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Say “Adios” to Acne Scars

acne-free faceThe Coolaser shows remarkable success in diminishing acne scars & pitting. A 2-step process including dermal fillers may all but eliminate even severe scarring.

Acne is bad enough when it first occurs, whether during the teen years or later in adulthood. Severe cases can leave unsightly and embarrassing scars, pitting and skin unevenness that can remain for a lifetime. Over the years, many treatments which were developed to attempt to lessen the scars have had mixed results, leaving millions unhappy with their appearance and with a resulting loss of self-confidence.

Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Beverly Hills has seen firsthand the effects of facial acne through frustrated clients who have tried everything to smooth out the affected areas left on their faces. “The problem is complicated because the scars often vary greatly in shape, type and color”, says Dr. Ourian. “An individualized treatment plan should take into consideration all the factors present in the person’s skin. For many people, facial acne scars can be successfully treated with Coolaser resurfacing.”

For more severe scarring and pitting, a 2 step process can yield beautiful results:

  1. Coolaser treatment
  2. Use of dermal fillers to build up the pitted areas.

“The Coolaser treatments act as a sort of sanding down of the surfaces of the skin so that the scars become less deep and therefore less noticeable”, says Dr. Ourian. The typical treatment takes about an hour. First, the entire face is numbed, using a topical cream. After this is done, a series of light pulses are flashed on the surface of the skin. Then a beam of light removes the outermost layer of the skin. The skin cells absorb the energy of the light. The absorption causes the instantaneous vaporization of the superficial cells.

A single session may not treat the acne scars entirely if they are too deep. These deeper acne scars can be corrected by injections under the skin to fill in or build up the pitted areas. The injections are done with dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Juvéderm or Restylane. At the consultation appointment Dr. Ourian will determine if Coolaser resurfacing alone will treat the acne scars or if a combination of resurfacing and fillers are needed.

Fat Transfer to the Face in Los Angeles

Fat transfer to the face is a popular procedure for people in Los Angeles to rejuvenate the face. Aging is a normal and natural process. As we age, we lose collagen and some of the other facial structures, such as elastin fibers. They become less elastic. This loss of structure allows wrinkles and creases to form in the face. The formation of wrinkles and creases can be hastened by certain activities such as smiling, smoking, and squinting. Any repetitive activity can cause wrinkles to form.
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Fat Transfer to the Face in California

Are you considering a fat transfer to the face in California? Here is a little information about the procedure. First of all, this procedure is not a face lift, although it can be done in conjunction with a full face lift. It is called a facial rejuvenation. A fat transfer to the face is an outpatient procedure that will be done in your physician’s office.
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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Emotional Ups and Downs After Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery will not only affect your body, but it can also affect your mind, and this may not necessarily be a positive thing. Anticipation of the surgery, while exciting, can also be draining and stressful. If you are used to seeing your particular flaw every day, as much as you may not have liked it, its disappearance after plastic surgery may leave you disappointed and sad. In addition, family members may notice that the flaw is gone, and their hesitation to approve of your decision to remove it may make you uncomfortable. Lastly, the bruising and swelling, as well as overall pain and discomfort, may add to your depression.

Depression after surgery is nothing new. In fact, the symptoms are similar to post partum depression. Disapproval from others, whether verbal or non-verbal, can make you feel angry and alone. Long stares from strangers can do the same. By the same token, the results can feel positive as opposed to negative.

Those who are prone to depression and anxiety, as well as personality disorders, are more likely to experience postoperative depression. Many plastic surgeons provide pre- and postoperative counseling to help their patients make the transition, no matter how minor the surgery.

Confidence in Oneself

While plastic surgery can help improve self esteem, you must have a positive image of yourself before you ever undergo a procedure. Ideal candidates do not believe their lives will change completely for the better after surgery; they think positively about themselves in general, and see plastic surgery as a way to eliminate a flaw or problem area.

Great Expectations

Having realistic expectations for your plastic surgery experience is crucial to having a positive mindset later. Remember, the point of plastic surgery is to improve a specific area of your body. It will not necessarily change your life, although this is often a pleasant side effect.

In a study done in 2005, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons noted that 75 percent of the respondents stated that they chose the procedure for an improvement in appearance and a more active lifestyle. The same percentage felt they had many more emotional and psychological rewards after the procedure. 45 percent also noted that they felt more attractive, and felt that they were benefited by it.

