Fun Facts About Cosmetic Treatments

Think you know your cosmetic treatments? Check out these interesting facts about some of the popular cosmetic dermatology and other aesthetic treatments you know and love:

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-BOTOX has been used in off-label capacities to treat TMJ (a jaw disease), involuntary twitches, and overactive sweat glands (hyperhydrosis).

-$10 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2009 alone.*

-Fotofacial, Photofacial, Intense Pulse Light Therapy, Photo Facial, and IPL are all names for the same basic treatment.

-Cellulite is a skin condition. It occurs when fatty tissue works its way through weakened fibrous tissue, until it becomes visible near the skin's surface.

-Liver spots, Age spots, lentigos, and Sun spots are all different names for the same condition, a hyperpigmentation of the skin--and they have nothing to do with the liver.

-Zerona Laser Liposuction is the first completely non-invasive fat removal laser system to be FDA approved for circumfrential weight loss around the legs, thighs, and waist.

-Dermal fillers like Juvederm have been used in off-label capacities to make high-heels more comfortable, by enhancing the padding on the ball of the foot.

-Surgeons who served in WWI established the American Association of Plastic Surgery in 1931 and helped curtail unregulated plastic surgery. They are the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world.

-Sclerotherapy was among the Top 5 Cosmetic Minimally-Invasive procedures from 2000-2005 until it was replaced by soft tissue (dermal) fillers.*

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*Courtesy of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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