The Top 10 Most Searched Procedures on for the Month of July, 2008


Even in a recession, a record number of patients searched through looking for Body Sculpting, Cellulite Removal, Skin Tightening and Fractional Resurfacing... read the full story to see what brands are hot!

Laser Lipolysis, Fractional Resurfacing and Cellulite Reduction are the most popular categories that patients are reading about. Specifically here are the brands and/or procedures being searched for:

  1. SmartLipo - The "Laser Lipo" procedure that has been the media darling for over a year now. SmartLipo has begun a craze of minimally invasive liposuction procedures trying to be copied by almost every single laser company. The advantage of SmartLipo vs. tradtitional Liposuction is that it involves only local anesthesia, less bruising, reduced downtime and skin tightening. There is absolutely no argument that patients are actively seeking minimally invasive alternatives to traditional procedures.
  2. Permanent Makeup - What girl wants to spend an hour a day putting on makeup? Permanent makeup is surprisingly popular and demand has been consistantly growing for this procedure each year.
  3. Tattoo Removal - In a recent Texas Tech University study, 69% of people researching tattoo removal were women. It was all the bomb to have that tramp stamp over your bottom in college... it just doesn't have the same value when you're taking your family to the beach. When trying to fit into suburban lifestyles, there is a negative stigma placed on people with tattoos, especially women. Following a decade where it was popular to get tattoos as a 20something, its no wonder why its now so popular to try and get them removed. In the past it was very painful to have tattoos removed, but there are many newer lasers out that can make this more of a possibility.
  4. Cellulite Removal It's no secret that some 85% of women have cellulite and despise it. Over the years snake oil salesman have sold everything known under the sun from mud to lotions to lasers claiming to solve this problem and they never worked. The aesthetics industry has been blessed with new technologies with a lot of science behind them that do work to reduce the appearance of cellulite. One product, recently seen on The Today Show and Mike and Juliet is called SmoothShapes which has been getting rave reviews. VelaShape is another cellulite treatment that has been seen on national TV for Cellulite Reduction. SmoothShapes and VelaShape both involve a series of treatments that almost feel like getting a massage and deliver results including circumferential reduction and reduced visibility of cellulite. One product Thermage for Cellulite delivers cellulite reduction in just 1 visit and studies show the results last up to one year.
  5. Thermage Is the gold standard for Skin Tightening procedures. Using RF technology, Thermage tightens loose skin on the face, neck, around the eyes, the abdomen, thighs and now even has a Cellulite tip.
  6. Fraxel 2008 is the year of the Fractional Resurfacing laser and Fraxel was the pioneer of the group. In January Fraxel announced the introduction of the Fraxel re:pair system which was an ablative fractional CO2 laser. It was instantly acknowledged by The Today Show and many major media outlets.
  7. Invisalign No adult wants to have visible braces, yet we're at an era where correcting overbites and crooked teeth isn't just an indulgence of youth anymore. Invisalign is an "invisible braces" product that adults wear to straighten their teeth.
  8. Mesotherapy The last two years are all about non-surgical body contouring and Mesotherapy was one of the first products on the market for that task. Marketed as a non-surgical liposuction, mesotherapy is a series of injections into the skin that assist in spot fat reduction and cellulite reduction.
  9. Laser Hair Removal Its 2008 and hair down there is just not in anymore. For that matter, shaving, plucking, waxing are all going by the wayside as permanent hair reduction using lasers becomes more and more effective. Lasers are used for hair removal on chests, backs, faces, underarms, bikinis and even full Brazilians... yes, more and more women are choosing to go completely bare down there.
  10. VelaShape VelaShape has had much media coverage in 2008 and is probably the most popular for Cellulite Reduction and circumferential reduction. Many patients state they loose several inches in circumference after their series of sessions.