Important Things To Know

Make sure you discuss what your expectations are with your doctor. This will help you and your doctor synthesize your information, and keep you from developing unrealistic ideas about your surgery. Your doctor will also be able to discuss different procedures with you that may give you the results you want. It is important to distinguish between liposuction and a tummy tuck, and your doctor can help you make that kind of clarification. This kind of communication can help you figure out exactly what type of surgery you need to get your desired look.

In addition, you should go over your medical information with your doctor. Cosmetic surgery can be as small as cutting off a skin tag or as major as a facelift; it is in your best interest to give your doctor as much information as you can so he can do the best job possible. In addition, your doctor may need to know some important information that you may not think is important. Do you have sleep apnea? Are you a heavy bleeder? Do you have a family history of circulation problems? Answering these questions may not mean you are disqualified from surgery, but your honest responses could very well keep you alive on the operating table.

Patients who may be subject to great emotional changes will be screened by the plastic surgeons during their first consultation. Again, if you show signs of this, you may still be able to get surgery, but you may also be given a few precautionary measures to keep you safe.

For those who are a high risk, the surgeon may recommend counseling before agreeing to do surgery. These would include:

  • Patients going through divorce or other severe psychological stress may not be ready for surgery at that time,
  • Patients with a desire to look “perfect” may also not be ready.
  • Patients with mental issues will need to have their psychologist and their surgeon working as a team in order to qualify. This will not only consist of an evaluation of the patient’s mental stability, but any medications taken before or after the surgery.

These precautions may seem time consuming and pointless, but as the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is better for the doctor to be fully prepared going into surgery than to have him attempt to rectify a potentially deadly situation.

Bride and Groom Makeovers: Pre Wedding Cosmetic Surgery

wedding-cosmetic-surgery(Author: An anonymous bride-to-be)

As a bride-to-be, I spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to look my best on my wedding day. I’m trying to diet and take care of my skin, and definitely considering some cosmetic surgery. Liposuction for my love handles or something to relieve the bag under my left eye would be perfect. But before you think I’m a narcissistic woman focused only on her appearance, note that I’m not alone. Record numbers of brides—and even grooms—are choosing to have cosmetic surgery done as their big day approaches. And all of them are doing it for the same reason—to look their very best. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, says that he’s watched this trend grow over the past few years. “For most couples this is the biggest day in their lives and the attention is focused entirely on them, ” says Dr. Ourian, “it’s not really a surprise that they want to look their absolute best. And don’t forget the photos; the party is only one day but the wedding photos are forever.”

There are a number of different types of cosmetic surgery options for brides and grooms. Here are a few of them:

Injectables and Fillers

These are great for brides in their late 20’s, 30’s or 40’s who don’t need more in depth surgery, but want to get rid of facial lines. Dr. Ourian cautions that the procedure should be done several weeks ahead of time, to allow for any possible bruising and swelling an opportunity to fade. Full results may take a week to be visible, and the bride or groom may need a touchup as well.

Botox may also be used to alleviate sweating. A quick Botox injection will help a nervous couple get through their vows without staining their clothing, and definitely cut back on dry cleaning bills for the day.

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery

Older brides may need some extra help before their weddings. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or full facelifts will help tighten excess skin, fat or muscle. But these are very invasive procedures, and recovery will not be nearly as fast as with a simple injectable or filler. It is advised that patients give themselves at several months to fully recover from the surgery.

Lipo Before “I Do”

Brides and grooms will do just about anything to lose weight for the big day. They will try every diet on the market, and work out till they drop, but all the diet and exercise in the world may not get rid of the last few stubborn spots—love handles, spare tires, or saddlebags. Liposuction can help get rid of these fat deposits in the abdomen, hips, buttocks, back, or neck. For best results, liposuction should be done at least a month ahead of time to allow your body to fully heal.

Body Contouring

A friend decided to undergo bariatric surgery before her wedding and went from 300 pounds to a svelte 145. The problem? Now she has a great deal of excess skin, which is hampering her self esteem. Brides and grooms who undergo this type of surgery may find themselves in the same boat. Body contouring surgery can eliminate the extra skin, and allow the bride to get that sleeveless wedding dress she always wanted, or the groom to show off his newly flat stomach out on the beach. Unlike the rest of these surgeries, however, it is strongly recommended that the patient have the contouring done in stages. At least three operations should be done, with healing time accounted for, and the patient must plan for them accordingly.

