Hi Tech’ Advances and the ‘Thermage Procedures’

The Thermage Procedures, which offers new and highly advanced hi-tech solutions for some of our everyday cosmetic improvement needs. In recent years, the various Thermage Procedures have shot to the forefront in treating under eye bags, sagging chins, stretch marks, lip augmentation, tummy tightening, thighs and buttocks tightening, eliminating the need for surgery, implants, etc. Thermage can also temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Thermage uses hi-tech radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen rich layers of your skin which helps tighten existing collagen and stimulate formation of new collagen, resulting in reduced sagging, renewed contours and improves the texture and smoothness of the skins surface.

How does this latest technology differ from previous offerings?
Thermage CPT stands for “Comfort Pulse Technology” and is representative of Thermage’s continued efforts to provide the most effective and comfortable skin tightening treatment available on the aesthetic market today. Comfort Pulse Technology achieves the following: Greater Skin Tightening Through A New Heating Algorithm.
The redesigned facial treatment tips deliver enhanced heat distribution and uniformity, which lead to improved volumetric heating. A greater volume of tissue is heated to target temperatures and the heating is more evenly distributed across the treatment area. Data from clinical studies demonstrate that the Thermage CPT system heats four times more tissue to therapeutic temperatures than current technologies. This translates into even more skin tightening than what was available with the prior facial tips!

Increased Comfort Through “Comfort Pulse Technology”
The new Thermage CPT system employs “Comfort Pulse Technology” along with a new vibrating handpiece to enhance efficacy and greatly improve patient comfort.

The new CPT technology helps lessen discomfort in the following ways:
1. A new vibrating handpiece offers a clinically proven improvement in patient comfort. In controlled, split-faced clinical studies, comparing treatment of over 40 patients with vibration to treatment without vibration, all patients preferred being treated with vibration.
2. The new energy delivery algorithm interweaves pulsed radiofrequency delivery with cooling bursts mimicking Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (”TENS”) therapy, to disrupt the brain’s neural response and improve comfort during treatment.
3. The heat is now more concentrated directly into the tissue being treated with less spillage onto the edges of the tip, eliminating that “pinch” at the end of the energy pulse.

The Thermage Procedures work on the face area and the other areas of the body, are FDA approved, and the improvements continue for about 6 months or longer.  There is hardly any downtime, and most people return to their daily routine almost immediately. The Thermage Procedures work on all skin colors and for just about every problem area of the body, including cellulite problems.

For a view of the results of Thermage treatments, visit:

http://www.thermage.com/PhotoGalleryPatients.cfm  

At Cosmedica, Dr. Benchetrit your plastic surgeon in Montreal and his team offer experience and knowledge in the techniques of Thermage treatment and are currently having a special on this procedure.  Call for your free consultation and visit our web for all the details including all of our April specials!!! 514-695-7450

Thermage -Save 20% on your first Thermage treatment* 

 *See details, certain conditions may apply

 Disclaimer: This blog or article is for information purpose only, and should not be treated as professional advice or price protection guarantee.

 

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Injections with less discomfort

If you’ve considered getting a little non-surgical cosmetic work done, but hesitated because you’re afraid of needles or discomfort, you’re not alone.  Juvederm, Perlane,   and Restylane have awesome cosmetic benefits but the question many people ask is, do these procedures cause serious discomfort?   Fortunately, the answer is no. Today, a number of non-surgical facial procedures can be done with little or no discomfort, thanks to local anesthetics that numb one or more areas of the face beforehand. Lidocaine is the one most frequently used by plastic and cosmetic surgeons.

Lidocaine blocks pain signals, relieves swelling -Your dentist uses Lidocaine as as a quick and simple way to numb the mouth prior to potentially painful dental work.  Likewise, plastic surgeons have found that it’s an excellent local anesthetic for injections.  Lidocaine blocks the pain signal sent by the nerve endings on the skin in response to injections of the dermal filler solution. Patients quickly feel the anesthetic taking effect, and numbness kicks in.

The Benefits of Lidocaine for facial cosmetic procedures

  • Reduces or eliminates pain when the doctor is injecting into sensitive facial tissue
  • Minimizes tissue swelling that occurs when solutions are injected subcutaneously (underneath the skin)
  • Without swelling, the doctor can resculpt and correct the targeted areas of the face with more accuracy to get the most attractive, natural looking result
  • Patient can relax during the procedure
  • When used during longer procedures – filling in the cheek area, for instance – it eliminates the need for general anesthesia

Several of the new dermal fillers even come pre-mixed with Lidocaine.

At Cosmedica,  Dr. Benchetrit  your plastic surgeon in Montreal and his team, offers a wide range of fillers with lidocaine and currently is having a special on fillers.   

Look out for our monthly specials for APRIL

And OUR SPECIAL EVENTS!!!!

