There are common plastic surgery procedures, such as facelifts and breast augmentation that have been performed for decades. To battle aging, people may turn to cosmetics in order to look more youthful. Recently, there has been an increase in superficial procedures that may be extremely unnecessary and dangerous. Here is a look at some new and surprising cosmetic procedures. Continue reading
Since the skin on the hands is incredibly thin and subject to the daily wear and tear of life, these areas are the first parts of the body to show the visual signs of aging. These signs can be reversed with hand rejuvenation treatments such as laser resurfacing, and filler injections. Continue reading
In today’s world, who is not aware of usage and efficiency of dermal fillers. Collagen fillers have been known to rule the minds of beauty and youth seekers for a long time. However, now Perlane injections are quickly replacing collagen fillers. Yet, unlike collagen, Perlane injection is free from animal products. In addition, Perlane contains hyaluronic acid, which is a substance naturally found in human body. Continue reading
There are a lot of new and long used injectable skin fillers for use in plumping out tissue and getting rid of skin irregularities. Let’s take a look at some of them. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, a leading independent specialty pharmaceutical company based in the U.S., recently invited Dr. Simon Ourian to participate in a meeting of the company’s advisory board. Ourian, medical director of Epione Medical Corporation in Beverly Hills, joins an elite group of the world’s top physicians selected based on their expertise and reputation as leading injectors.
First launched in 1988, Medicis is a leading manufacturer of branded prescription products in a number of therapeutic and aesthetic categories. The company’s products are widely used by physicians and patients and have earned a reputation for their clinical effectiveness, high quality and cosmetic elegance. Medicis’ products include Restylane, Dysport, Perlane, and Esoterica, among others.
As people age, they develop wrinkles. Fortunately, we now have dermal fillers to help combat the signs of aging. These are popular because they can get rid of wrinkles in various places, such as around the outside of the eyes and between the eyebrows. They can also fill out lips and make the patient look younger without investing a great deal of time or needing extensive healing. There are potential side effects to this treatment, as with all cosmetic treatments. Swelling can take place, as can allergic reactions to the filler itself. The recipient may also need booster treatments over time, as the fillers tend to be absorbed into the skin. The choices include:
Restylane: Restylane is a dermal filler that is made from hyaluronic acid. This acid occurs naturally in the skin. Once scientists were able to synthesize it, it became the first non-animal hyaluronic acid on the market. It can be used for laugh lines (wrinkles around the nose and mouth), shadows under the eyes, and to fill out lips. Before Restylane, dermal fillers were made from collagen obtained from cows or created from silicone or human fat. Since hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, the chances of the patient having an allergic reaction to the substance is very low. Restylane can last for up to 18 months. Currently, it is the most popular dermal filler on the market.
Perlane: Perlane is very similar to Restylane in that it is made from the same ingredient and produced by the same company. The difference is in how long it lasts. Perlane will last for up to 6 months, as opposed to Restylane’s 18. Perlane was approved in 2007, so it is one of the newest products available.
Radiesse: This product is made up of microspheres which are made up of calcium. The manufacturer states that it promotes collagen growth, which helps fill out wrinkles and other signs of aging. When the body is confronted with a foreign substance, it automatically begins to produce collagen.
Evolence: Evolence was approved in 2008. It is made from collagen obtained from pigs; pig systems are remarkably similar to human systems, which would account for the collagen use here.
How does the patient determine which filler is best? The truth is, there is no one best filler; there is only the best filler for the patient’s needs. By communicating with their doctor and outlining their expectations, it is possible to find the right filler for their situation.
Many plastic surgeons are suffering from the downturn in the economy as people postpone or cancel their costly cosmetic surgery procedures. But renowned cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Simon Ourian M.D. says that these very same people are turning to him, and his center Epione Beverly Hills, for the minimally invasive procedures in which he specializes.
March 22, 2009 — The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), just released a new survey showing there were more than 10 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2008. That’s about 1 million fewer than in 2007, representing a 12% decrease in the total number of cosmetic procedures. The survey does seem to indicate though a clear shift toward noninvasive procedures The ASAPS has been conducting these surveys since 1997 and cosmetic procedures are up and average of 65% since 1997, minimally invasive procedures are up 239%.
“It is important to appreciate the distinction between invasive surgical procedures and minimally invasive procedures, ” states Dr. Ourian, “in order to understand the numbers. In the simplest sense invasive procedures typically involve the skin being cut. While some invasive procedures are now performed in-office most still require an operating room of some sort. To make these procedures more appealing to potential patients plastic surgeons are performing some under a local, rather than general, anesthesia.”
“Some examples of invasive procedures are: breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery. The costs are high because patients typically have to pay for the time of their plastic surgeon as well as the time of an anesthesiologist and the use of an operating theater. A hidden cost, but one which I’m sure is on the minds of more consumers than ever, is the downtime. If you can’t work, you can’t earn a living. And even if you’re taking paid time off to recover, I think people aren’t sure leaving their job for a week or more is a good idea these days.”
“Minimally invasive procedures on the other hand”, continues Dr. Ourian, “offer long-lasting results and little to no downtime, typically at a fraction of the cost of invasive cosmetic surgery.”
According to Allergan Inc. the manufacturer of Botox, Dr. Ourian’s Epione Beverly Hills is the busiest Botox office in Southern California. “I certainly pride myself on this, ” notes Dr. Ourian, “but minimally invasive procedures means a lot more than Botox these days. I am a big proponent of dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Restylane, Juvéderm, and Perlane. With a simple injection or series of injections I can eliminate wrinkles and facial folds.”
“I know that these are difficult times for some of my colleagues who are excellent plastic surgeons and Dermatologists, ” concludes Dr. Ourian, “but we still maintain a waiting list. Some procedures such as Botox and laser hair removal are as popular today as they’ve ever been. We also offer a line of skin care products.”
Dr. Ourian’s Epione Medical Corporation, located in Beverly Hills Golden Triangle, is among the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art laser and aesthetic surgery centers. Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer for laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Botox, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. These treatments are used for correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, acne scar removal, skin discoloration, lip enhancement, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, unwanted hair, and tattoos, cellulite, and tens of others. For further information please contact (888) 951-3377.
Perlane, the Latest filler from Europe
Perlane, part of the Restylane family, was approved by the FDA in May 2007 and has just come on the market. At Epione we are pleased to be among the first offices to make Perlane available to its patients. The difference between Restylane and Perlane is the hyaluronic acid gel particles in Perlane are larger than those found in Restylane. This means that you will get even better contouring and added volume for those deeper facial wrinkles and folds and lips. Perlane treatments should last about six months. Continue reading