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Leading Cosmetic Surgeon Offers Newly FDA-Approved Sculptra - the "Liquid Facelift"

Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery announced today the addition of Sculptra to the procedures it offers. Dr. Gregory Nikolaidis is one of approximately 70 physicians nationwide selected and trained by Aventis Pharmaceuticals in use of this revolutionary new product/procedure. Nikolaidis recently spent three days in Chicago and one week in Germany training with world-renown cosmetic surgeons and representatives from Aventis in the use of what medical professionals and beauty experts are billing as the liquid facelift.

Austin, TX August 26, 2004 -- Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery announced today the addition of Sculptra to the procedures it offers. Dr. Gregory Nikolaidis is one of approximately 70 physicians nationwide selected and trained by Aventis Pharmaceuticals in use of this revolutionary new product/procedure. Nikolaidis recently spent three days in Chicago and one week in Germany training with world-renown cosmetic surgeons and representatives from Aventis in the use of what medical professionals and beauty experts are billing as the liquid facelift.

Sculptra works by both filling in lines and wrinkles and by stimulating the body to produce new collagen and underlying tissue, thereby creating a fuller, more youthful appearance.

This product will transform the field of cosmetic surgery, said Nikolaidis. Unlike other fillers, such as Restylane and Cosmoplast, which last only a few months, Sculptras effects last up to two years or more.

Sculptra is marketed under the trade name NEW-FILL in Europe, where it has been used since 1999 as a wrinkle-filling product. It has been used by an estimated 100,000 people in more than 30 countries throughout Europe and South America to treat facial volume imperfections, including signs of aging, such as wrinkles, folds, dark circles and sunken cheeks.

Facial lipoatrophy is a condition that results in loss of fat in the cheeks, temples and eye sockets. The sunken cheeks, hollow eyes, indentations and wrinkling may make a person appear exhausted and unhealthy, said Dr. Sharon Levy, Senior Director of Scientific & Medical Affairs for Dermik Laboratories, the United States arm of Aventis Pharmaceuticals. Sculptra is the first truly effective product/procedure designed to alleviate this condition.

About Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery
Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery provides state-of-the-art treatment for diseases of the skin, as well as the latest in cosmetic procedures. The practice of cosmetic dermatology continues to be one of the fastest growing medical specialties. Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery patients have access to the most current, cutting-edge medical technology and therapies available for beautiful skin at any age. Dr. Nikolaidis specializes in minimally-or-non-invasive cosmetic procedures. He is the leading provider of ThermaLift in Texas and his practice was recently recognized as a national Botox training center. Visit www.westlakedermatology.com for more information.

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A facelift is a surgical procedure to repair sagging, drooping, and wrinkled skin of the face and neck. It is performed to improve visible signs of aging, poor diet, or heredity; it is performed by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping facial and neck skin.

 

Sagging or wrinkled skin occurs naturally with increasing age. Folds and fat deposits appear around the neck, and deep flexion creases form between the nose and mouth. The jawline grows "jowly" and slack. Heredity, poor diet, smoking, or obesity may contribute to early or severe skin problems.

A facelift can help repair some of the visible damage to skin, fat, and muscles and can restore a "younger" look. A facelift can be done alone or with nose reshaping, a forehead lift, or eyelid surgery.

While the patient is sleepy (sedated) and pain-free (local anesthesia) or deep asleep and pain-free (general anesthesia), the plastic surgeon makes incisions above the hairline at the temples, behind the earlobe, to the lower scalp.

The surgeon removes some of the fat tissue and loose skin, then stitches (sutures) the incisions closed. The fat tissue is called the SMAS layer and is the primary lifting portion of the facelift.