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Clients Got HIV Through 'Vampire Facial' Microneedling Treatments

FRIDAY, April 26, 2024 (HealthDay) -- Between 2018 and the spring of 2023, a cluster of clients who had gotten 'vampire facial' microneedling skin treatments at a New Mexico spa were diagnosed with HIV, probably via poorly cleaned instruments, a new report finds.

When HIV arises among people witho...

High-Strength Lidocaine Skin Creams Can Cause Seizures, Heart Trouble, FDA Warns

Some pain-relieving skin products contain potentially harmful doses of the numbing agent lidocaine and should be avoided, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

These creams, gels, sprays and soaps are marketed for topical use to relieve the pain of cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, tattooing and

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  • March 29, 2024
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  • Cosmetic Surgery Leaves 1 in 8 Patients With Chronic Post-Op Pain

    Norwegians are increasingly asking surgeons for a nip, tuck or implant, and many -- especially men -- have pain that lingers long after their procedure, a new survey shows.

    Researchers asked 1,746 adults in Norway whether they had undergone cosmetic surgery and how it turned out.

    One in 10 said they had had a cosmetic procedure -- from breast reductions or implants to facelifts and ...

    Is 'Selfie' Culture Driving Folks to Cosmetic Surgery?

    The “selfie” culture on social media appears to be intensifying people's desires to undergo cosmetic procedures, a new study suggests.

    Time spent on Snapchat or Instagram seems to heighten a person's interest in such procedures, researchers found. This was particularly true if folks used filters and photo-editing applications to alter the personal pictures they posted.

    “While ...

    Ozempic Eases Fatty Liver Disease in People Living With HIV

    There's more good news around the diabetes and weight-loss drug Ozempic: It might help ease fatty liver disease in people living with HIV, new research shows.

    Six months of weekly injections of Ozempic (semaglutide) resulted in an average 31% reduction of a harmful buildup of fat in the liver of HIV-positive patients, the

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  • March 7, 2024
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  • Tummy Tucks, Liposuctions Are Killing Americans Visiting Dominican Republic

    Too many American tourists looking for cheap cosmetic surgeries alongside their beach time are winding up dead in the Dominican Republic, a new report finds.

    Between 2009 and 2022, 93 people -- almost all young or middle-aged women -- have died after undergoing tummy tucks, liposuction or buttock enhancement procedures in that country's clinics, reports a team from the U.S. Centers for Di...

    Cosmetic Procedure in Your Plans for '24? An Expert Offers Advice

    More than a few folks are considering a cosmetic skin procedure to enhance their looks heading into 2024.

    Botox, fillers and lasers are common means to sculpt a person's appearance, but dermatologists recommend a comprehensive approach under the care of a qualified specialist.

    “There is no one-size-fits-all or 'cookie cutter' approach to combat the signs of aging because aging loo...

    'Tummy Tucks' Still Very Safe; Often Done Along With Liposuction, Review Finds

    Thinking of getting a tummy tuck in the new year? The procedure has remained very safe, a new 16-year analysis shows, with many patients opting for a little liposuction at the same time.

    "Abdominoplasty [tummy tuck] remains a safe and reliable procedure over the study period," concluded a team led by Dr. Michael Stein, a plastic...

    Women Give High Marks to Breast Reconstruction Using Patient's Own Tissue

    Women who have breast reconstruction using their own tissue instead of implants ma be more satisfied with the results, new research shows.

    "The findings were unexpected, since autologous breast reconstruction is a more complex procedure, with a higher rate of severe complications," said lead author

    Thinner Cheeks, Lots of Tweaks: America's Plastic Surgeons List Trends

    From sculpting faces to show off cheek bones to removing excess skin above the eyelid, interest in a nip and tuck is up, an online survey of plastic surgeons reveals.

    The findings are based on responses from a selected group of members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). In releasing the results, the academy said it wanted to showcase trends and ...

    Minor Facial Scars Don't Affect Others' First Impressions, Study Finds

    A facial scar may make a person self-conscious, but it doesn't change another person's first impressions of their attractiveness or confidence, a new survey shows.

    The results found that a single, well-healed facial scar may even increase perceived friendliness, according to the researchers, who had predicted different results and said the findings might be "surprising and perhaps welcome...

    Microneedling Can Help Surgical Scars Fade, Especially If Done Early

    A technique called microneedling may help surgical scars heal more attractively — especially if it's done within a couple of months of surgery, a small study suggests.

    Researchers found that for 25 patients, microneedling improved the long-term appearance of scars after various types of surgery — based...

    As Pandemic Eases, It's Boom Times for Cosmetic Surgeons

    Even after dropping 25 pounds, Megan Gilbert still had some insecurities when she looked in the mirror.

    "After breastfeeding two kids and losing weight, my breasts no longer looked how I wanted them to," she said. "And I thought, 'Why be unhappy with this one part of my body after working so hard to make all these other improvements in my life?'"

    So Gilbert, 35, did something about ...

    Feminizing Facial Surgery Gives Mental Boost to Transgender People

    Transgender patients who get gender-affirming surgery to create more feminine facial features say it's a big boost to their mental health, a new study reports.

    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), compared the mental health of 107 patients awaiting surgery to that of 62 individuals who had completed it roughly six months earlier. People who had received the pro...

    Some Sick Patients Get Cosmetic Surgery to Boost Appearance

    Some patients with serious illnesses get cosmetic surgery to look healthier and be more comfortable in social situations or at work, a small study finds.

    Researchers interviewed 12 patients who had cosmetic surgery at the start or during treatment for conditions such as stroke, advanced melanoma, prostate cancer, advanced cervical or thyroid cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma.

    "Patients ...

