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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 10:25
Main image:  Patients who undergo rhinoplasty procedures may notice changes in the sounds of their voices following surgery, reports a study published in the February 2014 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. read more
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 11:49
Merz Aesthetics, a division of Merz North America, and its newly acquired skincare line, NEOCUTIS, will contribute a portion of their product sales in the month of December to benefit Look Good Feel Better, a charitable organization that has, for more than 24 years, worked to give confidence to cancer patients undergoing treatment. read more
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 10:54
Main image:  Frustrated by the rise in botched cosmetic plastic surgeries coming through his practice doors, Donald Kress, MD, has authored “Trust Me I’m a Plastic Surgeon – The Survival Guide.” The books offers advice for patients seeking cosmetic procedures based on Dr. Kress’ 30 years experience performing plastic surgeries. Topics include: 1. How to qualify your physician: What kind of education and certifications are crucial, and how his or her style could affect your outcome. 2. Who chooses to have plastic surgery...
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:25
October is domestic violence awareness month. In the United States, a woman is beaten every nine seconds by an intimate or former partner, and more than 75 percent of women who are in an abusive relationship receive a battering to the face and head area. In 1994, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) teamed up with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) to develop FACE-TO-FACE: The Domestic Violence Project. read more
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 14:57
A group of doctors recently embarked on a study of 49 aesthetic facial surgery patients in which blinded raters evaluated pre- and post-operative photos of the subjects. The raters reported that the patients did not appear more attractive after their surgeries and that they looked, on the average, only about three years younger. Facial plastic surgeon Michael A. Bogdan, MD, responded to the study with a release noting, “This study misses a critical factor. It doesn’t measure patient satisfaction or confidence. read more
Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:50
A survey of 6,300 consumers found that 92% of patients who have received dermal filler injections are satisfied with their treatments. (Five percent of the total respondents had been treated with dermal fillers.) The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery’s Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures asked participants to share their opinions on cosmetic treatments in general and rate 10 specific procedures ranging from botulinum toxin injections to laser treatments and body sculpting. read more
Monday, August 19, 2013 - 13:11
Main image:  A follow-up study of 31 patients who underwent endoscopic brow lifts revealed that aesthetic improvements and brow elevation remain at 5.4 years. Barry M. Jones, MS, FRCS, and Steven Lo, MA, MSc, FRCS, measured the elevation and aesthetic outcomes of endoscopic brow lifts using computer software, validated regional aesthetic scoring systems and global aesthetic scoring systems (Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, August 2013). read more
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 11:36
Main image:  A cryopreserved cocktail of dermis, fascia and fat provides a viable treatment option for patients who require additional microfat grafting following aesthetic procedures. For “Facial Rejuvenation With Staged Injections of Cryopreserved Fat and Tissue Cocktail Clinical Outcomes in the Past 10 Years” (Aesthetic Surgery Journal, July 2013), researchers at the ONEP Plastic Surgery Science Institute in Istanbul, Turkey, reviewed the outcomes of 5199 cryopreserved fat or tissue injections performed in 2439 consecutive...
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 14:11
Main image:  Injection of platelet-rich plasma during random extension of an axial pattern flap procedure significantly increases flap survival, according to researchers at Seoul University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. For “The Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Flap Survival in Random Extension of an Axial Pattern Flap in Rabbits” (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, July 2013), Hyo Young Kim, MD, et al, randomly assigned 16 male New Zealand white rabbits to either the experimental group of the control group (eight in each group...
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 13:52
Main image:  A retrospective study of 333 patients who underwent cosmetic breast augmentation revealed a significant decrease in capsular contracture among patients who received oral antibiotics and irrigation of the implant and pocket versus those who received only oral medication. Salvatore Giordano, MD, and colleagues at the Turku University Division of Plastic Surgery in Turku, Finland, reviewed the charts of 333 cosmetic breast augmentation patients, all of whom were treated by the same surgeon via the inframammary approach...
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 16:22
Main image:  The Nouveau Contour Intelligent permanent makeup system features state-of-the-art software that consistently calculates the best needle frequency for various skin structures, so practitioners can achieve optimal pigment retention whether working on the lips, brows or breast. Contact: 877.628.7201,
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 16:20
Main image:  The Liposonix nonsurgical fat removal device from Solta Medical uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to permanently destroy fat cells 1cm to 2cm below the surface of the skin. Clinical studies have demonstrated an average 2.6cm reduction in waist circumference following a single Liposonix treatment. Contact: 877.782.2286,
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 17:04
Deck:  Understanding what keeps prospective patients from booking can help increase your scheduling ratios. Byline:  By Jon Hoffenberg Main image:  The world’s most successful cosmetic practices have on-the-spot procedure scheduling ratios approaching 70%. For the average practice, however, just 15% to 20% of patients schedule their procedures immediately. To bridge this gap, one must understand...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 16:41
Main image:  The Verizon Foundation, Swinfen Charitable Trust and the University of Virginia Health System have announced the expansion of an innovative telemedicine program that will connect renowned physicians around the world to doctors in rural communities to assist them with patient diagnoses and care. The program will utilize mobile- and cloud-based technologies to reach rural communities in India and the Philippines. read more
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 10:45
Main image:  Statistics gathered by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons over the last several years indicate a decrease in the overall number of teenagers, younger then 18, seeking cosmetic surgeries. The most frequently performed surgical procedure for this age group in 2012 were cosmetic otoplasty, followed by rhinoplasty, breast reduction and gynecomastia. The ASAPS notes that for appropriately selected teenage patients, cosmetic plastic surgery can have a positive impact on physical and emotional development....
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 16:51
Deck:  Facelift patients benefit from pre-surgery education and access to adjunctive skincare services. Byline:  By Wendy J. Meyeroff Main image:  Facelift patients have great expectations for their surgery outcomes, but not all aging concerns of the face can be addressed with lifting alone. By combining surgery with pre- and post-operative skincare and thorough patient education, surgeons are...
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:04
Deck:  A well-trained and personable receptionist is key to converting inquiries to appointments. Byline:  By Catherine Maley, MBA Main image:  A ringing telephone represents an opportunity, and it is one of the most powerful marketing tools in your practice. The average plastic surgery facility fails to convert more than 100 telephone inquiries every year because it either doesn’t answer its...
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 16:41
Main image:  National non-profit FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) is honoring plastic and reconstructive surgeons C. Andrew Salzberg, MD, and R. Michael Koch, MD, of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery in recognition of the skill and compassion they provide to women undergoing mastectomy breast reconstruction to treat breast cancer or prophylactic (preventive) mastectomy to reduce the risk of breast cancer. read more


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