Injectable Procedures are Mainstream and Accepted Medical Aesthetic Treatment Options

Survey Reveals Injectable Procedures are Mainstream and Accepted Medical Aesthetic Treatment Options

Survey Shows Majority of Respondents Openly Discuss Use of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers — Despite what some may think, people aren’t hiding their use of BOTOX® Cosmetic and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.  In fact, according to survey statistics released today by The Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation (ASERF), the research arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nearly nine out of 10 respondents (87 percent) openly discuss their BOTOX® Cosmetic and hyaluronic acid dermal filler treatments with others, with seven out of ten (70 percent) receiving support from the people they told. 

“In a similar survey issued four years ago, we dispelled the myth that Hollywood and corporate wives were the typical BOTOX® Cosmetic patient,” says ASERF President Laurie Casas, MD, a plastic surgeon practicing in suburban Chicago. “Now, demographic and perception data trends show us that aesthetic injectable treatments have continued to evolve into mainstream and accepted options for the everyday woman.”

Survey results found that the typical aesthetic injectable patient is a married, working mother between 41-55 years of age with a household income of under $100,000.  The survey also found that women receiving aesthetic injectable treatments are health-conscious and philanthropy minded, with the majority incorporating exercise (95 percent) and healthy eating habits (78 percent) into their lives, and many volunteering with charitable organizations that matter to them (32 percent).   In addition, nearly seven out of 10 respondents believe that BOTOX® Cosmetic (72 percent) and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers (65 percent) are important parts of their aesthetic routine.

“Interestingly, among BOTOX® Cosmetic patients, nearly seven out of 10 respondents also received treatment with hyaluronic acid fillers,” says Dr. Casas.  “Most people have great success with BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers; however, we need to make patients aware that even though injectables are not ‘surgery,’ their administration is a medical procedure with risks that depend on the training and experience of the clinician, the clinical setting and the technique used.”

Additional findings of the survey found that 72 percent of respondents received BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to treat their glabellar lines – also referred to the “11” – the frown lines in between the brows, while 63 percent of those surveyed received hyaluronic acid dermal filler injections to treat their nasolabial folds – also known as the “parentheses” – the lines around the nose and mouth.  A few of the most frequently cited reasons to receive treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic was “to look more relaxed, less stressed” while patients reported choosing treatment with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to “look more rejuvenated.” 

Based on its annual survey of U.S. physicians performing cosmetic procedures, ASAPS recently reported that BOTOX® Cosmetic injections have remained the most frequently performed procedure since FDA approval of the product in 2002.  Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers ranked as the third most popular procedure performed last year.  ASERF conducted this follow-up survey to quantify the characteristics and opinions of the patients who receive the treatment to help its members and the public obtain a better understanding of these important modalities.

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Women in the Workforce Link Cosmetic Surgery to Success

Women in the Workforce Link Cosmetic Surgery to Success – Faced with news of increasing layoffs, straining economic times, and a belief that hiring is based on looks, millions of American women are looking at cosmetic medical procedures to give them a competitive edge in the workplace. In a new telephone survey* compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) of 756 women between the ages of 18 and 64, many reveal cosmetic plastic surgery procedures now appear to be an important rung on the success ladder.

  • 13 percent (more than 1 out of 10 of the 115-million working-age women) say they would consider having a cosmetic medical procedure specifically to make them more confident and more competitive in the job market.
  • An astounding 3 percent (nearly 3.5-million working women) say they’ve already had a cosmetic procedure to increase their perceived value in the workplace.
  • 73 percent (almost three out of four or, 84-million working women) believe, particularly in these challenging economic times, appearance and youthful looks play a part in getting hired, getting a promotion, or getting new clients.
  • 80 percent (four out of five or 92-million working women) think having cosmetic medical procedures can boost a person’s confidence.

Insurance Broker Janice Axelrod, a baby-boomer, recently had a chemical peel and fat transfers from her abdomen to her face. “Time has given me the professional knowledge. But time can take away the youthful sparkle of my appearance if I let it. When you look good, you feel confident. That gives me a competitive edge and something my clients have come to expect from me,” says Axelrod.

ASPS Member Surgeon Loren Schechter, MD performed Axelrod’s cosmetic procedures at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. He says “Not only do the women believe youthful looks help in the workplace…they’re acting on that belief.”

John Canady, MD, president of ASPS, says, “Consumers need to remember that while cosmetic procedures might help them in the job market, they’re still medical procedures.” Canady says women still need to proceed with caution. “Patient safety is ASPS’ number one concern. Women need to do their homework. Go to the ASPS website at to find an ASPS Member Surgeon in your area.”

