Archive for March, 2008
Many patients ask us if there are any vitamins or supplements we can recommend that will speed up healing after surgery. Arnica and Vitamin E seem to be the current favorites.
A recent study showed 55% of cosmetic surgery patients use herbal medications or supplements compared to 24% of the general population. Read moreNo comments
About a year ago, the makers of Botox came out with their new filler, Juvederm. And in an interesting marketing ploy, they allowed physicians from around the country to treat 10,000 patients with Juvederm for free who had previously been treated with Restylane. The idea was that it would get their name out there and allow doctors experience with the new product.
In this way, the makers of Juvederm believed that they would by year end probably get 10% of the injectable filler market which was largely dominated by Restylane. The result: by year end it appears that Juvederm had captured some 25% of the patients who were getting injectible fillers.
You might be wondering, so what does this all mean? Read moreNo comments
Rhinoplasty is different for men and women in almost every respect starting out with facial aesthetics. While there is a lot of individual variation, facial aesthetics differ substantially between the sexes. In general, compared to women, the following features are considered more masculinizing and, therefore, more desirable for most men: Read moreNo comments
Who wouldn’t want a more permanent option for filling deeper facial folds and creases?
Well that option is finally here. We are now offering Artefill treatments here at Profiles. Artefill is an injectable gel that consists of permanent microspheres of PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) suspended in dissolvable bovine collagen and a local anesthetic to improve comfort. There is about 20% PMMA to 80% collagen. The collagen allows the microspheres to be injected smoothly. As the collagen slowly dissolves, your body responds by surrounding the microspheres with your own collagen, thus maintaining the beneficial result.
Why haven’t I heard of Artefill before now? Read moreNo comments
The facial filler market is getting very crowded lately. Everyone is searching for the holy grail- the perfect filler. It should be smooth, resilient, reliable, free of side effects – and, oh yeah, PERMANENT. To date, Artefill is the one and only permanent filler FDA-approved for cosmetic facial use. But, there are a number of long-lasting fillers coming down the pike. One of these is liquid silicone.
Liquid silicone has been quietly used for decades by its supporters who claim it provides superior handling and results, especially when used carefully with a microdroplet technique. That may be true in most cases. However, there has been a healthy number of very serious reactions to liquid silicone, resulting in nodules, lumps, and severe inflammation that is near impossible to treat. What’s worse is that a reaction may occur many years after the initial injection and the material may migrate over time to unwanted areas. Read moreNo comments
Along with all the glitz and glamour that we see and read in the run up to the Oscars, there is always a host of information about all the peels, Botox, injectibles, lasers, and nips and tucks that the stars get done to get ready for the big day. However, what is really interesting is that the truth is that cosmetic surgery is no longer the province of the rich and celebrated. Long gone are the days when in order to have facial plastic surgery you had to pay cash or write a check up front. Read moreNo comments
How is it that anyone can look in the mirror these days without screaming? I mean, who can stand to look at her naked truth sans the benefits of airbrushing? We have a very high resolution camera in the office that we use for photo imaging and nobody, and I mean nobody, likes it. We are so used to looking at silky smooth computer-aided skin and perfectly sculpted features in ads and billboards that the mere sight of a blemish or, dare we say, imperfection is enough to send everyone running for the hills.
That’s why the recent Dove Real Beauty Campaign is so refreshing for people. You can check out one of their excellent and slightly shocking videos at: Read moreNo comments
A bump seen in the profile view is one of the most common concerns we see in patients seeking Rhinoplasty. Many wonder about or ask whether they can achieve a perfectly straight-line profile after surgery? You may have seen Rhinoplasty results such as these or those that go one step further and scoop out the nasal bridge.
The fact is that even beautiful unoperated noses are NEVER perfectly straight in profile. You could even say that nature hates a straight line since all of our features are made up of gentle curves and geometric shapes. Read more2 comments
I am African American and am considering rhinoplasty. Is your rhinoplasty technique different for me?
In general, people have always identified African American noses as ones with a wide, short nasal bridge with wide nostrils. However, in point of fact there is tremendous variability in every parameter of the African American nose: including nostril shape and flare, nasal length, skin thickness, columella length, nasal projection, and bridge height. Unfortunately people continue to try to “pigeon- hole” African Americans into one type.
This African American patient is an example of some of the typical concerns addressed in an Ethnic Rhinoplasty. This young woman was unhappy with her lack of tip projection and definition, and the width and flare of her nostril base. She had a columellar strut, tip graft, and dorsal graft placed and an alar base reduction. In the After photo to the right, you can see that her tip projection and definition are improved and her nostril width and flare are reduced substantially. This reduction can be done naturally with inconspicuous scars and without the tell-tale pinched look that results in a very unnatural-looking nostril base.
All this being said, what we have found is that if we were to compare our average African American nose to our average Caucasian nose, we find that our African American patients tend to have: Read moreNo comments