up treatments with Botox, Juvederm and Restylane are other options for those who do not want to go under the knife but still want to rejuvenate their appearance.

Dr. Connell believes that individuals who begin their anti-aging treatments before reaching the age of 40 may see the most significant results and can enjoy long-term benefits of a rejuvenated, youthful appearance.

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Facelift Alternatives May Be Safer for Patients Under 65

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 23, 2008

Mature woman beachWhile thousands of men and women undergo facelift surgery each year to tighten up sagging skin, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and regain their youthful looks, some doctors arre encouraging patients to steer clear of the surgeon’s table.

Facial rejuvenation procedures that do not involve any surgery or incisions are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to the conventional facelift, and more surgeons are perfecting their technique for administering Botox injections, photo rejuvenation facials and other treatments to help eliminate or reduce wrinkles.

Dr. Jeffrey Kronson, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons recently stated that; “there is no reason for a face-lift if you are under 65 years old. When a doctor invades the cosmetic envelope, cutting tissue, inflammation is created which needs to be repaired. There is inevitable scarring and removal of skin which can’t be replaced.” (Source:

One of the latest facelift alternatives that can help reduce the risks associated with surgery is the ‘liquid facelift.’  This facelift alternative makes use of a set of different injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox to increase facial tissue volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  While results are not permanent, this type of ‘facelift’ does provide instant results and does not involve any recovery time.

A set of treatments may also be purchased as a package, further reducing the total costs of treatment and allowing patients to stay within a smaller budget.  Dr. Kronson explains that these small fixes may be all it really takes to boost self-confidence and enjoy the benefits of cosmetic enhancements with little or no risks.

Other beauty enhancements on the radar of patients who do not want to undergo surgery to look younger include laser facial rejuvenation, Intense Pulsed Light treatments, and injection rhinoplasty.  All of these treatments also cost less than the standard facelift, and the procedures are available at several medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

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Frame Thread Lift Helps Get Rid of Wrinkles Without Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 19, 2008

The conventional facelift procedure typically involves several incisions and extensive repositioining of the skin tissues in order to get rid of sagging features and wrinkles.  However, a renowned Korean cosmetic surgeon has developed an innovative facelift technique that does not require a single incision.

The Frame Thread Lift works by pulling up the skin tissues using small threads that are attached to key muscles in the cheeks, upper eye area and chin. A small net is spread under the skin to create a ‘frame’ that the surgeon can then move and manipulate as needed.  Many doctors are already attending private seminars and workshops to learn this new technique that has caught the eyes of many professionals around the globe.

According to a recent press release about the debut of this innovative thread lift technique, “The difference of the Frame Thread Lift procedure as opposed the Contour Lift is that Dr. Woo Jung Ho’s vector technique creates a “frame” on the face. The frame effect supports the structure and tissues–from low to high. There have been more than a thousand clinical tests, so its effectiveness is proven.”

The Frame Thread Lift was demonstrated at the recent Anti-Aging Medicine Conference in Las Vegas, and may be the next non-surgical option for getting rid of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin for millions of baby boomers and patients interested in the facelift.

Dr. Woo Jung Ho is a cosmetic surgeon in Korea and Director of the Miracle Cosmetic International, a cosmetic surgery center with branches in Japan, Singapore and the United States.  He has been working on perfecting this technique for several years; the Frame Thread Lift is being hailed as the ‘100% non-incision facelift’ and is an advanced cosmetic enhancement that is still undergoing research and testing.

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ELASTIderm Offers Hope, Results for Treating Crows Feet

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 10, 2008

elastidermFine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (crows feet) are one of the many telltale signs of aging that few women can cover up with makeup alone.

Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are popular choices for treating crows feet, a set of injectables that fill out the facial lines with compounds that help create a smooth and natural appearance.

However, resorting to these popular injectables or even facelift surgery may not be the only options; a recent study by Obagi Medical Products, a company that specializes in topical aesthetic and therapeutic skin rejuvenation systems announced its ELASTIderm treatment, an eye treatment that helps tighten and tone up the delicate skin around the eyes to create a more youthful look.

ELASTIderm is now clinically proven to restore skin elasticity around the eyes and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It’s different from other skincare products because the compounds are readily absorbed by the body and penetrate deep into the skin. (Source: Medical News Today)

Many facial products simply sit on the surface of the skin and fail to produce results because the ingredients do not go deep enough to stimulate collagen production, the essential compound that makes skin look taut and more resilient. ELASTIderm is made with a powerful concentration of rapidly-absorbing ingredients that can help create a marked improvement in the skin.

ELASTIderm may be a valuable alternative for those considering the ‘Liquid Facelift‘ or facelift surgery to tighten up the upper facial area and reduce teh appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  However, the product is still relatively new and may only be a semi-permanent solution for treating crows feet.

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Stem Cell Facelift – The Next Anti Aging Breakthrough?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 24, 2008

Stem Cell Facelift to Get Rid of WrinklesInjectable fillers, microdermabrasion and laser facial rejuvenation procedures are some of the most popular anti aging solutions on the market, but an innovative facelift procedure made with stem cells is on the horizon.

The official ‘Stem Cell Facelift’ is currently undergoing comprehensive testing by researchers and plastic surgeons around the country, and will be presented at the International Academy of Aesthetic Medicine in Miami, FL on November 2.

The treatment is one of the latest non-invasive facial procedures designed to tighten and tone the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the contours of the face.

This no-needle facelift works by injecting the patient’s own stem cells into key facial compartments so that the skin can begin to restore and repair itself naturally.

Most adults store an excess number of stem cells in the lower abdominal area, an area that is often considered to be a ‘problem area’ for men and women who want a smooth and sculpted midsection.  While this procedure won’t eliminate a large amount of fatty tissue from the abdominal region, it does involve extracting a high number of stem cells from the fat, and transplanting these cells into the face.

Dr. Vincent Giampapa, a Certified Anti-Aging Medical Physician and Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon is leading the demonstrations in Miami, and will use only local anesthesia to numb the facial tissues and extract the fat needed for the transplant. reports that this procedure will cost approximately $5,000, and the result may be the ‘long term improvement that enhances skin quality and youthful contours of the face’, and that ‘the skin and fatty layers are induced to produce more of their own cells’ as a result of the treatment.  Downtime is just under one week, and patients can resume their makeup and skincare routine shortly after the healing period is over.

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