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Essential Day Spa

01 April 2014 - 05:01 AM

I posted a link to the Essential Day Spa in another thread that I think especially the girls will like, but guys should take a look also.  I figured that link would get buried and a lot of people who could use the information would not see it so I am posting it in its own thread.




11 January 2014 - 01:41 PM


January 10, 2014

Psychosocial Effects of Cosmetic Dermatology Intervention

Murad Alam, MD, MSCI Reviewing Imadojemu S et al., JAMA Dermatol 2013 Nov 149:1325

Overall, the evidence suggests that psychological well-being may improve after facial cosmetic procedures.

These authors sought to investigate the effect of facial cosmetic surgery and minimally invasive procedures on relevant psychological variables to produce findings that could guide clinical practice and set norms for clinical performance. Sobanko and colleagues conducted a systematic review of randomized, controlled trials and prospective cohort studies published in English concerning cosmetic interventions that also assessed psychological variables and included at least 10 patients. In particular, they were interested in psychosocial outcomes such as quality of life (QoL), self-esteem, and body image.

Only 16 studies satisfied the inclusion criteria, and the studies were too heterogeneous in design and outcome measures to allow quantitative pooling of data for meta-analysis. The authors therefore provide a critical analysis of the evidence for each psychosocial variable. A total of 9 facial cosmetic procedures were included in the analysis. Most studies (11 of 16) examined rhinoplasty individually or aggregated with other cosmetic procedures. Modest evidence showed improved quality of life after rhinoplasty. Significant improvement was found in some aspects of QoL during the 3 month follow-up period after botulinum toxin injection and 6 months after rhytidectomy. The authors point out the relevance of assessing satisfaction at the proper time, once swelling and other effects resolve. Overall, the evidence suggests that psychological well-being may improve after facial cosmetic procedures.


One presumed benefit of cosmetic dermatologic surgery is that it makes patients feel happier, less self-critical, and more socially confident. Although the available evidence suggests that this is the case, more research needs to be done to clarify the degree of these benefits and the precise interventions that induce such benefits. A related issue not discussed in this study is that nonmelanoma skin cancer excision and repair is rarely lifesaving but often improves facial structure and function; again, these psychological effects and potential benefits need to be further studied.

Editor Disclosures at Time of Publication

Disclosures for Murad Alam, MD, MSCI at time of publication

Grant / research support
Medicis; OptMed; Valeant
Editorial boards
Archives of Dermatology; Dermatologic Surgery; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology; Lasers in Medical Science; Skin Therapy Letter
Leadership positions in professional societies
American Academy Of Dermatology (Chair, Health Care Finance Committee); American College of Mohs Surgery (Board of Directors); American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (Board of Directors); American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (Chair, Scientific Program)


Imadojemu S et al. Influence of surgical and minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedures on psychosocial outcomes: A systematic review. JAMA Dermatol 2013 Nov; 149:1325. (http://dx.doi.org/10...matol.2013.6812)


30 October 2013 - 09:59 AM

I admit that I know nothing about fillers, but I thought this might be informative for others considering fillers.



18 August 2013 - 06:23 AM

I am not posting this as a treatment of scars, but rather as general skin treatment.


Super Honey

13 August 2013 - 04:54 AM


Many of us do have treatments, and I just thought you might find this interesting for wound healing.