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august 2009
Phew! The FDA has had a busy month. First, they gave approval to Bioform's mixing formula to reduce the discomfort of RADIESSE injections. Then, they gave the thumbs-up to SCULPTRA Aesthetic for restoring volume in the face. (Wonder what took them so long since it has already been FDA approved for 5 years for use in facial fat loss caused by HIV infection.)
The recently FDA-approved Latisse for eyelash growth is gaining a cult-like following as men and women alike see their lashes sprout to new lengths. And, also recently released Dysport is gaining favor with patients as it does seem to start working quicker than Botox.
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SCULPTRA Aesthetic is  not just another filler!
Finally, the FDA has approved Sculptra Aesthetic for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles. Originally approved to restore volume in the face of HIV affected individuals, SCULPTRA Aesthetic works gradually to offer natural-looking results that can last up to two years.
Unlike Restylane and Juvederm, Sculptra™ is not just another filler. The material injected (poly-l-lactic acid) lays down a matrix that stimulates the build up of your body's own collagen over a period of about 6-8 weeks. It will take that long before you notice the results. This added volume then smoothes out lines and wrinkles and restores lost facial volume to give you a fuller, younger-looking face. You can see the results for yourself!
Depending on how much volume you lack, 2-3 treatments separated by about 2 months each may be required so this is not ideal for someone looking for immediate results. Sculptra Aesthetic is an excellent option for someone considering facial fat transfer surgery but who doesn't want the downtime from surgery. With Sculptra Aesthetic treatments, you can go back to your normal activities immediately.
As with any facial treatment, results are injector dependent. Dr Hoenig has used Sculptra for 5 years and has devised his own method of reconstituting the Sculptra to give you the most natural looking results. The cost is $1000 per vial, or 4 for $3500. More than 1 treatment may be necessary to attain the desired results.
For more information, please contact us with any questions about Sculptra Aesthetic injections.
RADIESSE with Lidocaine
no pain,no gain? not necessarily.
Radiesse is one of Dr. Hoenig's favorite fillers for augmenting the cheek and jaw contour and for deep filling of the smile lines (especially in men and women with thicker skin). Until now, one drawback of RADIESSE has been that even with the use of Dr. Hoenig's powerful compounded numbing cream, Radiesse injections still hurt!
Just recently, BioForm Medical, makers of Radiesse, received FDA approval for a method of mixing RADIESSE with Lidocaine.
50 patients were involved in a controlled clinical trial to treat one side of their face with plain Radiesse and one side with Radiesse mixed with Lidocaine. 100% of patients in the clinical trial found RADIESSE mixed with lidocaine to be less painful and yet, the cosmetic result was comparable.
The cost for Radiesse is $750 for a 1.5cc syringe. Additional syringes at the same treatment are $200 off. Call us at 310.247.3777 to find out if Radiesse may be right for you.
1/2 off select products
We still have a few left... While supplies last, the following Skinceuticals products are 50% off.
Face Cream - Rehabilitative cream for aging skin  (reg. $128)
Skin Firming Cream - Firming treatment for skin damage caused by environmental elements (reg. $94)
Phyto Corrective Gel - Complexion calming gel (reg. $48)
Intense Line Defense - Potent nighttime line minimizing treatment (reg. $52)
Retinol 0.5 - Refining night cream with 0.5% pure retinol (reg. $42) - only 1 left
Sans Soleil - Moisturizing sunless tanner (reg. $32) - only 2 remaining
We also have on sale Boiron Arnica cream and Gel!
Sale is limited to stock on hand. Supplies are limited. Priority shipping available for $5-10, depending on weight. Please call 310.247.3777 for info.
the one. the only. BOTOX Cosmetic. 
botox cosmeticThe $50 rebate on BOTOX Cosmetic continues through September 30th...  
Look good and save money! Call now to schedule your appointment and find out if BOTOX is right for you.
TANNING BEDS still unsafe
linked with increase in cancer 
Is this really news? We've been told for a long time that tanning beds are unsafe but now the International Agency for Research on Cancer moved tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category -- "carcinogenic to humans," according to a new report pulished in the medical journal, The Lancet.
Melanoma risk rises 75 percent when tanning bed use begins before age 30! (That doesn't mean you should wait until after 30 to start tanning).  The UV light causes genetic mutations of the DNA of the skin and eye, leading directly to cancerous cells that grow out of control. And in case you were wondering, high pressure beds and so-called UV-free tanning beds are not safe either, as the salons and companies may lead you to believe.
The only safe tan is a fake tan, applied as a cream or a spray. You can find an excellent selection in our shop at  (FREE shipping over $75, plus here are some coupons for you - 15% off orders over $50, use coupon code 15skincare or 20% off orders over $100, use coupon code 20p177cpj5 at checkout. Certain manufacturers excluded).
Thank you for your ongoing support and interest. We are as busy as ever, and it's all thanks to you.  If you are serious about having surgery this year, please call us now as the schedule is filling up very quickly.
Don't forget! There's still time to take advantage of Allergan's $50 Botox rebate, so make your appointment today
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And, as always, if I can be of any help to you, please feel free to let me know.

Danya Hoenig, PA-C