“Hyaluronic acid” is the magic phrase on the lips of medical marketers recently. A natural component of collagen, the matrices of fibers that give youthful skin its perk, hyaluronic acid has been isolated as one of the key weapons in fighting the effects of facial aging. The hyaluronic acid-based facial fillers Restylane® and Perlane® have already amassed quite a following for their ability to temporarily fill the deep wrinkles around the nose (nasal labial folds) and mouth (oral commissures or marionette lines) of facial rejuvenation patients.
According to information published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the newer versions of the aforementioned dermal fillers offer expanded benefits to patients as technology improves. Manufactured using Hylacross™ technology, the newer gel versions of Restylane® and Perlane® boast improved consistency and longevity of the products. Original version of the dermal fillers were created using a process called “sieving” which forced the material through a rough filter of sorts during production, and often left some textural inconsistencies that increased instances of a bumpy appearance after injection.
Similarly, the results of the thicker, more stable gel versions of the products plump the injection areas longer than their original versions. Because of the products’ increased consistencies, the body takes more time to break-down and absorb the material. Besides fighting wrinkles longer, the thinker gel also makes treatments more flexible: allowing qualified surgeons and injectors to manipulate the malleable material for more precise placement and wrinkle filling.
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Many of us reflect fondly upon memories of shopping for new school clothes at the beginning of a new school year. Our “new looks” gave us the opportunity to make the best first impression possible, to show off how we’d grown over the summer, how we were older and wiser and felt more important as we moved up the social totem pole each year at school. While most of us were satisfied with shiny new shoes, an article from the British periodical Guardian reveals that many soon-to-be college students in India are seeking plastic surgery, especially facial surgery, before they begin school. While it may sound outlandish, many of the surveyed students say they don’t pursue cosmetic surgery for vanity, but rather to optimize their ability to make a good first impression on their new peers and professors at college and optimize their networking potential.
The article’s contributing authors point to the country’s booming population and the lag in available jobs to explain the surge in cosmetic surgery interest. Most of the Indian teenage women surveyed are seeking facial cosmetic procedures such as: lip augmentation through dermal injections (Restylane® and Juvederm®), liposuction of a double chin, and surgery of the nose (rhinoplasty). The trend includes young Indian men too who seek male breast reduction (gynecomastia) most frequently.
While an advocate of enhancing self-esteem, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. John LeRoy urges patients to thoroughly examine their motives for surgery. Patients should recognize that their bodies still change and age after surgery and can alter their surgical results. Especially if a patient is college age, they may not be done growing and might increase their chances of having to pursue revisionary procedures if they have surgery too young. Therefore, it’s imperative that patients select experienced plastic surgeons that understand and maintain realistic surgical expectations.