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When the Pursuit of Beauty Calls for a Do-Over

When the Pursuit of Beauty Calls for a Do-Over

 She started with a nose job in her 20s. In her 40s she had a face lift. Now she’s back again. A Dallas woman — we’ll call her “Martine” to protect her privacy — has spent three decades trying to perfect her face. “I noticed that I was sagging again … sagging through the neckline,” she said. “People constantly asked me why I was frowning when I was not frowning.” The solution? A second facelift. “It surprised me that it came so suddenly,” she said. “When I had my first one, in 2000, I was told it would last five to eight years, but I somehow thought it would last much longer. And it did not.” Martine is part of a very real trend: the plastic surgery “re-do.” Dr. Sam Hamra will perform Martine’s second facelift. Today, more than half of his surgeries are repeats, he said. He has seen so many patients disappointed with their first lifts that he wrote a book about it, called “The Facelift Letdown.”Martine said she was happy with the results of her first facelift. “Yes, however I would term it a creampuff job,” she said. “He was a fine surgeon, and he makes you look really great for just a few years. Whereas Dr. Hamra’s effects are long-term, and lasting.” Hamra listed the common complaints he hears from women.

“Most of it is, it didn’t last long, or I don’t look as pretty as I wanted to,” Hamra said. “Or my eyes are sort of funny-looking. My neck didn’t hold up. … One has to remember, this is not chiseled in marble. The faces continue to age. So whatever technique, mine or others, is going to age.” The recession has cut into the business of elective plastic surgery. Not so with re-dos. Dr. Grant Stevens said re-do surgeries have kept his practice outside Los Angeles busy during the downturn. “There’s a whole sub-specialty now, it appears, within the practice of revisions,” he said. “What we’ve seen is an increase in the non-surgical procedures and an increase in revisions. There’s been a small decrease in primaries, or first-time surgeries. We looked over our statistics the other day and found that 35 percent of my surgeries that I’ve done in the last few months have been revision surgeries.”

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It’s Like Cosmetic Surgery, Just Not With a Scalpel; Anti-Aging Skin Options

It’s Like Cosmetic Surgery, Just Not With a Scalpel; Anti-Aging Skin Options; Treatments Range From Lasers to Botox to ‘Facelift in a Bottle’
There is now a wide range of products cosmetic surgeons can recommend for patients hoping to look younger while avoiding invasive procedures. The top contender in wrinkle prevention is still Botox, while Restylane and Juvederm are still the most popular facial fillers. However, there are a number of newer products that many patients have found effective. “The latest trend in cosmetic anti-aging is laser resurfacing,” says Dr. Gidon Frame, medical director of the Anti-Aging Medical and Laser Clinic. He attributes the increasing popularity of these treatments to fractionated lasers that can be used to smooth and tighten skin without painful side effects. According to Frame, these procedures usually take approximately 45 minutes and require four to five treatments over four months, with only several days of pink or redness. Although these results are permanent, Frame recommends annual touch-ups to combat continued aging. Another up-and-coming treatment recently approved facial filler, Sculptra, which provides a “non-surgical facelift.” Sculptra treatments usually require three sessions spaced from four to six weeks apart. Minuk says his patients find the treatments worth the effort. If you look at the before and afters, people who have real aging faces can really rejuvenate their appearances and they can look 10 to 15 years younger.

From: ASAPS Communications

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Treating Acne- Learn more about it!!!


Acne vulgaris, a skin condition commonly known as acne, is characterized by the occurrence of pimples on the face, back, or chest.  There are two basic types of acne:

  • Non-inflammatory acne, which includes blackheads (open comedones), whiteheads (soft closed comedones), and mila(hard closed comedones)
  • Inflammatory acne, which includes pustules, papules, nodules, and cysts

The occurrence of acne is often attributed to hormone and oil production, as well as genetic factors and pore-blocking debris that affects the body through daily exposure and contact. Stress may also trigger acne breakouts.

Acne treatment

A variety of acne treatment options exist because there is no single acne treatment that works best for every patient.

While over-the-counter acne products may be effective for those who experience mild acne, those who experience moderate to severe acne often must develop a partnership with an experienced doctor to stop the acne breakout cycle and treat the acne scars associated with previous breakouts.

Accutane (Roaccutane) has been a powerful and popular acne treatment for many years, despite the potentially severe side effects the drug may cause, however Accutane was pulled from the market in June 2009 by Roche Holding, the drug manufacturer.

More information: doctors answer “What’s the best acne treatment?”

