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New Cataracts Laser on the Horizon

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 8, 2009

An innovative new laser that may effectively remove cataracts was presented at the American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in October 2009. The laser is currently undergoing clinical trials, and if it makes it to market, will be the first commercialized technology available for treating cataracts.

The laser has been developed by start-up LenSar, a company that was formed in 2004 by scientist Randy Frey, Ph.D. Dr. Joseph Dello Russo and a team of eye professionals. The laser is designed to eliminate the need of manually removing the substance off a patient’s eye and administering a high-energy laser beam directly onto the eye to break down the deposits instead. Current devices use ultrasound waves to break up the cataracts, and though this procedure has been used for over 35 years and deemed safe for most patients, results still depend on the surgeon’s skill level.

Dr. Russo is a New York laser eye surgeon who has extensive experience in administering Lasik treatments. He is also part of the team that performed the original set of clinical trials for laser eye surgery and states that “we are very excited with the results we got so far and hope that this technology will change people’s lives the way Lasik has done so.” (Source:

The LenSar laser cataract device is designed to be both safe and effective for treating cataracts, and may even be easier for surgeons to use. The device is expected to cost more than existing technologies and may be performed in less time than conventional procedures. The LenSar laser will allow for the insertion of premium implants, making it an attractive option for treating astigmatism.

So far, over 100 operations with the LenSar laser have been successfully performed outside of the United States. The developer of the laser holds patent applications that may make this laser a leader in the industry once it receives FDA approval. (Source: LenSar Press Release)

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ASPS Vice President Reports Increase in Demand for Lasers, Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 30, 2009

j0182644The slowing economy has taken its toll on plastic surgeons across the country, but many surgeons are reporting a shift in consumer behavior, as more people seek ways to either finance their procedure, or select from more affordable services.

A recent story in the Poughkeepsie Journal reports that many plastic surgeons are finding people who are under pressure to look young and feel confident at work are looking for ways to cover their costs of surgery. The trend now is towards procedures that are easy on the wallet, and require little to no downtime.

Botox and laser skin rejuvenation treatments are among the most sought-after procedures during the economic downturn, because these procedures are relatively affordable and promise little to no downtime. Botox costs about $400 per injection (though it’s typically sold by the unit), and patients can return to work or other activities immediately after the treatment. Laser skin resurfacing treatments can cost up to $800 or more, and the patient will need a few days off work to heal. Still, the results can be significant enough to warrant a ‘splurge’ expenditure when compared to facelift surgery or dermabrasion.

Minimally invasive procedures have also become more widely available, and many medical spas that once only offered treatments such as medical-grade facials, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal, are beefing up their menus of services to include a lineup of injectable fillers, cellulite reduction treatments, Fraxel laser skin resurfacing, and even skin tightening treatments. Medical spas are filling the need for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging procedures, and cosmetic surgeons that add common medical spa services to their treatment schedules are tapping into this growing market.

For many people, these procedures are less of a luxury and more of an investment during these tough economic times. For some people, the boost of self-confidence from losing a few years from their appearance may help them secure their job during these tough economic times.

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Laser Sweat Ablation Introduced in Britain

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 21, 2009

CB107680Keeping underarm sweating under control is a challenge for many teenagers and adults who are experiencing extreme stress or hormonal changes.

Firefighters, law enforcement professionals and other individuals who work in highly stressful environments are prone to developing overactive oil glands that produce excessive sweat under normal temperatures.

Deodorant typically doesn’t mask the problem, but laser surgery may soon be a valuable alternative for many.

Laser sweat ablation procedures have been introduced in England and are showing promising results. The laser is used to burn away sweat glands beneath the skin so the body simply cannot produce the excess oil. The procedure costs $8,000, and recent tests made it just an hour-long treatment.

The operation was successfully completed in Britain, and may soon make its way to Australia. The doctor who performed the procedure say that patients who have undergone the treatment are only experiencing minor problems, and any risk of the liquid accumulating in the armpit area can be resolved very quickly.

People who suffer from hyperhidrosis, a condition where they sweat more than the average person, account for up to 3 percent of the population. They may turn to Botox to temporarily stop the overactive sweat glands from producing oil, but results from this are short-lived. Laser sweat ablation (LSA) offers a permanent solution for reducing the production of sweat, and is a relatively painless procedure.

The laser burns away the sweat glands and layer of tissue sitting right under the skin’s surface, and according to the doctors that perform this procedure, works for 80 percent of patients. However, it is important to note that the sweating process varies significantly by individual, and the body may still try and reduce its core temperature by releasing sweat elsewhere; people who can no longer sweat ‘normally’ from their armpits my experience an increase in sweat production around their face, from their palms, or the backs of their knees.


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