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NanoBio Corp. Unveils Innovative Acne Treatment

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 17, 2009

42-15717262Today’s innovative acne treatments include blue light therapy and Isolaz laser acne treatments, but these aggressive treatments may not be necessary if a new topical product makes its way into the consumer market.

NanoBio Corporation, a privately held biopharmaceutical company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, revealed new data about its innovative nanoemulsion-based product for the treatment of acne at the Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting in Boston the week of July 29. The NB-003 product works by targeting the oil-producing glands connected to the hair follicle, and treating the infection site by killing the microbes on contact. It is the first of its kind to reach deep within into the skin tissues and kill bacteria within seconds, and will be undergoing ongoing review by clinical researchers.

Acne can be triggered by a number of factors including stress, poor skin health, an unbalanced diet, or be the result of hormonal imbalances. In some cases, addressing the root cause of the problem can help. However, many people are not able to trace the cause of the problem and must pursue an ‘outside in’ approach to achieve healthier skin. This may include the application of topical retinoids, taking oral contraceptives, or undergoing a series of laser or light treatments.

If this topical acne treatment is successful, many patients will no longer need to take birth control pills to manage their acne symptoms, or undergo expensive laser or blue light therapy acne treatments to keep breakouts under control.

NanoBio Corp. has been developing other types of anti-infective products to treat cold sores, tinea capitis, cystic fibrosis and nail fungus. If the acne treatment becomes available in the United States, it may be an attractive alternative for many acne sufferers who have not been able to achieve results with conventional acne treatments such as topical retinoids, blue light therapy or Isolaz laser acne treatments.

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Healing Gel Helps Reduce Redness After Laser Skin Resurfacing

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 3, 2009

CB005062If you’ve been considering laser skin resurfacing treatments in order to get rid of wrinkles, reduce fine lines and eliminate age spots, you may have been put off by some of the side effects. Laser skin resurfacing is a relatively aggressive skin treatment that works by completely peeling away the top layer of skin using a high-powered laser energy device. The most common side effects of this procedure are redness and irritation because the skin is fairly damaged immediately after the procedure and the healing process can be slow. Some medical aestheticians and doctors will use a cooling fan over the skin to reduce side effects, but the skin will remain swollen and red for several hours and days, regardless.

Now, a gel called Control Tactics has been developed by the company Prescribed Solutions. This gel is infused with essential vitamins, additives and compounds that promote healing, and is applied to the skin both before and after the laser skin treatment. The skin becomes slightly desensitized from the compounds within minutes of application, which means the entire laser skin resurfacing treatment will also be more comfortable for the patient.

The gel can be applied to the skin twice per day for up to four days prior to the laser treatment, and the several times for approximately three days after the treatment.  Test results with the gel showed that patients experienced fewer complications after their treatment when using the gel, and only some experienced extensive swelling, redness and discomfort that is commonly associated with the procedure.

The Control Tactics gel is currently available through many medical spas and anti-aging clinics. It does not contain any steroids, and can be used on sensitive skin types and ethnic skin. No side effects have been reported to date, but some dermatologists are hesitant to use it until further testing is complete.

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Spending for Anti Aging Products Remains Strong During Tough Economy

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 18, 2009

42-15530293In the midst of job-cut anxiety a nervous consumer market, and hundreds of businesses closing their doors, many consumers are still forking over the cash to look good.

Recent market research trend reports point out that many people are turning to affordable anti-aging treatments such as Botox, injectable fillers and over-the-counter anti-aging products in hopes of giving their looks, and their careers, a boost. Job seekers are paying attention to how they look so they can land a job with a more youthful appearance, and as the job marketplace becomes more competitive, more people are heading to the drug store or beauty counter to make the best of their looks.

Companies including Proctor & Gamble and Estee Lauder have been spearheading the supply for the ongoing demand for anti-aging products.  According to Mintel, a consumer market research company, the anti-aging market looks promising for beauty product manufacturers, even during these tough economic times. In 2008, nearly 32 percent of all facial skincare launches were for anti-aging products, and the recent release of in-demand product lines such as the Oil of Olay Pro-X by Proctor & Gamble, is fueling the demand for ‘prestige’, high-end products at the drugstore.

