Houston Dermatologist Discusses Innovative Procedure for Tightening and Lifting Baggy Skin (something done as well at Cosmedica)

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 08, 2012

Demand for nonsurgical cosmetic enhancement decreased nearly 9% since 2010 according to the latest study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). However, Dr. Jennifer Peterson says a growing number of patients at her Houston dermatology practice request the innovative cosmetic enhancement procedure Thermage® CPT, a non-invasive skin contouring device designed to tighten loose skin on the face and body. Dr. Peterson says because of its position at the forefront of modern medical technology, Thermage® can offer patients effective results without surgery or injections.

For the majority of people who prefer a more natural, tightened, youthful look and don’t have the downtime, money or interest for major plastic surgery, the Thermage procedure is a welcome and more subtle alternative.

While the ASAPS report states that minimally invasive cosmetic enhancements have decreased over the last two years, Dr. Jennifer Peterson, a board-certified dermatologist in Houston, says they are still the most common procedures she performs at her practice. Dr. Peterson also says thanks to recent developments in non-surgical body contouring techniques, she expects the popularity of non-invasive procedures to bounce back in the near future as cosmetic medical researchers continue to enhance their potential results. Dr. Peterson says she has seen a particularly significant surge in popularity of Thermage® CPT, a nonablative technology that utilizes radio frequency energy to heat the deeper layers of skin and reduce laxity in the skin. With no incisions or injections, and minimal downtime, she says patients are beginning to view Thermage in Houston as an effective alternative for surgery to improve their physique, sculpt their figure, and improve self-confidence.

“For the majority of people who prefer a more natural, tightened, youthful look and don’t have the downtime, money or interest for major plastic surgery, the Thermage procedure is a welcome and more subtle alternative.”

Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Thermage® uses unique radiofrequency (RF) technology and has been shown to safely heat the deep layers of one’s skin, while cooling the surface to keep it intact during the procedure. According to the Thermage website, more than 500,000 procedures have been performed during the longest history of clinical testing with radiofrequency treatments. Dr. Peterson says deep heating stimulates the body’s natural skin renewal process, helping to tighten existing collagen and simultaneously encouraging the growth of new collagen. She says that over time, sagging or wrinkled skin is replaced with smoother, tighter skin; improved tone and texture; and an overall younger looking appearance.

According to Dr. Peterson, “Collagen is a protein that keeps skin youthful and tight. But as one ages and gets more sun exposure, collagen simply breaks down faster than the body can rebuild it, and the skin may start to sag or wrinkle. Additionally, as part of the aging process the bones and fat compartments of the face begin to thin, which provides less of a framework for the overlying skin to be draped over. There are many tightening treatments that operate by heating the inner layers of skin. But unlike laser treatments and other technologies that heat the superficial skin layers, Thermage® uses unique radiofrequency to reach deep into the dermis and subcutaneous tissue to cause tightening in the layers that matter most.”

Dr. Peterson says Thermage® can be used to treat sagging skin on the face, under the chin, and around the eyes; however, it has also been used in the reduction of excess skin or unwanted bulges on the stomach, knees, arms, legs, hands, thighs, or buttocks. Because Thermage® is a completely non-invasive treatment performed only in a doctor’s office, she says the procedure may take as little as 20 minutes or up to three hours, depending on the size of the area being treated. Regardless of whether patients are looking for a non-surgical resolution to their excess body fat or a surgical procedure, Dr. Peterson insists patients consult with a board-certified dermatologist before undergoing any procedure for body contouring in Houston.

“As the pioneer of non-invasive skin tightening, Thermage® has the best track record for patient demand, advanced technology, clinical results and continued innovation. It delivers natural looking results and next to no downtime for patients. That means more than ever, it’s the right cosmetic solution for today’s patients’ lifestyles.”


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Natalie Portman’s nose and Scarlett Johansson’s lips: The face of the ‘ideal woman’ according to plastic surgeons’ most popular requests

By  Daisy Dumas

Allow us to introduce a version of the ‘perfect woman’ – or at least her face. And, if she looks a little too good to be true, that’s because she is.

Australia’s Marie Claire magazine has come up with their image of the ideal woman, plucking the best features of some of the world’s most famous celebrities and composing them into one, strangely recognisable, ensemble.

