Plastic Surgery Procedures: Rhinoplasty, Liposuction, etc.

    • Skin-refinishing treatment: Dermabrasion Wednesday October 11, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

      The apperance of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery can be improved through Dermabrasion.  It is also sometimes used to remove the pre-cancerous growths called keratoses.  More commonly however, Dermabrasion is sought to treat deeper imperfections such as acne scars, remove freckles and to smoothen fine facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth.

      The goal is to “refinish” the skin's top layers, which is achieved by softening the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance.  Dermabrasion can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face.   

    • No excuse for looking older with Scarless Eyelid Surgery Tuesday October 10, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

      This is a rather peculiar problem – you look tired but aren’t.  Even worse is you look older when in fact you are still thirtysomething.  

      So the “droopy eyes” is not a mesmerizing look after all.  When a person starts to look constantly tired and older than actually are – it’s usually in the eyes.  Sagging, baggy eyelids can obscure a person’s best stare, and it becomes unpleasant once the eyelids become more noticeable than the eyes.    

      There are cosmetic surgery clinics offering non-surgical lifting of the eyelids through radio frequency lifting.  But a way much younger appearance can be obtained through blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery.

    • The maximum benefit: Combined Cosmetic Procedures Monday October 9, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

      Because of a person’s desire for a ‘total makeover’ or one’s hectic schedule would dictate, “getting more done in one sitting” is a clamor of late of some persons contemplating on having cosmetic surgery.

      But ‘a number of surgeries performed together at one time on a person’ is not quite a fixated trend – not yet.  Patients cannot possibly demand as much as qualified cosmetic surgeons are not always recommending this rather nippy approach to improving one’s appearance.             

    • Banish loose skin through ‘Body Lift’ Friday October 6, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

      What it is like for a slender person being forced to wear a flabbier person’s clothing – possibly for the rest of his or her life?  Such is the ‘loose skin’ – an ugly condition ‘worn’ by people who have lost significant weight, either through diet and exercise, or with help from a gastric bypass procedure.  As the pounds disappear, their body shrinks while their skin retains its stretched-out size.

      Loose skin is ‘ill-fitting’ as it is disfiguring.  Even awful than the person’s previous obese state, loose skin can be prone to odors or rashes, causing even more embarrassment.  Individuals who had experienced significant weight loss should realize that their skin would not shrink in proportion to their bodies.     

    • Correcting inverted nipples Thursday October 5, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

      Nipple inversion is when the nipple grows inwards instead of out.  Around 2% of all women complain of this condition as ‘disfiguring’, to which the degree a nipple is inverted varies from "shy" to severely retracted.  Nipple inversion can be caused by congenital deformation, carcinoma or mammary duct ectasia with periductal fibrosis.  

      Nipples that have been inverted since birth or have become inverted due to breast-feeding can be corrected.  On certain cases, recurrence of nipple inversion after surgical repair or other trauma may be also repaired.

    • The wait for ‘hair cloning’ Tuesday October 3, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

      In the thick of advancements about hair loss treatments, to include hair transplantation, hair grafting, and a host of new hair loss drugs came ‘hair cloning’, which actually first made its way in 2004 as a breakthrough cosmetic surgery news.

      Hair Cloning:

      Although that's what it's come to be called, the procedure is not exactly cloning.  Researchers working to perfect the new technique prefer the term “hair multiplication” or “follicular neogenesis.”

      The process involves a person's own DNA that's used to replicate and grow hair in a laboratory. The new hair is then transplanted to the patient's scalp.

      In this procedure a sample of hair follicle is obtained from donor and follicle-inducing cells are isolated and multiplied in lab and re-planted into the patient's scalp. By follicle cloning, with one hair-follicle hair specialists can create numerous identical hairs to cover scalp area to any extent, facilitating a dense hair growth.

      At present, 20,000 hairs is the maximum amount that can be discreetly taken from a donor site, but some patients may require up to 60,000 hairs to restore natural density. With follicle cloning, one hair has the potential to create numerous identical hairs to fill in any areas of thinning or balding.

      Relatedly, the website reported about “bioengineering of new hair” --   
      Recent advances in epithelial stem cell biology have resulted in the isolation of hair follicle stem cells, which generate hair follicles when injected into immunodeficient mice. These isolated hair follicle epithelial stem cells must be combined with 'inductive' dermal cells to produce new hair follicles. The advent of techniques for cultivating inductive dermal cells and competent epithelial stem cells creates the opportunity to bioengineer hair follicles for the treatment of hair loss.

      Today, hair cloning is still regarded as an upcoming technology that “could change the pace of cosmetic enhancements.”  Experts at The New York University Medical Center expressed the same optimism: “There is no doubt it will be a tremendous breakthrough".  There have been so many remedies for hair loss that didn't pan out. This is one that really looks like it is going to happen…hair multiplication will be available for hair restoration in three or four years.”

      And few more years the balding among us waits, because although researchers have successfully cloned hairs in lab, they are still unable to sustain the hair growth for more than a growth cycle.  Even, according to Hair Restoration Specialists in Indianapolis, only about seven percent of cloned hair actually survives transplantation.

      Along with our anticipations, we have to consider that there are still potential downsides and questions that need to be answered. For one, this process may be expensive for the consumer. And not any sooner can this technology be widely available in the market because of the painstaking processes and specialized tools involved.


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