Innovative ingredients such as peptides, pure forms of vitamins and minerals, and compounds that mimic ingredients such as Retin-A are showing up in anti-aging treatments available without a prescription – and consumers are stocking up on them, even at a higher price point.

People simply aren’t willing to give up their beauty regimen during the recession, and companies are in the process of developing and releasing a number of premium skincare lines to accommodate for this ongoing demand. Growth rates for sales of these products are expected to remain strong for the rest of the year.

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Doctor Says Pro-X by Olay is an Effective OTC Anti-Aging Cream

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 14, 2009

olay pro xFor the millions of women who simply don’t have the budget for plastic or cosmetic surgery to get rid of wrinkles, over the counter anti-aging creams may be the next best thing.

There are now thousands of different anti-aging and skincare products on the market, and many contain a number of wrinkle-defying ingredients.  However, only a few actually work.  While some promise to repair skin from inside out, researchers say this is impossible, because these creams are too thick to penetrate the skin at a deeper level and do not truly make a difference.

Still, there is one cream that delivers prescription results, and it costs a fraction of most anti-aging procedures at the doctor’s office.  Dr. Mary Lupo, a dermatologist from New Orleans, says that the Pro-X skincare line from Oil of Olay is one of the most effective, non-prescription creams on the market for aging skin.

The cream is designed to tighten and tone up the skin overnight, and contains several anti-aging peptides, vitamins, and a compound that mimics the effects of Retin-A.  Overall, this cream helps to heal damaged skin, and also delivers a generous dose of moisture to the top layer of skin.

According to Dr. Elizabeth McBurney, a dermatologist in Slidell, Louisiana, Pro-X is effective for “taking away the brown spots. It can help stimulate new collagen. It can be used on very fine lines.  Now,  it’s not the same as going to get a prescription for Retin-A,  but it does offer our patients something that they can buy over the counter that’s fairly easy to use.” (Source: wwltv.com)

The Oil of Olay Pro-X line may truly be a remarkable anti-aging product for the times, and continues to deliver impressive results in clinical studies, and is getting rave reviews from the general public. The Olay Professional Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol Kit that contains the Age Repair Lotion, Wrinkle Smoothing Cream and Eye Restoration Complex currently retails for $68, but is available at a discount from select online retailers.

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Psoriasis Treatments Respond Best to Dual Topical Treatments

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 3, 2009

j0439611People suffering from chronic psoriasis of the skin, a condition that causes thick, red, scaly patches to develop on the skin, have several options for improving the look and feel of their skin including topical treatments and laser therapy.

A recent dermatology study now reveals that two of the most commonly-used psoriasis treatments can actually be used together to produce better results.

Topical treatments are often administered to treat large patches of skin that have not responded well to dietary or lifestyle changes. These treatments are readily absorbed into the skin’s surface, and can help to soothe inflammation and help the skin heal. According to Anne Mason, a research fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York in England, chronic plaque psoriasis can be treated with topical treatments that are applied directly to the skin in a specific sequence.

Although there is no cure for psoriasis, these treatments can help reduce the symptoms significantly. The ‘ideal’ combination for those who suffer from chronic psoriasis involves applying corticosteroid at night, and vitamin D each morning. The vitamin D products help to reduce skin irritation and can easily absorb into the skin in the morning. The corticosteroids help to strengthen thinning skin, and can help with the healing process.

Mason points out that many patients need to continue taking their prescription medication in order to achieve the best results, but they can see significant changes in their skin just by using this day-and-night regimen.

Results of this research were published in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library, one of several publications of The Cochrane Collaboration, an organization that evaluates medical research and reviews studies like these in depth. These findings offer some alternative treatment options for individuals who are suffering from severe psoriasis of the skin.

(Source: Medical News Today)

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Survey Says More Teens Fueling an Obsession with Beauty

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 2, 2009

j0438459Do you have a teenager who has become obsessed with their looks? Most teens go through a period of teen angst where they become particularly self-conscious about their looks, and often turn to friends and the media to support their goals of looking their best.

