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Azzalure Deemed ‘Baby Botox’ for Subtle Lines

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 23, 2009

42-15653301While many men and women run to the plastic surgeon’s office to get a much-needed Botox injection upon the arrival of a few wrinkles on the forehead, others are choosing a milder version for a more natural look.

Botox injections can deliver an ‘instant facelift’ and get rid of deep expression lines and furrows in one simple treatment. Researchers report that Botox can also improve your mood, give you more self-confidence and increase your chances of landing that dream job.

However, Botox injections can also create an artificial, ‘surprised’ look that makes it obvious that cosmetic work has been done. While some celebrities and other Botox addicts prefer a super-smooth appearance, others would rather achieve more natural-looking results.

Many doctors in the United States and the United Kingdom are giving their patients an injectable called Azzalure as an alternative to Botox. Azzalure is designed to soften up lighter lines and wrinkles around the face, and may be more appropriate for men and women in their late 20s and 30s who only need a mild treatment.

Azzalure has been deemed the ‘baby Botox’ of our generation, and is designed to enhance existing features, not just ‘fix’ fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure involves a small series of pinpricks (rather than a single injection), and the filler is injected into specific muscles around the forehead to create a smooth, natural appearance.

Results last approximately the same as a Botox treatment, and prices vary depending on the doctor and amount needed. According to Dr. Aamer Khan of the Harley Street Medical Skin Clinic in London, “[Using Azzalure] is a balancing act…but administered in tiny quantities with an aesthetic eye the results can be stunning.” (Source: The UK Telegraph)

Azzalure has been approved in the UK for aesthetic use and is manufactured by Ipsen, the same company that has introduced the injectable Dysport to the U.S. market.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing in High Demand During Recession

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 1, 2009

CB022575While some people are postponing their cosmetic or plastic surgery treatment this year, many are still flocking to the nearest clinic to get a quick-fix Botox treatment and other affordable procedures.

Despite the recession, hundreds of people are undergoing laser resurfacing treatments, an anti-aging procedure that helps to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and improves the complexion overall.   Studies show that laser resurfacing alone is enough to reduce wrinkles permanently, and can help to tighten and tone up the skin a few weeks after the procedure.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery has deemed laser skin resurfacing to be “recession proof” because people are still willing to pay a premium price despite the economic downturn.  The fact that wrinkles are removed permanently make this especially attractive for individuals who don’t want to undergo a series of Botox treatments, or pay for an even more expensive facelift.

Laser skin resurfacing ultimately improves the skin’s overall appearance and makes it stronger and more resilient.  The laser energy penetrates deep into the skin tissues and stimulates collagen production; this process encourages fibroblasts under the skin to produce more and more collagen in a short period of time, which naturally ‘plumps’ up the skin and makes it appear more youthful.
This anti-aging procedure does offer several benefits for aging skin, and can be particularly effective for individuals who are noticing fine lines and wrinkles forming around their mouth, eyes and jawline.  However, some people do experience side effects such as pigmentary changes, and the development of acne and milia.  Hyperpigmentation, a situation where the skin becomes darker, is also a possibility with this intensive procedure.  Still, most side effects disappear within one to two years.

Laser wrinkle treatment shave been approved the FDA, but the FDA warns patients to e aware of potential side effects and to follow all of the doctor’s instructions for taking care of their skin before and after the procedure.

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Claim a Protein Could Eliminate Wrinkles

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 23, 2009

lab1While many people are lining up for their latest Botox fix or injectables session, researchers say we could be saying bye-bye to Botox sooner than we think. A recent study shows that RHAMM protein, a protein that has been linked to the spread of several major human cancers, has the ability to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate the skin.  RHAMM stands for Receptor for Hyaluronan Mediated Motility, a compound that is directly involved with signaling fat cells to repair wounds and injuries that result from skin cuts, or even a heart attack.

High concentrations of this compound in the blood can trigger rapid skin tissue repair and healing, which mean the skin could be restored after significant tissue damage from the sun and other environmental factors.

Mina Bissell, a cell biologist at the Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division, explains that, “This technique could be developed as a means of providing a non-surgical approach for normalizing skin appearance after reconstructive surgery, for wrinkle reduction, and for face lifts and figure enhancement. ” (Source: Press Release via Science Daily)

Researchers have found that blocking the expression of the RHAMM protein by deleting the gene itself can increase the production of healthy fats, and even reduce the risk of unhealthy visceral fat accumulation. The protein could also be administered directly into the skin; instead of injecting Botox and other neurotoxin compounds into the forehead or around the eyes, a surgeon would be able to use an RHAMM-based compound that would not cause muscle paralysis but could still yield beneficial results.

RHAMM treatments may be especially effective for those who have undergone significant cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, and need to speed up the healing process. Burn victims, individuals suffering from inflammatory diseases, and those who have large patches of injured skin after surgery can receive RHAMM treatments to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection and skin-related diseases during the recovery process.

