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Artefill Featured on ‘The Doctors’ TV Show

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 14, 2010

Artefill injectable fillers, one of the most sought-after procedures in the United States and among the highest-rated for patient satisfaction, was recently featured on the CBS medical talk show, “The Doctors”. The filler was part of a segment about “new body breakthroughs”, and showcased the injectable’s effectiveness for reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds – otherwise known as smile wrinkles.

Artefill is the first and only FDA-approved microsphere-enhanced dermal filler that can fill out nasolabial folds, and also promotes collagen production so that skin appears smoother, tighter and more toned. The filler was introduced in the United States in 2006 and has been administered to over 20,000 patients to date.

Since Artefill’s compounds are not readily absorbed by the body, the filler provides long-lasting, natural looking results and does not demand frequent touch up treatments.

Dr. Gilbert Lee, a board-certified plastic surgeon from San Diego, administered the Artefill injectable on a patient on the show. The patient was interested in freshening up her appearance before her wedding day, and the filler was injected directly into her smile lines. The audience and viewers could see immediate results.

Dr. Lee states, ‘I was an early adopter of Artefill and have been a big fan of the results that it delivers. It is a perfect solution for patients like Laura who want to enhance their appearance without looking like they’ve had work done. The results are immediate and last longer than any other dermal filler on the market today.

The procedure takes about fifteen minutes and already contains anesthetic, so there it is a virtually painless procedure. Some patients may experience slight redness and soreness in the treatment area, but this typically resolves itself within a few hours. Patients can resume regular activities, including eating and drinking, shortly after their procedure.



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Artefill Study Shows Promising Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 12, 2010

Artefill continues to be among the most sought-after injectable fillers in the United States. It is designed to fill wrinkles and lines, including naso-labial folds, and was recently featured in the Dermatologic Surgery journal, the official Journal of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, as an effective treatment with a high level of patient satisfaction.

The report in Dermatologic Surgery features the results of an ongoing 5-year study of safety and patient satisfaction with Artefill. It highlights the filler’s safety profile, and the level of patient satisfaction with Artefill 18 months after receiving the injectable, and throughout the five year period.

Approximately 80 percent of patients in this study were either satisfied or very satisfied with their treatment throughout the follow up period, making Artefill among the leading fillers with a very high rating and positive patient profile.

The study included 1,008 patients who had no recent history of fillers, and the fillers only administered to the nasolabial folds. Each patient received between two and three injections of Artefill, over a 30-day and 60-day period until full correction was received. Each patient filled out a questionnaire detailing any adverse side effects and their level of satisfaction at every six months up to 60 months after their treatment.

According to the study’s results, only 6% of patients experienced any adverse side effects, and only one out of the 1,008 patients was affected by granuloma, a condition where a mass of immune cells forms in an area after tissue injury.  Even this condition resolved itself quickly with medical treatment.

Dr. Steven Cohen, a clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, and co-author of the study states, “Our findings further substantiate the safety of this PMMA microsphere dermal filler and we hope will alleviate some of the misperceptions in the market about its long-term safety profile.”

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Injectable Fillers for the Feet May Help Treat Flat Foot Problems

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 7, 2010

Many women suffer from excessive foot pain when wearing high heels because they have a condition called “flat feet”.

When the arch of the foot is weak, or the balls of the feet are very thin, the shoe wearer typically feels extra pressure around the base of their foot and often turn to wearing only flat shoes to stay comfortable. Doctors now say there may be a simple solution for those with flat feet – injectable filler treatments that add a layer of cushioning to the balls of the feet.

The medical term for flat feet is called Morton’s Neuroma, and can affect men and women of all ages. Injecting collagen into the balls of the feet can help reduce pain and improve the individual’s posture when wearing different types of shoes.

Morton’s Neuroma is the most common form of foot neuralgia, reports the UK’s Daily Mail. Nick Masucci, a consultant podiatrist at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust recently interviewed with the paper, and pointed out that, “Morton’s Neuroma can cause a great deal of pain and suffering…people can end up in tears just from walking, and quality of life and mobility are reduced substantially.”

Foot fillers may be the solution many people need to reduce symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, and enjoy a better state of health. The dermal filler is injected directly into the ball of the foot, and helps to create soft padding or cushion in one of the foot’s major pressure points. The treatment can also trigger collagen production, which helps to improve the strength and tone of the skin and tissues of the foot over time.

Collagen treatments last approximately six to nine months in the body, and the individual can undergo as many treatments as they want to in order to maintain results.

