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Face-Lift With Only Local Anesthetic?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Identical twins Miki Keller and Donna Keller are inseparable. The 49-year-old sisters from Los Angeles live near each other, vacation together and even feel each other’s pain.

“When she broke her back in Spain, I felt it,” Donna told Good Morning America.

Now the twins are taking their closeness to another level, getting face-lifts together.

“I’ve noticed in the last couple of years everything was sagging, like the neck,” Miki said.  “I would see pictures of myself and go like, ‘Oh my god.’”

“I care about how I look.  I want to be attractive,” said Donna.  “I want to feel younger.  I want to match my attitude, so to speak.”

The twin sisters decided to not just go under the knife together but to undertake a kind of twin experiment.  Donna chose to have a traditional surgical face-lift under full anesthesia, a five-hour procedure, while Miki elected to try an experimental face-lift using only local anesthetic, meaning she would be wide awake during the hour-long operation.

Dr. Payman Simoni, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Calif., has been performing anesthesia-free face-lifts for the past six years and said that patients can heal faster with the new technique.  He also said the face-lift results  appear more natural because the work is done while a patient is sitting up as opposed to lying down.

“Within an hour after they get their face-lift, they get up and walk on their own,” he said of his technique.

While Miki received a face-lift, eye lift, skin resurfacing and Botox at the hands of Simoni, her sister, Donna, turned to another board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, for the traditional face-lift surgery.

Ghavami, founder of an eponymous plastic surgery clinic in Beverly Hills, performed a face-lift, eye lift, skin resurfacing and Botox on Donna, and also injected fat cells.

Eight weeks later, both sisters could see results and both had opinions of their respective procedures.

Donna, who underwent the five-hour procedure, said her recovery was initially “brutal,” but is happy with the results.

Miki, on the other hand, said the anesthesia-free route is “the only way to do it.”

“I would do it again.  I wish I would have done it sooner,” she said.  “We get compliments from our friends.  They say we haven’t changed the way we look, we just look better.”

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Look Years Younger Without Surgery?

ABC(NEW YORK) -- The hottest new trend taking the beauty world by storm is AcuFacial, a non-surgical alternative that advocates say turns back the clock on aging.

The process involves strategically placing tiny needles on the body and face. Clients can actually come away looking five to 10 years younger, Shellie Goldstein, a New York area acupuncturist, told ABC’s Good Morning America in an interview that aired Monday.

“We are taking your face to the gym, we’re exercising it,” Goldstein said. “We have muscles in our body, we have muscles in our face, there is no other procedure that actually exercises the muscles and improves circulation in your skin.”

While experts say there is no scientific backing for the procedure, people are still choosing the process. AcuFacial works with the energy of the body to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve muscle tone and “give you a beautiful overall glow and complexion,” Goldstein said.

Acupuncture is an alternative system of medicine that has its roots in Ancient China.  Sterile stainless steel needles are inserted into the patient’s acupuncture points, over 600 of which exist in the human body.  The acupuncture points are specific points located along a patient’s Meridians, or channels of energy.  Each Meridian is associated with a particular organ, tissue, element and emotion, according to information provided by Gabrielle Francis, owner of The Herban Alchemist in New York City.

The particular point combination in an AcuFacial treatment is determined after reviewing the patient’s history and evaluating his or her pulses and tongue.

The initial visit for an AcuFacial treatment takes up two hours and includes a physical exam.  Follow up treatments take one hour and range from twice per week for weeks for the most aggressive treatment plan, to once a week for one month for milder cases.

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Quick, Whole-Body ‘Face-Lift’ Uses Patient’s Own Fat, Stem Cells

Courtesy Dr. Sharon McQuillan(NEW YORK) -- It is a medical claim that sounds like science fiction.  Walk into a plastic surgeon’s office for a face-lift and walk out roughly four hours later with a whole-body makeover that required no incision and leaves you with no scars.

But some doctors say that fiction is now reality in the form of a stem-cell makeover, a procedure that uses the fat and stem cells from one part of the body to revamp another part of the body, all in a single office visit.

Such a claim convinced Debra Kerr to try the procedure herself in hopes of achieving a younger look. “My eyes are looking heavier, and the lines are so pronounced and gravity’s really taken over,” Kerr, 55, said.  “I want to look as good and as young as I really feel.”

Kerr, a skin-care specialist from Ohio, underwent a stem-cell makeover in which fat was removed from her waist via liposuction.  The fat was then spun in the lab to concentrate its stem cells and, hours later, injected into Kerr’s face and breasts.

“We’re taking a patient’s own fatty tissue, and we are just repositioning it in another part of their body,” said Dr. Sharon McQuillan, a physician and founder of the Ageless Institute in Aventura, Fla., where Kerr had her procedure done.

