Plastic surgery: something new under the sun

October 20, 2011

A new filler especially effective for under eye bags is awaiting FDA approval.
A new filler especially effective for under eye bags is awaiting FDA approval.

One thing you can count on is that the beauty industry will never designate a season to relax and let go. The drill is: glamourize and sparkle for the winter holidays, have a fresh young look for spring and work to look natural in summer. Cosmetic counters explode with new products that frequently repackage old ideas.

Not so, if you visit a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. There, you can expect steady innovation based on new technologies. Fall may be the time to put on a sweater and get injected, repigmented, lasered and frozen. The October 2011 issue of Elle describes new technology-based treatments for hair, face and body available in your doctor’s office.

Belotero is a new hyaluronic acid filler that is described as ideal for treating under eye bags and shallow nasolabial folds. Some fillers cast blue discoloration under the skin if injected too close to the surface, which is just what you don’t want under your eyes. Because Belotero has a thinner consistency than other fillers, it is a good option for superficial under eye injections. Belotero is popular in Europe but awaiting FDA approval in the United States.

The bad news on the street is that hair loss in women is on the rise. A New York City-based dermatologist says the “astounding increase” of hair loss in women is related to stress-induced testosterone production, which causes hair follicles to slow down. To jumpstart hair growth, she recommends combining Rogaine (minoxidil) with topical spironolactone (use only if you are not trying to get pregnant or are not pregnant or nursing). Another dermatologist recommends biotin supplements plus a prescription for a pharmacist-blended compound of eyelash boosting Latisse and liquid Retin-A. “The retinoid opens up the follicles and increases the penetration of Latisse.”

If you have a saggy neck and want to avoid a face lift, there is a firming treatment called ePrime for jawline and neck. Ten hair-thin needles deliver short bursts of heat to the skin’s deeper layers, stimulating collagen and elastin production. This is touted to be about 37% as effective as a face lift with only two to three days of downtime.

Venus Freeze is a body contouring treatment that uses radiofrequency to build new collagen and tighten skin on the arms, legs and tummy. According to a New York dermatologist, “It is easy, painless and has no downtime,” but you need five treatments to see results. For even faster and more precise contouring, Exilis is recommended. This machine has an ultrasound guidance system, so the powerful radio waves can be delivered to exact locations in the dermis for precise lifting and tightening.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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