Using data from leading surgeons around the world, the team have pulled together the most requested celebrity looks as received by plastic surgery experts in the past 12 months

Perfection? Marie Claire Australia has summed up the ideal woman according to the most-requested looks received by plastic surgeons

Perfection? Marie Claire Australia has summed up the ideal woman according to the most-requested looks received by plastic surgeons

Published in the April edition of the glossy magazine, the rendition of the unreal woman suggests that looks can indeed be bought.

Mad Men beauty January Jones has cheeks that are hankered after, while Anne Hathaway’s eyes are a winner.

Natalie Portman’s small, streamlined nose is chosen above all others and paired with Scarlett Johansson’s mouth – her famous full pout attracting the attention of the cosmetic patients.

Halle Berry’s sculpted jawline was chosen as the ideal way to shape a face, while, though not a cosmetic procedure option, the image was finished with the blonde, gently curling tresses of country singer, Taylor Swift.

No mention of skin complexion, forehead, eyebrows or teeth is made, never mind the rest of the body, though most of the ‘ideal’ looks may be recreated using face lifts, fillers and rhinoplasty.

All of the features come from of-the-moment American A-listers – suggesting that fashions and trends must in part influence the choices.

The oldest of the women who have the privilege of owning the features is Ms Berry at 45 and the youngest is Ms Swift at 22.

In Australia, women will spend $850 million on modifying their looks and bodies, while in 2009, Americans spent a staggering $10 billion on cosmetic procedures, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The Marie Claire image raises questions over whether beauty is as simple as surgery – and, if so, where will the quest for perfect looks end?

While we wouldn’t mind looking like the composite, we can’t help feeling all of the features look better in their original homes, as nature intended.

Lifts on the rise among plastic surgery procedures!

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Tribune NewspapersBreast augmentation may be as popular as ever, but what really has heads turning at the plastic surgeon’soffice is the surge in lifts: upper arm lifts, lower body lifts, butt lifts, breast lifts — some of these procedures have experienced growth of nearly 600 percent in the last decade, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which recently released its 2011 statistics.

A rise in bariatric surgeries, which reduce the size of an obese person’s stomach, is driving many people who have lost significant weight to seek lifts to get rid of loose-hanging skin, said society President Dr. Malcolm Roth, who also is the chief of the division of plastic surgery at Albany Medical Center in New York.

The rise in lifts contrasts with dips in other more traditional cosmetic surgery procedures, including liposuction, which dropped with the economy — though 2011 suggested a rebound, Roth said. Cosmetic surgeries were up 5 percent over 2010.

Minimally invasive surgeries, such as Botox and fillers, have been booming throughout the decade, perhaps in part because of the down economy, Roth said, because they’re more affordable and don’t require as much time off from work. Technological advances, meanwhile, have boosted the success and interest in laser treatments.

“Check up on your surgeon,” doctors warn


Published: February 28, 2012 6:11 p.m.
Instead of going to a licensed medical practitioner for breast augmentation two weeks ago, a woman from Tyler, Texas, decided to go to Queen Divas Hair Salon and Spa instead. There, she was implanted with an unidentified substance by salon owner Carmel Foster, authorities told a local television station. The woman “became very ill — her chest was swollen, and she was complaining of a lot of pain.” She was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition.Going under the knife is a pricey and painful decision, but thousands choose to undergo the procedures in search of that ideal body. But, the unsafe -— not to mention highly illegal -— choice to cut costs and go with a less reputable doctor or use an unlicensed person can be downright deadly.
“You’re having surgery electively,” explains Dr. Stephan Baker, a licensed plastic surgeon in Coral Gables,  Fla., who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. “It makes all the sense in the world to check up on your surgeon.”

“You say to yourself, ‘What were some of these people thinking?’” he added.

The ABPS, the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons, warns that more patients than ever are getting injured or dying because they are choosing to undergo procedures with unqualified surgeons or people.

The Texas story is just one case in a string of recent horrifying plastic surgery nightmares, which includes one woman who injected rubber cement into her patients to give them butt implants. A Los Angeles woman was left with a “uniboob,” where both her breasts were connected by skin after a botched surgery. And just last year, a woman received a $10 million settlement from a British judge who determined her face lift surgery, which was performed in Leeds, U.K., caused nerve damage.

Baker says he understands why people want the cheaper route, but with any discount a potential patient must wonder what they are giving up for the lower cost. “There is a misconception among consumers that as long as a doctor is certified in a medical field that he or she is qualified to practice plastic surgery. This is absolutely wrong and it is dangerous for patients,” said Malcolm Z. Roth, an M.D. and ASPS president.

