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In an effort to establish guidelines to aid practitioners in achieving optimal aesthetic outcomes during cosmetic lip augmentation, Brian J. F. Wong, MD, PhD, et al, sought to evaluate the most attractive lip dimensions in Caucasian women. Assessments were based on attractiveness ranking of surface area, ratio of upper to lower lip, and dimensions of the lip surface area relative to the lower third of...

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In an effort to establish guidelines to aid practitioners in achieving optimal...

Allergan has entered into an agreement to acquire Zeltiq Aesthetics, maker of the...

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Assessing Ideal Lip Dimensions

In an effort to establish guidelines to aid practitioners in achieving optimal aesthetic outcomes during cosmetic lip augmentation, Brian J. F. Wong, MD, PhD, et al, sought to evaluate the most attractive lip dimensions in Caucasian women. Assessments were based on attractiveness ranking of surface area, ratio of upper to lower lip, and dimensions of the lip surface area relative to the lower third of the face.

The researchers first used synthetic morph frontal digital images of the faces of 20 white women (ages 18 to 25) to generate five varied lip surface areas for each face, for a total of 100 faces. They cardinally ranked the faces by attractiveness via developed conventional and internet-based focus groups, and a summed ranking score of each face was plotted to quantify the most attractive surface area. In the second phase of the study, they created four variants of 15 of the most attractive images, manipulating upper to lower lip ratios while maintaining the most attractive surface area. Each ratio was ranked by attractiveness by 428 internet-based focus group participants. In the third phase, the surface area from the most attractive faces was used to determine the total lip surface area relative to the lower...

Emotional Impact of Labiaplasty

In an article published in Aesthetic Surgery (March 2017), researchers Marika Tiggemann, PhD, Julie Mattiske, PhD, and Gemma Sharp conducted a retrospective study in which they examined the psychological outcomes of the increasingly popular labiaplasty procedure. Their goal was to examine the effect of the surgery on patients’ sexual satisfaction and psychological well-being, as well as to identify patient characteristics that may predict surgical satisfaction.

The study involved 48 Australian women (ages 19 to 60) who had undergone a labiaplasty during the period of February 1999 to October 2015. They completed an online questionnaire that rated their satisfaction with the labiaplasty, genital appearance satisfaction, sexual satisfaction and psychological well-being.

Their answers revealed that most of the women were very satisfied with their labial appearance and function after surgery. The subjects also reported statistically significant increases in their genital appearance satisfaction, sexual satisfaction and psychological well-being at the time of completing the questionnaire compared to their recalled levels prior to surgery. Undergoing labiaplasty to address physical or functional concerns as...

Allergan To Acquire Zeltiq

Allergan has entered into an agreement to acquire Zeltiq Aesthetics, maker of the CoolSculpting system, for roughly $2.475 billion. The sale is expected to close in the second half of 2017. “The acquisition of Zeltiq is highly complementary and strategic to Allergan. By adding the best-in-class body contouring CoolSculpting System to our best-in-class facial aesthetics, plastic surgery and regenerative medicine offerings we are creating a world-class aesthetics business,” said Brent Saunders, chairman and CEO of Allergan.

AAD Commends FDA for Indoor Tanning Restrictions

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for proposing new regulations governing indoor tanning, including an age restriction for minors under the age of 18 as well as a risk-acknowledgement form that all adults must sign before using indoor tanning devices.


According to the AAD, statistics show that millions of people tan indoors annually and the risk of developing melanoma increases by 59% for individuals exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning—the risk increases with each use. If the FDA’s proposed rule becomes final,... more »

ASDS Honored With 14 MarCom Awards

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) were recognized with 14 awards—including three Platinums—in the 2015 MarCom Awards.


The MarCom Awards competition is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, selecting winners “whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.” The 2015 competition received about 6,500 entries representing more than a dozen countries.


The Platinum Award—MarCom’s top honor—was presented to ASDS in three categories: Currents... more »

Cellfina Available in US

Merz Aesthetics has begun commercial shipment of the Cellfina System, indicated for long-term improvement in the appearance of cellulite in the buttocks and thighs, to aesthetic practices in the U.S.


Cellfina combines proprietary technology with minimally invasive subcision to treat the primary structural cause of dimpled cellulite. Results of the procedure last at least two years—in clinical trials, patient satisfaction with their treatment results improved from 94% at one year to 96% at the two-year mark. The most common side effects reported were soreness, tenderness and bruising... more »