Archive for July, 2012:

The Buzz on Belotero

Have you heard about Belotero, the latest entry into the facial fillers line-up? It can get confusing with all the players in the hyaluronic acid fillers field, so we thought we might help clear up some of the confusion.

Much like Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane, Belotero is hyaluronic acid dermal filler for the superficial lines and moderate to severe wrinkles on the face and is designed to add subtle volume and plumpness to facial tissue. This hyaluronic acid-based gel offers natural looking results with little recovery time. Since the gel is softer than most other products on the market, it integrates into facial skin more easily and adapts to facial contours. Of the patients who have been treated with Belotero, many have stated that they see immediate results with reduction of wrinkles but the results are more natural and subtle when compared with other HA fillers.

Belotero, developed by Merz Aesthetics, has been in use in Europe for several years and has been recently approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in the United States. The side effects have been the typical ones for facial fillers; some temporary bruising, redness or swelling for certain patients.

As we see it, the main difference between Belotero and some of the other HA fillers, is that it is designed to treat superficial facial lines and moderate to severe wrinkles that are closer to the surface of the skin. At times, in inexperienced hands, facial fillers such as Juvederm leave a bluish hue under the skin called the Tyndall Effect, when it is injected too superficially, particularly under the eyes.

Another benefit of Belotero is that it claims to last longer than other HA fillers, which claim to last up to 12 months. This is rare as most people see results for about 3-6 months following treatment with typical HA products. Merz claims that Belotero lasts on the average of 12 months compared to 6-8 for Juvederm. We’ll have to wait and see on this one.

Belotero may find a special niche in the dermal facial filler industry by allowing physicians to treat superficial fine lines without the worry about the Tyndall Effect. The natural ability of the product to be absorbed into the skin will make it useful for treatments ranging from lines around the mouth, under the eyes where skin is the thinnest, and for the lines between the eyes.

To find out more about Belotero or other dermal fillers, contact the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today.

Archive for July, 2012:

The Buzz on Belotero

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is done to improve upper eyelid contour and smoothen hollows, bags, and puffiness of the lower eyelid. It is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure that thousands of men and women undergo each year. Before choosing to have eyelid surgery, it is important to know some myths and facts about the procedure.

Myth 1.) Eyelid surgery will remove crow’s feet.
Fact ) The appearance of crow’s feet is a result of the repeated movement and contraction of eyelid muscles near the upper cheek and eye. Whenever a person smiles or blinks or talks, the muscles contract and a skin wrinkle is formed. These lines become permanent after many years. Eyelid surgery removes fat that causes bags and tightens the skin around the eyelid. However, the muscles will continue to contract and still cause crow’s feet.
Myth 2.) Blepharoplasty will remove upper eyelid hooding that is caused by sagging of the eyebrow.
Fact) In order to restore the upper eyelid and make it look younger, an eyebrow lift must be performed.
Myth 3.) A scar will be visible on the lower eyelid following a lower eyelid surgery.
Fact) Incisions can be created on the crease so that they are no longer visible. Location and pattern of incisions as well as resulting scars will be discussed during consultation.
Myth 4.) Eyelid surgery will remove dark circles under the eyes.
Fact) Dark circles under the eye are not corrected by blepharoplasty. Circles may even worsen if too much fat is removed during blepharoplasty.
Myth 5.) Eyelid surgery is permanent.
Fact) It depends greatly on the patient and such factors as skin elasticity, weight loss and gain, and genetics. The surgery will not stop the aging process. Then again, the results can be long lasting for upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be done more than once.

Although a blepharoplasty can not stop the aging process, it can do a great deal toward making you look younger, less tired, and refreshed. Contact Dr. Ringler today and learn more about eyelid surgery.

Archive for July, 2012:

The Buzz on Belotero

A recent study published in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), indicates that women who have had breast augmentation surgery report substantial improvement in several areas of quality of life.

The study, headed by Dr. Colleen McCarthy of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York developed and evaluated a questionnaire, called the
BREAST-Q, ®, which looked at health related quality of life issues following breast implant surgery..

The study examined the satisfaction with the breasts following surgery, psychosocial, sexual and physical well-being and satisfaction with the care that they received. The study involved 41 women who answered the questionnaire six months prior to breast augmentation surgery and six months following the surgery.

The results showed significant improvement in 3 of the 6 areas. Using a 0- 100 point scale, the group results indicated an increase from 27 to 70 in the satisfaction with their breasts, from 45 to 78 for psychosocial well-being and from 35-72 for sexual well-being. Over 80 percent of women reported “significant improvement” in satisfaction in these three areas. The gains in quality of life post breast augmentation surgery were considered to be very large.

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the United States, with more than 300,000 women opting for implants in 2011. For women who are dissatisfied with the shape or size of their breasts, the study indicates that quality of life changes are possible following breast augmentation in the areas of self-perceived attractiveness and sexuality.

It is the hope of the authors of the study that the BREAST-Q® can help provide “tangible evidence” of patient satisfaction as well as improving communication between surgeons and their patients regarding anticipated results.

For more information about breast augmentation or to schedule a consultation, please call Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Steven Ringler at 616.328.8800

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