April 21st is Juvéderm™ Appreciation Day at Cosmedica!
 

Come in for a free consultation! For that day only buy 2 syringes of Juvéderm™ and get the 3rd syringe FREE!
Ask us how the revolutionary SoftLift, using Juvéderm™ injections can help you combat the dreaded 3 D’s of facial aging :
Deflation

Degradation
Descent

Wisdom comes with age, wrinkles don’t have to! Let us show you how to turn back the clock.
We look forward to seeing you. Call us today as space is limited

 Accent Special – Buy package get two treatments free – expires April 30, 2010 -Buy a package of 6 ($1500) treaments  and get an additional 2 treatments for free

 Ultrashape and Duet SpecialsSPECIAL! 10% OFF* on your first treatment*Offer expires April 30, 2010 certain conditions apply. 

 Thermage –Save 20% on your first Thermage treatment* 

 *See details, certain conditions may apply

 Disclaimer: This blog or article is for information purpose only, and should not be treated as professional advice or price protection guarantee.

 

We are having a special and do you know what JUVÉDERM® is ?

WHAT IS JUVÉDERM® AND WHY USE IT???

Youthful skin begins to diminish as wrinkles and folds form. But, with JUVÉDERM® injectable gel, you don’t have to just sit back and let it happen! JUVÉDERM® is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. Your healthcare professional eases JUVÉDERM® injectable gel under the skin to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds – the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).

  • JUVÉDERM® provides smooth and natural looking results.
  • JUVÉDERM® is the only hyaluronic acid (HA) filler FDA
    approved* to last up to 1 year.
  • JUVÉDERM® New JUVÉDERM® XC is now formulated with an anesthetic for a
    more comfortable patient experience.‡

With JUVÉDERM® the injection process takes only about 15 minutes and results are immediate. Plus, there’s minimal recovery or downtime. So you can step into our office for treatment and step right back into your life. And now with the newest formulation of JUVÉDERM®, the effects of lidocaine take place in seconds, potentially reducing the need for further anesthetic.

Miracle Botox

Miracle Botox

These days, it seems like we’re always talking about the miracle wrinkle fighter, Botox. Here’s yet another one. If you’ve got bladder problems, Botox may be the solution.

England’s Blackpool Victoria Hospital is using Botox to treat women with overactive bladders. A Botox injection is made directly into the bladder, where it helps to calm the bladder. In studies, results were 80-85% effective, and is considered a good alternative to surgery or other medications. Results last about 18 months, without long term side effects because they are completely reversible.

Botox has been used in Canada to treat bladder problems as well. News reports dating back to 2004 have been found promoting its usage for this condition in Montreal.

Contact Dr. Benchetrit , your plastic surgeon in Montreal, and the team at COSMEDICA for information about all the options available at (514) 695-7450. 

Look out for our monthly specials for APRIL And OUR SPECIAL EVENTS!!!!

April 21st is Juvéderm™ Appreciation Day at Cosmedica!
 

Come in for a free consultation! For that day only buy 2 syringes of Juvéderm™ and get the 3rd syringe FREE!
Ask us how the revolutionary SoftLift, using Juvéderm™ injections can help you combat the dreaded 3 D’s of facial aging :
Deflation
Degradation
Descent
Wisdom comes with age, wrinkles don’t have to! Let us show you how to turn back the clock.
We look forward to seeing you. Call us today as space is limited

 Accent Special – Buy package get two treatments free – expires April 30, 2010 -Buy a package of 6 ($1500) treaments  and get an additional 2 treatments for free

 Ultrashape and Duet SpecialsSPECIAL! 10% OFF* on your first treatment*Offer expires April 30, 2010 certain conditions apply. 

 Thermage –Save 20% on your first Thermage treatment* 

 *See details, certain conditions may apply

Modern breast implants evolve to latest generation of ‘shaped’


News stories in 1990s linked silicone implants with autoimmune diseases, setting evolution of implants on a detour :

  • Third-generation implants have triple-layer shell to prevent leakage
  • Shaped implants ideal for patients lacking sufficient breast tissue in lower pole, mastectomy patients

HOUSTON — The career of Thomas Biggs, M.D., is as entwined with the modern evolution of breast implants as are the staff and snakes of the caduceus. He trained under Thomas Cronin, M.D., who — along with Frank Gerow, M.D. — was responsible for developing the first modern-day silicone gel breast implant in conjunction with Dow Corning.  Since then, he has been involved in more than 8,000 breast implant procedures throughout a career that has spanned more than 40 years. Today, the semi-retired Baylor College of Medicine clinical professor of plastic surgery travels the world lecturing about the evolution of breast implants and performing surgery in far-flung locales, from Brazil to India and everywhere in between.