According to a recent article in Newsweek titled ‘The Beauty Breakdown; What a Lifetime of Cosmetic Maintenance Will Cost a Modern Diva’, women start to spend a significant amount of money on their hair, face and body, as early as their ‘tween’ years, the few years before they become a teenager. The report in Newsweek suggests that tweens spend an average of $7,170 throughout this phase, just to look and feel better about themselves.

Over the course of a lifetime, the average woman spends nearly half a million dollars on beauty and hair treatments alone, say the editors at Newsweek. This may include popular cosmetic procedures such as microdermabrasion, Botox injections, lip plumping treatments, and other skin rejuvenation procedures. Some women spend a significantly larger amount if they undergo pricey plastic surgery procedures such as breast implants, facelift surgery or liposuction.

However, this research shows that many pre-teens and teens are fueling today’s obsession with beauty, especially when they start buying into media ideals – literally – at such a young age. Mental health professionals have been studying the effects of the media and the self-esteem of young girls for several years, and point out that several developmental problems, including eating disorders, depression and anxiety, may be linked to society’s pressure to look beautiful at all costs.

Those who can afford to pay for pricey haircuts, expensive makeup and other treatments are counting on this outside support to help them feel better about themselves. However, this could pave the way for a poor self-image in the long run, and also make it difficult for the young woman to prioritize ways for staying emotionally and financially balanced.

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Trilexon Approved for Cosmetic Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 29, 2009

CB005062If you’ve been prescribed a topical drug or ointment to take care of burns, scars and other skin conditions, your doctor may have used laser devices and other equipment to improve the rate of absorption in the skin.

A new delivery system has become available, and was recently approved for use in the cosmetic market. Trilexon skincare products help to increase the absorption rate of various skincare products so that the skin can react almost immediately to the preparation.

Trilexon is a registered trademark of Greyson International. In a recent press release, Harvey Tauman, CEO of Greyson International explains that “This is a very important step for us as we move forward from our developmental and research stage, into the marketing and sales stage for Greyson’s products and applications.” The company makes several health and beauty products, and the Trilexon system is one of the most innovative products to date. The company makes its own line of cleansers, anti-wrinkle creams, alcohol-free skin toners and collagen creams, as well as beauty ‘kits’ and skincare regimens specifically for anti-aging customers. The Trilexon system may help to improve the effects of these products.

Many people are required to wait several weeks, and even months before they see results with standard topical applications. Even medical-grade products require several uses before any effects can be achieved, and the skin needs to undergo its usual cell turnover and renewal process before the skin really starts to ‘take’ the ointment or product. Trilexon can help to speed up the absorption rates of standard products, thereby improving the overall cell turnover and renewal process.

The Trilexon system can be used with virtually any topical application or topical drug, and may soon become available at medical spas, dermatology offices, cosmetic surgery centers, and anti-aging/wellness centers around the country.

Source: Greyson International Press Release

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Obagi Launches Rosacea Skincare Line

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 10, 2009

obagi-rosaclearRosacea affects over 14 million men and women of all ages, and there are very few effective topical treatments available.

Rosacea causes an uncontrollable flushing and redness of the skin, which can be exarcebated by the sun, alcohol and other conditions that affect the blood pressure.

Some sufferers can make changes to their lifestyle to manage their skin condition, but Obagi Medical Products now offers an alternative solution for individuals who have not experienced results with physician-recommended products.

The Obagi Rosaclear System is the first prescription-based system designed specifically for the treatment of rosacea.  The products are designed to minimize visible redness, blotchiness and irritation, and will not clog pores.

The Rosaclear System is comprised of three products:

– Gentle Cleanser – soothes and softens the skin while removing bacteria and other irritating residues

– Metronidazole Topical Gel USP, 0.75% – for the treatment of inflammatory acne-like pimples often experienced with rosacea

– Hydrating Complexion Corrector – ucontains calming agents to protect and moisturize the skin, as well as minerals to minimize redness

One of the key products is the Metronidazole Topical Gel; this highly-concentrated gel helps reduce the size of papules and pustules that often accompany rosacea.  The calming lotion solution  contains lavender and aloe to soothe the skin and stimulate the healthy healing process. Obagi has also develoepd a Rosaclear Sun Protection solution to further reduce inflammation after sun exposure, and this can be used on top of the gel and Corrector lotion throughout the day.

