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Japanese Cosmetic Surgeons Perfect Cell-Assisted Lipotransfer Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 6, 2010

Fat transplantation is among the most innovative treatments for facial rejuvenation, breast reconstruction and soft tissue augmentation, and makes use of stem cells to assist with the tissue augmentation process. Japanese cosmetic surgeons have been testing this transfer procedure for several years, and many cosmetic surgeons around the country have been able to perform successful procedures without incisional scars or complications associated with injecting foreign materials into the skin.

Cell-assisted lipotransfer is now used to perform a number of plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures around the world, and is now undergoing several tests and trials to overcome many of the problems associated with lipoinjections and conventional fat transfer procedures. Dr. Kotaro Yoshimura, M.D., associate professor of the department of plastic surgery in the University of Tokyo is one of the leading investigators in stem cell research and in the usage of stem cells aesthetic applications.

When conducting the cell-assisted lipotransfer procedure (CAL), the adipose-dervied stem cells are used in combination with lipoinjections to build new tissue. In this procedure, the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) containing the autologous adipose-derived stem cells is freshly isolated from half of the aspirated fat and recombined with the other half.

The procedure involves a three-step process that begins with extracting fat from the donor site, purifying it and then re-injecting it into the skin tissues. Dr. Yoshimura uses a manual isolation process to extract the stem cells and prepare them for reinjection. He states, “Our results are pretty encouraging. We can use it for breast implant replacement as well as breast reconstruction. Facial reconstruction for inborn or acquired diseases are also good indications.”

Dr. Yoshimura has successfully executed over 450 breast augmentation procedures and breast reconstruction procedures using the CAL technique since 2003, and has deemed it a safe and effective procedure for tissue augmentation.


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Hollywood Now Leaning Towards More Natural Results with Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 30, 2010

Even though Hollywood typically presents the “ideal beauty” as women with flawless skin, perfect teeth and fit bodies, today’s casting directors and filmmakers are starting to look for actors and actresses who have a more natural, relatable look. According to a recent story in Voice of America News, actors and actresses who choose not to get plastic or cosmetic surgery still have a good chance of being cast in a role they want.

Some casting directors and film industry experts believe that getting Botox, breast implants, liposuction and other popular procedures can actually hurt the actor or actress’s career, because it distances them from the audience. Casting director Keith Wolfe states that “puffy lips are the worst”, and he doesn’t like to see actors and actresses who have swollen or puffy lips from injectables such as Restylane, Juvederm and other popular dermal fillers.

Other casting directors prefer not to select actors and actresses who have a “cookie cutter” appearance, and would prefer that those they cast haven’t gone to extremes with plastic surgery.

Still, many acting professionals choose to go under the knife to meet certain beauty standards and fit the criteria for various roles. They invest a lot of money and time into changing or updating their appearance, but some still fall short when it comes to auditioning for particular roles. In these situations, some acting professionals can fall into a vicious cycle of undergoing several plastic surgery procedures in an attempt to “fix” their appearance and snag the next role. Unfortunately, this strategy can soon become a fight for survival.

Acting and modeling is a highly competitive field that often puts a lot of pressure on individuals to look a certain way. While cosmetic and plastic surgery are the answer for some professionals, many casting directors are looking for less than perfection and will cast actors and actresses with a more natural appearance.

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Study Reports Body Dysmorphic Disorder Patients Often Seek Out Plastic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 23, 2010

Individuals suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) experience extreme anxiety about a perceived flaw in their appearance or body part. These individuals are often excessively concerned with or extremely dissatisfied with their appearance, and may experience a level of anxiety that reduces their quality of life. According to recent research from scientists at the Fernand-Seguin Research Centre of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital, those who have body dysmorphic disorder may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy so that they become less-fixated on their perceived flaws.

Researchers have found that many patients with BDD experience depressive symptoms, and that many also seek out plastic surgery in an effort to fix their flaws. However, therapy may provide more benefits than any type of plastic surgery, especially if the individual has become reluctant to go out in public. Approximately 1 to 2 percent of the general population is affected by body dysmorphic disorder, but many cases simply go unreported. Recent statistics show that the disease affects over 350,000 Canadians, and many suffer from persistent fears that turn into rituals, and also turn to cosmetic procedures in order to avoid the true nature of their illness.

