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Dermatologists Recommend Skin Resurfacing and Radiofrequency Combo for Facial Rejuvenation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 15, 2010

Many cosmetic dermatologists and anti aging professionals who treat men and women with aging skin recommend laser skin resurfacing procedures, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and other deep exfoliating treatments to keep skin looking youthful. The latest skin anti aging technologies include radiofrequency and skin tightening treatments that help to boost collagen production and make the skin appear youthful and resilient. Now, many dermatologists are recommending a combination of skin resurfacing procedures and radiofrequency treatments for facial rejuvenation.

This new approach to improving the texture and tone of the skin was presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Summer Academy Meeting 2010 in Chicago. Dermatologists recommended that a combination of soft tissue fillers, such as Restylane, Botox and Juvederm, and skin tightening techniques that involve radiofrequency, would be most effective for improving the appearance of the face and for minimizing side effects associated with other procedures.

One of the keys to success with these procedures is to focus on increasing cheek tissue volume. Volume loss in the cheeks is one of the telltale signs of aging, and many patients who want to achieve a more youthful appearance can benefit from injections of soft tissue fillers in the cheeks. Fuller cheeks reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth, and also help create a more youthful-looking facial profile.

Radio frequency fractional resurfacing devices use heat energy to stimulate collagen production deep under the skin’s surface, which in turn helps the skin tissue contract and tighten. This creates a smooth, rejuvenated appearance and also helps diminish any existing wrinkles and folds in the skin.

Many people undergoing these types of procedures will notice a significant improvement within a few weeks after treatment, and progressive results for several months after their procedure. Touch up treatments with injectable fillers will be necessary to maintain results.


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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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AmStem Reports Positive Results from SteMixx Consumer Study

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 21, 2010

AmStem is one of the world’s leading providers of cosmetic stem cell products, and is currently conducting several stem cell research tests and trials to create treatments for skin rejuvenation and for correcting several skin problems. The company recently conducted a study for SteMixx, a product that helps to improve the look and appearance of the skin, creates a more seven skin tone, and also helps reduce the signs of aging.

According to David Stark, President of AmStem International, Inc., “During the first few days, we asked participants of our initial consumer study of SteMixx™ for their initial impressions. We were not surprised but certainly pleased at how positively they responded.” Participants reported a number of positive effects, including the reduction of hyperpigmentation, less skin redness, clearer skin, tighter and less puffy skin, and a softer, more youthful complexion.

Twenty one women participated in the SteMixx™ study, and were asked not to use any other type of facial skin care products during the study period. Participants were permitted to use cleanser and sunscreen. The SteMixx™ product will now be available for retail consumers in the United States, and is currently being investigated by the Scottsdale Institute for Cosmetic Dermatology.

According to Dr. Shelly Friedman of the Scottsdale Institute for Cosmetic Dermatology, “This study will provide information to help decide what claims we will make in our labeling and advertising of SteMixx™”.

The SteMixx™ skin rejuvenation product and other cosmeceutical products from AmStem were developed by Dr. Han Hoon, CEO of Histostem, Ltd., in Seoul, Korea. The company operates one of the largest cord blood banks in the world. The SteMixx™ cream has been approved by the FDA in Korea for the treatment of facial skin disfiguration, including the signs of aging. The cream has not been reviewed by the FDA in the United States.

(Source: AmStem Press Release)

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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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Tanda At-Home Light Therapy Featured on “The Doctors” Show

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 29, 2010

Light therapy has been used to restore the skin after trauma, and even to open up fatty cells to assist with the fat removal process in recent years. “The Doctors” show recently showcased the Tanda at-home light therapy device, an anti-aging treatment that promises to deliver results similar to the fractional devices used in physician’s offices.

The Tanda device makes use of low-level light therapy to stimulate collagen and elastin growth, and rejuvenate the appearance.

Tanda’s device delivers infrared light deep into the skin’s layers to trigger the production of collagen and tighten up the skin. Over time, this process helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and can also help to improve the overall skin tone.

The Tanda at-home light therapy system costs about $275, and is suitable for most skin types. This is a significantly lower price than fractional resurfacing treatments and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy that can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the level of treatment required. The home-care tool has been approved by the FDA, and comes with two treatment heads. One is designed to treat acne, while the other is designed for wrinkles. Each treatment head can be used for up to 10,000 treatments, and the portable device comes with a recharging unit that can be plugged into any wall outlet.

The restorative light in the Tanda Red light treatment is designed with a 660nm red LED light source. This type of light has been proven to accelerate the skin’s natural healing process, and also stimulates the production of collagen for skin rejuvenation. When the light penetrates deep into the skin tissue, it synthesizes the fibroblasts and releases collagen, which in turn results in smoother, younger-looking skin. Scientific studies show that this particular device can accelerate healing by up to 40 percent.

