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Submitted by Admin on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:37
Flow Charateristics of Fillers Elasticity and Viscosity | Chicago, IL

Facial fillers are some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. This has created newer products on the market, each with its own specific qualities. One way clincians try to define the "feel" of a filler is through its physical properties.

One way fillers are quanitfied by their "feel" is their G prime or elasticity. The G' (G prime) or elasticy describes how the filler is able to retain its shape when a force is applied. G primes are firmer to palpate, more contour stable, and lift tissue better. Fillers with lower G primes are softer, spread through tissues easer and move with the face better. For a nasal labial fold or smile line, a firmer product will be a better choice due to the amount of movement and need for contouring. Along the lower lid of the eye, a lower G prime may be better suited. An analogy of higher G prime product would be Jello versus a lower G prime product of pudding.

Another property measured for filler is the viscous nature of the filler. The viscocity is related to the flow of the filler and how spreadable the filler is. The more viscous filler is able to keep its shape better while a thinner filler will conform to the underlying tissues better. Keep in mind there is an artistic element to fillers where experience with fillers not quantifiable with a number. The following chart demonstrates the properties of fillers as a general guide.

So what facial filler does Dr. Shah recommend? He choses facial fillers based on patient's individual anatomy and goals and customizes the product to better suit a specific area and places the product in an artisic manner.

Filler Name Elasticity Viscosity
Radiesse 1,407 349,830
Radiesse + lidocaine 554 143,100
Restylane L 565 131,310
Perlane 549 127,090
Restylane 514 119,180
Juvederm Voluma 274 92,902
Juvederm Ultra Plus XC 139 32,152
Juvederm Ultra XC 11 27,034
Juvederm Ultra Plus 75 17,699
Belotero Balance 30 9,217
Juvederm Ultra 28 7,307

Table taken in part from data from Sundaram H, et al. Dermatol Surg 2012;11(8 suppl)S12-24.

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Submitted by Admin on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:26

Citrus fruits, in particular lemons and limes, contain limonene. This substance can give some people watery eyes and a burning senstation in the nose. Some people are sensitive to just touching it. The medical community is becoming more aware of irritants and allergic substances that were previously considered safe.

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Submitted by Admin on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:32

The symbol on Dr.  Anil Shah's door | Chicago

The symbol on Dr. Anil Shah's door is a cursive font showing the letters A and S intertwined. Many people think the A stands for Anil and the S for Shah. However, the A and S also stand for other divisions within Dr. Shah's brand system including Aesthetic Skin, Aesthetic Surgery, Aesthetic Spa.

The design was created by Baade Graphics and was meant to interpret the flow of figures and help represent the harmony and balance of aesthetics and surgery (hence the musical flowing quality of the logo) and a balance of forms.

Finally, the standard of attractiveness and beauty continues to rise. Many patients are now incorporating minimally invasive procedures as part of a maintenance program to help look their best. Despite eating right and working out, some patients will still notice changes that might bother them, such as lines, brown spots, hollowness around the eyes, etc. Minimally invasive procedures offer a quick, reliable solution to these aesthetic issue to help restore youthfulness to one's face.

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Submitted by Admin on Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:30

Minimally invasive facial rejuvenation on the rise | Illinois

More than 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures (both minimally invasive and surgical) were performed in the US in 2012, the most ever. The largest increase was in minimally invasive procedures. Botox was the most popular, followed by soft tissue facial fillers, chemical peels, and laser hair removal.

So why do the minimally invasive procedures continue to rise. Patients love these procedures for several reasons. First of all, the results are appreciable soon and cost effective compared to a surgical procedure. There are not many things which for under $1000 can make you look better instantly and for a sustained period of time. The value lies for many patients in feeling better about themselves.

Many of these procedures are performed quite comfortably in the office with little to no downtime. Certain procedures, such as any type of filler around the eye can have a higher chance of creating downtime such as a bruise and slight swelling. Other procedures such as botox, have a very low chance of creating a bruise. Many patients have these procedures on their lunch break and go back to work.

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