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BuildMyBod’s 2016 Report Puts Price Tags on Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

The costs in BuildMyBod’s Annual Plastic Surgery Pricing Report for 2016 include physician fees, ancillary fees such as operating room or anesthesia fees, implant fees, and other miscellaneous costs, which have been estimated to account for 50 percent of a typical procedure’s total cost. Other plastic surgery price reports often only include surgeon’s fees.

BuildMyBod’s wishlists allow visitors to save information on procedures of interest. Of all the wishlists submitted to all of the BuildMyBod doctors across the US and Australia, 10 percent pertained to the cost of the Brazilian Butt Lift. The average cost of the Brazilian butt lift in the US is $6,942, $7050 out West, $8,545 in the South, $6,025 on the East coast, the report states.

Other procedural costs include:

  • Lip Injections, US average: $622
  • Breast Augmentation, US average: $6,426
  • Tummy Tuck, US average: $7,407

New to the pricing report this year is CoolSculpting, which averages $725 in the US.

New Barbies Reflect Shifting Ideals of Beauty

With her perfect hourglass figure, gravity-defying breasts and flowing-blonde locks, Barbie has been the envy of many for decades. Some even sought plastic surgery to achieve these dimensions. (A French couple spent more than $ 200,000 on plastic surgery just so they can look just like Barbie and her paramour Ken.)

But Barbie manufacturer Mattell is shaking things up and in doing so is catching up with society’s changing ideals about beauty and diversity.

The new Barbie line has three body types (tall, curvy and petite), seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, and 24 hairstyles. The new crew will hit store shelves in March. Online sales have already started.

“We are excited to literally be changing the face of the brand—these new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them—the variety in body type, skin tones and style allows girls to find a doll that speaks to them,” says Evelyn Mazzocco, Senior Vice President and Global General Manager Barbie, in a news release. “We believe we have a responsibility to girls and parents to reflect a broader view of beauty.”

Some media reports have suggested that the plastic icon essentially had plastic surgery to become more socially acceptable, but that may be the wrong message. Instead, the new Barbies may tell that not everyone needs plastic surgery to conform to one view of beauty. There is way more than just one aesthetic ideal, and acknowledging this will go a long way toward improving self esteem and confidence in young girls.

“It is a measure of our societies acceptance for diversity...and a social tolerance for not being a perfect model of beauty, says Modern Aesthetics® co-chief medical editor Steven Dayan, MD, FACS. “What I believe Mattel is saying is that beauty is not just an exact body type or skin color but beauty can be within and different and if anything it shows an evolution in societal thought. “

Wendy Lewis, the founder Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd Global Aesthetics Consultancy and author of many books, including “Plastic Makes Perfect: The Complete Cosmetic Beauty Guide,” agrees. “It also sends a message to girls that you don’t have to live up to the tired old ‘Barbie doll image,” she adds.

The original Barbie represented an ideal that is, for the most part, unattainable by women. “Since Barbie is marketed primarily to little girls under the age of seven, this sets up unrealistic expectations that can impact girls’ self esteem when they are most impressionable,” Lewis says. “The three new Barbies more closely reflect the variations in body types that real women have or that they can achieve with healthy living, a comm1itment to exercise, some luck in the genetics department, and a little Coolsculpting perhaps.”

My New Favorite Thing: CYNOSURE INC'S SCULPSURE™

“Cynosure Inc’s SculpSure™ is the iPhone of non-invasive lipolysis. It wasn’t the first device in this category, but it has a set of benefits that none of its predecessors had, just as the iPhone did when it first launched in June 2007, which was several years after other models.

With this fat-reduction laser, you can treat four areas at one time in just 25 minutes. Results are moderate, appear gradually in four to six weeks and are similar to what is seen with other noninvasive fat reduction modalities. Typically just one treatment is necessary. We used objective measures –before and after ultrasound studies—to assess this technology, and the results were impressive.

Ideal Sculpsure patients eat right and work out regularly, but still have small pockets of localized fat that remain resistant to these efforts. Potential treatment areas include love handles, tummy bulges, outer thighs and inner thighs among others. After treatment, the area is not swollen or numb and does not need to be massaged.

