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Aesthetic and cosmetic skin treatment
This page is for miscellaneous articles on the aesthetic or cosmetic treatment of skin.
A brief overview of the facial rejuvenation algorithm was provided by Zoe Diana Draelos in 2006.(1, pdf)
The latest literature review on aesthetic and cosmetic dermatology has been written by Wollina et al.(2, pdf) They address the application of hormone replacement therapy, Botulinum toxin (Botox) for brow lifting, three major approaches toward cellulite treatment, and body sculpting by lipotransfer and laser-assisted lipolysis.
Lipotransfer refers to moving excess fat from one region to another that needs it. See examples of using autologous fat transfer (autologous means from self) to improve hollowed-out cheeks in older individuals in the article by Wollina et al.
Laser-assisted lipolysis is a minimally invasive procedure using fine probes that use the heating effect of a laser to destroy fat cells jut beneath the skin, and the debris are then mechanically removed by another fine probe. This process is for fine tuning fat deposits (see Fig 1) and has implications for treating cellulite though as of right now few physicians use it for treating cellulite.
Fig 1. Laser-assisted lipolysis of the buttocks region of a woman. Picture A show the initial appearance and picture B shows the appearance 23 month after treatment.
The kid of fat loss the woman is Fig 1 was looking for wouldn’t be easily achievable by exercise or dieting, and neither would it be recommended to her for the purposes of loosing body fat because she had a healthy amount of body fat to start with.
More articles will follow.
- Draelos, Z. D., The facial rejuvenation algorithm, J Cosmet Dermatol, 5, 195 (2006).
- Wollina, U., Goldman, A., Berger, U., and Abdel-Naser, M. B., Esthetic and cosmetic dermatology, Dermatol Ther, 21, 118 (2008).