Preliminary findings of the study at the University of Montreal show that those who underwent specialized therapy for 20 weeks had an average reduction of 46 percent in appearance-related fixations, and an average reduction of 53 percent in ritualized behaviors such as picking the skin, applying makeup and looking in the mirror. Those who completed the therapy sessions also experienced an average reduction of 34 percent in associated depressive symptoms.

Plastic and cosmetic surgeons can detect signs and symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder during the initial consultation. Patients who appear to be mentally unstable and fixated on a particular body part or their appearance may not be suitable candidates for the procedure, and may be referred to a counselor or therapist before they are permitted to undergo treatment.

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High Performance Engineering Used to Design Facial Bone Replacements

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 22, 2010

The same technology used to create high-performance aircraft is now being used to create 3-D models for the replacement of facial bones that are often lost during cancer surgery, an accident or other types of trauma. Researchers published the results of a recent project in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in early July 2010. The research was completed at the Ohio State University research center, in collaboration with the University of Illinois.

The U.S. Department of Defense has declared its interest in improving facial reconstruction by establishing the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine in 2008. Currently, plastic surgeons and facial reconstruction surgeons uses various plastic surgery techniques that use the patient’s own bone to restore the bone structure.

The difference between conventional facial reconstruction procedures and the high-performance engineering techniques is that the new engineering techniques can create a patient-specific design, instead of just a generic shape. Researchers used a special 3D computational modeling system and the same processes used to create multifunctional, high-performance materials used in aircraft such as space shuttles.

According to Alok Sutradhar, a postdoctoral researcher in plastic surgery at Ohio State who was trained as an engineer, “The purpose is to find the most optimized macrostructure to replace the missing bone. It would contain the minimum amount of tissue positioned in three-dimensional space and supported upon remaining uninjured portions of the facial skeleton.”

In addition to remodeling the bone structures, researchers were able to review and create soft tissues for transplantation. Many plastic surgeons have been looking for ways to grow new bone tissue and find ways to assimilate the bone and soft tissues into the skeletal system. The current research provides new opportunities and options for bone reconstruction specialists, and is supported by a National Science Foundation grant from the Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) program.

(Source: Ohio State University)

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AACS President Reports Cosmetic Surgeries are On the Rise

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 6, 2010

A recent survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) reports that more than 17 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2009, and this number has surpassed any number previously reported. The AACS surveyed random physicians around the country to find out who was performing some of today’s most popular procedures, and what the most sought-after procedures are.

According to President of AACS, Mark Berman, M.D., “The cosmetic surgery industry continues to grow at a rate many people never thought it would reach…with the aging of the baby boomer generation, I don’t think we’ve come close to hitting the ceiling yet. That 17 million is going to expand.”

The most popular procedures, as of 2009, include the eyelid lift, tummy tucks and nose reshaping surgery. The most popular minimally-invasive procedures over the last five years include laser skin resurfacing, injectable fillers and chemical peels. Dr. Berman points out that as the economy slowly begins to recover, more patients will be returning to the doctor’s office and undergoing procedures that they have been putting off for a while.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery also reports that the baby boomer generation is contributing to the rise in cosmetic surgeries, and are seeking out more anti-aging procedures to restore their youthful looks. In 2009, the average age of facelift patients was 54.1 years, and the average age for eyelid lifts was 52.3 years. The average age of patients receiving Botox was 46.6 and injectable fillers was 46.8 years.

Dr. Berman states, “I think this might come as a surprise to the public when they see just how many baby boomers are trying to slow down the aging process…as a surgeon, these numbers aren’t surprising because we see older patients all the time.”


