Friday, November 30, 2012

More women suffer botched filler injections

Increasing numbers of women are suffering disfigurement as result of botched cosmetic filler injections.

Surgeons have reported a sharp rise in the number of cases of complications arising from the skin procedures, marketed as way to achieve younger-looking skin without going under the knife.
The injections are used to plump up the skin, to fill in wrinkles and crows' feet and to create fuller cheeks and lips.
In recent years, their popularity has soared as their costs have dropped, but experts fear the lack of regulation of their safety means the beauty industry is facing a "ticking timebomb" as the risks from the procedures emerge.  
Research carried out for the Daily Mail has found that more than two thirds of British plastic surgeons have been consulted by patients whose injections had gone wrong.
Three years ago, just one quarter of surgeons polled by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) had seen such cases.
This year, half of doctors who had seen botched filler injections had seen the most serious complications, which arise when permanent fillers are at risk of rupturing in the body, and usually require corrective surgery.
Plastic surgeons - who rarely administer the injections, but often end up dealing with their complications - fear that the safety risks could result in similar consequences to the scandal surrounding PIP implants.
The fillers are unregulated and can be administered by anyone who has completed a half-day course.
Temporary fillers, the most commonly used, are usually made of an acid, which is found naturally in the human body, while permanent fillers are riskier because they are made of a synthetic material, similar to breast implants, which can be removed only by surgery.
Side effects range from infections, swelling and bruising, to inflammation of the deeper skin tissue causing lumps and permanent scarring. In rare cases vision has been impaired by injecting near the eye.
Many of the plastic surgeons, who rarely administer fillers but see patients who experience problems, said they felt people were unaware of the risks involved.
Concerns have also been raised about untrained hairdressers and beauticians injecting fillers.
MP Nadine Dorrie has just admitted that she has used the injections, which plump the skin, as well as Botox, which freezes the muscles, slowing the progression of wrinkles.
In an interview after she left the jungle in the ITV show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, she said: "I've never been aggressive with it, but I do use Botox and things. I don't see any harm, millions of women do it."
"Holding back the years is OK once you get to a certain age."
Under EU legislation, fillers are not medicines but medical devices which require a only CE kitemark to be sold, meaning they meet the requirements of EU legislation and do not have to undergo scientific tests.
The Government has launched an inquiry into the marketing of cosmetic procedures following the PIP scandal, led by NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh, which will include skin fillers.
Baaps is calling for tougher European standards for fillers so they are classified as medicines, which is the case in the US.
Rajiv Grover, president of the association, which carried out the poll of 200 surgeons to which 60 responded, said: "The growing popularity of these non-surgical treatments has clearly led to complacency regarding how they are performed and by whom."
Mr Grover said it would be surprising if anyone could still argue that the fillers should not be reclassified as medicines, and subject to more stringent regulation.
James Frame, a consultant and professor of aesthetic plastic surgery at Anglia Ruskin University, called for more rigorous training for practitioners and a crackdown on irresponsible advertising.
He said: "The popularity of fillers has gone through the roof. If it goes wrong, you can get atrociously bad reactions. The site can become infected, or it can affect the deeper tissue.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dynamic and static wrinkles

Did you know that there are two types of wrinkles?
 What are wrinkle injections?

Dynamic wrinkles are caused by constant use of facial muscles leaving a line where the skin creases. We all get them, but in some people they’re very evident.
Static wrinkles are the deep lines that remain visible on your skin even when your face is at rest.
Dynamic wrinkles occur in people of all ages as the muscle contraction caused by the smile or frown causes the overlying skin to crease.
Static wrinkles tend to develop in skin that has thinned and stretched as a result of premature or natural aging processes.
Anti-Wrinkle Injectable for Dynamic Wrinkles
All wrinkles become more obvious when you smile, frown or raise your eyebrows, because the collagen that plumps up skin has diminished, and the elastin that makes skin flexible has lessened. The skin has sagged and collapsed in the areas wrinkled by expression.
Anti-wrinkle injectables target dynamic lines and wrinkles directly, as the muscle is injected with a purified protein that stops the contraction, relaxing it. The overlying skin is relaxed too, so the constant creasing doesn’t occur. Your face looks smoother, bright and younger.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What can dermal fillers do for me?

Skin changes as we age; it becomes thinner, loses fat, and  longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. How your skin ages depends on a variety of factors including your lifestyle, diet, heredity, and whether you smoke or not.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps provide fullness and elasticity. As we get older, HA diminishes; our skin loses volume and we see increased folds and wrinkles on our face.

Advances is medical and cosmetic technology mean we can now substitute the body’s HA, making up for the lack of it by injecting a synthesised form identical to the hyaluronic acid our body would make. Restylane is one such dermal filler; tried and tested, and highly effective.

It’s used to correct moderate to deep wrinkles, particularly around the mouth and lower face. It adds volume and fullness in areas like the lines running between your nose and mouth (nasolabial folds) and wrinkles around the borders of the lips-a familiar sight for smokers.

     How does Restylane work?

When Restylane is injected into or below the skin it lifts wrinkles, depressions, or scars so that they are level to the surrounding skin. Think of it like a thin jelly that would flatten out if you put it on a plate. It’s completely absorbed within about 24 hours and works to restore lost volume, plumping up the lines where the skin has collapsed.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Is George Clooney’s girlfriend having secret line and wrinkle injections?

Is George Clooney’s girlfriend having secret line and wrinkle injections?

George Clooney’s girlfriend Stacy Keibler has allegedly been having secret Botox injections.

According to Showbizspy, the actress and model has been using injectables to stay looking youthful and keep ageing lines and wrinkles at bay.
However, instead of getting her boyfriend’s seal of approval regarding the treatment, the report claimed Keibler has been going behind Clooney’s back because he hates it when women have plastic surgery.

“For a while now, she’s been sneaking around behind George Clooney’s back and getting Botox treatments,” a source told the online gossip magazine.

“Stacy thinks she looks pretty good for someone in her thirties and says there are some things George doesn’t need to know. Her Botox is one of them!”
Neither Clooney or Keibler have commented on the rumours, so for the moment it seems as though they are merely speculation.

Botox is a popular line and wrinkle treatment in the UK that works by relaxing the muscles in the face that contract to cause lines and wrinkles.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Botox for more than wrinkles

"Not only does Botox alleviate the grinding but it also loosens up the jaw area giving the face a more oval look which gives it a more youthful, softer appearance."
By April MacIntyre

Friday, November 2, 2012

Why Does Hair Turn Gray?

By Sarah B. Weir
Shine from Yahoo! Canada

There is one thing most presidents have in common at the end of their first terms: more gray hairs. The graying of the Commander-in-Chief is symbolic of the stress associated with being top dog in the world's most powerful nation. However, research shows that psychological stress does not, in fact, impact the color of one's locks.

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everydayliving™: Why Does Hair Turn Gray?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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