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UK Researchers Report on Complications of Dermal Fillers

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 13, 2009

j0321156Dermal fillers continue to be some of the most sought-after procedures for men and women who want to get rid of wrinkles without surgery, and are becoming an in-demand procedure for many who want to side-step the effects of the recession and achieve results with an affordable makeover. However, a recent report for the UK suggests that many people experience a variety of complications with permanent cosmetic fillers than with any other types of cosmetic injections on the market.

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS), 38.5% of surgeons who saw 1 to 3 patients over the past year experienced significant complications with permanent facial fillers, and 23% of surgeons who saw 1 to 3 patients in the past year had complications so severe that surgery was needed to make the corrections.  (Source:

Doctors in the United States encourage patients to make sure that the person who will be administering the injections has years of experience and is licensed to perform the procedure. Cosmetic injections such as Botox, Juvederm, Restylane and other fillers are now readily available at medical spas, and even some day spas, around the country. However, inexperience often leads to many of the complications that first-time patients experience.

Dr. Julies Few, a plastic surgeon in Chicago, also points out that the challenge of getting a permanent filler is that the outcome can begin to change as the rest of the body and face ages over time. The only permanent filler with a proven safety record is fat injections, especially if the fat is from the patient’s own body.

Still, non-permanent fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, Cosmoderm, Evolence and Juvederm had very few complications, and many believe this is because the results do diminish over time. Consumers need to be aware of the potential dangers of synthetic dermal fillers, and make sure that they are not getting their injections from an unqualified practitioner.


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Plastic Surgeons Say More Minorities Turning to Cosmetic Procedures

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 7, 2009

42-16875089The quest for the fountain of youth is prevalent in all cultures, and plastic surgeons point out that many minorities are become strong candidates for plastic and cosmetic surgery – even during the economic downturn.

Even when the economy turns ugly, people are willing to shell out the cash to beautify their looks.  Botox, Restylane and a number of other dermal fillers are still among the top most sought-after procedures, and have been deemed the ‘most affordable’ because each injection costs between $400-$600 – in some cases, even less if the cosmetic surgery center is offering a package deal.

According to a recent news story by, doctors are finding that more Hispanic clients are getting Botox.  Demand for this filler increased by 18 percent nationwide, and doctors speculate that the Hispanic culture that once stayed away from cosmetic procedures because it was ‘interfering with nature’ is now evolving to appreciate what Botox can do and is more accepting of cosmetic procedures overall.

Statistics show that Hispanics make up approximately 10 percent of the 12 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2008.  African Americans make up approximately 8 percent, and Asians make up about 7 percent.  These are all increases from 2007, and demand will continue to rise as more minorities become more accepting about changing their appearance and more comfortable with the idea of transforming their looks.  Asians in particular have found that the double eyelid lift helps them achieve a more ‘Westernized’ look, while African Americans and Hispanics are seeking liposuction, breast implant surgery and Botox fillers.

Doctor Peter Herman of the Dermatology and Aesthetic Center of El Paso also points out that many people are turning to plastic surgery to achieve a more relaxed and aesthetically pleasing appearance in order to get a job. (Source:

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Inauguration Week Prompts Quickie Cosmetic Surgery Fixes

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 21, 2009

450px-inaugurationThis week’s Presidential Inauguration festivities have prompted more than patriotism across the country.

Hundreds of people have been heading to the local cosmetic surgeon’s office to freshen up their look for the week of partying and revelries surrounding the inauguration.

In fact, cosmetic surgeons in Washington, DC recently reported a surge in demand for Botox injections, microdermabrasion and other quickie cosmetic fixes for those who wanted to look their best for inauguration night and other events scheduled for this weekend.

USA Today reports that demand for Perlane and Restylane nearly tripled for a cosmetic surgeon in the D.C. area, and that inauguration events prompted many to finally get their facial rejuvenation procedure of choice. Both fillers help to downplay wrinkles, tighten up sagging skin and create a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. Restylane can also be used as a lip-plumping treatment, helping to create fuller, natural-looking lips while eliminating lines and wrinkles.

Black-tie events, galas and parties this Inauguration Week have prompted many people to focus on looking their best this season with a low-stress, low-cost, mini makeover.

Non-invasive and minimally-invasive procedures have become increasingly popular in recent months as more people track down procedures that won’t take their toll on the wallet.  The slowing economy and tighter personal budgets mean many are willing to pay a fraction of the cost of surgery for similar results; chemical peels, Botox injections, dermal fillers, mini-liposuction and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are just a few alternatives to facelift surgery and other procedures  – and all can be performed with little or no anesthesia, while delivering dramatic results.

