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How Lidocaine Makes Cosmetic Injections Comfortable

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,  Scupltra  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.

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Plastic Surgery for Men

In 2008, 1.1 million cosmetic medical procedures were performed on men, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Many male patients who receive cosmetic procedures achieve a more youthful appearance, more comfort in daily activities and more self-confidence.

The top five minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed on men in 2008 include:

  • Botox
  • Laser hair removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peel
  • Laser skin resurfacing

The top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed on men in 2008 include:

  • Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Breast reduction
  • Hair transplantation

Selecting a Doctor

Cosmetic medical procedures for women have been performed for many years. Cosmetic medical procedures for men have just become popular. Doctors have found differences in the approach to the procedure, the extent of the procedure and the outcome of male cosmetic procedures. It is important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon who focuses on cosmetic procedures for men.

There may be alternative procedure choices for men. Once you have selected a qualified plastic surgeon, it is important to seek the doctor’s advice and discuss all of the options to select the best treatment for your individual goals.

Special Considerations

  • Review the doctor’s credentials, education, training, type of certification held and number of times that the treatment has been performed in the practice.
  • View before-and-after photos of patients with similar conditions to help decide on the right treatment for you.
  • Inquire about the method of the procedure and any possible complications that may result.
  • Ask for a list of pre-op and post-op instructions.
  • Keep in mind that results vary among providers and patients.

Core Differences Between Male and Female Treatment

Men are faced with unique considerations when considering a cosmetic procedure. The anatomy of a man is quite different from a woman. Muscles tend to be thicker, chemical reactions in the body differ and a greater variance in exposed skin areas may be a consideration. While these differences do not necessarily pose a greater possibility of complications, gender difference may alter procedure choice or the extent of the procedure.

The doctor must understand your goals, and your tolerance for scarring. In addition, men can not cover scars in the facial area as well as women. Hairstyle and makeup can cover a lot for women. Men are usually much more concerned about privacy than women, and may need to be off work longer following facial procedures to prevent others from recognizing the tell-tale signs of cosmetic surgery.

Neck Lift: The neck is becoming more popular for men interested in removing the “turkey waddle” appearance of excess skin. A neck lift can remove excess fat and muscle in the jaw or chin area. In the case of the neck lift, the beard length and side burns may be factors in deciding the appropriate place for incisions. Also, the muscles in the neck are thicker in men than women. This does not necessarily present a surgical problem or implicate additional complications. Yet, it may change the extent of the procedure. The skin texture of a man’s chin and neck is more course than a woman, reducing scar appearance. Beard and side burns can also assist with covering scars.

Hair Transplantation: The location of the hairline is different for a man. This presents additional considerations. This factor may be cause for additional medical procedures such as scalp flap to bring hair to the balding location. Today, the vast majority of surgical treatment for balding is “micrografting” of hair. Although you may be able to pick out people who had hair transplants done 10 years ago when small groups of hair “plugs” were transferred, today’s solutions are considerably more difficult to spot. One or two hair shafts are transposed individually, making for a less obvious and more natural look.

Liposuction: Liposuction is often performed in men to remove love handles or reduce breast size due to gynecomastia. Results for men with general liposuction are usually strong because they tend to have great skin elasticity (greater than a woman). Men usually only receive a full abdominoplasty when they have lost an excessive amount of weight in the abdomen. Most often, obese patients or those who have undergone weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass or Lap-Band are the only men who may be candidates for a full abdominoplasty. A limited or “mini-abdominoplasty,” which involves liposuction of the abdomen and removal of excess skin in the lower abdomen near the pubic bone, can result in a tighter abdomen (and a scar concealed in even the smallest swimsuit).

Implants for Men

Facial implants. Many men opt for facial implants to better define their profile. Chin implants (also known as chin surgery or mentoplasty) can help men achieve a stronger chin and are occasionally performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty. Jaw implants can help men strengthen and define their jaw line. Cheek implants are another popular form of male facial augmentation that can provide facial fullness in men with hollow, concave cheeks.

Chest Implants. Also referred to as male breast implants, chest implants are gaining in popularity as increasing numbers of men are realizing there are some things that push-ups just can’t do. Pectoral implants can help the chest look fuller and more muscular. Bicep implants and tricep implants can add definition and fullness to the arms. Many men are opting for these implants to pick up the slack where their tricep dips and bicep curls left off. They are often done in tandem to make sure that the biceps and triceps are symmetrical for a balanced, natural look.

Lower Body Implants. There are numerous lower body implants available to help men improve their appearance and self confidence. Calf implants, for example, can help men with thin, shapeless calves, beef up their lower legs. Fully 60 percent of individuals who opt for calf implants are men, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Men with flat, poorly developed buttocks are turning to butt implants so that their behinds look better both in clothes and out. Butt implants can turn pancake buttocks into firm, muscular buns of steel.

