Technology is to beauty as cheese is to pizza

June 24, 2011

The search for the fountain of youth is exploding with new technology.
The search for the fountain of youth is exploding with new technology.

Gone are the days when weekend packing meant flip-flops, sunscreen, beach reading and something sexy for the evening. Now, your getaway bag looks like a Radio Shack rummage sale: ipod, ipad, iphone, ereader, gps system, digital camera and the tangled gaggle of wires and chargers that keep them functional.

Likewise, in 2011, the search for the fountain of youth is all about an explosion of new technology. The May 2011 issue of Marie Claire describes new and exciting global fat melting, face plumping, butt enhancing treatments that haven’t made it to the US yet…and some that never will.

Japan has come out with LipoSonix. This noninvasive treatment, which takes 30 to 60 minutes, is advertised as dropping you down a full dress size or 2.8 cm in the waist. LipoSonix targets subcutaneous fat with a high frequency ultrasound, melting lumps by breaking them down into fatty acids that are processed and expelled through the liver and kidneys and eventually excreted. ETA in the United States is within the next 18 months, pending FDA approval.

The French have started injecting Teosyal, a hyaluronic filler available in six different viscosities that patients swear outperforms FDA-approved options like Juvederm Voluma in terms of longevity, sculpting and lifting. It is advertised as being especially good for the chin and jawbone, which lose definition with age and might otherwise require a facelift or implant. Teosyal has not yet been submitted for FDA approval, so ETA is 2013.

The Danes are offering Aquamid, a volumizing filler that will not cause a lumpy, red inflammatory response. Made of 97.5 percent water and a gel made from the same compound used in contact lenses, Aquamid is easily drained in case of under-skin infections. It is best used for age- or weight-related hollowness in the face or cheeks. Since inflammation risk is so low, more material can be injected in fewer treatments than with other fillers. ETA in the US is within the next year, pending FDA approval.

Then there’s the butt. In Brazil, South Americans are being injected with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), which is actually a form of the acrylic plastic used in Plexiglas. In a half-hour treatment, PMMA purports to recontour buttocks to create curves, without the scars and expense of surgery. Potential complications include migration (traveling material), infection or embolization in which the PMMA enters blood vessels. ETA in the US: probably never (be thankful for that!).

If you’re eager to be safely melted, plumped or enhanced for the summer, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon at the American Society for A 


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