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Research Reveals How Skin Fillers Stimulate Collagen Production

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 15, 2010

Demand for minimally invasive procedures including Botox, Restylane and other injectable fillers continues to be strong in the United States and abroad, even more so in the wake of the economic recession.

Soft tissue injectables are not only effective for getting rid of wrinkles, reducing the appearance of fine lines and plumping up the skin, but can also help to improve the appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin by making the skin appear more resilient and smooth.

At this year’s American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, dermatologist Dana L. Sachs, MD, FAAD, associate professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan presented findings of a study that demonstrated how certain types of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can stimulate collagen production and help to repair the skin. These may be some of the known side effects of certain fillers, and can help some patients achieve a more youthful look after a single treatment.

Structural damage to the skin is one of the most significant effects of the aging process, and the breakdown of collagen and elastin only increases at a steady rate as the individual ages. The common effects of aging include fine lines, skin laxity and pigmentation. Advanced stages of photoaging result in coarse wrinkles, redness and discoloration of sun-exposed skin. Some types of tissue fillers may be effective at changing the skin’s structure, reducing the effects of fragmentation and helping the tissues regenerate higher levels of collagen which creates a smooth and healthy appearance.

Dr. Sachs reports, “from a clinical standpoint, dermatologists know that soft tissue fillers work by restoring volume loss and smoothing wrinkles in aging and sun-damaged skin…the biochemical study of cross-linked hyaluronic acid conducted by researchers set out to explain what takes place at the molecular level to account for the observed clinical improvements.” (Source: Medical News Today)

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Allergan Receives FDA Approval for Juvederm with Lidocaine

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 24, 2010

Juvederm is one of the most popular dermal fillers available at medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

The hyaluronic acid filler is administered to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and is especially effective for treating nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth area. Now, the injectable has been formulated with lidocaine to ward off pain and increase the patient’s level of comfort.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the dermal filler with lidocaine for use n the consumer market, making Juvederm the first and only dermal filler to have received FDA approval for up to one year from initial treatment.

According to Robert Grant, Corporate Vice President of Allergan and President of Allergan Medical, “We lead innovation in the dermal filler category with the first and only smooth-consistency gel hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved by the FDA to last up to a year. Now we have added lidocaine to Juvederm to provide the same smooth, long-lasting result, but with additional comfort for patients.”

Lidocaine helps to numb the treatment area within seconds of being injected into the skin, which means the administering physician or medical professional does not need to apply topical numbing agents to the area. Juvederm can be administered in several areas of the face at once, and produces instant results that can last for several months.

Before Juvederm was formulated with Lidocaine, it could take up to 30 minutes for the topical anesthetic to begin working, and many patients still tolerated a certain level of pain during and after the treatment. Lidocaine helps to minimize the effects of the acid going into the dermis, and also reduces pain from the injection’s needle.

Juvederm with lidocaine is now available nationwide, and is available only by a prescription by a certified medical practitioner.


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Injectables Help Rhinoplasty Patients Achieve Better Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 17, 2010

Rhinoplasty continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures for men and women that want to improve their facial profiles, and today’s innovative techniques can correct imperfections and create a more balanced facial silhouette. In addition to correcting irregularities with a scalpel, many cosmetic and plastic surgeons are finding that injectable fillers can help to achieve even better results.

An article published in the November and December issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery discusses all the potential benefits and side effects of soft tissue fillers when used as part of a facelift or rhinoplasty procedure.

According to Steven Dayan, MD, one of the ASJ article’s authors and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, “Injectable fillers allow surgeons to correct post-surgical imperfections without the expense, anesthetic risk or recovery downtime involved with additional surgery.” (Source:

Currently, doctors can use hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, or liquid silicone (off-label gels) to correct and treat nasal deformities. While silicone injectables do present more complications than hyaluronic acid, some physicians are able to achieve remarkable results with these injections.

Only some rhinoplasty surgeons around the country have the skills and training needed to perform nose surgery procedures with injectables successfully.

In order to minimize complications and reduce the risk of a bumpy appearance, the doctor must be trained in certain techniques and the injectable should be used as a complement to a successful surgical procedure. Renato Saltz, MD, and President of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery states, “injecting fillers into the nose requires a high level of skill as well as a thorough understanding of nasal structures and soft tissues…to minimize the risk of poor results or serious complications, patients should seek treatment only by a board-certified physician with relevant training and experience.”

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FDA Shuts Down Do It Yourself Botox Website

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 22, 2009

Discount Medspa, a website that had been selling a drug similar to Botox and a range of injectable fillers has been shut down by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The website was making it easy for the average consumer to purchase injectables without a prescription, which means anyone could inject themselves or someone else with a potentially harmful compound.

