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Total FX UltraPulse Laser Expands Into New England Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 1, 2009

j0441048Laser skin resurfacing treatments are among the most effective ways to get rid of fine lines, acne scars and blemishes. Some of the most innovative laser skin resurfacing techniques include the Lumenis UltraPulse C02 fractional laser, a powerful laser that can correct many imperfections, boost collagen production and tighten the skin after just a single treatment. The UltraPulse laser is available in only a few markets in the United States, but has recently been unveiled at the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England.

The Total FX UltraPulse treatment has been featured on The Today Show, 20/20 and other television programs as an innovative skin rejuvenation solution.  It is among the most advanced lasers on the market, and can be used to treat facial scars, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and loose or sagging skin. In addition to treating the face, the UltraPulse laser can be administered to the neck and chest area for enhanced results.

The Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England is among the few aesthetic centers to acquire the UltraPulse Laser, and is adding the cosmetic treatment alongside its lineup of anti aging treatments such as injectable fillers, stretch mark reduction treatments, skin tightening procedures and Latisse eyelash enhancement.

According to Dr. Maria Atkins, owner and board certified physician at the Cosmetic Enhancement Center, “The UltraPulse TotalFX® treatment provides our clients with one of the latest advancements in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. The procedure and recovery time with this device has been so streamlined, that we like to tell our clients, if you give us five days, we’ll give you back five years.” (Source:

The UltraPulse laser is manufactured by Lumenis, the world’s largest medical laser company. This particular laser has received FDA clearance for more than 34 indications including the treatment of fine lines, acne scars and skin burns.

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Azfibrocel-T Reviewed by FDA for Wrinkle Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 25, 2009

Today’s innovative treatments for wrinkle reduction include laser skin resurfacing treatments, facelift surgery and dermal fillers such as Restylane and Botox. However, cell therapy may be another option for men and women in the United States in the near future.

Fibrocell Sicence, Incorporated, a biotechnology company focused on developing regenerative fibroblast cells for aesthetic, medical and scientific application has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee is reviewing azfibrocel-T, an autulogous cell therapy for the treatment of nasolabial fold wrinkles in adults.

The FDA is currently evaluating the treatment under the brand name, Laviv ™. The treatment works by using the patient’s own natural fibroblasts. The fibroblasts are extracted, multiplied and then re-injected into the skin as a personalized treatment, allowing for the formation of new cells and stronger connective tissue fibers. Over time, this results in a significant reduction of wrinkles and fine lines, and creates a healthier, more rejuvenated appearance. Fibrocell Science, Incorporated is planning to continue studes for additional aesthetic and therapeutic sues.

Fibrocell Sicence, Incorporated is the result of the reorganization of Isalogen, Incorporated, a company emerging from bankruptcy. Azfibrocel-T was the sole topic of discussion at the Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee Meeting on October 9, 2009 in Maryland. In may 2009, the FDA accepted azfibrocel-T for the treatment of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles for full review. The target date for an FDA response under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act is January 4, 2010.

If Laviv ™ becomes available in 2010, the treatment will be joining the ranks of fat transfer procedures, laser skin resurfacing and other skin rejuvenation treatments. Laviv ™ would be made available at many plastic surgery centers and aesthetic centers around the United States.

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New Drug May Help Slow Down Aging Process

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 21, 2009

CB008328Many and women head to the plastic surgeon’s office to get rid of wrinkles, tighten up loose skin and defy the aging process, but there may soon be another option.

According to results of a research study published by Randy Strong, PhD of the Aging Interventions Testing Center in San Antonio, a drug that was found in the soil of Easter Island in the South Pacific may be effective at slowing down the aging process.

Rapamycin has extended the life expectancy of middle-aged mice used to conduct the research by as much as 38%, and researchers believe that the drug may not only slow down the development of wrinkles and other signs of aging, but can also lower the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer in humans. Rapamycin may be effective at postponing death from cancer, and slowing down several ageing processes that are linked to cell metabolism. According to a recent article in, rapamycin has immunosuppressant properties and is also being studied as a potential anticancer drug. Still, experts say it is too soon to believe that  this drug can and will have a positive effect on humans.

The Aging Interventions Testing Center is funded by the National Institute of Aging, and the drug is the first to have shown a significant increase in life span in both male and female mice. The drug was delivered in a time-release formula that allowed for better absorption in the bloodstream. In the future, the drug may be combined with other drugs and medications in order to achieve desired results.