Breast Enhancement

This is one of the most popular surgeries for brides. Many women may have wanted to enlarge or even reduce their breast size, and their wedding day gives them the perfect motivation to do so. Naturally, they want to look good, and they want their pictures to show them at their best. Brides who undergo breast enhancement should have it done a several months before the surgery for best results.

Skin Care

I am fortunate to have clear skin, but other bride-to-be’s may not be so lucky. They must be careful with treatments such as facials or microdermabrasion, because they can make acne worse. Microdermabrasion blasts the skin with tiny crystals to remove a layer and get rid of mild acne scars and brown spots, among other skin problems. Unfortunately, this kind of abrasion can stress the skin out, and trigger an eruption of pimples. Laser therapy, on the other hand, may be used eliminate blotches and noticeable blood vessels.

Regardless of the method you choose, remember that your wedding day is fleeting. The effects of your makeover, however, will last for years. Choose wisely, and you’ll have memories for a lifetime.

The Secrets of Botox

What is Botox?

The Secrets of BotoxBotox is the number one cosmetic procedure in the United States. In 2005, almost 3.3 million procedures were performed with Botox. To Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, Botox is almost a miracle drug. “I’m not going to say that my practice is devoted to saving lives, but the fact is we helping improve and change lives everyday. I’ve devoted my practice to helping people look better and feel better about themselves but I also administer Botox to patients that suffer from medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis, TMJ and migraine headaches. Both of those conditions are debilitating and using Botox I can help eliminate the mental anguish associated with hyperhidrosis and the physical pain of TMJ or migraines.”

How Botox Works

Wrinkles are created when the nerve cells contained within muscles release acetylcholine that, in turn, cause the muscle to contract. Eventually these contractions lead to dynamic wrinkles. Botox, medically known as OnabotulinumtoxinA, disrupts the release of acetylcholine, effectively paralyzing the muscle and preventing the contractions.

Results are typically evident within one week after treatment and should remain for a minimum of three months. Results vary among individual cases, and the results are temporary. You will need to plan for additional injections, depending on your long-term treatment goals.“In my practice we offer free touch-ups 14–21 days after the initial treatment, “ says Dr. Ourian. “I want my patients to be fully satisfied with their treatments. We’ve also set up a very successful discount program that rewards patients for returning to our office in three months for their next treatment.”

The Botox Procedure and Aftercare

Botox is administered in a doctor’s office with a series of injections. Typically the injections are done without anesthetic but, upon request, a numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area. The procedure is quick and relatively painless, though some patients may experience some discomfort. It’s important that you follow your doctor’s instructions for after care.

After Botox Treatment Instructions

  • Avoid lying down or massaging the treated area for 4 hours after treatment.
  • Do not exercise for 24 hours.
  • Exercise the treated muscles for a few hours after the treatment.
  • If you get a headache (as some people do for few hours after the treatment) you may take a Tylenol, unless otherwise advised by your physician.
  • You may take Arnica tablets if there is any bruising in the site of injections, or if you are prone to bruising.

Botox Side Effects

The most common side effects of Botox are soreness and /or bruising at the injections site, headache, and flu-like symptoms. These can often be resolved with ice packs or acetaminophen. Infrequently, a temporary condition known as ptosis can develop. This is when the eyelid droops and may last 4 to 6 weeks. Report to your doctor immediately any unmanageable pain or symptoms that is progressive or abnormal.

Do You Have Adult Acne?

Most people think of acne as something that affects only teens. But did you know that 50 percent of adult women and 25 percent of adult men suffer from it as adults? Regardless of age, you may find yourself with acne problems. Fortunately, there are plenty of new treatments on the market to help combat this issue.

What Causes Adult Acne?

So why is it, after using every cleaner and soap on the market, you can still find yourself with pimply skin? According to research, acne is caused when:

  • Bacteria reproduce at an excessive rate
  • Pores are blocked by oil and debris from the sebaceous gland
  • The sebaceous glands are large and produce a great deal of oil
  • Genetics and hormones usually play a large role in acne problems. It can also be caused by side effects of medications, pregnancy hormones, menopause, stress, oily makeup and profuse sweating.

