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Facial Exercises Can Help You Stay Looking Young

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 16, 2010

If you want to maintain a fresh and youthful appearance but don’t have the funds for facelift surgery or other cosmetic enhancements, you may be able to maintain your youthful look by doing facial exercises on a regular basis. Facial exercises that strain and stretch your skin and contract your muscles can help to keep your skin looking smooth, resilient and toned, and doing these exercises regularly can help to minimize sagging skin and wrinkles.

The reason why certain types of facial exercises work is because they help to increase blood circulation around the face and neck area, and also help to trigger the cell renewal process. Skin that appears dull or dry may be covered by a thick layer of dead skin cells. These skin cells can be sloughed away with a high quality exfoliant and manual massage, which helps to increase circulation and also helps to improve the skin’s complexion. Softer, more youthful skin will be able to absorb more moisture and wrinkles and lines will become less noticeable.

Those who are dealing with acne or acne scars can improve the condition of their skin by exfoliating regularly, and also by performing facial exercises that promote cell turnover. Increasing cell turnover helps the skin heal and renew itself so that damaged skin is less noticeable.

Many dermatologists and medical spas recommend applying nutrient-rich serums and compounds to the skin in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of aging. Facial exercises can be performed as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of lines and wrinkles, and can also keep the skin looking supple, flexible and strong. Maintaining a facial care regimen of exercises, topical anti aging products, and professional facials can help to promote collagen production and reduce the effects of aging.

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Dermatologists Recommend Skin Resurfacing and Radiofrequency Combo for Facial Rejuvenation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 15, 2010

Many cosmetic dermatologists and anti aging professionals who treat men and women with aging skin recommend laser skin resurfacing procedures, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and other deep exfoliating treatments to keep skin looking youthful. The latest skin anti aging technologies include radiofrequency and skin tightening treatments that help to boost collagen production and make the skin appear youthful and resilient. Now, many dermatologists are recommending a combination of skin resurfacing procedures and radiofrequency treatments for facial rejuvenation.

This new approach to improving the texture and tone of the skin was presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Summer Academy Meeting 2010 in Chicago. Dermatologists recommended that a combination of soft tissue fillers, such as Restylane, Botox and Juvederm, and skin tightening techniques that involve radiofrequency, would be most effective for improving the appearance of the face and for minimizing side effects associated with other procedures.

One of the keys to success with these procedures is to focus on increasing cheek tissue volume. Volume loss in the cheeks is one of the telltale signs of aging, and many patients who want to achieve a more youthful appearance can benefit from injections of soft tissue fillers in the cheeks. Fuller cheeks reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth, and also help create a more youthful-looking facial profile.

Radio frequency fractional resurfacing devices use heat energy to stimulate collagen production deep under the skin’s surface, which in turn helps the skin tissue contract and tighten. This creates a smooth, rejuvenated appearance and also helps diminish any existing wrinkles and folds in the skin.

Many people undergoing these types of procedures will notice a significant improvement within a few weeks after treatment, and progressive results for several months after their procedure. Touch up treatments with injectable fillers will be necessary to maintain results.

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Madonna Lift Helps Patients Maintain Youthful Looks

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 13, 2010

Many patients who notice the signs of aging creeping up around their eyes, nose, chin and on the forehead turn to a facelift or injectable fillers to achieve a more youthful look. Some plastic and cosmetic surgeons around the country have introduced a facelift alternative called the Madonna Lift, a laser procedure that helps to eliminate crow’s feet and helps the patient achieve tighter, toned and more youthful-looking skin.

Many people who develop crow’s feet and sagging skin around the eyes have skin that has become damaged from too much sun exposure, smoking, an unhealthy diet, and other lifestyle factors. Crow’s feet can be minimized or eliminated with a combination of fractional laser treatments and injectables that tighten and strengthen the skin.

The Madonna Lift is a combination procedure that involves the administration of the Coolaser fracational laser treatment, and in some cases, a series of injections around the delicate eye area to strengthen and tone the skin. This procedure works by triggering collagen production deep within the skin’s surface. More collagen under the skin helps make the skin become more resilient, thicker and stronger.

