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Botox Lip Flip

Original Article By Sarah Kinonen

Lip fillers: They're everywhere these days. My colleagues have them. My friends want them. Hell, even Kylie Jenner's plastic surgeon knows the injectable hype is real. And with such a demand for plumped-up pouts, cosmetic dermatologists (and plastic surgeons) are now having to craft up out-of-the-box treatments to meet patients' specific big-lip needs. Take, for example, the latest lip-plumping procedure making the rounds: the Botox Lip Flip.

For those not aware, lip augmentation is most commonly performed with hyaluronic acid-based fillers, like Juvéderm, Volbella, Vollure, and Restylane, but, according to Dara Liotta, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City, Botox can also be used to slightly shape up the lips to create a "poutier look." "When used alone, or in combination with fillers, Botox gives lips a subtle pout-magnification by flipping out the lip line, rolling the lip gently outward, and giving the appearance of a fuller, sexier pout," she tells Allure. ..


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This Injectable Treatment Dissolves Unwanted or Botched Facial Fillers in Seconds

Original Article By Sarah Kinonen

You saved up for months, asked everyone in your inner circle (and beyond) for advice, and now, after a few minutes with your cosmetic dermatologist, you've got yourself a brand-new set of lips à la lip injections. But what happens if, days later, you decide you don't like them? Turns out, that unwanted hyaluronic acid filler can actually be removed — dissolved, technically speaking — which is something not many people are made aware of during the injection process. All you need it another injection, called hyaluronidase.

"Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that we all have in our bodies," Min S. Ahn, a facial plastic surgeon based in Boston. "In commercial form, it is a liquid that, when injected under the skin, dissolves hyaluronic acid into the body — within a few hours." Quick refresher: Hyaluronic acid is the gel that makes up the most commonly used fillers, like Juvéderm and Restylane, says Ahn. "So, by breaking down hyaluronic acid, hyaluronidase can be used to 'reverse' those fillers — to create a clean slate."  ..


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3 Expert-Approved Ways to Get Rid of Stubborn Fat Under Your Chin

Original Article By Danielle Fontana. It’s become second nature to stop and stare in the mirror at any amount of excess fat hiding out under the chin. You can pull it tight with your hands or conceal it under a turtleneck, but no amount of camouflaging can hide the extra pocket of fat forever. Fortunately, there are multiple options available that are designed to target and eliminate the fat that’s deep beneath the surface and likely tacking years onto your appearance. Here, three experts sound off on the most effective ways to get rid of an unwelcome “double chin” once and for all.

If your fat is just enough to pinch, the high-tech route might be for you.
“Microcurrent and radio-frequency treatments work well to reduce fat under the chin,” says New York celebrity aesthetician Ildi Pekar, explaining that Microcurrent technology utilizes electrical currents on the skin’s surface to stimulate and temporarily shorten muscles by lifting and tightening them, creating more refined muscle tone around the chin for a firmer look before you leave the office. “Radio-frequency treatments work differently, as the energy surpasses the skin (a handpiece is applied to the surface) to target fat cells.” How does it work? The energy heats up the cells to liquefy and drain them via the lymphatic system while boosting the production of collagen and elastin to tighten the skin. “Both treatments deliver results safely and naturally with zero downtime, regardless of how much fat is under the chin—the only difference lies in the number of treatments required and how quickly the skin responds to them,” says Pekar.  ..


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"Bra Bulge" Removal Surgery Is on the Rise

Original Article By Sarah Kinonen

Real talk: We all probably have something we'd like to change about our appearance. Whether that means getting highlights or a procedure that requires a little more commitment (and money) — for example removing fat between armpit and bra, known as "bra bulge" — then who are we to stand in the way? According to Beverly-Hills-based plastic surgeon and RealSelf contributor Sheila Nazarian, MD, there's been a slow but steady rise in the number of requests for "bra bulge" removal surgery within the last few years from "young, active" women in their twenties, thirties, and sometimes forties.

The procedure is a fat-reduction surgery that can be done one of three ways: via liposuction, CoolSculpting, or Kybella, says Dr. Nazarian. She adds that, in her experience, the most common procedure for this type of treatment is liposuction: It's the oldest and best-known option. During liposuction, which is a one-time treatment, incisions are made in the area of concern and fat cells are vacuumed out with a wand. Then incisions are stitched closed. "Bra bulge" liposuction can be performed under local anesthetic within about an hour or two.  ..


