Liposuction - Botox

2/2/2012 12:00:00 AM

Does Liposuction Offer More Than an Aesthetic Benefit?

Patients who receive liposuction or liposuction with abdominoplasty might emerge from those procedures with metabolic profiles less attuned to cardiovascular disease and other complications, a recent study of 322 individuals who presented with a range of body mass indices has found.

According to the study which presented at American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2011 Annual Meeting, decreases in circulating triglyceride levels and leukocyte counts in both men and women after fat-reduction surgery have a beneficial impact on the reduction of systemic inflammatory status, and might illuminate the role of subcutaneous fat relative to visceral fat in disease mechanisms and type 2 diabetes. No significant changes were recorded in total cholesterol, low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol, or high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol.

This evidence throws light on discussions concerning the metabolic role of fat under the skin, in comparison to the fat that surrounds internal organs. A 2004 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found no difference in lipid levels after liposuction [N Engl J Med. 2004;350:2549-2557]. But that study was limited by the fact that there were only 15 patients-all obese females and all treated in the abdomen only.

The findings suggest a need for additional research to quantify the true contribution of subcutaneous fat to various disease etiologies.

Botox effective with fewer sessions

New research suggests that patients getting Botox treatments can reduce wrinkles with half as many sessions after 20 months. The research, conducted at Oregon Health and Science University’s Casey Eye Institute, sought to determine whether less frequent Botox treatments could provide longer-lasting reduction of glabellar rhytids. The study which published in Dermatologic Surgery Journal included 50 women ages 30 to 50 who received regular Botox injections for two years.

The study also shows the injections have a prophylactic effect: patients who begin getting Botox treatments between their 30s and 50s are able to prevent dynamic wrinkles from forming and eliminate existing wrinkles.

Two topicals boost Botox treatment

Botox users looking to enhance their skin appearance may want to try a new combination of two topical skin treatments.  A new study, published at Aesthetic Surgery Journal, suggests that a specifically designed 4% hydroquinone skin care system in combination with tretinoin (Retin-A) further enhances improvements in skin appearance attained with Botox. Applying the hydroquinone system plus tretinoin may offer multiple clinical benefits over standard skincare, including significantly milder fine lines/wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, according to the research.

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