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Surgeons Issue Warning on Dangers of Cosmetic Foot Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 5, 2010

“Foot facelifts” are a growing trend around the globe, a procedure that can help to narrow the feet so that they fit better in heels or smaller shoes. However, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society has issued a warning about these procedures, indicating that this type of surgery can cause extensive nerve damage and pain, and may lead to other problems.

Dr. Michael Pinzur, a surgeon at the Loyola University Health System, reports that “the risk of surgeries – including infections, pain, scarring and nerve damage – are much greater than the benefits…I hope patients will follow the Foot and Ankle Society’s recommendation that surgery never be performed just to improve the appearance of the foot.”

Cosmetic foot surgery involves shortening the second toe so that it is not longer than the big toe. This makes it easier for the foot to accommodate high heels, and can reduce pain and discomfort when wearing heels for an extensive period of time. However, the procedure can cause a significant amount of pain and nerve damage in itself, and poses many risks. Complications of foot surgery include infection, corns, and chronic pain when walking. In some cases, the bones and tendons can become inflamed or may even shift, requiring more cosmetic surgery.

The procedure is also known as restorative foot surgery, because it is designed primarily to enhance the physical appearance of the foot. Some procedures involve removing fat from the heels and around the sides of the foot, so that the foot looks better in high heels. Other procedures involve the injection of fat into the balls of the feet so that the individual has a more shapelier foot and feels more comfortable in heels. Some surgeons also perform bone restructuring procedures, or administer procedures that narrow the base or tip of the feet.

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Kim Kardashian Admits Getting Botox

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 3, 2010

While many celebrities skirt the issue of whether they have had, or would have plastic surgery, others are very outspoken on the subject and are ready to share their nips and tucks with the world. Kim Kardashian and her sisters have faced many rumors about whether they have had plastic or cosmetic surgery, but Kim claims that most are “grossly exaggerated.”

Kim Kardashian and sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, and mother Kris Jenner, interviewed with ABC News’ Nightline later last month and shared the types of procedures they have had – and what they haven’t. Kim admitted that even though she’s not against plastic surgery, she has tried Botox. The rumors about Kim having breast implants or nose reshaping surgery (rhinoplasty) simply aren’t true. Mom Kris Jenner reports that she has never had her nose done, despite the rumors.

Kim also admits that there is a lot of pressure to be skinny, especially when she was modeling for Playboy. She states, “I was on the fence about it. Do I want to be viewed this way or do I want to show women that, hey, I am curvy. I’m not like all these stick-skinny models that I see on the cover of all those magazines, including Playboy.” As a result, Kim has not had liposuction but has had VelaShape body contouring treatments that help to tighten, tone and firm the skin.

ABC News reports that the entire family is a tabloid sensation, and have to deal with constantly being photographed and even criticized publicly about their appearance. Still, the family’s fan base continues to grow and the Kardashians have built a business empire that includes a fashion line, diet supplements and fragrances.

Among the most popular celebrity plastic surgeries are breast augmentation, lip augmentation, facelift surgery and rhinoplasty. Still, celebrities aren’t immune to the occasional plastic surgery disaster. In fact, Bruce Jenner, step dad of the Kardashians,  himself experienced a bad cosmetic surgery experience when he underwent a face lift in the 80’s and nose job that ended up in a disaster. He has since had facelift revision surgery to correct the problem.

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Sharon Stone Shares Botched Cosmetic Procedure Experience

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 27, 2010

Hundreds of celebrities choose to go under the knife each year, improving their appearance with popular procedures including Botox, liposuction, breast implants and tummy tucks.

However, not all procedures go smoothly, and many a celebrity has been put under the media spotlight to serve as an example of plastic surgery gone bad. Sharon Stone recently interviewed with More Magazine, and admitted that she had cosmetic surgery that ended up making her look “like a trout.”

The 52-year-old actress told Phil Bronstein, an editor of the San Francisco newspaper, that she began to feel insecure about her appearance after her divorce in 2004. She tells More Magazine, that “Nobody loves me. I’m 103. My life would be better if I had better lips.” The actress underwent lip augmentation surgery as a result, and her lips ended up becoming excessively large and unshapely. She admits that the procedure was done in her ‘moment of weakness’ and that she promises never to get plastic surgery again because the procedure made her look ‘like a trout.’