Dr. Biggs’ primary message when lecturing about breast implants is that “They are not a way to get a boyfriend back or to keep a husband interested. The breast is the external symbol of a woman’s gender, so anything that we can do to make the breast more appealing to a woman enhances her feeling of her own womanhood and gives her more self-assurance.” This, he says, is what he told his audience back in 2000 when he was among a hand-picked group of physicians who were invited to the Vatican to discuss their medical specialty.

 

“The Vatican decided to have an assemblage of all of the world’s medical knowledge and brought physicians in from across the globe. They selected six plastic surgeons, and I was one of two from the United States, and I was asked to talk about the evolution of breast implants,” Dr. Biggs says. “I stressed my belief that the sole purpose of being a physician should be to make a person’s life longer or better or both, and explained how breast implants make women’s lives better.”

IN THE BEGINNING While the history of modern breast implants starts with Dr. Biggs’ colleagues Dr. Cronin and Dr. Gerow, attempts to enhance the size and/or shape of the breast weren’t new — efforts were made even in the 1890s. “Early attempts ranged from very, very bad to not good, and they all failed,” Dr. Biggs says.  The implants that immediately preceded Dr. Cronin’s and Dr. Gerow’s “natural feel” implants included sponge prosthetics made of Etheron (polyether foam sponge), Polystan (polyethylene tape) and polyethylene. Within a year, all of these resulted in capsular contraction, which collapsed the sponge and deflated the implants by 25 percent or more. “Then,” Dr. Biggs says, “in 1962, Cronin and Gerow created an implant made out of silicone.”

The inspiration for the early silicone gel implant was a blood transfusion bag. Early blood transfusion vessels were made of glass. During the silicone gel implant’s developmental stages, Dr. Cronin visited a blood bank, and upon feeling the new and improved flexible plastic bag that contained the blood, he observed that it felt like a breast, according to Dr. Biggs. The rest, as they say, is history.  Silicone was used to make a thin, flexible “fabric bag,” and also to make a gel-like substance with which to fill it. “The cohesiveness of the gel could be altered so that it could be very thin or even solid,” Dr. Biggs says. “They created one small implant and put it into a dog and the dog was fine, so then they implanted it in a person and she got along just great. So then we began to put it into more and more people,” he says, noting that “In those days, there was very little regulation, so there was minimal obstruction to its being manufactured and sold.”

Dr. Biggs recalls that Dr. Cronin and Dr. Gerow thought the implant had a great future, because it was virtually nonreactive. Dr. Biggs and his colleagues encountered a multiplicity of problems throughout the developmental phase, but, ironically, the only one that persisted — and resulted in almost every early case — was fibrous capsular contraction.

“The body needs to isolate a foreign material from itself, and the wall that built up around the implant would contract and make the implant feel hard. One of the things that we did to minimize this problem was to coat the implant with polyurethane. Once we did this, the incidence of capsular contraction dropped to almost zero,” he says.

SILICONE SORROWS Meanwhile, a handful of cases of cancer of the liver occurred in animal studies of the polyurethane-coated implants, and the manufacturer elected to forgo additional studies, stopped manufacturing the implant and went out of business. “I had 600 cases with the polyurethane-coated implants in humans, and none of my patients got cancer of the liver, nor did I ever hear of anyone who did,” Dr. Biggs says.

Other manufacturers created similar implants and coated them with simulated polyurethane. This, Dr. Biggs says, is what became known as “texturing.” While the majority of patients were happy with these silicone implants, according to Dr. Biggs, a news story in the early 1990s linking silicone breast implants with autoimmune diseases set the evolution of breast implants on an almost 20-year detour. This development culminated in the largest class-action lawsuit in medical history, with $4.2 billion awarded to women with silicone gel implants.

“When the expose came along saying that silicone implants may be causing autoimmune disorders, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) prohibited the use of silicone implants filled with silicone, but they allowed us to use a silicone implant filled with saline,” Dr. Biggs says. “What is paradoxical is that the FDA allowed us to use silicone implants filled with silicone gel for reconstruction in patients who had cancer, but their use was prohibited in healthy women.”

 

After the FDA’s moratorium, silicone gel implants were available only for patients enrolled in the Special Adjunct Study, which included patients who had mastectomy or severe developmental deformity, or those with failed augmentation following saline implants.

During the moratorium, although many women were happy with saline implants, there were some problems, Dr. Biggs says. “They didn’t feel as natural as silicone gel implants, and there was a propensity to leakage problems,” Dr. Biggs says. “They leaked because of fold flaws, and because of failure of the valve through which they were inflated. We had an annual 1 percent to 5 percent deflation rate.”

In 1999, after years of retrospective outcomes analysis, the FDA concluded there was no evidence showing that silicone gel implants played a substantial role in autoimmune disorders. “But,” Dr. Biggs says, “that didn’t represent an automatic reintroduction of silicone implants. The FDA put very stringent demands on the manufacturers as to what they had to do to show that use of these ‘third-generation’ implants was justifiable.”