According to a recent press release, the Obagi Rosaclear System was available through physicians as of January 2009. Test results and studies show that over 90 percent of test subjects experienced a significant reduction in redness and ongoing improvements in the condition of their skin for up to four weeks.

The set of thre products retails for $150.00, and will is available at select medical spas, cosmetic surgery and dermatology offices throughout the country.

Some dermatologists also recommend Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and other light-based treatments that help to rejuvenate the skin from inside out and reduce the rosacea breakout cycle.  However, the Obagi system is showing promising results and may be a valuable alternative to high-priced treatments.

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Dermo-Analyzer Helps Assess Skin Conditions

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 5, 2009

vichy-dermo-analyzerMany dermatologists and aestheticians use skin analysis tools to determine the condition of the skin and offer treatment options for their patients.

However, many of these tools only provide information about the top layer, or dermis of the skin.  Dermatologists may soon be able to assess the condition of deeper layers of the skin using a device known as the Dermo-Analyzer.

Key indicators of aging skin include extensive dehydration, pigmentation, sun spots, acne scars that do not heal, and a patchy or uneven skin tone. The Dermo-Analyzer is designed to  compile these conditions and determine the individual’s skin type within minutes.  The device is capable of providing detailed feedback about the condition of the skin based on the skin’s oil distribution, color, type and light sensitivity.  The tests are used to determine the ‘real age’ of the skin, and identify any signs of premature aging.

The machine was introduced to skin practitioners and the public at the World Trade Center in Causeway Bay in December 2008, and is currently available as part of the Derma Skincare Centre treatment plan. Dermatologists often use computer-assisted skin analysis machines and computer imaging software to ‘grade’ the condition of the skin and make recommendations for appropriate treatments.

The Dermo-Analyzer is part of a state-of-the-art skincare centre that uses data from over 7,000 people. The Standard reports that: “The six main tests are for skin age, color, sensitivity type, sensitivity to light, moisturization and oil distribution. Using the data, pharmacists and skin-care advisers can offer tailor-made treatments to each individual customer.

Vichy and La-Roche Posay, the skincare company that created the device currently offer in-depth skin analysis tools on their website.  Patients answer a series of questions about their skin type to determine what their skin type is, and what products may be most suitable for them.  Questions cover the topics of acne, dehydration, aging and sun sensitivities; the Dermo-Analyzer device may help speed up this process and help skincare specialists offer a more comprehensive skin analysis and consultation.

(Photo credit: Plasmetic.com)

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Free Radicals May Not Be Linked to Aging Process

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 1, 2009

agingHealth and wellness experts have long claimed that free radicals are the ‘aging accelerators’ that can lead to many common diseases and skin conditions associated with the aging process.

However, researchers at the Institute of Healthy Aging University College in the U.K. have recently revealed their findings about free radicals and claim that antioxidants do not have a significant impact on degenerating cells.

The results of the research were disclosed in the November 2008 issue of the Genes & Development publication, and the conclusion states that oxidative damage is not necessarily linked to the ageing process.  The tests were performed on nematode worms to find out which processes were involved in removing free radicals from the body.  The worm’s ability to flush away toxins and ‘superoxides’ did not have any effect on the worm’s lifespan, which may mean that the process of reducing oxidative damage may not be as harmful as was once thought.

Many skincare specialists and anti-aging physicians have claimed that products and treatments that contain antioxidants can help slow down the aging process and even eliminate the signs of aging.

Cosmetics and skincare products are often marketed as having ‘anti-aging’ properties because of the high levels of antixodants on the ingredients list.  However, this study may be a basis for disproving these claims; the aging process may not be linked to free radicals, but may and products that have antioxdants may be relatively ineffective.

In most cases, the signs of aging are a result of genetics and lifestyle habits.  Healthy skin management may reduce the effects of aging by ensuring optimal collagen production and protecting pores and skin cells.  Genes are largely responsible for the development of wrinkles and the extent of skin damage with age.  An anti-aging specialist can determine the extent of damage and recommend treatments that may help slow down or reverse some of the signs of skin damage; using products with antioxidants may not be a viable strategy.

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