Fourth Quarter 2010, Volume 24, Number 4

Medical advances benefit the consumer

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Medical advances benefit the consumer

P atients who choose cosmetic surgery today are benefiting from advanced technologies, cuttingedge techniques, and innovative products. These developments have led to more affordable options and less recovery time.

Technology
New tools are being used in surgery, such as the 3-D endoscope. It provides better accuracy and clarity for the surgeon. In reconstructive surgery, the latest software uses complex algorithms to generate patient-specific designs for rebuilding.

Two types of lasers used for skin rejuvenation are CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers. These lasers have been around for a long time; however, new technologies have made them more precise and less damaging for the skin. A relatively new laser is the Fraxel laser, which fractionates the beam of light into thousands of microscopic lasers. When passed over the skin, it creates miniscule tunnels that promote new collagen growth with no pain and no downtime. The treatment usually requires several sessions to achieve the desired results. Technology has revolutionized both major surgeries and minor procedures; it is key to the evolution of facial plastic surgery.

Techniques
As of this printing, there have been 11 face transplants worldwide. This is a remarkable achievement to be able to transfer blood vessels, skin, muscle, and bone in order to restore function and form. Facial plastic surgeons have also refined facelift options—whether you are looking to turn back the clock 10 years or prefer a more subtle alternative, there is an option that will meet your needs.

Products
New products debut daily and other wellknown products are being used in resourceful ways. Novel fillers—including synthetic, stem cell, and blood-based fillers—have recently entered the market. Fillers are an attractive solution to improve the appearance of wrinkles because there is no downtime, immediate improvement, and results that may last from several months to several years.

A popular product, Botulinum toxin A (Botox), has been used to treat wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and across the upper lip. This product has also been approved to treat other conditions such as cervical dystonia (head tilting, neck pain, and neck muscle spasms), blepharospasm (eyelid spasms), strabismus (crossed eyes), severe underarm sweating, and migraines.

Trust your facial plastic surgeon to provide you with the products that will produce the best results. Feel free to contact your physician to discuss the product details, testing, and Food and Drug Administration approval before seeking treatment.

Consumers know more about facial plastic surgery today due to media coverage, the Internet, and accessible literature. This educated patient, combined with the advancements in technology, techniques, and products, will benefit with more affordable alternatives and quicker recovery times. If you would like to discover how you could improve your appearance, contact your facial plastic surgeon today for a consultation.