Discount Medspa was heavily promoting Dysport, a recently approved injectable designed to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Dysport has been approved the FDA for use in a medical setting, and cannot legally be prescribed by anyone other than a nurse practitioner or a doctor.

The website claims that it had more than 2,000 customers, and many of the people who purchased the injectables simply taught themselves how to administer the drug by watching YouTube videos that were produced specifically for the site. sold several other DIY cosmetic treatments including lip plumping injections, prescription Renova and several treatments designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Laurie D’Alleva, the creator of the website, made the following statement about her online operation: “I know there is much information out on the net about fillers and Botox ‘knock-offs’. This is not what I am selling! The products I have are from a company names Ipsen… I have a connection that allows me to get products that are not usually available in the states because I purchase other products in their line. Now the trick is I have to market it and label it under my own brand, to keep them and myself from getting into any legal trouble. It does take a leap of faith, but I assure you I have over 2000 customers now who love the products and are saving literally hundreds of thousands of dollars between us!”

She recommended that all buyers simply watch the YouTube videos to achieve the same results they would receive at a doctor’s office.

After several complaints had been filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services, was shut down for offering prescription products illegally.

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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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Dermaxin Wrinkle Cream Promises Results Similar to Injectables

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 29, 2009

Millions of men and women opt for dermal fillers and injectables such as Zyderm, Zyplast, Botox, Restylane and Juvederm to fill out lines and wrinkles, smooth out sagging skin and enhance their appearance.

The popularity of the ‘liquid facelift’ has encouraged many surgeons and aesthetic surgery professionals to sell more products that offer a quick fix for lines and wrinkles, and demand for brans including CosmoDerm, Dermalogen and Dysport has increased significantly over the past ten years.

Now, a wrinkle cream that has been deemed the world’s best topical collagen delivery system claims to offer results similar to injectables.

Dermaxin is the world’s leading anti-wrinkle cream, an all-natural collagen cream that penetrates deep into the skin within the first ten minutes after application. According to studies conducted by Dermaxin researchers, most people saw an overall reduction of wrinkles within the first 4 to 12 weeks of daily use (up to a 44% difference).

Since most injections cost between $500 to $1000 per series, Dermaxin offers a more affordable solution for getting rid of wrinkles, and does not require touchup treatments and appointments at a doctor’s office. Some people who are allergic to the toxic compounds in many injectables or those who experience burning and irritation at the injection site may be good candidates for a topical wrinkle treatment instead.

According to Dermaix spokesperson Teresa Richards, “Dermaxin uses is the most powerful delivery system in the world – Hyaluronic Acid – to penetrate the folds of the ski and supply collagen to the deep dermal layers…the same instantaneous wrinkle-busting and smoothing effect found with injections is also achieved –within the first ten minutes of using the product – thanks to the power of Acetyl Hexapeptide08, a proven facial-relaxing compound and wrinkle remover that provides results similar to those of Botox, but without any of the associated risks.” (Source: Dermaxin Press Release)

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Lidocaine with Dermal Fillers Improves Recovery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 12, 2009

j0182629Millions of men and women seek wrinkle reduction with the use of dermal fillers or injectables, a set of injections that can make the skin appear smoother and more youthful immediately after treatment.

Fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox can decrease lines and wrinkles while smoothing out and sculpting the face. Now, researchers are finding that when the injections are mixed with a certain amount of lidocaine, the patient experiences less swelling and pain from the procedure, and also spends less time in the office waiting for the anesthesia to take effect.

Plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern medical Center have outlined this innovative technique in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, indicating that lidocaine in the fillers will instantly minimize pain and make it easier on the patient. The addition of lidocaine also means a shorter recovery time.

According to Dr. Rod Rohric, chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern, the technique involves mixing 2 percent lidocaine with hyaluronic acid and other fillers to create a numbing effect while the injectable is administered into the skin. Dr. Rohric also points out that the addition of lidocaine is becoming more standard with the emergence of fillers such as Hydrelle and Prevelle which already have lidocaine in their list of ingredients.

Demand for minimally invasive procedures such as Restylane, Botox and Hydrelle continue to rise as more men and women seek alternatives to surgery in order to preserve their youthful appearance. Adding a certain concentration of lidocaine to the injectable may help the surgeon minimize the pain and swelling commonly associated with the procedure, and this may make the entire treatment more attractive to people who have refrained from undergoing the pain and discomfort associated with treatment.

More information about injectable fillers as an anti-aging treatment can be found here.

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