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ASPS Reports Wrinkles the Result of Environment, Not Genetics

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 11, 2009

While many dermatologists and skincare professionals have blamed wrinkles on genes, recent research shows that the environment may be the real cause of concern for those who are worried about premature wrinkles.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) published the results of a study in its official medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, that reveals the key factors contributing to wrinkles.

The study shows that major life changes that trigger stress may play a role in how fast we age.  Divorce, death of a loved one or other situations that cause depression – and the use of antidepressants – can take their toll on our skin and well-being, and accelerate the aging process.

This particular study was conducted by reveiwing the lifestyles and physicial effects of identical twins who had significantly different life experiences.  Researchers reviewed digital images of over 180 pairs of identical twins, and confirmed that the presence of stress was the leading cause of facial sagging, wrinkles and even weight gain.  Those who had been divorced also looked older than their twin who was married or single, and those who weighed more than their twin also appeared to be a few years older. (Source: Medical News Today)

Premature aging has been linked to several conditions including poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle habits and poor skincare management.  However, this study confirms that there may be additional factors that contribute to fine lines and wrinkles.

Still, there are many ways to rejuvenate the face and erase many signs of aging.  Dermal fillers sch as Restylane and Juvederm continue to be among the most sought-after cosmetic enhancements for those who want to tighten up sagging skin and say goodbye to crow’s feet.  More intensive procedures such as facelift surgery or skin tightening treatments can also help turn back the clock.

Patients can undergo a mini-facelift to tighten up loose skin, or get rid of wrinkles and lines with the help of Thermage skin tightening treatments that help to boost collagen.

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Belotero for Wrinkle Reduction Reaches Phase III Clinical Trials in U.S.

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 3, 2009

checklistWhile millions of Americans continue to enjoy their Botox fix to get rid of wrinkles and freshen up their looks, a number of Botox alternatives may soon become available and offer more options.

Clinical trials of treatments such as PurTox, Reloxin and Belotero are underway which means there may be more affordable and even more effective treatments available for the mainstream market.

Belotero has already received approval for use in Europe and has reached Phase III of clinical trials in the United States.  This injectable also helps to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, smooths out the skin and promises few side effects. Results are expected to last between 4 to 9 months, which means patients can enjoy fewer touch up  treatments over the course of the year.

Tina Alster, M.D., Director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington and clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center explains that having more options for wrinkle removal and several alternatives to Botox helps both the patient and the surgeon.

She states that;  “competition allows us to raise the bar and also enables practitioners to fine-tune the treatment plan for different individals…the more products you have available, the better, because you’re treating a wide variety of body sites, skin types and skin conditions.  It’s not just that we’re plumping wrinkles.” (Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)

Belotero works in a similar way as Botox, relaxing and paralyzing the facial muscles so that wrinkles become less noticeable, and as long as the patient keeps up with treatments, prevents the formation of future wrinkles.

If the injectable proves satisfactory in the Phase III trials, it may be marketed with the status of FDA approval and will be monitored extensively as consumers begin to use it.  If any adverse effects are reported during this period, the drug would be pulled from the market. So far, adverse effects of Belotero have been infections of the injection site. However, this may be prevented with the right equipment and protocol.

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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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Photodynamic Therapy Plus Laser Could Be Best Antiaging Solution

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 4, 2008

faceMany men and women who want to erase the signs of aging turn to powerful laser skin resurfacing devices such as Fraxel and the Erbium laser that offer lasting results.

The effects of aging are typically the result of ultraviolet damage and buildup of toxins from the environment, but there are several skin rejuvenation treatment options available that can help restore damaged cells and even reduce the risk of future damage by making the skin more resilient and increasing collagen production.

Currently, the most popular treatments include intense pulsed light therapy, photofacials, Fraxel laser and dermal fillers.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are another option for those interested in reducing the appearance of blotchy skin or erasing acne scars since these treatments  slowly increase collagen production and improve the skin tone. However, some experts are finding that some of the most aggressive skin rejuvenation procedures may not be the only solution for combatting fine lines and wrinkles.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have been conducting several tests that combine photodynamic therapy with pulsed-dye laser treatments.   This combination treatment is designed to trigger collagen production which in turn helps the skin becomes much firmer; the lasers help break down the top layer of the skin so that the epidermal layer grows back stronger and more resilient, while light therapy helps trigger collagen production deep under the skin’s surface.

These effects and results have historically been achieved with aggressive laser resurfacing procedures, but lasers can be very damaging to the skin and some individuals need a series of treatments in order to see results.

The recent studies led by Jeffrey S. Orringer, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is designed to “to quantitatively examine the epidermal and dermal cellular and molecular changes that occur after photodynamic therapy of photodamaged human skin.”

Researchers conducting the study suggest using a powerful IPL treatment in addition to pulsed-dye laser treatments to achieve the best results.

Dr. Orringer concludes that, “Several key findings provide evidence for the validity of this clinical treatment approach, including evidence of substantial dermal remodeling, collagen production, and epidermal thickening that result from photodynamic therapy…We believe that the quantitative amount of dermal repair and regeneration induced by a specific treatment likely underlies the degree of clinical rejuvenation produced.”

(Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)


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