The third-generation implants have a triple-layer shell that prevents leakage, and the gel is more cohesive — so much so that even if it were to leak, the gel would stay put, Dr. Biggs says. “We now have a silicone gel implant that we are certain is safe, and last year the FDA decided that it was acceptable to once again offer silicone gel implants for augmentation,” he says.

WHAT’S AHEAD Shaped implants represent the fourth generation of breast implants. For patients who lack sufficient breast tissue in the lower pole, as well as for mastectomy patients, these shaped implants offer significant benefits, according to Dr. Biggs.

“Most patients will be adequately treated with a round implant, but there is a subset of patients who will definitely benefit from a shaped implant,” he says. “One of the deficiencies of the shaped implant is that if it rotates, it creates a significant deformity, whereas the round implant does not. To prevent it from rotating requires a much more careful dissection of the space into which we put the implant. That said, if a woman has deficiency of tissue in the lower pole, she can benefit greatly from the advances that we have made with these shaped implants, even though it is more technically demanding and more costly,” he adds.

Contact Dr. Benchetrit , your plastic surgeon in Montreal, and the team at COSMEDICA for information about all the options available at (514) 695-7450. 

Look out for our monthly specials for APRIL

And OUR SPECIAL EVENTS!!!!

April 21st is Juvéderm™ Appreciation Day at Cosmedica!
 
Come in for a free consultation! For that day only buy 2 syringes of Juvéderm™ and get the 3rd syringe FREE!
Ask us how the revolutionary SoftLift, using Juvéderm™ injections can help you combat the dreaded 3 D’s of facial aging :
Deflation
Degradation
Descent

Wisdom comes with age, wrinkles don’t have to! Let us show you how to turn back the clock.  We look forward to seeing you. Call us today as space is limited

 Accent Special – Buy package get two treatments free – expires April 30, 2010 -Buy a package of 6 ($1500) treaments  and get an additional 2 treatments for free

 Ultrashape and Duet SpecialsSPECIAL! 10% OFF* on your first treatment*Offer expires April 30, 2010 certain conditions apply. 

 Thermage –Save 20% on your first Thermage treatment* 

 *See details, certain conditions may apply

 Disclaimer: This blog or article is for information purpose only, and should not be treated as professional advice or price protection guarantee.

SWEET CHEEKS!!

Due to a natural and immediate result, the use of dermal fillers is one the most  popular non-surgical procedures . Most commonly used in the augmentation of lips and the correction of nasolabial folds and marionette lines, it has been injected with great success to lift the cheeks offering a more youthful positioning by replacing the fat that atrophies with age and sun exposure. The Hyaluronic acid in popular fillers such as Juvederm is found naturally in the skin and gives the added benefit of drawing moisture to the area injected. The beautiful glow is unmistakeable and makes this procedure a favorite among our patients.

Contact Dr. Benchetrit , your plastic surgeon in Montreal, and the team at COSMEDICA for information about all the options available at (514) 695-7450. 

Look out for our monthly specials- March and April

*ACCENT – Buy package of 6 for $1500 and get 2 free

*THERMAGE-20% off your first treatment

*DUET AND ULTRASHAPE- 10% off your first treatment

 *See details certain conditions may apply

 Disclaimer: This blog or article is for information purpose only, and should not be treated as professional advice or price protection guarantee.

 

LIPOSUCTION SINCE THE 70’S

Women have been battling cellulite for years. While Endermologie is a preferred treatment for those unsightly dimples these days, this cosmetic innovation has only been around since the late 1970s, gaining international reputation a decade later.

Years before Endermologie, women in Europe dealt with cellulite by less technological means. They went to a masseuse to knead that cellulite away. The massage would entail a session of deep squeezing, prodding, rubbing and grinding with expert palms and fingers to break down the pockets of trapped toxins, fat and fluids that cellulite is comprised of. This stimulated blood flow to the area so that the body could gradually get rid of the cellulite by its own waste processes. Needless to say, a cellulite massage was quite intense and often left the treated area bruised and battered. But, according to reports, it did apparently work.

Endermologie basically works on the same premise, but is performed by a patented device. There may be some bruising and discomfort, but most likely not as much as a massage performed by a masseuse.

Contact Dr. Benchetrit , your plastic surgeon in Montreal, and the team at COSMEDICA for information about all the options available at (514) 695-7450. 

Look out for our monthly specials- March

*ACCENT – Buy package of 6 for $1500 and get 2 free

*THERMAGE-20% off your first treatment

*DUET AND ULTRASHAPE- 10% off your first treatment

*See details certain conditions may apply

Disclaimer: This blog or article is for information purpose only, and should not be treated as professional advice or price protection guarantee.

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