Archive for January, 2009

We were asked if lower facelifts pull your lips horizontally?

January 27th, 2009 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

Does a facelift unnaturally pull your lips?

A patient recently asked whether lower facelifts can unnaturally pull her lips. She wondered whether she would be better off with a ‘vertical facelift’.

Here’s the answer. The so-called vertical vector facelifts that are done via incisions in the temple area or in the lower lids to address the midface cannot adequately address the lower face and neck. While there may be some improvement in jowling with these procedures, it is usually not substantial. Any excess tension in an attempt to get more improvement of the jawline can result in movement of the hairline and other problems. Read more

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Do non-surgical nose job fillers dissolve completely?

January 26th, 2009 | Category: Rhinoplasty Philosophy,Rhinoplasty Techniques

This is a great question that we get in our practice a fair bit and that we have looked into. In fact, we in association with our colleagues reviewed the largest series of injectible rhinoplasties (non surgical nose jobs, liquid rhinoplasty) done by anyone to date. In the study we examined all the patients over a year that had non surgical nose jobs with Radiesse to see how long it lasted and what if any problems occurred. Read more

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Patient wrote asking how long after accutane do you have to wait to have Revision Rhinoplasty including Alar Base Reduction?

Accutane

As most of you are aware by now, accutane can be quite abrasive to the skin. What some may not be aware of, is how damaging rhinoplasty can be to the skin envelope when not done by an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. Sadly, we are very often presented with patients who in their previous surgery had either a hole made through the skin or because the surgeon was in an improper plane, massive amounts of scar tissue was created after surgery. Read more

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Can I have a non surgical nose job before true rhinoplasty surgery, or will a non surgical nose job prevent me from being able to have a rhinoplasty next year?

January 20th, 2009 | Category: Rhinoplasty Philosophy,Rhinoplasty Techniques

This is a great question that we get in our practice a fair bit and that we have looked into. In fact, we in association with our colleagues reviewed the largest series of injectible rhinoplasties done by anyone to date.I don’t want to make this a long diatribe about the merits of injectible rhinoplasty and if the aesthetics make a lot of sense, except to say that you should recognize that most people getting rhinoplasty want their nose at least slightly smaller whereas injectible nose jobs are by definition an augmenting procedure where the nose is made larger. Read more

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This has nothing to do with plastic surgery

January 08th, 2009 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

I just read this article online regarding Lisa Rinna saying, “I always said I wouldn’t change my face, but I did it.”

We generally avoid discussing celebrity plastic surgery, but frankly I’m confused. Are her lips not part of her face and what do injections have to do with plastic surgery?

Botox Lip Enhancement - Lisa Rianna

The article goes on to say, “Although she still likes Botox (“it doesn’t change the shape of my face,” she says), she has learned she doesn’t need so much surgery.” Read more

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Who says plastic surgery does not boost emotional health

January 07th, 2009 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

A recent Reuters Health article enjoyed a lot of coverage for its assertion that “women should consider looking beyond popular culture perspectives… before going under the knife for an emotional boost.” This conclusion was based on a study examining articles published over the last several years in popular women’s magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Chatelaine. Read more

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Nanophobia: Just when you thought it was safe to put sunscreen on

January 06th, 2009 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

Always on the forefront of beauty, Ms. Natasha Singer published a recent article in The New York Times detailing the fears that now surround nanotechnology as used in the cosmeceutical industry. For those unfamiliar, nanotechnology is the name designated for dealing with particles 100 nanometers or smaller [a nanometer being one billionth of a meter (10-9 meter)], and in particular developing materials and devices of that size. Read more

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Are Permanent Fillers Safe? Is the FDA failing in its duties when it comes to Fillers?

January 05th, 2009 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery


The questions are deliberately controversial because the truth is most of the studies done in the US and throughout the world show that Permanent Fillers like Artefill and the possibly soon to be approved Aquamid are both safe and effective. However, despite being the only permanent filler on the market, Artefill went bankrupt in December. And the question is why? Read more

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Artefill's balloon gets deflated

January 02nd, 2009 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

ArtefillRadiesse

In the last month, Artes Medical, the makers of Artefill, formally filed for bankruptcy. Artefill had the distinction of being the first permanent filler that was approved for use in the United States. It had been used in other countries under a different formulation for some time. Read more

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