The Madonna Lift promises minimal downtime and there is no scarring involved. Many people undergoing this procedure also notice dark circles disappearing, and will see progressive results as the skin continues to heal.

This innovative facelift alternative may be suitable for patients who are noticing the premature signs of aging and are not ready to undergo a complete facelift surgery. Those who want to maintain results may need to undergo a second laser resurfacing procedure within a year for their first treatment, but can maintain results by getting injectable fillers such as Botox or Restylane.

The Madonna Lift was developed by Dr. Bruce Katz of Juva Skin in New York.

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AmStem Reports Positive Results from SteMixx Consumer Study

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 21, 2010

AmStem is one of the world’s leading providers of cosmetic stem cell products, and is currently conducting several stem cell research tests and trials to create treatments for skin rejuvenation and for correcting several skin problems. The company recently conducted a study for SteMixx, a product that helps to improve the look and appearance of the skin, creates a more seven skin tone, and also helps reduce the signs of aging.

According to David Stark, President of AmStem International, Inc., “During the first few days, we asked participants of our initial consumer study of SteMixx™ for their initial impressions. We were not surprised but certainly pleased at how positively they responded.” Participants reported a number of positive effects, including the reduction of hyperpigmentation, less skin redness, clearer skin, tighter and less puffy skin, and a softer, more youthful complexion.

Twenty one women participated in the SteMixx™ study, and were asked not to use any other type of facial skin care products during the study period. Participants were permitted to use cleanser and sunscreen. The SteMixx™ product will now be available for retail consumers in the United States, and is currently being investigated by the Scottsdale Institute for Cosmetic Dermatology.

According to Dr. Shelly Friedman of the Scottsdale Institute for Cosmetic Dermatology, “This study will provide information to help decide what claims we will make in our labeling and advertising of SteMixx™”.

The SteMixx™ skin rejuvenation product and other cosmeceutical products from AmStem were developed by Dr. Han Hoon, CEO of Histostem, Ltd., in Seoul, Korea. The company operates one of the largest cord blood banks in the world. The SteMixx™ cream has been approved by the FDA in Korea for the treatment of facial skin disfiguration, including the signs of aging. The cream has not been reviewed by the FDA in the United States.

(Source: AmStem Press Release)

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Lumixyl Treats Skin Discoloration without Side Effects

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 17, 2010

Many people with skin discoloration have turned to hydroquinone and other skin lightening agents to help brighten up the skin and reduce pigmentation. However, recent studies in Europe have shown that hydroquinone can be harmful to one’s health and may have some toxic side effects. Other skin lightening agents may cause hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation of the skin, resulting in an even more uneven skin tone.

Fortunately, there are now other options. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology this March, Keith Veseleny, Editor of American Health & Beauty, talked about the benefits of Lumixyl, a new skin lightening compound that can effectively reduce age spots, brown spots and signs of sun damage on all types of skin.

Mr. Veseleny explains, “Traditionally we have hydroquinone which is used for this purpose, but now we have something else. It’s really an exciting product…it’s exciting because it’s a natural peptide that’s used and it doesn’t have any cytotoxic properties, and it’s shown to be quite effective in helping with skin pigmentation.”

Lumixyl can be used to treat a number of pigmentation problems including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma and superficial pigmentation from the sun or scars. Dr. Ashish Bhatia, a board certified dermatologist in Chicago, reports that he is already using Lumixyl to treat sunspots and age spots, and it can even be used to treat seborrheac keratosis and lesions that are not responding to hydroquinone treatments.

Lumixyl can be used on all skin types, and is not irritating. It may be used in conjunction with a glycolic acid so that skin cells can turn over quickly, and can be delivered deeper into the skin using microdermabrasion and silk peels.

Dr. Bhatia says that Lumixyl is a “perfect compliment” to many other cosmetic procedures, and is an attractive option for patients that want to improve their skin tone and achieve results in a short period of time.

