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Merz Aesthetics, a Division of Merz Pharmaceuticals USA, Introduces a Universal Language of Aging for Use in Education, Research and Practice
Date:3/6/2009

r 3518, 11:50-11:55 am - A Validated Hand Grading Scale; e poster 3520, 12:10-12:15 pm - A Validated Lip Fullness Rating Scale; and e poster 3523, 12:40-12:45 - A Validated Rating Sale for Crow's Feet.

Other scales being developed by Merz Aesthetics include measures for glabellar lines, nasolabial folds, decolletage, and facial volume loss.

"The importance of these scales can't be overestimated -- in the last decade there has been a 446% increase in the number of cosmetic procedures that are performed. And this translates into an enormous number; more doctors, many, many, many more patients and researchers -- all of whom are trying to have a common language to describe to each other the traits of aging as time goes by," said Jean Carruthers, MD, a lead author and clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

About the Merz Scales

A total of nine experts from around the world trained in multiple specialties (dermatology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, and dermatologic surgery) came together to create and validate a comprehensive scale system, reviewing and including photographs of men and women of diverse ages, skin types and ethnicities. As part of this process, the experts rated 35 to 50 real-life images of people, and evaluated the images for reproducibility of results.

The Merz Scales were then generated as five-point scales using computer-morphed photography. Specific anatomical changes related to aging were identified and were incorporated into the photographs, and a series of visual guides were developed to correspond to regional areas on the face and hands. When "lines" were formed as a result of the different movements of different muscle groups, such as crow's feet and forehead lines, static and dynamic lines were included. For example, The Forehead Lines Grading Scale was developed to objectively quantify resting (
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