When a pore is blocked by bacteria and oil, it cannot function correctly. This can lead to whiteheads, swelling, pus or fluid filled bumps, and scars. As with teens, adult acne often affects the face. However, it can also affect the arms, buttocks, legs and torso.
Adult acne can leave sore, itchy, burning spots on the face. It can also be physically distracting, leading to low self esteem. Adults who rely on their appearance for work or relaxation are especially interested in treatments and remedies.

Aesthetic Medicine Today and Tomorrow (part 2)

Fillers, From Animals to Sugar

The fastest growing segment of cosmetic science has been in the area of fillers. Bovine collagen, porcine collagen, and synthetic versions of calciums and sugars in humans are the favored methods for plumping up lips and cheeks, as well as filling in wrinkles and facial folds.

“I’m not one to say no one should ever get a facelift, “ Dr. Ourian states, “but with the technology available now I do think it should be the final option, not the first. With dermal fillers we can plump up areas of the face that have sunken with age. The results look natural rather than pulled.”

Bovine collagen was the most popular filler two decades ago, but patients lost interest due to potential side effects and allergy problems. Fillers using synthetic versions of hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar in the body, and calcium hydroxyapatite, or bone particles, were created to replace bovine collagen. Radiesse, Juvéderm, and Restylane are all examples of these types of fillers, and patients love them.

Dr. Ourian’s preference is the calcium hydroxyapatite filler Radiesse. This is because the bone particle fillers trigger the body to surround the material with naturally made collagen. Chin and cheek implants, once a fixture before fillers, tended to look unnatural. Fat transplants were also a method of filling in sags and wrinkles, but since natural fat is absorbed back into the body, more was needed for the injection than looked appropriate. Also, the fat would not necessarily dissolve evenly. As a result, some patients would suffer through uneven lumps at the site of injection after it started to break down.

Nose Jobs On the Run

Got a less than a perfect nose bridge? If you’ve always wanted to get rid of that little bump or indentation, it can be done in minutes by a doctor. A filler injection is made and smoothed out around the area. You’ll even have time to grab a little food before heading back to work. Touch-ups may be required for the next couple of years, and by then, science may have evolved to the point that the next one is permanent.

Waxing? Not Any More…

How do you get rid of unwanted body hair? Depilatory creams came out first, but they only kept the hair away for a day or so. Waxing was more popular, but that lasted for two weeks and could be very uncomfortable. Electrolysis was permanent, but was just as painful as waxing, and required more than one lengthy session. This is partly because each hair had to be burned out with an electric current.

Fortunately, we have moved to the next stage in hair removal. Laser hair treatments get rid of hair without burning the skin or using harsh chemicals. The laser targets the dark pigment in the hair and destroys the hair at the root. Touchups may be needed, but long term hair reduction is possible.

In the Future, I See…

Because of the speed at which technology and medicine evolve, changes can happen in months, as opposed to years. In five years, Dr. Ourian feels, patients will be less likely to get a full scale surgical procedure and be much more interested in total body approaches to regaining the appearance of youth. Many practices have already started to include a holistic approach, with skin care, med-spa and non-invasive treatments available.

Fat and blood stem cells will be used to stimulate rejuvenation of the face over the next five years, according to Dr. Ourian. The fat can be harvested from anywhere, while the blood stem cells can be taken from near the belly button. The idea is to turn the body into a self healing organism. Dr. Ourian is also looking forward to great advances in treating cellulite using non-invasive procedures to treat the unsightly affliction that is said to impact 90% of all females.

Aesthetic Medicine Today and Tomorrow

As technology and medicine advance, doctors have found even better ways to get rid of wrinkles, laugh lines, and other signs of aging. Some use existing methods, like disease fighting drugs and others use more precise instruments. As a result, first generation treatments are being outstripped by their second generation heirs. Dermal fillers once lasted three to six months; now, they can last two years or more. New minimally invasive procedures mean that we can not only get work done during our lunch break, but we’ll even have time to meet up for a bite right afterward. Intense swelling and painful abrasion are being replaced by (nearly) painless light and lasers.

We no longer have to worry about finding a place to hide while a facelift heals. Today’s skin treatments show full results in days. And in the future, that time could be cut down to hours or even minutes.

In addition, not only are the older treatments being replaced by better, faster ones, but they are often are less expensive. The economy may be improving, according to some, but people are still putting off elective procedures in the interests of saving money. Plastic surgeons and other doctors understand this, and in turn, they have reduced their prices and created effective promotions.