Because the makeover uses a patient’s own stem cells, there is virtually no risk that the body will reject the transfer, according to doctors like McQuillan who perform the procedure.

“This enhancement will be enough to make her [Kerr] happy,” McQuillan said.  “She won’t have any scars.  She doesn’t really have any of the risks associated with general anesthesia or a full face lift.”

The procedure takes roughly four hours and costs vary widely. McQuillan said some places on the West Coast and in New York City charge between $10,000 and $15,000 for the procedure.

Experts warn, however, that procedures such as stem-cell makeover need more study to prove that they are safe. Because the stem cells are harvested and inserted into the same patient, and only minimally manipulated in the process, they are not considered drugs and therefore not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Face Lift, Plastic Surgery Success Measured by New Study

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- People often get plastic surgery hoping to take the years off, but a new study gives an idea of just how many years they might be able to take off.

More extensive facial surgery predicted a younger estimated age for patients after their operations, according to researchers from the University of Toronto. Overall, patients looked an average of about 9 years younger than their chronological age after surgery, in the opinion of raters who compared before-and-after pictures.

The more procedures a patient had, the greater the difference between estimates of their age before and after surgery, according to the results of the study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. The effect was, "unrelated to the preoperative age of a patient and unaffected by other variables that we investigated," the study's authors wrote.

Dr. Julius Few, founder of the Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Chicago, said the report confirms what he has seen with his own practice.

"I believe it is a study that adds objective confirmation to what was already known to be associated with facial rejuvenation surgery," Few told ABC News.

Patients often go to plastic surgeons wanting to look younger, and doctors face a delicate task in managing patients' expectations about how young they'll be able to look after surgery. But age and age change after surgery as perceived by others are usually the best barometers of success after facial plastic surgery.

In the study, the researchers used before-and-after photos of 60 patients who had undergone facial cosmetic surgery. All the patients were about 60 years old, and all but six were women. Twenty-two patients had a face and neck lift, 17 had a face/neck lift plus an eyelid lift and 22 had a face/neck lift, eyelid lift and a forehead lift.

The researchers showed patient photos to a group of 40 first-year medical students, asking them to estimate the patients' ages before surgery and the perceived change in age after surgery. After averaging the raters' responses, the researchers found that patients who had one surgery, the face and neck lift, looked 5.7 years younger, patients who had two procedures looked 7.5 years younger and after three surgeries, patients looked 8.4 years younger.

"Our findings offer some objective sense as to our success with surgical intervention as facial plastic surgeons and provide us with more evidence to give patients when formulating their preoperative expectations," the authors wrote.

But Dr. Garry Brody, professor of plastic surgery at the University of Southern California, said it's still important for patients to take a realistic approach to how successful their surgery will be and to get surgery for the right reasons.

"Inappropriate motivation and unrealistic expectations will spoil any such surgery," Brody said.

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'Vampire FaceLift' Uses Blood to Smooth Out Wrinkles

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  There's a new kind of cosmetic procedure available, and it doesn't require injecting any acids, fat or toxins into the body. The main ingredient in this wrinkle-removing procedure is a patient's own blood.

The technology is called Selphyl, and it involves injecting a mixture of blood products into the affected areas. It's also called the "vampire facelift," although calling it a facelift is not accurate. Selphyl is a nonsurgical procedure akin to filler injections, while a face-lift is the surgical repositioning of facial tissues that have become loose over time.

Dr. Andre Berger of the Rejuvalife Vitality Institute in Beverly Hills, Calif., said the procedure is becoming very popular.

"I think this whole recent theme in the entertainment industry ... of using vampire, Dracula themes, has definitely caused a lot of the interest out there," Berger said.

But today's bloodthirsty pop culture is just part of Selphyl's allure. Some of the more well-known cosmetic fillers -- Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane -- are artificial. There are also collagen fillers and fillers that use parts of a person's own body, such as fat fillers and Selphyl.

Selphyl is prepared by drawing a patient's blood, separating the platelets from the red blood cells, blending the platelets with a fibrin mixture and injecting it to the area a patient wants to augment. In about a day, the excess is gone, and several weeks later, the fibrin matrix builds up, yielding the final result.

The process by which Selphyl is injected as a facial filler is FDA approved, and it can be used on other parts of the body with wrinkles or decreased volume.

The use of cosmetic fillers is on the rise, and there's a growing demand for procedures that are noninvasive and nonsurgical. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons predicts that the number of cosmetic procedures performed will exceed 55 million, which is quadruple the number done in 2005. The group also predicts that 97 percent of those procedures will be nonsurgical.

Selphyl costs somewhere in the range of $1,100 to $1,500 per injection, which is much cheaper than a facelift.

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