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Nanotechnology Increases Effectiveness of Skin Products

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 16, 2010

Nanotechnology may have a future in cosmetic products, as researchers continue to study the effects of nano-sized particles in topical skincare solutions including sunscreens and anti-aging serums.

Several major cosmetic manufacturers are waiting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the safety of the technology, and are still researching the side effects and outcomes of certain applications.

Products that incorporate nanotechnology are being manufactured at a steady rate, and many clothing manufacturers are already making use of the nanomaterials to increase wrinkle resistance and water repellance in certain types of clothing. The cosmetic industry has begun developing products that can enhance the effects of sunscreen, lipstick, eye shadow, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and even certain types of perfumes.

Dermatologist Adnan Nasir, MD, PhD, FAAD, clinical assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, presented an overview of nanotechnology and how nanoparticles may eventually be used in cosmetic products at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Miami this past month. Dr. Nasir states, “Research in the area of nanotechnology has increased significantly over the years, and I think there will be considerable growth in this area in the near future…the challenge is that a standard has not been set yet to evaluate the safety and efficacy of topical products that contain nanosized particles.”

Dr. Nasir reports that nanotechnology does offer a number of benefits for use in anti-aging products, and when properly engineered, may be able to deliver topical products such as retinoids and growth factors deep into the skin’s layer for enhanced skin rejuvenation benefits. For the consumer, these products may be a little more expensive than traditional products, but may be more effective in the long-run because they can produce better results and improve the health and resilience of the skin overall.

(Source: Medical News Today)

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Extreme Facials Use Snail Secretion and Synthetic Sperm to Correct Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 12, 2010

If you’ve been looking for non-invasive options to get rid of wrinkles, improve the tone and texture of your skin, and rejuvenate your face, a facial made with unconventional ingredients may be your best solution. The author of the The Beauty Cookbook recently appeared on The Doctors show to discuss the benefits of facial ingredients such as synthetic sperm, cereal and snail secretions.

According to author Kym Douglas, these ingredients work by soothing and moisturizing the skin, unclogging pores and may even be able to lift and tone up the skin tissues. Douglas reports that the Sperm Facial, designed with a synthesized version of spermine, can soothe, moisturize and protect the skin while reducing the effects of sun damage. The synthetic sperm is manufactured in a lab and is made with the same proteins an carbohydrate composition as natural sperm. It is applied directly onto the face to sink into the pores.

The Snail Facial is designed to open up pores and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Douglas stated that snail secretions can help to treat dry skin and clogged pores, and the antioxidants present in the substance can reduce the effects of free radicals in the environment.

Pantry items such as cereal can also be used to cleanse and rejuvenate the face. Douglas says that Cheerios cereal ground up in a blender and combined with honey and lemon juice can moisturize and exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft, silky and smooth.

Extreme facials like these may not be readily available at all medical spas and aesthetic centers, but the author of the book encourages people to look beyond standard facials to explore some more effective options. Other proven, non-invasive treatments include chemical peels, Thermage skin tightening treatments and facial fillers such as Botox, Restylane and Juvederm.

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American Academy of Dermatology Meets in Miami

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 11, 2010

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) held its annual meeting in Miami, Florida during the first weekend in March, bringing together hundreds of physicians from around the country to discuss the latest innovations in laser skin resurfacing devices and techniques, and the latest advances in treating aging skin.

Several vendors and exhibitors unveiled new devices over the course of the event.

Johnson & Johnson demonstrated its CYTOMIMIC Technology that combines essential minerals to deliver biological levels of electric signals deep into the skin to match the skin’s bioelectricity. The technology is designed to rejuvenate, repair and renew the skin from inside out, and clinical studies showed a significant improvement in the skin’s appearance starting within minutes of the application. The technology promotes an increase in cellular activity by triggering the production of collagen and elastin, while reducing the signs of aging.