Dysport Moving in On Botox’s Turf

“I don’t think the introduction of Dysport will spark a price war with Botox. But it will give us another tool we can use to better serve our patients, “ says Dr. Simon Ourian, a cosmetic Dermatologist with a thriving practice in Beverly Hills. Both drugs are made from the bacteria Chlostridium botulinum, a known toxin that causes botulism in food, in minuscule amounts. Dysport was recently FDA approved, and will also be used to fight wrinkles.

Lashes Like a Newborn

Lashes Like a NewbornAllergan Inc, the makers of Botox, have stumbled upon yet another exciting discovery. Their bimatopost ophthmalmic solution, first used to treat glaucoma, was found to stimulate the growth of eyelashes in a big way. Ophthalmologists noted that their patients’ lashes were longer, darker and thicker than before. The formula was changed slightly and went through the FDA process, and the result is Latisse.

Dr. Ourian has only positive reviews of this treatment. “The application process is simple, “ he says, “and each Latisse kit comes with sterile applicators so that when used properly there is no chance for cross-contamination.” There are potential side effects, of course—itchy eyelids and skin discoloration in the eye area—but the patients seem to have no problem with them. And they’re willing to do whatever it takes to grow their lashes. “Allergan really hit the mark with Latisse, “ says Dr. Ourian. “Women spend a billion dollars a year on cosmetics to achieve the appearance of longer, fuller lashes. Latisse can actually grow your lashes.”

Accutane No Longer Available for Acne Use

Roche, creator of Accutane, is removing its acne fighting drug from the market after battling multiple court cases filed by angry patients.

Accutane was approved by the FDA in 1982. It was prescribed for severe cases of acne as a solution when other treatments had failed. The medication came with many risky side effects, such as birth defects, depression and suicide. According to the lawsuits, many of the patients developed inflammatory bowel disease as a result of taking Accutane. In addition, they claimed that they were not adequately warned of the risk.

The company, however, states that their decision to no longer produce Accutane has nothing to do with the lawsuits. They note that there are many other competitors on the market, and many of them are generic formulas. This has resulted in many patients choosing the less expensive treatment over Accutane itself. In an official statement, the company “stands by the safety of Accutane and the rigorous risk-management program Roche developed over decades of cooperation with the FDA.”

Accutane has already been removed in many other countries, such as Spain, Dennmark, France, Germany and Norway. The United States is one of the last to do so.

Fortunately, all is not lost for severe acne sufferers. Coolaser and Coolbeam, both treatments available at Epione Medical Center, are effective in the treatment of acne without chemicals.

Botox Getting Taxed? Finance Committee Mulling Cosmetic Surgery Tariff

Botax,  Botox getting Taxed?Cosmetic surgery is definitely not cheap, but if the Senate Finance Committee has its way, you’ll be paying more before you go under the knife. The federal government is considering passing a tax on “any procedure which is directed at improving the patient’s appearance and does not meaningfully promote the proper function of the body or prevent or treat illness or disease.”

The idea behind the tax is to raise money for national health care reform. Senators feel that taxing uninsurable procedures like facelifts, injectables, or liposuction is a perfectly viable solution. Surgeries that would help the patient solve physical problems, like reconstructive surgery and certain types of rhinoplasty, would be safe from taxing. Surgeries that were solely for cosmetic purposes, like breast enlargements, would be subject to taxation.

This “Botax” is not a new concept. New Jersey charges a 6% tax on non-medically necessary cosmetic surgeries since 2004. The state has not gotten the windfall it expected, unfortunately; it is making 75% less than it anticipated. As a result, critics feel a national version may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Another point raised is many of the patients who go in for cosmetic surgery—in fact, an overwhelming number—are female. Dr. Malcolm Roth, the vice president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, has noted this trend, and calls the committee’s proposal a “discriminatory tax against women”.

Is this truly a discriminatory practice in the making? Will this actually help raise money for health care reform?

The Renaissance of Cosmetic Surgery

The recession has made it difficult for people to have cosmetic surgery the way they used to. But as the economy recovers, so has the number of procedures performed. The recession has had a notable impact on every business, including cosmetic surgery. However, recent improvements have led to an upswing in the physical enhancement department. Many women 50 and below have not forsaken their beauty treatments, regardless of their financial situation.