Botched procedures are nothing new, even for celebrities. Stars including Heidi Montag, Joan Rivers, Bruce Jenner, Dolly Parton and Donatella Versace have all been criticized and ridiculed about their cosmetic surgery makeovers in recent years, and some even serve as a poster child for bad plastic surgery. While some plastic surgeons can perform reversal procedures, some celebs just aren’t that lucky. In many cases, the botched procedure means the celebrity needs to spend a significant amount of time recovering while nature takes its course, or undergo a completely different procedure to correct and modify the results of the previous one.

In spite of the risks involved, celebrities and the average consumer alike are still making their way to the plastic surgery office for liposuction, Botox, breast implants and other procedures. As the economy recovers, many consumers are ready to make the investment for plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures – even with the inherent risks involved.

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MicroLight Laser Reduces Cosmetic Surgery Post Operative Downtime

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 20, 2010

For many patients undergoing cosmetic surgery, and even some dermatologic procedures, scarring and pain can be some of the most difficult side effects to cope with.

More than 12.5 million cosmetic procedures in 2009 involved some type of reconstructive surgery or rehabilitation from burns, scarring and the correction of birth defects, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While some plastic and cosmetic surgeons have learned certain techniques to minimize scarring and downtime, in some cases, there is no guarantee that the procedure will not cause significant scarring.

Now, plastic surgeons have the option to use a low-level laser to heat the tissue and cause vasolidation in the micro-capillary bed. This helps to reduce downtime in most cases, and may also increase the rate of post-operative healing.

Dr. Daniel Man has used the Patented ML830® laser for certain procedures, and reports that post-operative downtime for his cosmetic surgery patients has decreased significantly as a result. In addition to reducing pain, the laser helps reduce or eliminate post-surgical scarring, and also reduces patient discomfort.

Dr. Man published his findings after conducting 1,000 treatments with the laser on 125 patients during a four-month period. His findings indicate that most patients experienced an 80% improvement in scar reduction and overall pain.

The laser was designed and produced by the MicroLight Corporation, an exclusive manufacturer of the patented ML830® laser and the first company in the United States to have received FDA clearance to market low-level laser therapy. The MicroLight laser has received FDA clearance for the temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, arthritis, muscle spasms and joint stiffness. Several studies also show that the laser can accelerate the wound healing process, reduce post-surgical pain and prevent inflammation and muscle spasms after surgery.


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Americans Spent $10 Billion on Plastic Surgery Procedures in 2009

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 6, 2010

Even in the midst of the recession, Americans didn’t hold back on spending on plastic surgery procedures.

While spending for plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures was down 3 percent from 2008, many Americans still went under the knife or elected to have minimally-invasive procedures to improve their appearance.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, demand for liposuction, tummy tucks, breast enlargement, nose jobs and eyelid surgery showed the biggest decline. Still, breast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction and tummy tucks made it to the top five most sought-after procedures.

Adults weren’t the only ones heading to the plastic surgery office this past year. According to data provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 210,000 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 also underwent cosmetic surgery, accounting for approximately 2 percent of the total procedures.

Demand for Botox, wrinkle fillers and other minimally-invasive procedures did show a steady increase in 2009, as more Americans looked for ways to save money on their procedure while still enjoying good results. Wrinkle fillers and Botox served as a temporary replacement for the otherwise-pricey facelift surgery. VelaShape and Endermologie treatments helped men and women get in shape and lose a few inches without liposuction. Skin tightening procedures helped many achieve a more sculpted appearance without surgery, and also helped to eliminate cellulite.

The ASPS reports that many women were still interested in undergoing the “mommy makeover” which involved tummy tucks, liposuction and breast lifts. However, the $5,000+ price tag may mean that these women postpone their procedures until late 2010.

Plastic surgeons across the country attempted to attract patients by offering attractive financing plans, and discounts on select procedures. However, the final numbers still showed a significant decrease in demand for 2009.

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