Penile implants are an option for men with erectile dysfunction who have not responded to Viagra or other drugs used to treat this disorder. There are several types of penile implants available, including inflatable and malleable models. Penile implants will not make your penis longer, increase sexual desire or sensation, but they can help men achieve an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse on demand.

Chemical Peel and Microdermabrasion. The surface layer of the skin must be treated differently in men. Men cannot shave for up to three weeks after a chemical peel. The skin may appear to have a red tint for several weeks, which can be hidden with a beard. The face may also be swollen and sensitive for several weeks.

Complication Differences

The risk of complications is present with every medical procedure. Men bleed more than women. This increases the risk for excessive bleeding or a hematoma (blood clot under the skin). The doctor can intervene in this case, but recovery is longer. There are some unique differences for men. When planning a male cosmetic procedure, the doctor will need to consider the length of the side burns, location of the hair line and the possibility of a receding hair line. In the case of hair transplantation, special precautions may be taken since men do not style their hair as much as women. Men who have the facelift procedure must select a doctor who is experienced with male facelifts. Because the face is pulled back during a facelift, hair may appear behind the ears or at the back of the neck. Caution must be taken when deciding the incision location for the temple area as well. Hair appearing in the wrong place can be treated with electrolysis or laser hair removal.

Cosmetic procedures work well for most men. Extensive research, selecting the right doctor, and understanding preoperative and postoperative care can reduce the risk of complications. The rise of male cosmetic procedures continues to grow, affording men the same anti-aging benefits as women.

Contact Dr. Benchetrit,  your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Montreal and his team at COSMEDICA for information about all the latest treatment for men!!

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7 New Trends in Cosmetic Surgery

The wizards of beauty are working their magic, whipping up longer-lasting wrinkle fillers, fine-tuning Botox and liposuction treatments — even debuting silicone butt implants. ‘Sculptors’ Fine-Tune Botox, Fillers, Fat-Suctioning Devices

The wizards of beauty are working their magic, whipping up longer-lasting wrinkle fillers, fine-tuning Botox and liposuction treatments — even debuting silicone butt implants. That’s right, butt implants. “The public seems to want this,” James Wells, MD, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tells WebMD. He is on the clinical faculty of the University of California at Irvine and a private practice plastic surgeon in Long Beach.

Butt Implants. It’s a cultural phenomenon that’s moving northward. “Buttock implants are very popular in South America, where Brazilian women want to have very round, curvaceous buttocks,” Wells tells WebMD. “Breasts are big here, but in Brazil, it’s buttocks.” The implants have a more “solid” covering than breast implants because they must sustain weight, he says. “There’s been an increasing interest from the public, so surgeons want to know more about them.”

Breasts Deliver Drugs. Who knew? Silicone breast implants, because they are covered by permeable membranes, can be drug carriers — in fact, they can act as timed-release drug carriers. Researchers are looking to include a drug in the implant that can reduce the scar that occurs around the implanted breast. “There’s an early suggestion that the drug might help,” Wells says.

Believe in Botox. Male or female, almost everyone wants a younger-looking face. “There are job retention issues,” says Wells. “We see men in their 40s and 50s knowing they need to compete with others in their 20s,and 30s. You and I both hear stories of people with equal talents, but the person who looks better gets the nod. Appearance is a big issue.”

“Botox has probably been the greatest product in the last 20 years,” says Seth A. Yellin, MD, chief of facial plastic surgery at Emory Healthcare. “It has an incredible safety profile — still in my opinion the single thing I would take on a desert island to make people look better.”

First used to treat crow’s feet and eyebrow creases, Botox is making inroads all over the face of America. One popular use: Injecting Botox to soften lines around the mouth — “the ones that make you look angry, even when you’re not. [But] it takes an experienced plastic surgeon to get it right,” he says.

Aesthetic surgeons are perfecting their technique, sharing secrets. If not done right, there’s “risk of losing oral function — you don’t want to do that,” Yellin adds.

Better Than Collagen. A product called Restylane (or Perlane) — very popular around the world as a filler for both wrinkles and lines — acts much like collagen, yet is longer-lasting. However, it is not yet FDA-approved, says Wells.

“We’re interested in facilitating its introduction into the American market,” he tells WebMD. “It seems to be easier to use than collagen and has longer staying power. Most tissue fillers, even the person’s own fat, have an uncertain lifespan. The information we have on [Restylane] looks very exciting. We can’t wait to get it through the FDA and use it in this country.”

Restylane is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the skin — one that draws water to itself and allows the skin to remain hydrated, explains Yellin. Though created in the laboratory, the injectable form is longer lasting than any other wrinkle fillers — perhaps lasting up to one year. There also are virtually no allergic reactions to Restylane.

“The FDA should be approving it in the second quarter of next year,” he tells WebMD.

Combo Package. Whereas Botox can smooth the wrinkled lines in your face, it often takes fillers to completely get rid of them. “If you have a well-formed crease, Botox will soften it, but it won’t make the well-formed crease disappear,” says Yellin. “Fillers complement Botox. Laser resurfacing can also complement Botox.”

Other wrinkle fillers are in the works, he says. One company is working on a product made from human foreskin. Yellin is developing one made from the placenta, which is normally discarded after delivery.

His theory: Cells extracted from the placenta can be injected into the skin, where they might stimulate cells to grow their own collagen. Normally, human collagen — when injected — does not live long because it does not have a blood supply. “This will have its own blood supply, so it will live,” he tells WebMD. It’s only in the laboratory phase, though, so don’t get too excited.

Speedy Healers. After a face-lift, fibrin glues and tissue sealants help seal wounds quicker, control bleeding and bruising, and reduce swelling — which hasten healing, Wells tells WebMD.

Fibrin glue is another product that mimics nature: “Your body makes a tissue glue in response to an injury,” Wells explains. “When you fall down and scrape your knee, the weeping that creates the scab is fibrin glue. When you have a facelift — or wherever we introduce injury — the body’s process is to leak this material out.”

“I use fibrin glue as a routine part of facial aesthetic procedures, have been doing so for over a year,” says Yellin. The product can be squirted into an area or sprayed — like spray paint, he says. “It’s supposed to seal up any little capillaries, reduce bruising. But it won’t reduce significant bruises.”

Souped-Up Liposuction. New, high-powered suction devices are especially good for the fibrous areas of the male breast, the flank, the love-handle area — or for people who are having their second procedure. Because the device has more power, there is less bruising, says Wells. The machine also allows the surgeon to shape or contour the area more easily.

Liposuction devices that are ultrasound-guided are a bit riskier and less effective, “because they don’t go around curves and bends very easily,” Wells adds. “Also, heat [from the device] can cause some injury to tissue.”

Three-dimensional imaging is a new technology that’s enhancing all plastic surgery procedures, says Wells. “It increases the depth perception of everything we do. Anytime we can use technology to get a sense of thickness or depth, it allows us to make better judgments.”

The Peels. These treatments for sun-damaged skin are practically old news, they’re so popular. Microdermabrasian involves removing the superficial layers in a nonsurgical way to let the undamaged layers come up. These skin layers look healthier; it’s the difference between a younger person and an older person — the thickness of the skin, the turnover rate of the cells, and they’re better hydrated. It’s a series and process of treatments rather than one.

Chemical peels accomplish the same thing, but are a bit more “aggressive” treatment, says Wells.

Just Say No. Not that peels, fillers, and endless suctioning are always the answer, he adds.

Today’s plastic surgeons are taking a more holistic approach to patient care, he tells WebMD. “We can approach a patient’s problems as a surgical exercise, or take a broader perspective regarding the patient’s overall health — dietary habits, smoking, heart disease. Physicians have to think of themselves as physicians first and plastic surgeons second.”

“The plastic surgeon has a responsibility to apply judgment, to tell a patient when it’s not a good idea to have surgery, to suggest alternatives if their unhealthy lifestyle puts them at risk,” he tells WebMD.

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Almost Half Of Americans Approve Of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Regardless Of Income

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A new survey shows that almost half (48%) of all Americans regardless of income approve of cosmetic plastic surgery and almost a quarter would consider cosmetic surgery for themselves. According to the February 2010 report, 48% of respondents with an income of under $25K approve of cosmetic surgery (52% of respondents with an income between $25K-$50K approve, 55% of respondents with an income between $50K-$75K approve, and 62% of respondents with an income above $75K approve) and 23% of the respondents who earn under $25K would consider cosmetic surgery for themselves. “Twenty years ago people thought only movie stars and rich women had plastic surgery; now people in every income bracket know someone who has had a plastic surgery procedure or would consider plastic surgery for themselves. Even in this difficult economic time, people are willing to invest in the things that improve their quality of life,” said Renato Saltz, MD, President of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). “Feeling good about the way they look is high on the list of priorities for many Americans.”

Other key findings of the study include: – Among all Americans, 73% of women and 66% of men said they would not be embarrassed if others knew they had cosmetic surgery – 37% of women would consider cosmetic surgery as compared to 19% of men.
– Most Americans (71 percent) said their attitude toward cosmetic surgery had not changed in the last five years, though 19% said it was ‘more favorable.’ – 30% of married and 27% of unmarried Americans would consider cosmetic surgery for themselves now or in the future
– Out of all age groups, men and women between the ages of 35 and 40 are the most likely to consider plastic surgery for themselves now or in the future (35%). – Men and women are close in their approval of cosmetic surgery, with women showing a higher (59 percent) approval rating than men (51 percent). – 30% of white and 22% of non white Americans say they would consider cosmetic surgery for themselves now or in the future.

The study was commissioned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and conducted by the independent research firm Synovate.
According to 2009 ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery Statistics , women had more than 9 million cosmetic procedures (91 percent of total) and men had more than 900,000 procedures (9 percent of total). Overall, the number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures decreased 2 percent from 2008.

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