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The Nonsurgical Procedure Plus-Size Models Are Frequently Requesting

Original Article By Brittany Fallon. Whether you're plus-size or not, certain physical characteristics are considered more "classically beautiful" than others, especially by plastic surgeons, whose job it is to manipulate a person's look based on their desires. In an interview with Revelist, plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua Zuckerman said, "Classical beauty is, in part, characterized by a delicate jawline, slight heart shape to the face and a petite chin."

Because of this, he says more and more plus-size models (as well as other women) are seeking treatments to slim their jawline area. "It's true that many women, 'plus-size' models and otherwise, currently want to maintain a bit of a fuller figure, while at the same retaining a face that is classically beautiful," Dr. Zuckerman said.  ..


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How to Know if a Noninvasive Procedure Will Give You the Results You Want

Original Article By Elise Minton. In the world of aesthetic procedures, there are the noninvasive ones and the invasive ones. And for every beauty concern that you could possibly think of, there’s an option out there for it—some of which involves surgery and some doesn’t.

Not every noninvasive treatment out there is going to address every problem. And, while some nonsurgical techniques can lead to improvement, they may not garner the same result as what you may get with surgery.  ..


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This Is the Age You Should Start Preventative Botox

Original Article By Sarah Kinonen

In today's not-so-shocking news: People are officially interested in injectable, non-invasive treatments. (It's about damn time, folks.) We've recently reported that, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), an estimated 7 million injection procedures, including Botox, were performed in the last year alone. And that number just continues to rise. According to the experts, they've seen an influx of younger patients opting for preventative treatments sooner rather than later. But how soon is too soon? For the full picture, we reached out to dermatologists across the country to nail down the exact age, if interested, to begin Botox. The takeaway? Whenever you damn well please. Yes — really. ..


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The Most Under-the-Radar Uses for Your Favorite Injectables

Original Article By Elise Minton. You may love the way your doctor wields his or her needle to inject your favorite fillers and injectables, giving you the look you’ve always wanted. But for the most part, doctors like to use these products off-label, meaning for a purpose (albeit safe) other than what they are FDA-approved for. We asked six expert injectors what their favorite under-the-radar uses are for injectables and fillers—their answers may surprise you.

To diminish the look of cellulite and dimples
New York dermatologist Gervaise Gerstner, MD, likes to use filler to treat dimples and cellulites on the thighs. “There are a plethora of perfectly sculpted ladies who are 99.99 percent perfect but they obsess over very small dimples or fat pockets. When we use filler to fill in the divots or dimples, it also helps to lift the skin so the appearance of some of that superficial crepiness and cellulite is diminished.”  ..


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CoolSculpting for Your Arms

Original Article By Sarah Kinonen. No matter how many bicep curls I manage to squeeze into my beloved Barry's Bootcamp class, the seemingly endless reps never to seem to be nearly enough to sculpt the chiseled arms of my dreams. Blame it on my incessant need for lean, long limbs—along with my admitted penchant for dessert—but regardless, regular old reps just aren't cutting it right now. Which is why news about CoolSculpting, an FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure that freezes off fat cells—up to 25 percent—causing them to die, piqued my interest. Because originally, it was developed and approved only for specific areas of the body such as the abdomen and flanks. Now, Coolsculpting for your arms is an option, too.

The Coolsculpting procedure was created by Zeltiq, a medical technology company, in 2010—and has only gained in popularity in the seven years since its inception. Now you can find the treatment offered not only at doctor's offices, but at medical spas as well—and sometimes, with a Groupon-esque code for it all. But again, it was initially only approved for use on certain body parts—arms not included. Until this week, that is, when the FDA approved its use for removal of upper arm fat. ..


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The Makers of Botox May Have Just Solved Your Acne Problems

Original Article By Tatiana Bido. Good news coming from the late-stage trials of an acne medication from drug giant Allergan and Paratek Pharmaceuticals. The companies are reporting that two Phase 3 trails of the drug sarecycline, an oral tetracycline-derived antibiotic with anti-inflammatory properties, has been successful in the treatment of moderate to severe acne.

David Nicholson, chief global research and development officer for Allergan says, “The positive efficacy results observed in the pivotal phase 3 clinical trials indicate that sarecycline can be an effective treatment option for patients with moderate to severe acne.” Results showed patients receiving the once-daily medication had fewer inflammatory lesions than those who didn't. Based on the outcome of these clinical trials, Allergan has announced plans to file a new drug application for their acne medication with the Food and Drug Administration later in the year. ..


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