Holiday Self-Improvement Trends

New York, NY, December 3, 2007 - The holiday season is not just a time for shopping; it is also a time when many consumers look toward self-improvement including cosmetic medical treatments such as cosmetic injections. "Injectables offer natural-looking enhancements to aging facial features with affordability and little or no downtime," said Mark L. Jewell, MD, leader of the Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety and past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). "During the holidays we see many new patients with the desire to look and feel better about themselves, and cosmetic injectables are a popular and growing choice. It's important to understand that these treatments are not an impulse purchase you make during a shopping trip to the mall. These procedures belong in a properly trained physician's office, with the assurance of legitimate FDA-approved substances in order to achieve safe and positive enhancement."

"Whether the subtle changes of smoothing away frown lines or the dramatic changes that can occur with dermal fillers and facial shaping, it is important that consumers enlist an aesthetic expert to best understand the options and outcomes possible with cosmetic injections," said Coalition leader Ira D. Papel, MD, associate professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. "Consumers still confuse the benefits of a botulinum like Botox® Cosmetic, and those of a dermal filler. Among dermal fillers there are now 5 FDA-approved, commonly administered solutions: Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm® (Ultra and Ultra Plus), Radiesse®, and Artefill®. In addition, Sculptra® which is FDA approved for the treatment of lipoatrophy (facial fat wasting) is also very popular as a cosmetic solution. These all are used to shape and enhance the soft tissue of the face, but they all have different properties. Determining the best solution requires a physician with not only expertise in cosmetic injections, but also with a background in facial anatomy and aesthetics"”a facial plastic, plastic or ophthalmic plastic surgeon."

Although procedures can afford little or no downtime, there is still the potential for post-treatment redness, swelling or bruising. "Consumers should plan accordingly. Don't have an injection the day of a holiday event. Plan your treatment one week prior to any social occasion both for results to develop and for any post-treatment signs to wane," said coalition leader Roger A. Dailey, MD, FACS, of Portland, Oregon and professor at Oregon Health Sciences University. "Also talk to your doctor about the medications and supplements you regularly take. These can greatly influence the amount of bruising that might be experienced following cosmetic injections."

The Coalition offers consumers these very simple questions to ask before considering any cosmetic injectable procedure:

  • Doctor: Is the procedure recommended by a qualified doctor who regularly treats similar conditions, in an appropriately licensed and equipped medical facility?
  • Brand: Is the injectable recommended approved by the U.S. FDA for cosmetic indications and is it appropriately labeled and packaged to reflect its authenticity and approval?
  • Safety: Has the proper process been followed? Has the physician evaluated conditions, recommended treatment, offered alternatives and clearly defined the potential outcomes including any complications?

To learn specifically the FDA approved brands of cosmetic injectables and their benefits, to see video of live, appropriately administered injectables, and for 2007 survey data about the safety of cosmetic injectables visit http://www.injectablesafety.org.

About Us
The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety is an alliance of specialty physician organizations including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The mission of the Coalition is to provide the public with unbiased and necessary information on injectable cosmetic treatments, appropriate injectors and where to safely access cosmetic medical procedures. Our goal is to promote treatment supervised by properly qualified and trained, board-certified doctors and to promote only the use of U.S. FDA-approved, appropriately administered product. More information can be found at http://www.injectablesafety.org.

About ASAPS
The 2400-member American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), founded in 1967, is the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. With 2,400 members in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries, ASAPS is at the forefront of innovation in aesthetic plastic surgery around the world.

About AAFPRS
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world's largest specialty association that represents over 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck.

About ASOPRS
The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery represent surgeons qualified in plastic surgery of the eyelids and surrounding facial structures. Fellows of the Society are board certified in ophthalmology, have completed fellowships in oculoplastic surgery (currently two years), and perform aesthetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery of the face, orbits, eyelids, and lacrimal system.

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