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Azfibrocel-T Reviewed by FDA for Wrinkle Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 25, 2009

Today’s innovative treatments for wrinkle reduction include laser skin resurfacing treatments, facelift surgery and dermal fillers such as Restylane and Botox. However, cell therapy may be another option for men and women in the United States in the near future.

Fibrocell Sicence, Incorporated, a biotechnology company focused on developing regenerative fibroblast cells for aesthetic, medical and scientific application has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee is reviewing azfibrocel-T, an autulogous cell therapy for the treatment of nasolabial fold wrinkles in adults.

The FDA is currently evaluating the treatment under the brand name, Laviv ™. The treatment works by using the patient’s own natural fibroblasts. The fibroblasts are extracted, multiplied and then re-injected into the skin as a personalized treatment, allowing for the formation of new cells and stronger connective tissue fibers. Over time, this results in a significant reduction of wrinkles and fine lines, and creates a healthier, more rejuvenated appearance. Fibrocell Science, Incorporated is planning to continue studes for additional aesthetic and therapeutic sues.

Fibrocell Sicence, Incorporated is the result of the reorganization of Isalogen, Incorporated, a company emerging from bankruptcy. Azfibrocel-T was the sole topic of discussion at the Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee Meeting on October 9, 2009 in Maryland. In may 2009, the FDA accepted azfibrocel-T for the treatment of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles for full review. The target date for an FDA response under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act is January 4, 2010.

If Laviv ™ becomes available in 2010, the treatment will be joining the ranks of fat transfer procedures, laser skin resurfacing and other skin rejuvenation treatments. Laviv ™ would be made available at many plastic surgery centers and aesthetic centers around the United States.

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Claim a Protein Could Eliminate Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 23, 2009

lab1While many people are lining up for their latest Botox fix or injectables session, researchers say we could be saying bye-bye to Botox sooner than we think. A recent study shows that RHAMM protein, a protein that has been linked to the spread of several major human cancers, has the ability to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate the skin.  RHAMM stands for Receptor for Hyaluronan Mediated Motility, a compound that is directly involved with signaling fat cells to repair wounds and injuries that result from skin cuts, or even a heart attack.

High concentrations of this compound in the blood can trigger rapid skin tissue repair and healing, which mean the skin could be restored after significant tissue damage from the sun and other environmental factors.

Mina Bissell, a cell biologist at the Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division, explains that, “This technique could be developed as a means of providing a non-surgical approach for normalizing skin appearance after reconstructive surgery, for wrinkle reduction, and for face lifts and figure enhancement. ” (Source: Press Release via Science Daily)

Researchers have found that blocking the expression of the RHAMM protein by deleting the gene itself can increase the production of healthy fats, and even reduce the risk of unhealthy visceral fat accumulation. The protein could also be administered directly into the skin; instead of injecting Botox and other neurotoxin compounds into the forehead or around the eyes, a surgeon would be able to use an RHAMM-based compound that would not cause muscle paralysis but could still yield beneficial results.

RHAMM treatments may be especially effective for those who have undergone significant cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, and need to speed up the healing process. Burn victims, individuals suffering from inflammatory diseases, and those who have large patches of injured skin after surgery can receive RHAMM treatments to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection and skin-related diseases during the recovery process.

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Software Programs Helps Brow Lift Patients Visualize Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 1, 2009

browsBrow lifts are particularly effective for men and women who have sagging skin above the eyelids; these individuals often complain that people think they appear angry or tired, and the brow lift helps create a more youthful, bright-eyed look.  Botox injections can provide temporary relief from the problem, but a brow lift presents a permanent solution.

Still, the procedure has its drawbacks;  surgeons who do not perform the procedure correctly may cause the patient to look too ‘surprised,’ an appearance that can be difficult to hide.

Patients may also ‘test-drive’ a brow lift or facelift using a band-aid like adhesive that sticks to the skin and lifts the skin up while holding it in place. recently tried the “Original Bring It Up” kit to find out what to expect from the average brow lift procedure.  The kit is comprised of clear adhesives that are placed strategically near the hairline; individals can literally raise their brows with this simple, non-invasive devide to get a sneak preview of their more youthful appearance. The kit retails for $19.99, and can also be used for breast enhancement.

Still, digital imaging programs may be a better way to visualize realistic results from surgery.

This video shows a few examples of how computer imaging and digital software progams can be used to create an ‘ideal’ blueprint before surgery:

The brow lift procedure continues to be one of the most effective anti-aging treatments for baby boomers and seniors who want to freshen up their look.  The procedure helps remove fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, tighten up the skin around the forehead, and creates a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.

