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Medical tourism is a growing trend when it comes to plastic and cosmetic surgery. Some Americans believe that they can get the same cosmetic procedures for a lower cost outside the U.S.

Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and Colombia are the most popular destinations among American medical tourists. An interesting fact: some of the better surgeons were actually trained in Cuba. There are a lot of excellent doctors in Latin America and the equipment they use is often comparable to that available in the laser clinics in the U.S. You just have to do your own research to avoid complications.

Importance needs to be placed on researching the doctor’s credentials and experience because you want a doctor who is qualified and will take good care of you. As far as the cost… These days you can get excellent deals within a reasonable driving distance from your home. Plastic surgeons and medical spas in the U.S. is a very saturated business. There is a lot of competition and a lot of top notch experts in both surgical and non-invasive procedures. Give them a chance at a free consult before you board an airplane! Guess where the Swiss are going to save money on cosmetic surgery? The U.S.!

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  • Nationwide, a growing number of people are turning to cosmetic procedures to put their best face forward as they look for a job – or try to hold on to the one they have. A survey of physicians by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery showed that 75 percent of them said they had treated patients who requested facial plastic surgery to stay competitive in the workplace.

    ”Youth is becoming more and more emphasized in the workplace,” said Dr. Steven Pearlman, past president of the organization.  “The seasoned experts, once pictured in ads with lots of wrinkles, have been replaced by young go-getters with multiple degrees and the appearance of boundless energy.” Read the whole story published by Miami Herald.

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  • For thousands of years, body hair has been viewed as a legacy from prehistoric times and as the expression of the wildly libidinous and animal tendencies of Homo sapiens. For many cultures, trimming, plucking and twirling out pubic hairs is just part of life.

    This article in San Francisco Sentinel is a vivid explanation of why laser hair removal is so popular and bound to remain the most desired laser procedure as more consumers become aware of this permanent hair reduction option.

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  • Get this from the pros: “These days, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect your skin to get better as you age — no matter what the date on your driver’s license,” says Dr. Ranella Hirsch, president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and a cosmetic dermatologist in Cambridge, Mass.

    There are many “secrets” to good looking skin for you 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. Dr. Hirsch published a very good decade-by-decade skin care guide on MSNBC today. Strongly recommended read. It is an excellent blend of skin care recommendations and professional laser treatments.

    All basic recommendations are very good and applicable to many. However, the true secret to your healthy and young looks is knowing what will actually work on your skin. It’s hard to figure it out without a little help from an aesthetic professional, and an educated consumer can get a lot more from a visit to an aesthetic laser clinic.

    Regular skin care may be beneficial in the long run. You can spend thousands on latest cosmeceuticals and medical grade creams and lotions. Provided you can afford the expense and the time needed to follow the regimen you may have great skin well into your 50s. Bear in mind though, sun exposure may ruin months of hard work and patience in a few minutes.

    Sun avoidance and sun protection are by far the most important factors determining health and looks of your skin. Everything else is secondary.

    Light-based and radio frequency based technologies offer a totally different level to skin care. There are many safe and non-invasive lasers, intense pulse light and LED machines, which will make a big difference in providing a real skin texture improvement, new collagen formation, skin tightening and plumping.

    More about aesthetic lasers and skin.


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  • Using Dermal Fillers? And You?

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    Botox and dermal fillers are household terms these days and people are no longer shy to talk about it. In fact, according to survey statistics released today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nearly 9 out of 10 respondents (87 percent) openly discuss their dermal filler treatments with others, and 7 out of 10 (70 percent) receive support from the people they told.

    This trend shows that aesthetic injectable treatments continue to evolve into mainstream and widely accepted options for the everyday use. Survey results found that the typical aesthetic injectable patient is a married, working mother between 41-55 years of age with a household income of under $100,000. The survey also found that women receiving aesthetic injectable treatments are health-conscious and philanthropy minded, with the majority incorporating exercise (95 percent) and healthy eating habits (78 percent) into their lives, and many volunteering with charitable organizations that matter to them (32 percent).

