Cosmetic Techniques

Publication Title: 
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of the aroma of essential oil of lavender against placebo on subjects' pain perceptions and levels of anxiety when undergoing elective cosmetic facial injections of botulinum toxin type A (BOTOX(�) COSMETIC) for the correction of glabellar wrinkles. METHODS: Subjects (N=30) who had not previously received any cosmetic facial injections were randomized to essential oil of lavender aroma exposure or to placebo during elective cosmetic facial injections of BOTOX(�) (12 U) for the correction of glabellar wrinkles.

Author(s): 
Grunebaum, Lisa Danielle
Murdock, Jennifer
Castanedo-Tardan, Mari Paz
Baumann, Leslie S.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Dermatology

Although Asian cultural practices, such as acupuncture and threading, are widely used, there is limited medical literature describing their cutaneous effects and complications. This review briefly describes therapeutic cultural practices (traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, coining, Ayurveda, and aromatherapy) and cosmetic cultural practices (hair oils, henna, bindis, saris, and threading), with particular attention to dermatoses secondary to these practices.

Author(s): 
Lilly, Evelyn
Kundu, Roopal V.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Dermatology

Although Asian cultural practices, such as acupuncture and threading, are widely used, there is limited medical literature describing their cutaneous effects and complications. This review briefly describes therapeutic cultural practices (traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, coining, Ayurveda, and aromatherapy) and cosmetic cultural practices (hair oils, henna, bindis, saris, and threading), with particular attention to dermatoses secondary to these practices.

Author(s): 
Lilly, Evelyn
Kundu, Roopal V.
Publication Title: 
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Deep mechanical massage has been advocated as an alternative or adjunctive therapy for the contouring of subcutaneous fat and as a treatment for cellulite. We evaluated the effects of deep mechanical massage using two pig models. Yucatan pigs were divided into three groups (n = 4). One side of each body received 4, 10, or 20 treatments and the other side served as a control. Full-thickness tissue sections, including the underlying muscle, were harvested from identical treated and untreated regions.

Author(s): 
Adcock, D.
Paulsen, S.
Jabour, K.
Davis, S.
Nanney, L. B.
Shack, R. B.
Publication Title: 
Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD

Cellulite, a skin surface change that is nearly ubiquitous in women, is a condition that remains elusive to treatment. In fact, no treatment is completely successful as none are more than mildly and temporarily effective. Despite the lack of evidence to support efficacy, treatment options continue to proliferate.

Author(s): 
Wanner, Molly
Avram, Mathew
Publication Title: 
Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

BACKGROUND: Most HIV-positive patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy develop facial lipoatrophy soon after commencing treatment. Attempts to correct lipoatrophy through autologous fat transfer or the use of temporary, semipermanent, or permanent fillers have achieved some benefits, but either do not have lasting effects, do not treat some areas effectively, or have other disadvantages.

Author(s): 
Kates, Lisa C.
Fitzgerald, Rebecca
Publication Title: 
Lasers in Surgery and Medicine

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Skin laxity of the body is a growing cosmetic concern. Laxity can result from chronological or photoaging and changes in body dimensions during pregnancy or weight loss. The end result is loose, sagging skin, and localized fat deposits. Liposuction and abdominoplasty or brachioplasty are established approaches to these issues. Patient desire for alternatives to surgical correction has spawned the development of non-invasive body contouring devices.

Author(s): 
Brightman, Lori
Weiss, Elliot
Chapas, Anne M.
Karen, Julie
Hale, Elizabeth
Bernstein, Leonard
Geronemus, Roy G.
Publication Title: 
Clinics in Plastic Surgery

Noninvasive body contouring is perhaps one of the most alluring areas of esthetic surgery today. This article discusses current noninvasive body-contouring modalities, including suction massage devices, radiofrequency energy, high-frequency focused ultrasound, cryolipolysis, and low-level light laser therapy devices.

Author(s): 
Mulholland, R. Stephen
Paul, Malcolm D.
Chalfoun, Charbel
Publication Title: 
Lasers in Surgery and Medicine

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cellulite is present in 90% of post-adolescent women. Several technologies have been developed for treating cellulite; however, they all involve some degree of massage or mechanical manipulation. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a low-level laser light device employing green 532 nm diodes as a stand-alone procedure without massage or mechanical manipulation for improving the appearance of cellulite in the thighs and buttocks.

Author(s): 
Jackson, Robert F.
Roche, Gregory C.
Shanks, Steven C.
Publication Title: 
Current Opinion in Ophthalmology

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In recent years, many new products and techniques have arisen that are useful in the rejuvenation of facial skin. Most of the therapies are directed at improving the results of photoaging. These cutaneous changes occur from chronic exposure to ultraviolet B light (290 to 320 nm) associated with sunburn, and ultraviolet AII light (320 to 340 nm), and ultraviolet AI light (340 to 400 nm) associated with photoaging. Clinically chronic photoaging may result in fine wrinkles, texture abnormalities, pigment dyschromias, and actinic keratoses.

Author(s): 
Holck, David E. E.
Ng, John D.

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