Out of 1, 000 women polled, 63 percent (ages 18–34) and 73 percent (ages 35–49) had a positive impression on procedures that fought the aging process. And according to E-Poll Market Research, out of the 18 to 34 year olds, 44 percent stated that Botox would be a routine procedure. Botox is given by injection to remove wrinkles, crows feet, laugh and frown lines. 70 percent of these women also stated that while the bulk of cosmetic surgery patients are women, it is perfectly acceptable for a man to have work done as well.

Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, states that “Interest in cosmetic procedures is getting very strong again.” He goes on to say, “This may be a sign that our economy is on an upswing.”

The procedures that have drawn the most attention have been the ones that are inexpensive, require minimal surgery, and have a very short recovery time. Age often determines the popularity of a particular treatment, but the most common ones are as follows.

Botox: This noninvasive treatment is the most popular choice for patients over the age of 30. It is composed of very small amounts of the toxin Chlostridium botulinum, which freezes nerve impulses. This paralyzes the muscles in the area, which gives the face a much smoother look. Botox is used in the face and neck to eliminate wrinkles, lines and creases.

Chemical peels: The skin’s outer layer can be damaged by sun, wind or ordinary aging. And as time passes, skin can develop scars, wrinkles and uneven pigment. Chemical peels take care of this problem by using phenol, trichloroacetic acid or alpha hydroxy acids to remove the layer of injured skin. The chemical is applied to the skin then removed after a specified amount of time. Side effects may include redness and irritation, but these typically last for a short period of time. Aftercare instructions are provided by the doctor. If the instructions are followed properly, the patient is left with a smoother, more even appearance.

Laser skin resurfacing and Coolaser treatment: This procedure uses a laser to treat damaged skin in order to allow healthy skin to grow in its place. A numbing solution is applied to the face first. With the Coolaser treatment, the skin is cooled before the procedure takes place. Only one millionth of an inch of skin is treated at a time, which allows the doctor to control how much treatment is needed and how deeply the skin is treated. The heat from the laser stimulates the skin to produce collagen, which results in smoother, tighter skin. Side effects from this treatment can include redness and irritation as well patient’s skin is improved in appearance, and has had one of the greatest increases in use since 2005 among both sexes.

Hyaluronic acid: This injectable filler is the base chemical in Restylane and Juvederm. It gets rid of wrinkles, certain types of skin folds, and other lines on the face. It can also be used to plump up thin lips and hollows under the eyes and in the cheeks. Side effects can include soreness and swelling at the site. Depending on the product chosen, the results can last from six to eighteen months.

Liposuction: Liposuction is an invasive procedure, but it is the number one cosmetic surgery treatment chosen for people between 20 and 59. Liposuction removes fat deposits from the body, slimming and reshaping it in the process. The procedure has a much longer recovery time than any of the others listed here, and the side effects are more prominent (temporary numbness and bruising, among others) but the results can be quite impressive.

Cosmetic Surgery For Weddings

wedding-cosmetic-surgeryMany brides are nervous enough about their wedding day, and will do whatever it takes to look their best. Some start diets, while others work out endlessly. Still others visit makeup and hair artists for the perfect style. One of the latest trends is for brides to schedule plastic surgery months in advance for their wedding day. Recently, wedding dresses have become more form fitting and less forgiving than in the past. Because of this, wives-to-be have become much more focused on their appearance.

Cosmetic surgery can make the bride feel better about herself and be better prepared for her big day. Most brides are concerned about their breast size, their weight, wrinkles and other signs of aging, or skin that is not clear and smooth. As a result, breast augmentations, liposuction, Botox and Coolaser (laser skin resurfacing), are the most frequently chosen procedures. But brides, be warned—enough time should be left after the procedure to make sure that a full recovery is done. Suffering complications due to a rushed convalescence is not desirable. Six weeks is usually sufficient, but three months is the recommended time period; the lady in question will be fully healed and results will be visible as well.

Facelifts Via Stem Cell

Stem cells have created controversy since they were first discovered. Scientists are still on the lookout for ways to use them, and the cosmetic surgery industry is no exception. The company NeoStem has thrown its gauntlet into the ring by applying for a patent for stem cell face lifts. According to NeoStem these pluripotent (able to grow into any type of cell) cells are injected into the face. As they grow, they reduce signs of aging, like wrinkles and sagging, and encourage cell growth and regeneration. The skin becomes plumper and better toned over treatments.