While more research and tests are required to determine if similar effects can be achieved in humans, researchers can now count on data that shows new molecular pathways for other drugs that may be effective in improving overall health and slowing down the ageing process.

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Prevention Magazine Encourages Women in their 40s to Embrace Retinoids

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 19, 2009

j0337407Take a trip to the cosmetics counter at any department store and you will be bombarded with the latest anti-aging products, serums, creams and makeup that promise to zap wrinkles and improve your looks.

For women in their 40s, the quest for a more youthful look is often high on the priority list, and there are now hundreds of products on the market designed specifically for this demographic segment. Some experts believe that maintaining a youthful appearance could be as simple as applying retinoid-based creams and serums to the skin.

Dr. Ranella Hirsch, president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and a cosmetic dermatologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently interviewed with Prevention magazine to discuss the effects of aging on women in their 40s, 50s and 60s, and to provide some insights on what women can do about wrinkles, fine lines and other skin issues as they age. “Embrace retinoids” was the directive for women in their 40s that want to improve the texture and tone of their skin, and reduce the risk of developing future wrinkles.

According to the article in Prevention magazine, “retinoids rev up sluggish cell turnover, so skin becomes smoother and more radiant, and dark spots fade.” (Source:

Retinoid creams are available over the counter, and many require daily or nightly application for a period of 8 to 12 weeks in order to achieve results. Drugstore products may also be more effective for sensitive skin and for those who have not undergone any cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures, because medical-grade products are often harsh on the skin.

Many medical spas and aesthetic surgery centers also offer retinoid-based treatments as part of a facial or anti-aging package. These incorporate retinoid creams and serums into the treatment so that the skin can absorb the compounds more readily. In these cases, results can be achieved within a few days after the treatment.

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Hypnosis for Wrinkle Removal – Just Another Fad?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 15, 2009

Hypnotherapy has been widely accepted as a way to stop bad habits such as overeating, smoking and for managing anger, but some people believe it could also help stop you from frowning.

Frowning less frequently means you could reduce the risk of developing frown lines and wrinkles around the forehead, and possibly skip the need for Botox altogether.

Hypnox is a therapeutic audio CD that promises to re-train your muscles so that you simply frown less. Squinting, frowning and other negative expressions can make a significant difference to the contours of the face and the skin’s appearance; practicing how to relax the facial muscles and reduce stress in a natural way may help to maintain smooth-looking skin and a youthful appearance.

Hypnox works using progressive muscle relaxation techniques that relax the facial muscles in a specific sequence.  The CD is designed to be used right before bed so that the brain can remember the sequences and the facial muscles can relax completely.  This non-invasive and natural approach for improving well-being and relaxing the facial muscles may offer an alternative to pricey Botox treatments.  However, the product has only been on the market for less than a year, and is not supported by clinical trials or any in-depth research studies.

Still, the makers of Hypnox claim that the results are permanent and using the CD regularly means people can save hundreds and thousands of dollars on cosmetic treatments such as Botox and other wrinkle removal procedures.  The entire 25-minute process is safe, relaxing and completely non-invasive.

And as for side effects?  The Hypnox website reports possible side effects could be a good night’s sleep.

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AboutFACE Conference Reviews Energy Devices for Wrinkle Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 25, 2008

About Face Anti Aging Symposium 2009Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), infrared treatments and laser procedures are some of the most popular anti aging treatments currently available, and have proven to be effective at reducing the sign of wrinkles, tightening up the skin and bringing back ‘that youthful glow.’

As technology continues to improve, more anti aging doctors and medical professionals are turning to a lineup of innovative energy devices that complement dermal fillers and other skin rejuvenation procedures, claiming that a combination of heat, light and radiofrequency waves may be the ultimate solution for restoring the skin to good health and maintaining a youthful appearance.

The Art and Science of Using Injectable Agents and Energy-based Devices for Facial Aesthetic Enhancement event will be held from March 27 to 29, 2009 in Las Vegas, and the symposium will be reviewing several innovative treatments and technologies designed specifically for the anti aging market.