However, some people will opt to travel to other countries or locations to get their surgery done for cheaper. Baker says while “medical tourism” doesn’t necessarily mean a death sentence, and different markets do have different prices, it is still very important to make sure that whoever is performing your procedure is licensed and the appropriate person to do your procedure. “To stay safe, you have to do your homework,” Baker said.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons said that cases of corrective surgery rose 38 percent over 2011, with the majority of the revisions due to medical tourism procedures — especially breast resizing. And 72 percent of surgeons said they had seen tourism surgery cases they couldn’t correct.

“You have to be suspicious, and you have to ask questions,” Baker said. “If it is too good to be true, it is too good to be true. Surgery is something you can’t return.”

How to find a good doctor

Baker says there are some simple checks that any person can do to make sure their surgeon is not only licensed to perform the procedure they want, but will know what to do if a complication arises.

Check what boards the surgeon is certified by and make sure the accreditation comes from a valid organization.
Look into if the person performing the procedure has a valid medical license. In the United States, you can always check with a state’s Board of Medicine to see if the doctor is licensed to practice in that state.
Ask about what kind of anesthesia the doctor gives patients, and who will administer the anesthesia. A licensed anesthesiologist should be on hand.
Read about the doctor’s reputation. If people are happy, chances are the new patent will be happy too. Look at before and after photos.
See if the person performing the procedure has privileges at any local hospitals. Because many plastic surgery operations take place in the doctor’s office, Baker says it is important to make sure that the doctor can have you treated right away just in case something goes wrong. Hospitals that give plastic surgeons privileges are vouching for the doctor.         

Oscar-winning documentary features plastic surgeon

By Sharmila DhalSenior Reporter Dubai

You could have been excused for not noticing the goodie boxes from a local confectionary stacked in a corner in Daril B. Atkins’ modest consulting room on February 28. But the unassuming Indian paramedic at Rashid Hospital had enough reason to celebrate: he had just catapulted himself, the hospital and Dubai into the Oscar spotlight.

“I created the facial prosthesis for Zakia,” he said, pointing to riveting pictures of the acid attack survivor of Saving Face, the Pakistani documentary that won the Oscar at the 84th Academy Awards. “I feel so happy, proud — and yes, embarrassed by all the attention.”

A US-certified clinical anaplastologist who helped set up Rashid Hospital’s 27-year-old anaplastology lab, Atkins said he was roped in by Dr Mohammad Jawad, the London-based British Pakistani plastic surgeon who performs reconstructive surgery on Pakistan’s acid burn victims in the award-winning film. Each year, over a 100 women are disfigured in acid attacks in Pakistan.

“My name was recommended to director Daniel Junge by the US-based International Anaplastology Association (IAA) with which I have been associated for 20 years,” he said.

“The IAA was instrumental in finding an anaplastologist (Daril Atkins, CCA) for a truly moving documentary about domestically abused Pakistani women. Not only was the short documentary nominated for an Oscar, it won last night,” said the IAA in a statement, a copy of which Atkins received.

“We have not seen the entire documentary and we do not know how much exposure Daril and the profession of anaplastology will receive,” the statement said, but added, “Daril was able to provide her [Zakia] with an improved quality of life in a country with some of the fewest resources.”

Cherishing another message by Dr Jawad, Atkins pointed to an e-mail by the renowned doctor which said, “I would like everybody to know and acknowledge that without your skill and dedication, this project was incomplete and faceless and you have saved the face for me… and hence the ‘saving face’.”

While Dr Jawad did the main reconstructive surgery, Atkins said he helped give Zakia’s face the “realism” it needed. She had been severely disfigured after her husband allegedly threw acid on her face after she had filed for divorce. It was almost as if half her face was wiped out. What was left was one eye, half a nose and a mouth that couldn’t smile.

An anaplastologist specialising in medical sculptures, Atkins’ task was to create a facial prosthetic device that would cover the damaged portion of Zakia’s face and make it life-like in size, colour, shape and texture.

But it was not easy.

He had to travel to Pakistan for the job and getting a visa as an Indian required intervention at the highest levels. “Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, co-director of the film, contacted people at the highest diplomatic levels to facilitate my eight-day visit to Islamabad during Ramadan last year,” Atkins said.