Common acne treatments include:

  • Salicylic peel -Laser peel & LED light therapy 
  • Photodynamic therapy (Levulan)
  • Fraxel laser
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL)

Acne products and acne medication

  • Differin – Topical cream or gel available by prescription for acne treatment


  • Retin A – Topical retinoid available by prescription for acne treatment; may also be prescribed to treat wrinkles and age spots


  • Salicylic acid – Acne clearing ingredient found in many over-the-counter acne products,
  • Benzoyl peroxide – Acne clearing ingredient found in many over-the-counter acne products
  • Zeno – Device purported to “zap” away acne using heat

5 Tips for preventing acne

1. Dietary changes that may help include avoiding excessive dairy consumption, due to the presence of hormones in certain dairy products and decreasing your intake of fast-food, particularly fried, greasy foods and increasing your intake of antioxidants including berries (blueberries, pomegranate juice, citrus fruits).

2. Stress can be a significant factor in the development of acne so anything you can do to decrease stress in your life can help. Regular cardiovascular exercise is one way of reducing stress.

3. Any products placed on the face should be oil-free, water-based, and non-comedogenic (won’t block pores). Gentle cleansers, rather than soaps, should be used to cleanse the face.

4. If you notice your makeup is clogging your pores and causing whiteheads and blackheads, switch makeup brands, preferably to a mineral makeup. Makeup should not be left on the face overnight.

5. Hormonal changes particularly in women of child-bearing age can cause regular acne breakouts. Consider speaking to your dermatologist about available preventative hormonal therapies if this is the case.

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6 Things Your Doctor Wishes You Wouldn’t Do

6 Things Your Doctor Wishes You Wouldn’t Do

 Doctors are here to tell you what to do — but there’s also plenty they really, really wish you wouldn’t do. Here’s just a few of the things they’d prefer if you refrained from — because we know you want to be the best patient possible, too.

1. Run to the mirror right after a procedure expecting an INSTANT! RESULT! 

So says Dr. Jonathan Hoenig, an oculoplastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. Almost every cosmetic procedure takes a little while — or longer — to show it’s full effect, and if someone promises you “instant results,” you might want to think twice about how effective the procedure will end up being. So even if you look a little bruised or sensitive immediately post-procedure, don’t worry — you won’t look like that forever.

2. Utter the words, “But that’s not what they said on ‘Oprah.'”

No disrespect to Ms. Winfrey, but several doctors we talked to complained that the Queen of All Media’s often mesmerizing air of authority can make patients think that Oprah’s the one with the MD, not them. And, yes, she does have good doctors making intelligent judgments on her show, but keep in mind what works for some might well not work for you. (The same goes for infomercials.)

If you’ve seen something thought-provoking or amazing on TV, there’s no harm in mentioning it to your doctor — just don’t compare your results to something you saw on the tube. It’s TV, people.

3. Use your teeth as small weapons.

No, we don’t mean on the doctor when she or he is about to inject a needle into your skin (please don’t do that either). Actually, this no-no comes from Dr. Jeffrey Golub-Evans, an NYC cosmetic dentist, who really wishes his patients would stop using their teeth “to chew ice, chew bones, open wrappers, hold pins,” and other tasks better suited for hand tools and prehistoric mammals than human beings.

4. Drenching your eyeballs in bacteria.

Well, OK, not literally, but almost: Dr. Robert K. Maloney, an L.A. ophthalmologist, says his most persistent complaint with patients is that they insist on licking their contact lenses and putting them back into their eyes (Guilty!).

Says Dr. Maloney, “They would be better off rinsing the contacts in a toilet than in their mouth, because the toilet has fewer germs!”

Try carrying a small bottle of rehydrating solution with you — but don’t use tap water, either, because, frankly, do you know where that water has been?

5. Hop like bunny rabbits.

More specifically, “…from one product to another in pursuit of the best deal or cheapest price possible,” as Dr. Henri Gaboriau, Wash., puts it. Other doctors tell us that patients will often try a zillion-and-one drugstore products — and shell out serious cash — only to complain they haven’t gotten the results they wanted.

Some over-the-counter home remedies work reasonably well, but if you’re looking for real results, save yourself the aggravation and needless expenditure, and find a good doctor.

6. Blocking your doctor on his way out the door.

Now, we know doctors are very committed to their profession and their patients, but they have families and personal lives, too, OK? One persistent complaint amongst several of the doctors we spoke to was that certain patients decide to call their offices late on a Friday — like after hours, or a minute after the office closes — with a complaint that has been bothering them all day long.

Mainly, this inconveniences you, the patient. The takeaway here: If something is giving your persistent trouble or you’re having some kind of issue, call immediately. Of course, if it happens after office hours, so be it. But the doctors can do much more to help if they’ve got the full complement of staff and equipment to ease your suffering.

And one other thing you should — really should — know …

Doctors hate it when you smoke and suntan brazenly, as if you didn’t already know that!


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