Modification is always optional. Mods are cosmetic procedures, wearable equipment used in sport and more recently genetic modification. Mods can be either temporary or permanent.
Dave Hurban, a tattoo artist from Newfield, N.J, has invented what he calls the iDermal. He has modified his body by implanting four magnets into his arm to hold his iPod Nano. Having a metallic watch stick without a watch band has made him an overnight internet celebrity. Here's the video.
In 2010 the global aesthetic lasers and energy devices market was valued at US$1.1 billion. This is forecast to reach $2.4 billion in 2017 which is more than double. Companies such as Ultrashape, Pollogen, Invasix, and Medicis are awaiting further FDA approvals to launch their non-invasive aesthetic lasers and energy devices in the US
Currently the market is fragmented with no clear dominant player. This has provided an even playing field for newcomers and has also resulted in a reducing price trend in the market. Prices of invasive and minimally invasive devices have declined by about 30% to 40% in the past two years. The reducing price trend is expected to continue, with an increasing number of companies trying to enter the market.
The increasing preference for non-invasive devices. is expected to continue bringing down the prices of both invasive and minimally invasive aesthetic lasers and energy devices. The global non-invasive aesthetic lasers and energy devices market was valued at $519.9m in 2010, and is forecast to reach $1,487.5m in 2017.
Allergan have published a study which found Gastric bands pay for themselves in approximately two years for patients with diabetes and four years for patients without diabetes. The cost of the procedure was offset by reductions in obesity-related medical costs.
The study looked at the healthcare claims from 7,310 patients who had undergone gastric banding compared to claims from a matched control group of 7,306 surgery eligible obese individuals who did not have weight-loss surgery, for the purpose of quantifying the potential savings of gastric banding. They found that while post-surgery medical costs for the gastric banding group declined slightly, medical costs for the control group continued to rise, thus resulting in significant savings for the banding sample. These findings underscore the critical effect gastric banding has on containing healthcare costs among the target population.
The study is published in the peer-reviewed journal - Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
Source: Allergan Press Release
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A growing trend lately is to get elfin ears, also known as Spock ears. Doctors won't perform the procedure due to the risks involved, but there are 'body modification' places where it can be done. the procedure involves cutting the ear open and folding over the top of the cartilage. Spock ears also known as Elfin ears is becoming a popular procedure for young people.
It can't be performed by doctors because of the unnessary surgical risks involved, however people are getting it done by body modification centers. Both ears are turned spock like for around US$600
Until now, treatment for excessive underarm sweating (Hyperhidrosis) has been limited. Drugs and surgical options both involve interupting the nerves that feed the sweat glands. Botox has been indicated for excessive sweating but has a temporay effect.
A new permanent procedure called MiraDry has been approved for excessive underarm sweat by the FDA. The miraDry procedure takes around an hour per visit and works by delivering electromagnetic energy to the sweat glands under the arms. This results in thermolysis of the sweat glands. Typically two sessions are required using only a local anesthetic. There is little to no downtime, and the result is a lasting solution which can be seen almost immediately. The miraDry procedure will be available later in 2011 through miraDry-certified dermatologists.
French company Osyris Medical has received FDA approval for its LipoControl System. The LipoControl is the newest generation of 980nm diode for laser assisted lipolysis. It has "real time" Energy Mapping technology with motion sensing and Energy Memory features included.
The laser power automatically increases as the speed of cannula increases and decreases as it slows down. The power is cut completely when it stops moving. This technology is patented and only available from Osyris Medical themselves.
According to cosmetic surgery baords around the world the demand for non-surgical procedures soared in 2010 as both women and men embraced alternatives to cosmetic surgery. Going into 2011 the demand for botox and other non surgical fillers has risen dramatically. And overall across all modern societies, people are increasingly utilizing laser skin rejuvenation and radio frequency techniques such as thermage in addition to Botox and fillers to maintain a youthful look. Liposuction and its purpose with body contouring will continue to be a popular cosmetic surgery procedure for body contouring and fat reduction as it is the most effective fat reduction treatment at present. Good doctors will look at a patient and know the right combination of treatment to apply.
India - An international survey conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), India is ranked fourth with 894,700 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures last year thus accounting for 5.2 per cent of all procedures done worldwide.
Britain - The most popular procedures performed in Britain by the BACD in 2010 were Botox and fillers, which saw a 30% rise. This suggests that the plastic fantastic look is out and a more subtle look is in. The number of men seeking cosmetic treatments also rose by 21.5% in 2010 and will continue to grow.
Thailand - Is selling itself as a medical holiday destination. Apart from cheap cosmetic procedures, they also have relaxed laws The BACD also predicts that 2011 will see a big trend towards the regulation of cosmetic medicine and professional qualifications. The Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine that the BACD launched though the University of Leicester in 2010 will be highly sought after as a standard of excellence. governing IVF and genetic screening including sex selection.
United States of America - Getting serious by publishing articles that show how beneficial plastic surgery is. Hurt badly by the GFC and financial crisic that followed articles such as this: 70% of face lift patients report improved quality of life after a face lisft. Never mind the other 30%??
"Cosmetic medicine has come of age as doctors discover just what we can achieve non-surgically. It's about using safe and effective treatments and perfecting them to give a refreshed look. People are having what is known as "Botox Lite" or "Baby Botox" where we use less to achieve a more subtle look. Cosmetic Doctors are even using Botox in the jaw line to produce a lift that is more cost effective than cosmetic surgery for women in their late 40's and 50's." says Comins.
The BACD predicts that 2011 will see the rise of 'the fluid facelift'; a procedure that adds filler to the cheeks, and areas where fat has depleted in such a way that the face begins to hollow. As the aging process is better understood, doctors have realised that facial volume depletion and migration causes facial ageing. Hair transplants are also on the rise fuelled by celebrities like James Nesbitt who have gone public with their transformation. New techniques in hair restoration produce a more natural look that appeals to men.
Based on multiple press releases by:
British Association od Cosmetic Doctors - prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=308065
Punjab Newline - punjabnewsline.com/content/cosmetic-surgery-trends-india-2011/28281
Regular users of Botox can potentially spread apart their treatments and save some money. After two years of treatment at recommended intervals, the frequency of Botox treatments can be cut by half. That's the finding from a study done at the Oregon Health & Science University.
"After two years of treatment at recommended intervals, patients can potentially cut the frequency, and thus the cost, of their Botox® treatments by half," said Roger A. Dailey, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor and Lester Jones Endowed Chair of oculofacial plastic surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine. The results of Dailey's work were presented at a meeting of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon on April 24 in Washington, D.C.
The Zerona laser is the first non-invasive body contouring procedure to effectively remove excess fat. The low-level laser works by causing stored fat to be released from fat cells. Treatment involves an average of six sessions over a two week period. Patients lie on a table for 40 minutes (20 minutes front and 20 minutes back), while the laser does its job. The average result has been 3 to 9 inches lost from waists, hips and thighs with the six sessions.
CLC bio has created a whole-genome de novo assembler that will assemble genomes of any size, including human on a single workstation computer. Previously the amount of RAM required has been an issue - requiring up to 300 GB of RAM for large genome assemblies. CLC bio’s de novo assembler can assemble the same datasets on a single workstation computer with only 48 GB of RAM.
It's also the first assembler that enables molecular biologists to set up, adjust, and run their large genome de novo assemblies through a more user friendly graphical user-interface. None of the current de novo assembly applications for large genomes works through a graphical user-interface. CLC bio’s de novo assembler comes with both an intuitive user-friendly graphical user-interface as well as a powerful command-line interface.
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