Category Archives: Cosmetic Treatment

Fractional Lasers for Treating Acne Scars

New technologies are making it easier to treat acne scarring, according to a major review article in the October 2011 issue of The International Society of Dermatology.

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This is good news for the millions of Americans of all ages whose skin has become marked with holes, indentions, and discolorations caused by acne.

The review article points to fractionated laser resurfacing as “the most useful new technology” for reducing the appearance of acne scars. It recommends this particular laser procedure for all four grades of acne scarring, from Grade 1 (scars that consist solely of flat marks) to Grade 4 (scars that are either very deep or large, or that are hypertrophic—raised above the skin’s surface).

Other treatments recommended in the review include non-fractionated lasers, skin peels, and microdermabrasion.

“The treatment of post-acne scarring is becoming an easier task,” the article concludes, “with many newer treatments offering the twin hopes of efficacy and safety.”

More Men Are Getting Makeovers

According to the British newspaper The Guardian, more men—in the U.S. as well as in the U.K.—are opting for cosmetic procedures that help them look better groomed.

In doing so, they’re simply following the lead of several well-known British celebrities, including British music and television producer (and former “American Idol” judge) Simon Cowell and British soccer star Wayne Rooney.

Cowell has acknowledged receiving anti-wrinkle Botox treatments and Rooney has been quite public about his hair transplant surgery. In fact, Rooney proudly posted photos of his transplant on Twitter last spring.

“There has been a rise in the pressure for men to look good,” American columnist Genn Sacks told the Guardian in the June article. “Man’s role has evolved. Fifty years ago the average man in England or in America was working class. The work was often dirty, grimy, hard. There was the image of a strong man who did what he had to support his family. Now there’s less physical labor. It’s more office based. There’s more expectation to look good.”

More Moms Considering Major Makeovers

A significant number of women with children are open to the idea of having a tummy tuck or breast lift to get their pre-pregnancy body back, a new survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has found.

In fact, women are coming in for such procedures at earlier ages than in the past—when they’re in their 30s rather than in their 50s, according to ASPS president Phillip Haeck, MD.

“Today, women are not afraid to admit that they love their children, but they wish their bodies looked the way they did before their first pregnancies,” Haeck said in a press release.

Of the randomly chosen 1,085 mothers surveyed, 30 percent said that if cost were not an issue, they would definitely consider a “mommy makeover” that included one or more plastic surgery procedure. Another 12 percent said they probably consider it, and 20 percent said they would possibly opt for such a makeover.

Dr. Oz Show Highlights the Dangers of Counterfeit Botox Treatments

Earlier this spring, Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the syndicated TV show “The Dr. Oz Show,” reported on what he called “the dangerous underground world” of counterfeit Botox treatments.

Although Botox, which is made from minute amounts of a botulinum toxin, is safe when administered in the office of a qualified physician who specializes in dermatology or plastic surgery—in other words, someone who has been trained in medical matters involving the skin—the product can lead to devastating results if sold and used by others.

Yet, as “The Dr. Oz Show” pointed out, Botox treatments are often offered at mall kiosks, in tanning salons, at home “Botox parties,” and even by mail order. The Food and Drug Administration and consumer health groups have warned that the Botox available through these venues is all too often fake and/or administered in an illegal and unsafe way.

Counterfeit Prevention

Dr. Oz interviewed a husband and wife who each spent a harrowing three months on life support after receiving a fake botulinum toxin. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect yourself from the counterfeit stuff:

  1. 1. Seek treatment from a physician who specializes in dermatology or plastic surgery.

  2. 2. Make sure the bottle containing the Botox has a holographic label that says “Allergan” (the manufacturer of Botox). The bottle should also be sealed, for botulism toxin can become ineffective within hours after it’s opened.

  3. 3. Avoid any Botox treatments that run much below $300 to $500 per treatment. Cheap treatments are a warning sign of a counterfeit product.