Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Chemical peels continue to have proven place in aesthetic medicine
Though new and emerging laser and light technologies can be very effective in skin rejuvenation treatments, chemical peels still have a positive, proven place in cosmetic medicine. Often, they can achieve similar — if not better — outcomes with lower risk of complications compared to more invasive technologies.
Fewer regulations enable South American surgeons to maintain innovation, creativity
Just as it is in most countries and cultures throughout the world today, cosmetic surgery is very popular in South America. But one internationally renowned surgeon says what differentiates the field on this continent is the pioneering spirit that is driving the industry.
As Lebanon heals from civil and military unrest, cosmetic surgery is alive and well
Having survived the ravages of civil war as well as military conflicts within its borders and in the Middle East for decades, Lebanon and its capital, the once-again-bustling Beirut, have risen from the ashes of conflict and are looking toward the future.
French surgeon describes use of Macrolane for breast, buttock augmentation
Body shaping and contouring as an alternative to surgery is booming in the cosmetic arena. Macrolane (hyaluronic acid, Q-Med) is one noninvasive technique that can be used for several aesthetic contouring indications without the need for patients to undergo more invasive procedures.
French plastic surgeon compares practices in his country to those in U.S.
Cosmetic surgery is booming in France, and the palette of procedures performed is very similar to what is offered in the United States. The major differences between these two countries can be seen in the subtlety (or lack thereof) of cosmetic augmentations and the legal ease with which patients can undergo the many procedures available, a French surgeon says.
TOBIL System blasts tattoo color with white light
The application of white light using the TOBIL (Tattoo Obliteration by Intensified Light) system (Redfield, Germany) appears to be extremely effective in the complete removal of tattoos of any color. The approach is quicker, more effective and much less expensive than currently accepted laser removal techniques, according to Tolbert S. Wilkinson, M.D.
Surgeon offers tips for avoiding unwanted scarring following laser therapy
It's crucial that physicians have intimate knowledge of the laser devices they use — including a complete understanding of the appropriate settings needed — in order to avoid complications, says Jason Pozner, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Combining lasers with more invasive aesthetic procedures requires caution
Combining today's lasers and other energy sources with Aesthetic surgical procedures may be a daunting proposition for many cosmetic surgeons, particularly for more "old-school," traditional professionals.
Low-frequency ultrasound, saline accelerate wound healing after CO2 laser peels
A nonthermal low-frequency ultrasound system combined with a normal saline mist spray is proving beneficial in healing wounds seen post-laser resurfacing. The MIST Therapy System (Celleration Corp.) is a noncontact low-frequency (40 KHz) ultrasound (NCLU) device that sprays a saline mist, through which the ultrasonic waves are delivered to the targeted area during treatment.
Algorithm aims to help surgeons more clearly communicate facelift options
One facial plastic surgeon has set out to categorize the facial rejuvenation system via a condition-specific classification algorithm, which would enable physicians to communicate with one another when discussing cases and the techniques they use in facelifting surgery.


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