Rebuilding a life

It took him seven days to rebuild Zakia’s face at a private dental lab in Pakistan. Unlike regular prostheses where silicon polymers are used, Atkins said he went in for acrylic to create a life-like device for Zakia as it was easier to fabricate, maintain and repair.

“Considering that the patient was from a modest background and there were no anaplastology labs in Pakistan, the material I chose was acrylic. It was necessary to consider the prosthesis as interim since additional reconstructive procedures were planned for the future. Acrylic also ruled out the need for any adhesives and could possibly be repaired by any dental lab in Pakistan if needed,” said Atkins. Once the prototype was completed, the rest was a technical moulding, casting process to arrive at the final product which could just fall into place on Zakia’s face. It was held by a pair of spectacles and like the spectacles itself, could be taken off and put back whenever she wanted.

Atkins said his trip to Pakistan could have a bigger impact as it underlined the need for such laboratories to create useful and culturally appropriate prostheses.

He said he undertook the task as part of the Probono charity initiative, even as a former colleague at Rashid Hospital, Ashwaq Hassan, sponsored his trip and the cost of Zakia’s prosthesis which came to around Dh10,000. “It’s a great feeling when others share your joy,” said Atkins, who has been flooded with congratulatory messages from his colleagues, friends and family. He lives in Dubai with his wife and has a son and a daughter who are settled in Australia.

The documentary Saving Face is a story of hope and follows a British-Pakistani surgeon Dr Mohammad Jawad as he travels into the rural pockets of Pakistan to treat survivors of acid violence like Zakia whose husband allegedly threw acid on her outside a court after she filed for divorce. The film, directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge, competed with four other films at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26. When it won the Oscar, Chinoy dedicated the award to the women of Pakistan.

Plastic surgeon reassembles TV reporter’s lips after an on-air dog bite

Written by Kim Christiansen  Written by Jeffrey Wolf

DENVER – He has seen everything from animal bites to car crashes to self inflicted gunshot wounds. Dr. Raffi Gurunluoglu is the plastic surgeon at Denver Health Medical Center who was working on the morning 9NEWS anchor Kyle Dyer was brought to the emergency room.

Kyle suffered a dog bite live on the air during the Feb. 8 newscast and lost part of her upper lip.

Gurunluoglu, who is better known as Dr. Raffi, quickly assessed her wounds and made a decision.

“Some of the portions of the upper lip were already gone,” he said.

He would take a triangular section out of her lower lip to replace what she lost in her upper lip.

“We didn’t feel we could reattach those things. There were no major blood vessels that we could utilize,” Gurunluoglu said.

After making his incisions, he would leave her lips partially attached to give the blood and tissue time to regenerate.

“One third of the lower lip can be used for other purposes, so in this case, I used it for the reconstruction of the upper lip,” he said. “We got to do this immediately and urgently.”

Two weeks, two surgeries and close to 100 stitches later, Kyle was able to talk again and shared her thoughts with Gary Shapiro.

“I was so lucky that Dr. Raffi was there the day I was there,” she said. “I’m so lucky and it could have been worse.”

The healing process can take months, sometimes up to a year, in part because the scars need to soften up.

“The best physicians are time and nature,” Gurunluoglu said. “The scars get mature and they tend to fade, especially in light skinned individuals like [Kyle]. So I’m positive she’s going to end up looking better down the road than she is right now.”

“Plastic surgery also puts a face back together and that’s what I needed,” Kyle said.

Some of the most complex cases Gurunluoglu’s seen involve young people and gunshot wounds, many self inflicted. Those patients often lose their jaw and lower lips. To recreate the jaw, he has been able to harvest the bone found in the victim’s leg.

“Believe me, I have seen so many other cases, including gunshot wounds and things like that, they were really extreme and complex cases. I can tell you we are able to reconstruct those cases here,” he said.

Gurunluoglu is from Istanbul, Turkey. He came to Colorado six years ago. As a plastic surgeon, he performs elective surgeons as well as reconstructive surgery for cancer patients and trauma patients. He has seen more than his fair share of animal bites and admits he often goes home to his two young daughters and warns them about being careful around animals.

“They say, ‘Daddy, OK, OK, we know you’re going to buy us a cat or a dog or something,” he said.

He says the most rewarding part is when patients like Kyle make a full recovery.

“At the end, when you know that you were successful, then that makes you feel really wonderful and makes you keep going,” Gurunluoglu said.

“It will be a little different looking, but I’ll be smiling again,” Kyle said.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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