The best part about the procedure is that stem cell facelifts are not major surgery. Healing time is only a fraction of what is needed for a traditional facelift. The patient is simply give a local anesthetic, and the injections are administered to the problem areas. Soon enough, the patient is on their way. The speed and efficiency of the process will be enough to make it very popular.

L’Oreal and its scientists are currently researching stem cells and their effects on the aging process. Their hope is to figure out how stem cells help regenerate the skin. If they reach their goal, they will have made huge strides in determining how that knowledge can be used for anti aging products. They are hoping to make their mark in the anti aging market soon.

The History And Future of Wrinkles

Research into the human genome has the potential to answer many questions for human beings. Scientists are now looking at the genome in order to find the genes that cause wrinkles. The researchers are hoping that the information they gain will help them slow down, if not stop, the aging process. Ideally, they will be able to create lotions, creams and other treatments that will help.

A group of scientists, led by Procter & Gamble, have found roughly 1, 500 genes that are connected to the aging process, thanks to genome research. After studying these genes, the team feels they have determined the major causes of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Due to this, they hope to be able to address aging itself soon.

The truth is, the best anti-aging products on the market do not do a great deal to affect the aging process. They treat the disease instead of the cure by plumping up the skin or smoothing out wrinkles. And some of the traditional beauty secrets are actually based in truth. Showing the signs of age is based in environment and genetics. The scientific team from Procter & Gamble noted the following as major factors:

  1. Photo Aging: Sunlight provides many healthful benefits, but too much can hasten the onset of wrinkles and other signs of aging. It can also affect the skin negatively by destroying the genes designed to keep skin healthy.
  2. Antioxidants: These help the skin defend itself against free radicals, but they weaken over time. Free radicals can then affect the skin and cause more wrinkles.
  3. Collagen: Unlike the genes that control hydration, the genes that control collagen destruction become more active as we get older. This may cause additional wrinkles. There may be as many as 40 genes that affect the destruction of collagen in the skin.
  4. Inflammation and/or swelling: 400 genes affect inflammation, according to the research. They also become more active as we get older, and they contribute to wrinkles as well.
  5. Hydration: The skin naturally collects and traps water. As we grow older, our skin loses its ability to do this due to the inactivity of the genes that control it. As a result, we hold less moisture in the skin and wrinkles start to develop.

In the future, researchers hope to be able to increase the longevity of healthy skin and eradicate the aging process. By identifying these genes, they have taken the first step to doing so.

Did you know Gordon Ramsay is a Botox user?

Gordon RamsayGordon Ramsay, 43 year old host of the television shows “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares” and “Hell’s Kitchen”, has confessed to using occasional Botox injections on his chin. He says, however, that his use initially stemmed from “American Idol” judge and A&R executive Simon Cowell’s comment about his chin. After that incident, he noted that “…more and more people were commenting on my chin.” He began getting Botox shots soon after and was certain that no one had noticed them.

In fact, he pointed out that when talking to his mother, “… she said, ‘Keep your chin up’. I said, ‘Yeah, well at least I’ve got a new one of those’, but it went over her head.” Of course, Ramsay may not have known that Botox injections are usually used to freeze muscles that cause wrinkles, not to fill wrinkles out. As a result, it is not surprising that few people noticed his treatments. Ideally, his choice would have been a dermal filler. Restylane, Juvederm or the newest filler on the market, Hydrelle, would have been effective for the kind of treatment he was looking for. Hopefully, someone will soon fill Ramsay in (pun intended) on the proper treatment for his problem.

Coolaser the New Facelift

When looking in the mirror, most people’s eyes are immediately drawn to their facial flaws. This can be a constant source of insecurity. While wrinkles might give us character, they can also adversely emphasize our age. Coolaser is a non-surgical method to arrest the appearance of the aging process. The treatment is relatively quick and easy, especially compared to a traditional surgical facelift, resulting in healthier and smoother skin. Continue reading

JUVÉDERM – The Liquid Facelift

My mother is a lucky woman. At the age of seventy two, she has managed to keep her skin looking young and supple. In fact, aside from her salt and pepper hair, she looks almost exactly the same as she does in her junior high school picture. Now, not all of us can be this fortunate. Over time, many of us will suffer the visible effects of aging, including wrinkles, laugh lines, and frown creases. Others of us are simply not satisfied with our overall appearance; we may feel our lips are too thin or our cheeks not full enough. Fortunately, whatever your condition, there’s a way to remedy the situation. Juvéderm can help get rid of the appearance of these age related issues and keep us looking wonderful.

