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MedSpa3What to look for in a medical spa that you can trust? A Board Certified plastic surgeon for a start!

Listen to a radio interview with Christina from our affiliated Rejuvenate Med Spa in Oakbrook on the non-surgical options to look and feel rejuvenated and what to know before you go.

Dr. Karol Gutowski Invited Speaker at ASPS Annual Meeting

Dr G ASPS 2015 - Copy“It was on honor to be an invited speaker at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Boston and share my experience with nonsurgical facial rejuvenation using Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Restylane, Juvederm, Bellafill, Radiesse, and Belotero. I gave 5 talks on these exciting techniques and lead a live patient injection session to teach fellow plastic surgeons these alternatives to surgery. In addition, I had great attendance at my instructional course on preventing complications in breast augmentation. Already looking forward to next years meeting!”

Karol A. Gutowski, M.D.

Juvederm Approved for Lip Enhancement

100615“I’ve been using Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero for lip enhancement in both women and now men. It takes less than 10 minutes to have fuller lips and the results last 6 to 12 months”

Karol A. Gutowski, M.D.

The FDA approved Juvederm Ultra XC for lip injections and around the mouth this month.  Juvederm is a smooth hyaluronic acid gel that adds fullness to the lips and is the only dermal filler that lasts up to one year.


Source: MedScape


Bellafill now has Results Lasting up to 5 Years

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” I have been using Bellafill, formerly known as Artefill, as an injectable collage stimulator for facial rejuvenation. Unlike most other products, Bellafill actually helps your body make its own collagen. Past studies showed at least a 2 year duration but a new evidence shows results maintained up to 5 years!

Karol A. Gutowski, M.D.

A study of the injectable dermal filler Bellafill showed that more than 80 percent of patients were satisfied with the results five years after finishing treatment, maker Suneva Medical said.

The dermal filler, made primarily of bovine collagen, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for smoothening “laugh lines” since 2006 and for treating acne scarring of the cheek since January this year.

The study was the longest and largest post-approval trial of its kind, privately owned Suneva said, noting that such products are typically tracked for only up to a year after treatment.

In 2013 alone, there were more than 2.2 million injectable filler procedures in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, making it the second most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the country.

Dermal fillers, which are also used for lip, cheek and hand augmentation, are injected into the skin to fill in wrinkles.

Allergan Inc’s Botox, on the other hand, targets muscles that form wrinkles by relaxing them and typically lasts three to six months.

While the duration of a filler’s effect depends on the material used and the area where it is injected, most products are temporary as they are absorbed by the body over time.

This tends to frustrate consumers as the cost of repeated treatments add up.

Suneva said that in its 1,008-patient study, users experienced a retention rate of 87 percent.

Other dermal fillers on the market have been evaluated for much shorter periods, or studies are ongoing.

The long-term safety and effectiveness of Restylane Lyft, sold by Galderma, unit of Nestle SA, has not been established beyond one year while Galderma’s Sculptra has not been evaluated beyond 25 months after the last injection.

In a tiny study of Allergan’s Juvederm Ultra, seven of nine patients demonstrated improvement in laugh lines a year after being treated.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked manufacturers of dermal fillers to update their labeling to reflect the risk of serious injuries caused by unintentional injection into the blood vessels in the face.

In the Suneva study, some minor side-effects such as redness and lumpiness were experienced but no major adverse events were reported, the company said.

Source: Reuters

“Cosmetic Surgeon” or Plastic Surgeon? It Matters!

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Is your “Cosmetic Surgeon” a Plastic Surgeon? Best to know before you have a treatment.

On August 31, 2015, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the September 5, 2013 dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit filed by two cosmetic surgeons against an educational campaign that depicted a tearful woman saying, “I didn’t know my “Cosmetic Surgeon” wasn’t a Plastic Surgeon.”

Educating the public about the importance of board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is a priority. The Aesthetic Society congratulates the Utah Plastic Surgery Society, along with ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), ABPS and 19 of our members in Utah for boldly encouraging patients to understand the differences between cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons.