Evolence – FDA approval on longest lasting facial filler yet!

Ortho Dermatologics recently announced FDA approval of the new labeling for EVOLENCE® – the very first facial filler who can rightfully claim results lasting through a year. While EVOLENCE® has been in the United States since 2008, the previous label was only approved to say “results lasting up to 6 months.” Further testing however, has lead the FDA to approve the new label; thus recognizing the validity of the claim that it can correct moderate to deep lines and wrinkles through 12 months.

Wrinkles and folds are caused by the gradual depletion of collagen in the face, a process that is sped up by things like smoking, too much sun, or even unlucky genes. Like its facial filler competitors, EVOLENCE® works by replacing this lost volume and “filling” in those lines and folds that make your face look old, tired, and weathered. EVOLENCE® uses an all-natural filler made of collagen that closely mimics the collagen found in your skin – giving you a smoother, more natural look when injected into the problem areas of the face. It is important to remember, however that you can achieve the safest and best results when you get injections by a board certified plastic surgeon.

EVOLENCE® is actually relatively new to the US market compared to other parts of the world – Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Israel, South Korea, and Russia have all been using this filler since 2004/2005. But with results lasting longer than any other product of its kind on the market, EVOLENCE® can be expected to gain quick popularity for those looking for a longer lasting wrinkle fix.

Contact Dr. David Whiteman at the office of Southern Plastic Surgery to find out more about EVOLENCE® and to see if it’s the right product for you.

Traveling for Cosmetic Surgery?

You may recall awhile back the story about the wife of music celebrity Usher Raymond who traveled out of the country for ‘privacy reasons’. While her true reasons are unknown, the facts are she very recently gave birth and attempted to get liposuction while in Brazil.

Most board certified plastic surgeons in the US would have warned her out of undergoing the procedure so early after childbirth and send her away for the time being, but those out of the US, away from bothersome things like “credentials” and “board certifications” have no qualms with taking the money from someone famous. The result of her voyage? Falling into cardiac arrest prior to the procedure due to irresponsible anesthesia administering.

This information became, as you can see, anything but ‘private’, thereby making the reason for her leaving the US absolutely meaningless. The practice of leaving the US to get plastic surgery, whether for privacy concerns or to save some money is sometimes called ‘Medical Tourism’ and it clearly comes with its own risks.

According to a recent article in U.S. News & World Report, 28 countries on four different continents are part of the medical tourism business. Each year 2 million patients get procedures done in other countries besides their own; and these countries offer everything from dental care to plastic and cosmetic surgery. Even Americans, more than 180,000 in 2008, are going abroad to visit hospitals and clinics in other countries besides the United States.

The reasons for “outsourcing” often come down to the money you
will save. Other reasons include trying to keep your operation under the radar so no one at home will know that you have gotten work done. But there is nothing to be ashamed of when considering plastic surgery. If you want to get rid of that post-pregnancy weight (similar to motives of Usher’s wife), people will understand. You just need to work with your surgeons, because many will ask you to wait for a few to several months after birth so your body can normalize and recover.

While the choice of where you get your medical procedures done is up to you, keep in mind the risk you will be taking if your physician is not a board certified or have excellent credentials and past experience. If you travel out of the US to find a US-trained and board certified plastic surgeon; but keep in mind there may be a reason why they have left the US. Your best bet is to stay local and stick with the names you trust. All of my patients have and I hope their results speak for themselves.

[Original news source courtesy of the Huffington Post and U.S. News & World Report]

Forget Underwire! Laser Bra Surgery offers “built in” push up for breasts

Over the years, women have tried everything to make their breasts look more lifted– from push up bras, to insertable pads to cosmetic surgery. However, a new laser technique called “Laser Bra Surgery” uses laser technology to give the breasts more permanent lift and support.

Instead of a removing the excess skin in a traditional breast lift surgery, Laser Bra Surgery uses that skin to make an “internal bra” out of your own excess breast tissue. Surgeons use a CO2 laser, much like the laser used in facial treatments to tighten loose skin and remove facial wrinkles. But instead of tightening the excess skin on your face, the laser tightens the tissue underneath your breast, attaches this tissue to your chest wall and voila! you have an internal bra made up of your very own breast tissue.

Laser bra surgery is usually done in conjunction with a traditional breast lift, therefore the scarring will be pretty much the same (incision around the nipple, line from nipple to crease underneath the breast, and a line across the crease under your breast). The advantage of this procedure is that, because of the internal support tissue, the results of the lift will last longer than a traditional breast lift alone. Also, because it is your own tissue, the “bra” cannot be felt in the body.

Laser Bra surgery is a fairly new procedure with which few surgeons have experience with, so it is important that you seek someone qualified if you are considering the procedure. Although we do not do this procedure in our office, traditional breast lifts, reductions, and augmentations can also produce the desired look of lifted, more youthful breasts. Contact Dr. David Whiteman to find out more about the breast procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery.
As a proponent of medical laser technology, Dr. Whiteman is also co-owner of Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Visit the Laser Lights website to see what services they are currently offering. Laser Lights and Dr. Whiteman will also be holding an open house Thursday, September 17, 2009, offering specials and a chance to get to know the staff.