Prospective patients considering the brow lift can turn to software programs to help them visualize the outcome of their procedure; this process may also help surgeons determine the exact incision points needed for natural-looking results.

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Fibroblast Injections May Be Lasting Anti-Aging Solution

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 16, 2008

Collagen injections and synthetic dermal fillers continue to be popular non-surgical treatments for individuals who want to get rid of wrinkles and eliminate the signs of aging.

However, researchers are reporting positive results with injections of fibroblasts – skin cells that promote collagen growth – and are confirming that this procedure may be one of the most safe and effective ways to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the texture and tone of the skin.

According to Isolagen Inc., a company that specializes in anti aging and skincare treatments, Autologous Cell Therapy (ACT) may be an advanced solution for eliminating wrinkles using the patient’s own fibroblasts. Recent studies involved administering two treatments of Isolagen Therapy into the facial wrinkles and lines on 40 subjects. Results were positive for all candidates, and most reported a noticeable improvement in the quality of their skin within a few weeks. 83 percent of the subjects reported diminishing wrinkles and fine lines after just six months. (Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)

The entire process of collecting, storing and administering fibroblasts may be more costly than conventional dermal fillers and fat injections, but the results may be worth the extra investement. Autologous therapy is already avaialble in Europe, and has been providing consistent results with little to no side effects for several years. The FDA has not approved the treatment for Isolagen to launch its products in the United States, but several in-depth studies and assessments are underway.

Anti-aging experts say that it’s important to understand the distinct difference between conventional fillers and the Isolagen product; fillers help to increase tissue size and volume, while Isolagen helps restore damaged cells using the patient’s own cells. Results from Isolagen treatments may also look more natural and last longer than the 6 – 18 month timeframe of synthetic fillers.

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VAVELTA® Makes Use of Baby Foreskin for Antiaging Benefits

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 30, 2008

vavelta1Some of today’s top treatments that help to get rid of wrinkles and rejuvenate the appearance include dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, and extensive surgical procedures such as the facelift.

However, a radical alternative may soon be available in the United States; a British biomedical company has developed a treatment called VAVELTA®, a set of injectable fillers made with the cells of babies’ foreskins.  The promise?  To rejuvenate the skin and reverse the signs of aging.  The injections are not made with collagen or hylauronic acid, but may help promote healthy collagen growth and encourage cellular repair.

This potent formulation is designed to populate the lower layers of skin with millions of fresh and healthy cells, allowing the body to quickly adapt the cells and help create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance on the skin’s surface.

The makers of VAVELTA®, Intercytex, explain that the baby’s cells are some of the healthiest human cells available, and injecting these cells into the skin can help get rid of many signs of aging.  Intercytex describes the product as follows:

VAVELTA® is a skin repair and rejuvenation product.  It has been designed to improve the structure, function and appearance of skin  damaged by scarring or the aging process. VAVELTA® is a suspension of human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) in cell storage medium, for injection into the skin.  When injected into the skin, HDFs are believed to lay down collagen within the dermis which restructures and repairs the extracellular matrix. (Source:

The procedure itself falls under the minimally-invasive category, and involves the administration of several injections in key facial compartments.  A local anesthetic may be used to minimize discomfort during the treatment, and the injections can only be administered by a licensed dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

VAVELTA® is currently available only in the UK, but may soon be making its way across the ocean after FDA review and approval.

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Celluvation Promises Face Lift in a Bottle

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 29, 2008

celluvationFacial products such as masks, creams, gels and serums that promise to stop the clock and reduce the signs of aging continue to lead the beauty and skin industry, but is the fountain of youth really availabe in a bottle?

The makers of Celluvation say yes, claiming that their line of facial products can enhance the skin from inside out.  Instead of using harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients in their products, the company behind Celluvation promises a fresh and pure feeling with a special water-based formula.  The water is mixed with a powder to form a gel, and this can then be applied to the face as a mask.  All ingredients are from natural sources, and the powder contains minerals and antioxidant-rich ingredients such as white seaweed, glycine glutamine, histidine, amino acids, copper, tryptophan, zinc and glycol-protein.

The mask is designed to close up large pores, reduce wrinkles and hydrate the skin so it looks fresh and clean.  In addition to using the mask, individuals can use the Celluvation Accelerator, a rich serum that helps maintain a natural, healthy glow and also hydrates the skin with essential ingredients. Together, these natural products may help improve the overall texture and tone of the skin.