One of the educational objectives at the symposium is to “Perform a comprehensive facial aesthetic analysis to determine which areas would benefit from treatment with injectable agents, energy-based devices, cosmeceuticals, surgery or a combination of these techniques to achieve optimal results.” (Source:

Wrinkle reduction and skin firming technologies such as ReFirme, FotoFacial RF Treatments, the Fraxel C02 Repair and Thermage are a few brands and procedures under scrutiny, even though they have been approved for consumers in the U.S. market.

Some people experience dramatic results with a series of these procedures, while others experience mild to moderate complications from the treatment.  The AboutFACE conference will be reviewing each of these treatments, along with a lineup of new procedures on the horizon, to determine which ones are indeed a legitimate solution for long-term wrinkle reduction.

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LEDs Help Lighten Up Wrinkles – Better than BOTOX?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 22, 2008

LED Lights for Skin RejuvenationBOTOX and injectable fillers continue to be a popular choice for getting rid of wrinkles, a nonsurgical option for baby boomers and individuals who want a more youthful look.  Still, these fillers are only temporary and frequent touch-ups mean many patients are filling their monthly schedules with a pricey treatment.

Researchers in Germany are investigating an alternative to injectable fillers that may provide lasting results for the anti-wrinkle crowds.  The ACS Crystal Growth & Design, a bi-monthly journal scheduled for publication on November 5, puts the spotlight on using LED lights for skin rejuvenation. Applying high-intensity, light emitting diodes to the skin’s surface may help reduce wrinkles and create a brighter complexion.

The LED study was conducted by researchers Andrei P. Sommer and Dan Zhu, and they point out that high-intensity light has been used for decades to help heal the skin, reduce the signs of aging and also increases the production of collagen and elastin.  Currently, there are several variations of light therapy on the market; many consumers turn to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments to remove blemishes and tighten and tone the skin, and infrared light treatments to help reduce the signs of wrinkles.

However, scientists are now saying that LED lights may do a better job at reaching the deeper skin tissues in need of repair so that the body can naturally begin to produce collagen.  The light is powerful enough to change the molecular structure of elastin; the result?  Fewer wrinkles, tighter skin and possibly a reduced risk of developing more wrinkles in the oncoming years.

Overall, the LED treatment provides a revitalizing and rejuvenating treatment, and may soon become a part of the suite of services available from anti aging doctors across the country. Will it be better than BOTOX?  It’s too soon to tell if this will be a replacement for the ever-popular fillers, but it may work as a complementary treatment in the short-term.

(Source: Medical News Today; Picture Credit: Zpyder, via Flick’r)

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Botox Binge Fuels Obsession to Get Rid of Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 20, 2008

Botox Binge Phenomena on the RiseTurbulent economic times and consumer’s penny-pinching habits are leaving the cosmetic surgery industry in a flux, and many consumers are turning to BOTOX and other injectable fillers for a more affordable wrinkle treatment.

However, experts at the Harley Medical Group, a cosmetic surgery center in the United Kingdom claim that more people have been asking for the quick-fix wrinkle solution – even when they don’t need it.

Medical News Today sheds some light on the recent phenomena in the United States where women in particular are ‘binging’ on BOTOX injections, sculpting and tightening up their face in hopes of obtaining the ultimate wrinkle-free look.  Unfortunately, too much BOTOX can create a ‘frozen’ appearance and do more harm than good; frequent BOTOX treatments may even lead to long-term paralysis of the muscles.

Liz Dale, the Directory of the Harley Medical Group explains that:

“Used properly, Botox is a fantastic cosmetic surgery treatment giving smoother, tighter and more youthful looking skin. But like with any procedure, it’s highly unadvisable to have more done than is necessary. At The Harley Medical Group all Botox treatment are administered by specially trained doctors who will look out for signs of a Botox ‘habit’ and will advise patients according to their individual needs.” (Source: Medical News Today)

Researchers at UCLA have already reported on the emotional impact and ramifications for those who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).  These people often have a distorted self-image where they only see their flaws. UCLA psychiatrist Jamie Feusner  estimates as many as 15 percent of cosmetic surgery patients and 2 percent of the world population suffer from BDD (Source:

Demand for BOTOX in the U.S. continues to run strong, and the treatment reached the most-sought after treatment list as the top non-invasive procedure in 2007. Still, patients are advised to seek counseling if they are stuck in an addictive cycle of fixing themselves or have become obsessed with getting rid of wrinkles.

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