    In addition, nearly seven out of 10 respondents believe that BOTOX® Cosmetic (72 percent) and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers (65 percent) are important parts of their aesthetic routine. “Most people have great success with BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers; however, we need to make patients aware that even though injectables are not ’surgery,’ their administration is a medical procedure with risks that depend on the training and experience of the clinician, the clinical setting and the technique used,” says Laurie Casas, MD involved in the survey.

    Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers ranked as the third most popular procedure performed last year. The most common injectable dermal fillers are Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, Zyderm and Zyplast, and Bio-Alcamid.

    Dermal fillers are being used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, raise scar depressions, enhance lips, and replace soft-tissue volume loss.

    Types of Dermal Fillers

    Several classes of dermal fillers are marketed in the United States today. They include:

    • collagen based fillers (i.e. Zyplast and Cosmoderm),
    • hyaluronic acid based fillers (i.e. Restylane and Hylaform), and
    • calcium hydroxyl apatite fillers such as Radiesse.

    New promising dermal fillers are in development that will offer superior capabilities in the future.

    Autologous (your own) fat is also used as a dermal filler. Your surgeon can take fat from one area (where you do not want it) and inject it into another (where you want it, such as facial wrinkles, or any other area with a loss of volume). This procedure is called lipoinjection or lipografting.

    Injection of fillers usually requires the use of either a topical numbing cream or a local injection of numbing medication. Then, using a small needle, the dermal filler is injected into each wrinkle or scar that requires treatment. Some mild burning and stinging is normal and quickly resolves.

    The results can last from three months to five years, depending on the filler being used. Collagen provides the shortest duration with effects lasting anywhere from three to six months. Restylane tends to last a bit longer with effects lasting from six months to one year. Radiesse can provide results that last greater than 3 years.

    Dermal Fillers and Lasers

    These two are very compatible. In fact, if your aesthetic physician is trained and has lasers, he or she can enhance your results dramatically by doing a combination treatment, which may stimulate the growth of new collagen and improve the skin texture. Typically IPL or laser photo rejuvenation (photo facial) is done as a separate procedure. An advanced aesthetic clinic will be able to offer a dermal filler-laser treatment combination in one seating.

    Dangers of Botos and dermal fillers

    Bad economy continues to cause growth in aesthetic medicine: the use of Botox and anti-wrinkle dermal fillers is on the rise, and physicians are looking for extra income by offering non-invasive treatments. Many patients are looking for inexpensive alternatives to cosmetic surgeries and good deals. But cheap may not work in this field.

    We hear from many aesthetic physicians that diluting Botox vials and dermal fillers to save costs has become a wide spread practice among non-medical providers advertising prices below the actual cost. This is a bad way to save money for patients and an extremely dangerous way for providers to cut costs.

    Bad treatments and improper use of botulinum toxin (Botox, BTXA, Dysport, Myobloc, Neurobloc and Xeomin) and dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, Zyderm and Zyplast, Bio-Alcamid, etc., can lead to exaggerated or droopy arches, uneven brows, drop of the lip, impaired speech, drooling or worse. A Botox party or a deep discount at a spa may cost double or triple to repair a cheap injection.

    Watch this news report from Texas about the dangers of dermal fillers.

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  • Aesthetic medicine experts are sure of this. Manufacturers are hoping for this. Consumers at large are beginning to realize this. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery has produced another confirmation that THIS is happening.

    “Cosmetic-surgery technology is advancing at the speed of light. As we learn more about the cosmetic uses for lasers, the more patients benefit from effective results and quicker recovery time. It is an exciting time for both cosmetic-surgery patients and physicians.” – says Patrick McMenamin, M.D., president of the AACS.

    Cosmetic surgeons have seen a huge increase in patients opting for laser resurfacing. Over the past three years, the number of men undergoing the procedure has increased 456 percent, females, 215 percent.

    Cosmetic surgeons have seen a 29 percent increase in their female clientele over the past year. Despite economic woes, women are continuing to invest in their appearances.

    The top three most frequently performed cosmetic-surgery procedures are: liposuction, blepharoplasty and breast augmentation.

    The most popular noninvasive procedures are Botox injections, laser hair removal and treatment with hyaluronic-acid fillers.

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