Juvéderm is made up of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin and absorbs water. This is what gives collagen its fullness and elasticity, and is present in healthy, plump skin. However, over time, there is less hyaluronic acid found in the skin, and the collagen starts to lose its features. In turn, our skin becomes thinner and saggier—not a desirable development.

Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills explains further, “Hyaluronic acid plays an important role in the way your facial skin looks, feels, and functions. It’s a major component of the connective tissue matrix in the dermis—the dense, inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis. This matrix is made up of hyaluronic acid as well as two connective fibers—collagen and elastin. As we age and our skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays environmental pollutants and, our cells gradually lose the ability to produce hyaluronic acid. Our skin tissue becomes dehydrated and the collagen and elastin fibers lose their structure, resulting in a loss of skin volume and the formation of the facial wrinkles and folds.”

“However, ” concludes Doctor Ourian, “injections of Juvéderm help restore the skin to its fullness and hydrate it back to health. In fact, you don’t have to wait for the effects; they’re visible right away.”

The week before your appointment, you should avoid taking Aspirin, NSAIDs (non-steroidal and inflammatory drugs), St John’s Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E. Also, avoid any alcohol. All of these can increase bruising and bleeding on the skin. If your treatment is around your mouth, be sure to eat before your treatment, since you will be asked to avoid moving your mouth for up to four hours afterward.

First, you and your doctor will discuss your treatment. For example, what areas do you want improved and why? The doctor will evaluate you and your suitability for the treatment at this time. After that, you can schedule your treatment with Juvéderm. On your appointment day, after following the preparation instructions you were given, you arrive and the doctor begins. At your request, the doctor can numb your skin. The injections are done at specific points throughout the area, and only a tiny amount is injected at a time. The entire procedure will take 15 minutes per session. After the treatment is complete, you’ll be on your way!

After your treatment, you may experience some swelling. This will disappear in approximately twenty four hours. Tenderness and some redness are common. Also, discuss with your doctor the best time to start wearing makeup or other face products. Juvéderm is the only hyaluronic acid filler with FDA approval to last up to one year.

What is Botox?

Many people have heard of Botox, but not many know of its origin. Originally, Botox was used to treat eye conditions such as abnormal alignment of one or both eyes or eyelid muscle spasms that forced the eye to close. One doctor quickly noticed that his patients were not only pleased with the results, but wanted to continue the treatments for an entirely different reason. They had noticed that their skin had become smoother and less prone to wrinkles, and wanted to continue to maintain those positive benefits. Other physicians caught on to the trend, and Botox became the treatment of choice for wrinkles and other blemishes. Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, is a Diamond provider of Botox. This means that he is in the top 1% of Botox injectors in the United States according to Allergan, the makers of Botox.

Nowadays, Botox is so popular that people across the financial spectrum are coming in droves to have it done. Everyone from famous and wealthy individuals to housewives is getting the procedure to get young, beautiful skin. There have been rumors of “Botox parties” being held in people’s homes. No one can deny that it is definitely effective, as evidenced by the skin of celebrities all over the world.

Botox is a simple procedure that should be done in a doctor’s office. It involves an injection of botulinum toxin type A. Yes, that is the same toxin produced by food past its prime, which makes it dangerous to eat. Why is this poison being used for medical purposes? It causes paralysis of the muscles, which can be used to treat the medical conditions mentioned earlier. In tiny amounts, botulinum toxin type A can result in muscle relaxation, as opposed to paralysis. This is its purpose as Botox.

At Epione Botox is used for the reduction and or removal of: the vertical lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal forehead lines, the crow’s feet, horizontal lines in the neck and laugh lines on the nose. Botox is also used to treat hyperhidrosis and migraine headaches. Doctor Ourian is also conducting a study of the effectiveness of Botox injections along with vitamins to treat hair loss. It can be done over a lunch break, and takes effect almost immediately. The results last for roughly 3–6 months, but the more treatments received, the less you have to have. Over time, it pays for itself.

Botox may be the treatment for you if you have wrinkles or laugh lines. Epione in Beverly Hills does Botox treatments, and their patients love the results.