    Do You Really Need That Nose Job? Selfies Distort Facial Features, Study Shows

    With the advent of smartphones came the rise of selfies, shared daily by "like"-seeking millions across social media.

    But a small new study suggests that, unlike photos taken with regular cameras, smartphone selfies distort facial features in a not-so-flattering way. And those unappealing - if inaccurate - results may be fueling a hankering for

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  • People With Scars Are Their Own Toughest Critics: Study

    Scars from facial surgery look worse to skin cancer patients themselves than to others, so it's important for surgeons to prepare patients beforehand, researchers say.

    Doctors can help by outlining the healing process and explaining what their scars will look like in the weeks after surgery, the study authors suggested.

    "Our research seems to support the saying 'we are our own worst...

    Exercise Soon After Breast Plastic Surgery Is Safe, Healthy

    While some plastic surgeons recommend no exercise for weeks after breast augmentation, new research suggests the ban may not be necessary.

    A new clinical trial found that women who resumed exercise after one week off did not have more complicati...

    Laser Therapy Promises to 'Rejuvenate' Vaginal Tissue. A New Study Finds Otherwise

    Laser-based vaginal "rejuvenation" is all the rage among women concerned about vaginal dryness and other "down there" symptoms of menopause, but it's buyer beware when it comes to these procedures, new research warns.

    It turns out that laser-based vaginal rejuvenation may not be any better than placebo (dummy) treatment when it comes to relieving vaginal dryness, itching, burning, irritat...

    FDA Warns Against Using At-Home Dermal Filler 'Pens'

    Plumped-up lips, wrinkle-free foreheads -- they're all part of the promise of dermal fillers, most reliably received at a cosmetic surgeon's clinic.

    But cheaper, unapproved "at home" dermal filler pens, bought without a prescription, are another much more dangerous option, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    These pen devices use high pressure to force dermal filler ...

    New Drug Might Be Non-Surgical Option for Common Skin Cancers

    An experimental gel has shown early promise in treating the most common form of skin cancer -- hinting at a potential alternative to surgery in the future.

    Researchers tested the gel in 30 patients with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), a skin cancer diagnosed in more than 3 million Americans each year. The tumors rarely spread and are highly curable, usually through surgical removal.


    Had Facial Fillers? What You Need to Know About COVID Vaccines

    Once you've landed that coveted coronavirus vaccine appointment, you'll likely have to fill out a form on your medical history and whether you're allergic to any of the vaccine's ingredients. But there could be another question waiting for you: Have you ever had dermal filler injections?

    That's because -- in rare cases -- people who've had the face-plumping injections can develop a mild, ...

    Fat Loss in Face Does Make Folks Look Older: Study

    It's not just sagging that ages a face, but loss of fat under the skin as well, according to a new study.

    The findings could help plastic surgeons give their patients a more natural look, the study authors said.

    For the study, researchers analyzed CT scans of the faces of 19 people, taken at least a decade apart.

    The study participants were an average age of 46 at the time of ...

    Some Breast Surgery Won't Harm Ability to Breastfeed

    Having surgery for benign breast conditions won't harm a woman's future ability to breastfeed, new research suggests.

    The study included 85 women, aged 18 to 45. Fifteen had a prior history of benign breast conditions, including cysts, benign tumors and enlarged breasts. Sixteen had had breast surgery, including breast augmentation, reduction mammoplasty and biopsy.

    Whether ...

    Super-Cooled Injections Might Ice Away 'Deep Fat'

    The Harvard-associated lab that created the "CoolSculpting" process of reducing fat says it's on the trail of the next advance in nonsurgical slimming.

    CoolSculpting freezes fat cells by applying an ice-cold gel pad to the skin, causing cells to die off and either be flushed away or absorbed by the body, said lead researcher Dr. Lilit Garibyan, an investigator at the Wellman Center for ...

    'Nerve-Release' Surgery Helped Ease One Man's Tough Migraines

    Chronic migraine headaches plagued Adam Pressley from childhood, and by his 30s they had become a near-daily occurrence.

    Pressley, 31, had tried everything to stop them: blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, seizure medications, and even quarterly injections of Botox.

    Then his doctor suggested something surprising, saying plastic surgery could potentially relieve nerve pres...

    Prior Pregnancies May Affect Your Tummy Tuck

    The success of your tummy tuck may depend on whether you've borne children, a new study suggests.

    Pregnancy-related widening and thinning of the belly muscles may reduce the effectiveness of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery, researchers found. This is especially true in women who've had multiple pregnancies.

    But Dr. Gregory Dumanian and colleagues at Northwestern Memoria...

    Plastic Surgery Pays Off for Men

    Plastic surgery is no longer the sole domain of women, and men now have even more incentive to try a little nip-and-tuck on their faces: New research suggests they look more attractive and trustworthy to others.

    The study included 24 men, average age 49 years, who had one or more of the following procedures: upper eyelid lift, reduction of lower eyelids, face-lift, brow-lift, neck-lif...

    Selfie Craze Has Young Americans Viewing Plastic Surgery More Favorably: Study

    You might be more apt to seek out a face-lift, a new nose, hair implants or a boob job if you're a fan of posting selfies on social media, a new study reports.

    Adults who regularly use social media are more likely to consider getting plastic surgery to improve their online appearance, particularly if they prefer photo-heavy sites and apps, the researchers found.


    Lonely Baby Boomers Driving Surge in Plastic Surgery

    Face-lifts and hair transplants. Chin implants and forehead lifts and lip augmentation.

    Baby boomers hoping to retain their youth -- and maybe get back into the dating scene -- are seeking plastic surgery in ever-increasing numbers, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

    Nearly 50,000 more cosmetic procedures were performed on Americans 55 and older in 2018 than ...