Results can be seen almost immediately, and the treatments require little downtime and involve little or no pain.  These treatments continue to be a top choice for those who want to get rid of wrinkles or brighten up tired-looking skin before a big event.

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ASAPS Predicts Increase in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in 2009

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 11, 2009

forecastIn spite of the turbulent economy in 2008 and the gloomy outlook presented by financial analysts and economic experts, Americans may still be fueling a few spending streaks in 2009.

The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) is predicting a significant increase in demand for certain types of cosmetic and plastic procedures, in addition to trends where consumers are prepared to ‘try’ new and innovative procedures entering the market.

In a December 2008 press release, the ASAPS highlights the increasing growth and popularity of cosmetic fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Evolence, especially as more injectable fillers enter the market.  Reloxin, an alternative to Botox, has been under FDA review and may be the latest competition for Botox and other wrinkle removal treatments.

Injectable fillers are a convenient, non-surgical option for many men and women who do not want to undergo extensive surgery to get rid of wrinkles – and even save a few thousand dollars on a facelift. Wrinkle fillers are most suitable for baby boomers and those are seeing signs of premature aging; this market segment will make up most of the consumer market for injectables, and some of the demand may simply driven by the desire to save money on a procedure.

Consumers may also be likely to try innovative techniques and procedures that are only just entering the U.S. market (or undergoing clinical trials).   Anyone who has been interested in liposuction may be able to forgo surgery altogether with procedures like UltraShape.  UltraShape has recently gained mass appeal in the United Kingdom and Canada, but has not met FDA approval for patients who want the procedure in the United States.  The procedure is designed to break down body fat using ultrasound technology, and can be targeted to specific areas of the body.  Once the body fat is broken down, it is eliminated through the patient’s lymph system.

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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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Demand for Cosmetic Procedures Peaks During Fall Harvest Season

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 27, 2008

Cosmetic Surgery Peaks During Fall SeasonWhile many parents are tightening up their wallets during the troubled economy, others are loosening up their spending habits to relieve the pressure from a stressful summer season.

Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Arthur Cambeiro reports a noticeable increase in parents pursuing plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures before the holidays – in the aftermath of back to school season – and Fall seems to be the perfect time to mark up the calendars for treatment and recovery.

According to Dr. Cambeiro, “Summer is very busy with activities, and get-togethers with friends and family around the holidays means that most people just don’t have the time to take off and recovery properly. But in fall, you can improve your appearance in time for those seasonal get-togethers and be all set for spring clothes shopping to show off your new look.” (Source:

Lengthier procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction and body lifts may require a few months from the consultation to the recovery period, but less-invasive treatments such as micro-lipo, skin rejuvenation and skin tightening procedures with less recovery time can make surgery during the Fall a good match for those with busy schedules.

Still, many cosmetic surgeons are experiencing the effects of the economic slump and seeing far fewer patients than their seasonal average.  Patients who can no longer afford treatment are either holding off on procedures altogether, or pursuing surgery alternatives to meet their monthly budget.  Some doctors are catching the wave of increasing demand for noninvasive procedures such as BOTOX and Restylane for wrinkles, and VelaShape for cellulite reduction, offering patients discounts and incentives to fill up the appointment book and simply get first-time patients into the practice.

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Plastic Surgeon Injects Botox in Lips to Prevent ‘Fish Lips’ Phenomenon

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 16, 2008

Nearly 9,000 lip augmentation procedures were performed in 2007, and the numbers continue to rise as more people pursue the ‘Hollywood ideal.’  Angelina Jolie’s lips are one of the most sought after pouts in 2008 according to plastic surgeons Richard Fleming and Toby Mayer who found that the majority of female patients equate Jolie’s lips with perfection (Source:

Still, plumping up the lips with injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and other injectables doesn’t guarantee the perfect pout.  Many women experience the phenomenon of ‘fish lips’ where the lips look out of proportion to the natural lip line.  Fish lips make the upper or lower lip literally disappear, and can look fairly artificial.

However, some plastic surgeons are attempting to reduce the risk of unnatural lips by using BOTOX – the same injectable used to reduce frown lines and wrinkles – to correct fish lips syndrome and create a more natural-looking and fuller appearance.

According to, BOTOX can be used to enhance the natural lip line and create the appearance of a smoother and more youthful pout.  When combined with Restylane and Juvederm, the lips can become smoother and free of wrinkles; the effects are a set of thicker and rounder lips that have just enough volume to pass off as natural.

Dr. Steven Pearlman, F.A.C.S., a New York plastic surgeon demonstrates how the Restylane + BOTOX procedure for lip augmentation works in this short video:

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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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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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