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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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Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon Introduces Dark Circle Treatment

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 23, 2009

42-15653301Dark circles are often the result of stress, an unhealthy diet or poor sleep, but can also be a side effect of the aging process. Dark undereye circles and the appearance of ‘hollowed’ eyes can be difficult to cover up with makeup alone, and only a handful of topical treatments can lighten up the skin under the eyes without causing damage to this delicate area.

Dr. Sam Assassa, a Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon attempts to change that with an innovative treatment designed specifically for dark circles and hollow eyes.

His Hollow Eye Syndrome and advanced Dark Circle Treatment are non-invasive procedures that reduce the appearance of protruding lower lids and eliminate the ‘shadow’ that may be making the dark circles more prominent. He performs the procedure with the dermal filler Juvederm to fill out the depression between the cheeks and eyelids so that the skin appears smoother and more evenly toned. Since Juvederm stimulates collagen production, the weaker skin under the eyes becomes more resilient and begins to look healthier and stronger.

In a recent press release about the treatment, Dr. Assassa explains, “In my experience, patients coming in for a return treatment after their first year have under-eye depressions significantly shallower than they did previously.”

This is an innovative approach for treating under-eye circles and darkened skin under the eyes, and may be the best option for men and women who have tried skincare products or used makeup without getting any results. Touch-up treatments may be required every few months, because Juvederm is made with hyaluronic acid and will be absorbed by the body within 4-6 months.

Patients can also improve their appearance by eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While dark circles may take some time to disappear completely, treatments like Dr. Assassa’s Dark Circle Treatment may help speed up the process and restore the eye area to a more youthful state.

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Wrinkle Filler Side Effects More Common Than Expected

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 2, 2008

While many licensed dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons use only the recommended amounts of injectables for each patient, some turn to ‘off label’ products and treatments to offer their own unique approach to skin rejuvenation procedures.  Unfortunately, this is leading to adverse side effects and even irreversible damage that in many cases, does not even get reported at the right time.

The FDA has recently been investigating the potential side effects of dermal fillers after receiving nearly 1,000 negative reports from consumers who had jumped into the latest ‘Liquid Facelift’ or other injectable filler treatment.

The FDA panel of medical experts reports that some of the most common side effects of wrinkle fillers include an allergic reaction, infection, pain, blisters and migration of the injection to another area of the face.  While some of these side effects can be controlled with medication and the compression of a heat or ice pack, some people may experience a more adverse reaction such as blurred vision, disfigurement or even a heart attack.

Some of today’s most popular dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Artefill offer immediate results, and the makers of these products to report very few side effects.  however, this is only the case when the doctor is administering the recommended amount of the injection.  Many patients do not realize that doctors may increase the dosage at their discretion, which can result in an ‘overdose’ or adverse side effects.

To reduce this health hazard and risk, the FDA may soon be releasing a mandate that requires extensive product labeling of all dermal fillers, and tighter controls on the distribution of these products.

Until then, consumers are encouraged to take a proactive role with their treatment plan by making sure their dermatologist or anti-aging doctor has had positive experiences with their dermal filler treatment plans, and read about their chosen injectable to make sure they understand all of the risks and side effects.

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Fuller Facial Cheeks Key to the Fountain of Youth

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 7, 2008

While Hollywood continues to bombard us with gaunt models with high cheekbones and skinny, elongated faces, plastic surgeons are now claiming that real beauty is a result of fuller, plumper cheeks.

A recent study published by the Texas Southwestern Medical Center suggests that fat compartments in key areas of the face – particularly around the nose and mouth – are what give the face a more youthful and attractive appearance.

Dr. Joel Pessa, the co-author of this study, states: “This research breaks new ground by identifying the boundaries of specific fat compartments that are key to facial rejuvenation involving the cheeks, and as a consequence, the overall look of the face.”

Many people who lose weight quickly notice fat loss in their face first, but this may only add years to the appearance. However, cheek implants and other facial rejuvenation procedures that help plump up the cheeks and add volume to the face may be the key to the fountain of youth.

Cheek implants are a surgical option for improving the contours of the face and plumping up wrinkles, but dermal fillers may be another way to achieve those youthful looks. Injectable fillers such as Sculptra, Restylane and Juvederm can also be a valuable option for increasing the volume of facial tissues and rounding out the face.

The American Medical Aesthetics center explains how dermal fillers can restore the contours of the face in this brief video:

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Top Three Antiaging Secrets Revealed By Grand Master of Skincare

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 1, 2008

Scientists at the University of Michigan recently published several studies outlining the most effective antiaging skincare solutions, indicating that C02 laser resurfacing, Restylane injections and retinoic acid can provide dramatic results for aging skin. These treatments offer several skin rejuvenation benefits, and some dermatology doctors are already putting these antiaging treatments to the test.

Dr. John Voorhees, the ‘grand master of skin-care research’ at the University of Michigan recently presented a series of lectures and research studies at the Department of Dermatology at UC-Irvine. His work reveals that fractional laser treatments, Restylane and Juvederm dermal fillers, and Retin-A are the three key secrets for reducing the signs of aging.

The goal of each procedure is to boost collagen production so that the skin appears tighter, smoother and free of wrinkles and fine lines, and these treatments can be easily administered over lunch hour.

Min S. Ahn, MD FACS, a board certified facial plastic surgeon and medical director of the Aesthetic Wellness Center in Westborough, MA explains how the Fraxel Repair C02 Laser (a.k.a. ‘lunchtime laser’) works for aging skin:

Source: In Your Face of the OC Register

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Natural Looking Lip Augmentation – Is It Possible?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 23, 2008

Lip Augmentation \'Before\' Picture

Lip Augmentation \'After\' Picture

Celebrities and models continue to lead the way in lip augmentation trends, and bigger, smoother lips have become one of the most coveted facial features.

Still, some facial plastic surgeons recommend downsizing the lips for a more natural look, and advise us to steer clear of voluminous lips that only highlight the fact you’ve had a taste of the latest dermal fillers.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons Peyman Solieman, MD and Jason Litner, MD, FRCSC point out several important factors to consider when pursuing your Hollywood lip makeover in their post, Please Put an End to Hollywood Lips!

They explain that more is not necessarily better, and too much volume on the upper lip can easily lead to a very unnatural look.

So how do you find the best match for your facial profile? A comprehensive consultation with a lip augmentation specialist will help you learn more about your treatment options – whether you select Sculptra, Juvederm or Restylane as your injectable of choice – and reviewing before and after galleries of lip augmentation procedures can make it easier to have realistic expectations.

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Liquid Facelift Helps Turn Back the Clock

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 18, 2008

If you’re heading into midlife or just need to freshen up your look, getting rid of wrinkles and fine lines can make a dramatic change to your appearance. These before and after photos of candidates who received BOTOX, Restylane and other wrinkle treatments show how easy it is to restore those youthful looks without extensive surgery.

The ASPS reports that BOTOX was one of the top five cosmetic procedures pursued by both men and women in 2007. Can combining BOTOX with other injectable fillers be a quick and easy way to tap into the fountain of youth?

Cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists seem to think so. The Liquid Facelift is becoming a popular antiaging procedure for those in need of a facial makeover without the pain of surgery. It’s a combination of leading injectables including Juvederm, Artefill, Restylane and other ‘next generation fillers’ according to the Liquid Facelift Association, and can help correct wrinkles and tone up your skin –

– without a single incision.

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