Another highlight of the meeting was the unveiling of data evaluating the safety and effectiveness of psoriasis treatments STELARA and REMICADE. Both of these products had been tested for approximately 18 months and results of the study showed that STELAR, a prescription medicine that affects the immune system, and REMICADE, the first anti-TNF-alpha treatment to be approved in gastroenterology, dermatology and rheumatology, offer some attractive options for managing the chronic disease.

Fractional resurfacing devices were also a hot topic at this year’s meeting, and Syneron unveiled its e2 sublative laser system that works at the epidermal and dermal levels to reduce the signs of aging and improve the skin’s appearance. The e2 device is an innovative non-invasive laser resurfacing procedure that helps remove moderate lines and wrinkles, and also increase collagen production so the skin appears more resilient and toned.

Demand for fractional resurfacing treatments with little downtime is still strong, as more patients search for non-surgical options for removing lines and wrinkles.

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Syneron Unveils e2 Device for Skin Rejuvenation

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 10, 2010

Syneron, the makers of the VelaShape body contouring system and eMatrix aesthetic medical devices, unveiled a new fractional laser treatment at the American Academy of Dermatology this March.

The e2 device is a combination of fractional epidermal and dermal sublative laser treatment, and promises to help improve the texture and tone of the skin while reducing wrinkles.

The e2 device is designed to treat patients with mild to moderate scarring, pigmentation, skin laxity and wrinkles, and is most suitable for patients who do not want to undergo more aggressive treatments such as the Fraxel laser resurfacing procedure or the Erbium laser.

Syneron’s e2 device is performed using the eMatrix system that uses two different treatment tips for epidermal and dermal rejuvenation. The system is designed with the Sublative RF Dermal Rejuvenation tip and the Sublative RF for Epidermal Rejuvenation tip. The Sublative RF Dermal Rejuvenation tip can be used as a standalone treatment, or in conjunction with the epidermal tip to improve the skin tone and get rid of traces of scars. Since it is a non-invasive procedure, patients enjoy very little downtime and do not experience a significant amount of discomfort.

According to Dr. Lori Brightman, a board-certified dermatologist at the Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York, “Our e2 treatment clinical trials yield impressive results for multiple indications in the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin including scar revision and textural irregularities…I can address a complete range of skin rejuvenation concerns with reliable, consistent results from one system.” (Source: Syneron Asia Blog)

The sublative rejuvenation treatment program is a good match for darker skin types because there is little risk of excessive scarring or pigmentation with the procedure. Most people complete the healing process within a week to two weeks after the treatment, and the procedure can be administered by a board-certified dermatologist or licensed medical aesthetician.

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Coolaser Offers New Option for Treating Crows Feet

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 25, 2010

The small wrinkles that develop around the edges of the eyes and around the lash line are among the telltale signs of aging, but there are several cosmetic procedures that can help to reduce the appearance of these lines – also known as crows feet – or eliminate them altogether.

Skin tightening treatments and Botox injections can provide temporary wrinkle relief, but an innovative laser that works by promoting collagen regrowth may also offer some benefits.

The Coolaser device is desgiend to deliver laser energy deep into the top layer of the skin and causes the skin tissues to contract. In this procedure, the entire surface of the skin is first cooled using a special device, and then a series of light pulses are emitted onto the skin’s surface. The skin cells absorb the light energy to completely vaporize the cells. As the physician passes this light over the skin, small amounts of tissue are removed. Since this is perceived as damage to the skin, collagen production increases. This tightening effect helps to strengthen the skin and restores elasticity.

The Coolaser device is currently performed at the office of Dr. Simon Ourian, the Medical Director of Epione Medical Corporation of Los Angeles, and so far, has delivered very promising results.

In addition to treating wrinkles, the Coolaser is designed to remove superficial blemishes and can also even out an uneven skin tone. The treatment takes between 10 to 15 minutes, and the depth of penetration can be adjusted according to the person’s skin type.

Patients can turn to this innovative laser technology to eliminate wrinkles, but are also advised to take care of their skin by using Retin-A topical skin creams (available only by prescription), or by undergoing a skin tightening treatment that helps to tighten all of the skin around the face and neck area.

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