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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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Photodynamic Therapy Plus Laser Could Be Best Antiaging Solution

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 4, 2008

faceMany men and women who want to erase the signs of aging turn to powerful laser skin resurfacing devices such as Fraxel and the Erbium laser that offer lasting results.

The effects of aging are typically the result of ultraviolet damage and buildup of toxins from the environment, but there are several skin rejuvenation treatment options available that can help restore damaged cells and even reduce the risk of future damage by making the skin more resilient and increasing collagen production.

Currently, the most popular treatments include intense pulsed light therapy, photofacials, Fraxel laser and dermal fillers.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are another option for those interested in reducing the appearance of blotchy skin or erasing acne scars since these treatments  slowly increase collagen production and improve the skin tone. However, some experts are finding that some of the most aggressive skin rejuvenation procedures may not be the only solution for combatting fine lines and wrinkles.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have been conducting several tests that combine photodynamic therapy with pulsed-dye laser treatments.   This combination treatment is designed to trigger collagen production which in turn helps the skin becomes much firmer; the lasers help break down the top layer of the skin so that the epidermal layer grows back stronger and more resilient, while light therapy helps trigger collagen production deep under the skin’s surface.

These effects and results have historically been achieved with aggressive laser resurfacing procedures, but lasers can be very damaging to the skin and some individuals need a series of treatments in order to see results.

The recent studies led by Jeffrey S. Orringer, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is designed to “to quantitatively examine the epidermal and dermal cellular and molecular changes that occur after photodynamic therapy of photodamaged human skin.”

Researchers conducting the study suggest using a powerful IPL treatment in addition to pulsed-dye laser treatments to achieve the best results.

Dr. Orringer concludes that, “Several key findings provide evidence for the validity of this clinical treatment approach, including evidence of substantial dermal remodeling, collagen production, and epidermal thickening that result from photodynamic therapy…We believe that the quantitative amount of dermal repair and regeneration induced by a specific treatment likely underlies the degree of clinical rejuvenation produced.”

(Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)

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SkinTyte Laser Treatments Help Fight the Signs of Aging

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 14, 2008

antiagingThermage continues to be one of the most popular anti-aging procedures that tightens and firms up the skin, but many cosmetic surgeons encourage patients to pursue laser treatments and surgery to achieve a sculpted, youthful look.

Laser-based skin enhancing procedures such as Fraxel work by stimulating collagen production deep under the skin’s surface, allowing the skin to rebuild fresh and healthy cells and create a more youthful appearance.  SkinTyte has recently entered the market as an alternative to conventional facial rejuvenation procedures, a laser and light-based device that, the makers claim, will lift, tighten and tone the skin within minutes.

The procedure involves applying a small handpiece to the skin and delivering high-energy infrared light into the dermis. This helps break down cells and initiates the cell building process, which in turn results in healthier, toned and more sculpted appearance.

SkinTyte is designed especially for those who have loose skin under the chin and neck area, since these areas typically do not respond to topical creams and gels,  or to changes in the diet.   Many patients who have excess fat and skin in this area may soon be treated with the innovative SkinTyte laser and light energy treatment that delivers heat deep into the skin and stimulates the body’s cell production process.

Sciton, the company that has developed the SkinTyte treatment system, also suggests that the treatment can be used to treat hyperpigmentation, port wine stains, warts, acne, melasma and scars.

Each session of Skin-Tyte takes between 45-50 minutes, and most people can expect to see results after four sessions.

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AboutFACE Conference Reviews Energy Devices for Wrinkle Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 25, 2008

About Face Anti Aging Symposium 2009Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), infrared treatments and laser procedures are some of the most popular anti aging treatments currently available, and have proven to be effective at reducing the sign of wrinkles, tightening up the skin and bringing back ‘that youthful glow.’

As technology continues to improve, more anti aging doctors and medical professionals are turning to a lineup of innovative energy devices that complement dermal fillers and other skin rejuvenation procedures, claiming that a combination of heat, light and radiofrequency waves may be the ultimate solution for restoring the skin to good health and maintaining a youthful appearance.

The Art and Science of Using Injectable Agents and Energy-based Devices for Facial Aesthetic Enhancement event will be held from March 27 to 29, 2009 in Las Vegas, and the symposium will be reviewing several innovative treatments and technologies designed specifically for the anti aging market.

One of the educational objectives at the symposium is to “Perform a comprehensive facial aesthetic analysis to determine which areas would benefit from treatment with injectable agents, energy-based devices, cosmeceuticals, surgery or a combination of these techniques to achieve optimal results.” (Source:

Wrinkle reduction and skin firming technologies such as ReFirme, FotoFacial RF Treatments, the Fraxel C02 Repair and Thermage are a few brands and procedures under scrutiny, even though they have been approved for consumers in the U.S. market.

Some people experience dramatic results with a series of these procedures, while others experience mild to moderate complications from the treatment.  The AboutFACE conference will be reviewing each of these treatments, along with a lineup of new procedures on the horizon, to determine which ones are indeed a legitimate solution for long-term wrinkle reduction.

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