Sculpsure is also handsfree for the provider. It takes five to 10 minutes for a nurse or an aesthetician to set treatment up and then you can walk out of the room. It has been a great addition to my cosmetic practice, and my patients have been thrilled with the treatment process and its results.”

Bruce E. Katz, MD
• Clinical Professor of Dermatology, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine
• Director, Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic, Mount Sinai Medical Center
• Director, Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Late Reactions to Juvéderm Volbella Injections May be Higher than Expected

Juvederm Volbella is not available in the US yet, but Israeli researchers suggest that it may be associated with a “higher than expected” incidence of late cutaneous reactions.

Their findings appear in the Jan. 2016 issue of Dermatologic Surgery.

The retrospective study included medical records of 400 patients (360 women and 40 men; average age = 49.6 years) who received Juvéderm Volbella in their the tear trough area or lips. Other hyaluronic acid-based products were used in other areas of the face.

Of these, 17 (4.25 percent) developed prolonged (up to 11 months) and recurrent (average: 3.17 episodes) late (average onset: 8.41 weeks after the injection) inflammatory cutaneous reactions, the researchers report.

“The reaction rate was higher than the accepted safety threshold of 0.02 percent for [hyaluronic acid]-based fillers and much higher than previously experienced,” the study authors conclude.

Broad-spectrum antibiotics (oral ciprofloxacin at 500mg to 750 mg twice a day for 3 to 4 weeks) in conjunction with repeated high-dose hyaluronidase injections into the inflammatory nodules were effective treatments.

Hema Sundaram, MD, a dermatologist with offices in Fairfax, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland, reviewed the new study for Modern Aesthetics®.

“This is an interesting retrospective study from a group of well-respected researchers,” she says. “To draw any firm, evidence-based conclusions, we need a prospective evaluation of a larger number of patients followed for several years.”

Exactly how the rate of complications with Volbella compares to that of other dermal fillers can’t be extrapolated from these findings, she says.

There is a risk of contamination-related complications with all fillers, she says. “Infection with bacteria or other organisms can occur with injection of any type of filler because we can never fully sterilize the skin,” she says.

VOLBELLA is currently approved for use in Europe and other markets, and under investigation in the US.

Dr. Sundaram has consulted for Allergan, Merz, and Galderma.

Out & About

After months of soft launches in professional circles, Cynosure debuted their new fat-melting laser Sculpsure® to the media at Trump Soho Hotel in New York City in January. Celebrity guest Kyle Richards of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills shared her experience, explaining she opted for SculpSure to tame her “muffin top,” which remains after four kids—despite an active lifestyle and a healthy diet.

Galderma hosted an event in New York City to launch its new Mom Genes™

Study: With Botox ‘Chemodenervation,’ Dermal Fillers Last Longer

Experimental evidence supports a simple technique for prolonging the effects of Hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers: using them together with botulinum toxin, according to a study published in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Early degradation of HA fillers limits the duration of the cosmetic improvement. Longevity is affected not only by the properties of the HA fillers, but also by forces applied to them—including contraction of neighboring muscles. To reduce these forces, physicians sometimes use HA fillers in a combination procedure with botulinum toxins, like Botox. This causes temporary paralysis of the muscles in the treated area, lasting a few months. Several studies have suggested that this chemodenervation procedure improves the clinical results of HA filler injection.

For a more objective demonstration of this approach, researcheres designed a study in rabbits in which a small amount of HA filler was injected under the skin in front of each ear. This area was chosen because it corresponds to the forehead region in humans—a common area for dermal filler treatment. On one side, HA filler alone was used. On the other side, HA filler was combined with BoNT-A to paralyze the muscle in that area. After three months, MRI scans were performed to compare the amount of filler remaining on the two sides.

The follow-up scans confirmed that BoNT-A slowed degradation of the injected filler. At three months, chemodenervation with BoNT-A decreased the degradation rate of the HA fillers by 42 percent. At the same time, the remaining volume of HA filler was 50 percent greater on the side where BoNT-A was used. The difference was visible as well as measurable, supporting the clinical experience that BoNT-A injection provides longer-lasting outcomes in patients.