Some of today’s leading brands that promise to increase cell turnover and keep the skin looking young and beautiful include SkinMD, Dr. Hauschka, Pevonia, CosMedix and Obagi.

Obagi products and the exclusive Obagi facial can be found at many cosmetic surgery centers and dermatologist’s offices, and continues to offer promising results.  However, product lines such as Obagi can cost up to $400 or more for a few months supply of product, and some skin types may not react positively to the treatment.

Celluvation offers an affordable alternative for women interested in reviving dull and lifeless skin and rejuvenating their appearance.  The starter kit costs $199 which includes bottles of Celluvation Energized Water and a jar of Celluvation Powder.  More information about the products can be found here.

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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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Botox Binge Fuels Obsession to Get Rid of Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 20, 2008

Botox Binge Phenomena on the RiseTurbulent economic times and consumer’s penny-pinching habits are leaving the cosmetic surgery industry in a flux, and many consumers are turning to BOTOX and other injectable fillers for a more affordable wrinkle treatment.

However, experts at the Harley Medical Group, a cosmetic surgery center in the United Kingdom claim that more people have been asking for the quick-fix wrinkle solution – even when they don’t need it.

Medical News Today sheds some light on the recent phenomena in the United States where women in particular are ‘binging’ on BOTOX injections, sculpting and tightening up their face in hopes of obtaining the ultimate wrinkle-free look.  Unfortunately, too much BOTOX can create a ‘frozen’ appearance and do more harm than good; frequent BOTOX treatments may even lead to long-term paralysis of the muscles.

Liz Dale, the Directory of the Harley Medical Group explains that:

“Used properly, Botox is a fantastic cosmetic surgery treatment giving smoother, tighter and more youthful looking skin. But like with any procedure, it’s highly unadvisable to have more done than is necessary. At The Harley Medical Group all Botox treatment are administered by specially trained doctors who will look out for signs of a Botox ‘habit’ and will advise patients according to their individual needs.” (Source: Medical News Today)

Researchers at UCLA have already reported on the emotional impact and ramifications for those who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).  These people often have a distorted self-image where they only see their flaws. UCLA psychiatrist Jamie Feusner  estimates as many as 15 percent of cosmetic surgery patients and 2 percent of the world population suffer from BDD (Source:

Demand for BOTOX in the U.S. continues to run strong, and the treatment reached the most-sought after treatment list as the top non-invasive procedure in 2007. Still, patients are advised to seek counseling if they are stuck in an addictive cycle of fixing themselves or have become obsessed with getting rid of wrinkles.

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Researchers Say Botox Could Improve Your Dating Life

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 1, 2008

BOTOX Improves Dating LifeIf you’ve been thinking about cosmetic enhancements to increase confidence or improve self-esteem, you’re not alone.  Americans spent nearly $11 billion on non-surgical cosmetic enhancements in 2007, booking up appointments for Botox to get rid of wrinkles, Restylane to augment the lips, and Thermage treatments to tighten and tone sagging skin.

Now, researchers are saying that Botox injections can help many people make that all-important first impression for a successful date.

Experts presented some new findings at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation in Chicago, IL to discuss the positive effects of Botox and its impact on a patient’s lifestyle. Patients who took part in the study were measured on physical attractiveness before and after their procedure to rank them on a ‘favorable first impression.’  Nearly all subjects received high scores for first impressions, which was deemed an essential factor of dating success for the long-term.

While Botox may help boost confidence for the average wallflower, there is no guarantee that the effects will last.  The experts who conducted the study did not find any links between Botox and high scores for social skills or relationship fulfillment.

(Source:  American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery)

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Artefill May Outlast Other Leading Injectable Fillers

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 18, 2008

If you’ve been thinking about injectable fillers to smooth out wrinkles and reduce the signs of aging,  there are now several ‘new generation’ dermal fillers to choose from.  Juvederm, Restylane and Botox continue to lead the way for ‘liquid facelift‘ procedures, but these injectables usually require frequent touch-ups.  Collagen fillers in particular are readily absorbed by the body, and most last between 3 – 6 months.  Artefill is one of the latest dermal fillers on the market, and offers the extra benefit of providing results that last much, much longer.

According to researchers at Artes Medical, the company that makes ArteFill, the injectable can last significantly longer than other injectables because it does not get absorbed by the body.  This means that any enhancements such as plumping up wrinkles around the mouth, filling out cheek compartments or simply reducing the appearance of frown lines for the long-term is possible with just a single treatment.

More anti aging specialists are offering ArteFill as an alternative dermal filler, and it can be combined with other skin rejuvenation procedures for an enhanced effect.

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